Birch Leaf Socks by Nancy Bush
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Birch Leaf Socks

November 2000
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 23 rows = 2 inches
in stockinette stitch using size 0 (2mm) dpn
US 0 - 2.0 mm
357 - 400 yards (326 - 366 m)
Woman's medium

Pattern Description from A Gathering of Lace: “The woods of Estonia are mostly birch and in the spring, they leaf out in a glorious green. Birch bark was used throughout northern lands to make shoes in past times and is still made into baskets. … I especially enjoy the custom of bringing a few birch branches inside in early spring where, placed in a vase with water, they leaf out, offering the promise of longer, warmer days … . This leafy lace pattern reminds me of birch leaves.”

Skill Level: Intermediate

Finished Measurements: Woman’s medium

Yarn: Schoolhouse Press Satakieli (3½oz/100g; 357yds/325m; wool) 1 skein Gray #901

* Set of 5 double-pointed needles (dpn) in size 0 (2mm), or size to obtain gauge


  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle

Blocked Gauge: 16 sts and 23 rnds to 2”/5cm in St st using size 0 (2.75) dpn.


  1. The needle diagrams show the arrangement of sts on the dpn. Red numbers indicate the first dpn of the rnd.
  2. See Techniques, p. 162, for sl2og-k1-p2sso.