Attercop by Claire Ellen


October 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
350 - 400 yards (320 - 366 m)
Small (Medium, Large)

~This sock is part of a year-long club, and can only be purchased as part of that club until September 2019, when it will be available for individual sale. Thanks for understanding.~

“Old fat spider spinning in a tree!
Old fat spider can’t see me!
      Attercop! Attercop!
Won’t you stop, Stop your spinning and look for me!

Old Tomnoddy, all big body,
Old Tomnoddy can’t spy me!
          Attercop! Attercop!
                Down you drop!
You’ll never catch me up your tree!”

They made for his noise far quicker than he had expected. They were frightfully angry. Quite apart from the stones no spider has ever liked being called Attercop, and Tomnoddy of course, is insulting to anybody.”
— J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Nobody likes spiders on their legs, but these had to be done! The lace panel that stretches down the middle includes leaves and branches, and if you squint a bit, might also look like dwarves, wrapped up in webs. Have fun!

Skill-level: Intermediate; the bobbles, beads, and lace stitches require a bit of concentration
Materials: 350-400 yards (320-365m) of sock yarn; the socks pictured are a size M and used approx. 380 yards of Silk Sock from Red Fish Dye Works, in a medium charcoal grey. A handful of size 6/0 seed beads in a matching or complementary color— the socks pictured used 33 beads per sock for a total of 66 on the pair. I recommend having as many as 100 beads for a large sock, but actual numbers will depend on both the size and the length of your socks.
Needles: US1 (2.25mm) sock needles; pattern is written for both DPNs and Magic Loop knitters
Tools: tape measure, scissors, tapestry needle
Gauge: 32 stitches and 36 rounds in stockinette stitch across 4 inches or 10cm.
Sizing: Small (Medium, Large) sizes measure approximately 8(9,10) inches or 20.3(22.85, 25.5) cm in circumference. Leg height, ankle depth, and foot length are all adjustable to fit and preference.

Note: This sock features large bobbles which, if replaced with some other knitting feature (ie. beads), will dramatically change the look of the sock.

K= knit
P= purl
Ktbl= knit through the back loop
Ptbl= purl through the back loop
S= slip
SSK= work a slip-slip-knit over the next two stitches
K2tog= knit two stitches together
P2tog= purl two stitches together
P3tog= purl three stitches together
Other stitches defined in the chart key