highland dance sock pattern

ALI41May 16, 2005

Hi all

I am new to this forum and wondered if anyone has knitting patterns for the argyle/tartan socks that Scottish Highland dancers wear?

If so, I would appreciate hearing from you.


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I think you're looking for kilt hose patterns. There are a couple of free ones online:

Joanne Hinmon, who designed the first pattern, used to sell a few patterns as well. Elann.com used to sell them, but I
don't see them on the website anymore, so perhaps they are sold out. Might be worth an email.

Here's a Canadian site that has two of her patterns:
http://www.fourseasonsknitting.com If you do a site search using her name, you'll find them.

She also wrote a book called "Knitting Scottish Kilt Hose and Hiking Socks," but I don't know if it's available either. Try your library perhaps?

Good luck!

    Bookmark   May 16, 2005 at 10:50PM
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I might try making those, too, someday. My husband and I do Scottish Country dancing.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2005 at 10:57AM
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Thanks for the web sites but it is NOT for kilts, the pattern(s) I am searching for is for the argyle socks that the highland dancers wear.
I have numerous patterns for the kilt hose, or socks worn by the pipers.
It is the dancers who have them specially made to match their kilts, who wear them with their kilts and they are the argyle pattern in various colours.
Hope someone can help and thanks for trying!!

    Bookmark   May 26, 2005 at 2:34PM
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still no luck, is there anyone that can help?

    Bookmark   May 31, 2005 at 9:25PM
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Does this help?

Here is a link that might be useful: Patterns

    Bookmark   June 1, 2005 at 1:40PM
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Have you found a pattern yet? I think you could use any sock pattern and I have many...lengthen the calf and just knit the argyle pattern to match the kilt. You would have to plot it out on knitters paper. I think it would work. I am going to try some on my next project. jac333

    Bookmark   June 15, 2005 at 12:55AM
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Joanne Gibson Hinmon has a pattern for highland dancer argyle socks. Her webpage is http://pages.prodigy.net/bagpipes/celticknits28.htm
You won't find the pattern on the page, but she does sell one. I bought it from her two years ago. I hope this helps you find what you are looking for.

Here is a link that might be useful: Celtic Knits

    Bookmark   June 18, 2005 at 9:56AM
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Anyone who obtains a knitting pattern for tartan kilt socks will need the correct yarn, and from experience I know how difficult this can be. I bought some which is 100% merino wool, and there are loads of different colours which match the tartans. I suppose you could use it for plain kilt socks too if you wanted a colour instead of the boring white/cream.

I'm new to this forum and don't want to fall foul of any advertising rules, so even though I'm just a customer and not connected to them, I'm not sure if I can put their website on here (maybe someone could let me know if this would be OK). If anyone is interested they can contact me and I'll give them the information.

Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2006 at 9:55AM
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Nosing around a bit, I found this site that sells custom knit argyle socks to match your tartan. Oof. 65 pounds - I can see why you would want to knit your own. But then they discuss how they come up with a pattern to match any tartan, and you can see why it is so pricey. (and hard to replicate on your own)


But, I know a lot of dancers wear bright tartans that are only one or two colors to compete in rather than their family tartans.

If that is what you are looking for, you could probably modify most any argyle pattern you like to the length and circumfrence you would need for dancing. (My grandmother competed in Scottish dancing - none of the rest of us has any grace for it - but her tiny tiny ankles and strong calves would have definitely required sock shaping beyond a basic tube and beyond my knitting abilities)

I also found this site. Not exactly what you need, but it's very fun to play with her pattern generator.


Here is a link that might be useful: craftfetish blog

    Bookmark   July 18, 2006 at 3:23PM
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I have found this pattern and from the forum talk it's used all the time. My sister is going to knit this to make for my daughter to match her kilt. She is a highland dancer. Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: highland dance socks

    Bookmark   February 21, 2007 at 11:50PM
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I got a kit from HighlandXpress.com. B. Klien is very helpful. The instructions are great and if you can knit in a pattern with several colors such as argyles in a Stockinette stich you are in business. I started a pair for my grand daughter when she was in dance and have since unknit them and am in the process of knitting them to fit me as I have started Dance. The instructions have charts for 3 or 4 sizes and all the yarn. You will have to provide the knitting needles and yarn bobbins. Debi

    Bookmark   February 17, 2011 at 5:11PM
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