This designer can’t imagine a better gift than custom-made handknitted socks. That’s why, whenever she has time, she makes socks for her friends and family. She looked through a Japanese book of stitch patterns and couldn’t decide between a fancy rib pattern and a seed and rib pattern, so she made both!
Finished Size: About 7 ½” (19 cm) foot circumference and 9 ½” (24 cm) long from back of heel to tip of toe. To fit women’s U.S. shoe sizes 6 ½ to 7 ½.
Yarn: Shelridge Farm Soft Touch Ultra (100% wool; 192 yd [175 m]/50 g): 2 skeins for each pair of socks. Shown in navy and brown.
Yarn weight: #0 – Lace
Gauge: 16 sts and 22 rnds = 2″ (5 cm) in St st worked in the rnd on smaller needles.
Needles: Lower leg and foot – size 2 (2.75 mm): set of 4 double-pointed (dpn). Upper leg – size 3 (3.25 mm): set of 4 dpn. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Marker (m); tapestry needle.
Originally Published: Interweave Knits Winter 2005