Norwegian Lusekofte Socks

Lusekofte Socks

Level: Intermediate. This sock pattern is inspired by the Norwegian Lusekofte, or lice jacket, of the late 19th century in the Setesdal Vallay. The heel features a star motif. (There are three star motifs, depending on the size knitted.) The socks are stranded, knitted from the top to the toe, and are constructed with the Band Heel and the Wide Toe. Information on the Double Cast on, knitting with a yarn in each hand, and Kitchener Stitch is included.

Featured Techniques: Double Cast-on, Knitting with a color in each hand, The Band Heel, The Wide Toe, Kitchener Stitch.

Sizes: Small (child), Medium (woman), Large (man)

NOTE: Check the schematic at the end of this pattern to determine the dimensions of the garment you are knitting, in case you need to make adjustments. Because of the pattern multiples involved, only three sizes have been written. If you want to create a sock that is in between small and medium, medium and large, or an extra-large size, you may do so following the directions, but knitting at a gauge of 7 sts/ inch, rather than 8 sts/ inch, adjusting the length by knitting more rows of the lus pattern in the leg and foot.

Gauge: In 2-color stockinette stitch (lus pattern) on size US 0 (2 mm) ndls: 8 sts/ inch, 10 rnds/ inch

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Norwegian Lusekofte Socks


  • Yarn: Guernsey Wool (100 g/ 246 yards per skein) or sport weight yarn: 1 (1, 2) skeins of Main Color (MC) yarn (dark), 1 skein of Contrasting Color (CC) yarn (light). Fingering weight or sock weight yarn may be substituted for a lighter-weight sock.
  •  Needles: US 0 and 1 (2.0 and 2.25- mm) dpn, or size needed to obtain gauge


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