Mama Westray

Jo Torr Mama Westray socks

Pattern: £4.50 (+ VAT)

You might be wondering how this design got its name. In May 2016, Scottish tourist board office began stocking a new promotional booklet for the tiny Orkney island of Mama Westray. It talked of the tropical gardens, the “world famous Tomb of the Haddock”, and the swimming pigs who eat the surplus fish thrown back into the water by the island’s fishermen. You should be able to find photos on the internet if you are interested.

But Mama Westray doesn’t exist, despite its professionally produced brochure. I loved that someone had gone to so much trouble for a joke and thought such a fantastic place really deserved its own pattern.

These toe-up socks borrow from the traditional Gansey, or Guernsey, sweater patterns of the British Isles. As well as the patterning being made from only knit and purl stitches, these socks also feature the garter welt, the fake side seam and the distinctively outlined gusset that are characteristic of the sweaters.

Instructions for the pattern is both charted and fully written out so you can choose which option you prefer.

Sizes (measured around mid-foot)

  • Small – 7 – 8″ (17.75 – 20.25cm)
  • Medium – 8 – 9″ (20.25 – 22.75cm)
  • Large – 9 – 10″ (22.75 – 25.5cm)

Yarn Requirements

100g of 4ply (fingering) sock yarn.  The sample was knit in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply in Cardamon colourway.

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