Bear Socks by Devin Ventre

Bear Socks

Knitting
January 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28.5 stitches and 46 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
470 yards (430 m)
Adult Medium - For Foot Circumference: 9” / 23 cm - Finished Sock Circumference: 8.5” / 21.5 cm
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Pattern Notes
The Bear Socks are worked from the top down with a very dense and warm textured panel of slipped and twisted stitches across the front and quick and easy stockinette stitch in back. The pattern includes a gusset and a hard-wearing slipped stitch heel flap

Materials
Barrett Wool Co. Home Fingering (100% American Wool; 370 yd (338 m)/100 g skein)
Color A (main color): Stationery
1 skein
Color B (heels and toes): Bear
100 yards or 20 g

US #1/2.25 mm needle(s) or size required to get gauge
Stitch markers
Tapestry needle

This pattern is written to have the sts evenly divided on two needles. For this, you could use Magic Loop, two 24-inch circulars, or, my personal favorite, three 16-inch circulars.

Knitting with three 16-inch circulars is accomplished very simply by holding 32 sts on each of two needles and working the sts with the third needle; it’s similar to using DPNs with the benefit of the flexible cord.

If you prefer DPNs, I recommend keeping 32 sts on Needle 1 (N1) and dividing the other 32 evenly with 16 on each of two needles for the back of the sock (N2).

Gauge
28.5 sts/46 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch
Adjust needle size to obtain correct gauge.

The texture pattern naturally knits up a wee bit tighter than the stockinette back of the sock. Try to avoid working it too tightly; but, don’t worry if it seems just a little bit tighter. It’ll be fine in the end, I promise.