Sock Knitting pattern with bavarian twisted stitches: Auf zur Dult

A free sock knitting pattern with detailed step-by-step instructions so you don’t miss any of those intricate cables and bavarian twisted stitches.

I am a huge sucker for regional knitting styles. Luckily, my hometown and the surrounding regions have a long-standing tradition of knitting socks on extremely fine needles. I already published a pattern of traditional bavarian half-socks.

Bavarian knitted socks auf zur dult modeled on my feet

Beautiful as they may be, I realized they may not be all that accessible to a larger audience. Too complicated, too time-consuming, and where do you wear them anyway if the famous bavarian festivals and costume parades are thousands of miles away?

So, I thought it was about time to translate the handed down stitch patterns and constructions to create a more modern sock using bigger needles and simple stitches that still has a distinctive regional look and feel using the traditional Bavarian twisted stitches.

a pair of my bavarian twisted stitch socks "auf zur dult"

I called the resulting pattern Auf zur Dult, which can be translated into English as “Let’s go to the fair”. Sadly our traditional fairs aren’t happening this year due to the pandemic (such a tragedy really), but I could well imagine wearing these socks together with a more casual look.

all pretty and ready to knit - my sock knitting pattern

(Note: These socks are not meant to be worn with a traditional bavarian costume. Further adjustments would have to be made).

I do have to say that the task of developing this pattern was quite a bit more difficult than I thought it would be. The problem: Usually I knit with 2.00 mm needles or below. With 120 stitches or more in the round on your needles, you do have a lot of freedom to shape fantastic gussets and squeeze in unique designs into the shaft.

the socks side by side so you can see the different twist of the bavarian cables

And after I plotted down a possible design I found out it didn’t knit up quite as well as I thought it would. So, it did take me like 5 attempts to get it right. But now, I am super satisfied! I’m truly in love with these socks. So, definitely comment below if I should develope some more patterns using Bavarian Twisted stitches.

view of the bavarian twisted stitches on the toes from above

This sock knitting pattern is, like all my other patterns, exclusively available for my newsletter subscribers. It’s probably more suitable for intermediate knitters as it does not go into too great a detail in terms of sizing. The basic pattern is for a men’s size 8.5 (EU 42), but it can be adjusted to other sizes as well. If that has you worried, then my Socke 1 beginner pattern might be more to your liking.

the traditional bavarian socks modeled on a foot

Like almost all traditional bavarian sock patterns I know, it also relies heavily on your ability to read charts. It is, mind you, quite the simple chart with no crazy repeat, but I know that some knitters might favor written instructions which are not available for this pattern (if you have got a repeat of 40+ stitches, these become way too cumbersome and prone to errors on my side. It’s almost impossible to spot a typo in a sea of knits and purls). You also will have to figure out your own size. This post explains how many stitches you need to cast on for socks.

Note: If you want a simple sock knitting pattern, try out Socke 1 and Socke 2 here on my blog.

close-up from below of the bavarian socks

If you downloaded one of my patterns before, then you will already know that it does come with tons of extra instructional pictures and lots of explanation. So, despite being a bit more challenging, I always try to make every step accessible to knitters willing to learn new techniques.

Materials Used:

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the materials you need for this sock knitting pattern

While most bavarian sock patterns are quite difficult, you don’t need any crazy equipment (still, make sure to check out my list of 25 things every knitter needs).

  • 500 yards/ 460 meters of sturdy sock yarn for needles size 2.5 – 3.00mm. I am using the Wollmeise Twin (Superwash merino 20% Polyamide) in the color Pistazie. Regia 4-ply can be a nice (and much less expensive) alternative. Or the Regia Trend & Classic (Schachenmayr has been a favorite of Bavarian knitters for quite a loooong time!).
  • Double-Pointed Knitting needles 2.5 mm. Frequent readers probably already know that I am a huge fan of the Knitter’s Pride Karbonz because they are the only ones that don’t end up crooked after 5 minutes.
  •  A tapestry needle and scissors.
  • A crochet hook to pick up the stitches for the gusset (optional)
  • A measuring tape (optional)

Knitting techniques used

one socks basking in the light

These bavarian socks are knit in the round on double-pointed needles. That’s the traditional way, and I feel it’s much easier to knit the gusset that way. If you are still struggling with that technique, I compiled a very helpful tutorial with 10 tips and tricks to knit on dpns like a pro. You will also need to know how to read a knitting chart.

Anyway, that’s it. Go download the traditional bavarian sock pattern and make sure to comment in case you haveany questions.

bavarian sock knitting pattern

7 thoughts on “Sock Knitting pattern with bavarian twisted stitches: Auf zur Dult”

  1. Norman, how do I get this pattern? I love to knit socks and this looks like fun. I already subscribe to your newsletter.

    • seems you are already subscribed to my newsletter. I am currently working on a members area where ppl can download existing patterns. thank you for your patience.

    • Hey Judy,

      then your email provider is blocking my emails and there is nothing I can do about that. YOU could reach out to them, etc…but probably not worth the effort.


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