A Tiger in Autumn by Yavanna Reynolds
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A Tiger in Autumn

October 2012
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
6 stitches and 10 rows = 1 inch
in 1x1 rib
US 1 - 2.25 mm
400 - 440 yards (366 - 402 m)
S, M, L (56, 70, 84) sts plus instructions for toddler socks
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

The inspiration for these socks came from the idea of Indian Summer. While I was preparing this pattern we were experiencing a bit of Indian Summer here in El Cerrito and the idea of a autumnal lace sock really appealed to me. Oftentimes, here in the SF Bay Area, our most beautiful, sunny, hot days happen in Deep Fall. A lace sock knit up in autumnal colors seemed just the thing to celebrate this unique time of year, the chevron wave like the heat wave itself.

The idea of “A Tiger in Autumn” came from a bit of research I did into the term “Indian Summer.” I came across the Chinese term “qiū lǎohǔ”, which literally translates to ‘a tiger in autumn’ a phrase used to describe this very same time of year.

General Notes: I tried to keep this sock basic and straightforward with few tricks. I designed this to be worked continuously in a self striping yarn. The afterthought heel allows you to keep the pattern of the stripes uninterrupted. It also works as a safeguard in case you worry about having enough yarn…since the toes and heels are done last, they can easily be done in a contrast yarn. The patterned sole keeps things interesting, and continues the chevron-y goodness along the entire sock.

Instructions are also included for a more straightforward, slip stitch heel. Charts and written instructions are included. You do not need to know how to read charts to knit this pattern.

This pattern has a leg chart (for all sizes) and sized instep and sole charts. All charts are also written out for those who prefer not to work from charts.

Fit Notes: Instructions are included for 3 sizes: 56, 70, and 84 sts (S, M, L). The lace pattern used is EXTREMELY stretchy and wide, do not be surprised if a smaller than usual cast-on number is big enough, or even too large. Use of a stretchy cast on, like twisted German cast on, is recommended to allow for full utilization of the sizing. Sock measures between (7.25, 9, 10.75)” relaxed and (10.5, 13, 15.5)” when stretched.

As an extra bonus, I’ve also included basic instructions for modifying this pattern for a TODDLER or KIDS version of the sock.