Worked from the top down, these socks feature a deceptively simple lace pattern around the leg and along the top of the foot. The pattern repeats over 20 rounds, but there are only three unique rounds to remember, making these ideal for “TV knitting”.
The socks begin with a sturdy yet flexible Twisted German (also called Old Norwegian) cast-on at the cuffs and end with the Kitchener stitch at the toes.
A traditional round heel (composed of a heel flap and gusset) provides a comfortable fit, especially for feet with high insteps. To create a slight flare that accommodates the calf muscle, one-size larger needles are used for the cast-on and upper leg.
Both row-by-row and charted instructions are provided.
The pattern includes three sizes: About 6 1/2 (7 1/2, 8 1/2)” (16.5 [19, 21.5] cm) foot circumference to fit a child’s large (woman’s medium, woman’s large) foot. A single skein is sufficient for any of the three sizes.
The socks are knitted at a gauge of 8.5 stitches/inch on size U.S. 1 (2.25 mm) needles for the lower leg and foot. The cast-on and upper leg is worked on size U.S. 2 (2.75 mm) needles.