Blackrose Socks by Suzi Anvin

Blackrose Socks

Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 2 - 2.75 mm
220 - 350 yards (201 - 320 m)
S, M, L, XL
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This pattern is available for free.

Blackrose was born when I got once again hooked on spinning, this time in an effort to produce sock yarns that have elements both of self-striping yarns and of ragg yarns. I wanted a pattern that was simple enough to show off the yarn, yet would have enough pattern to draw interest (namely MY interest!) I searched for a lace panel that would do well even in dark or colorful yarns, and designed these socks around it.

The lace is a simple 4-pattern- row repeat that is easily memorized and constructed. It lines up perfectly with the gusset decreases to form an elegant curve down the outside of your leg. The panel is placed on the outside front edge of each sock so that it is easily visible from either the front or the side of your foot.

Much to my joy, I had about 1/3 of my yarn left, so I also threw together some matching wrist warmers. If you’re looking for a quick gift with 50 grams of yarn or less, these warmers might just be the ticket! They are constructed as a simple tube with a small gusset for a well fitting thumb, and can be completed in just a few hours. If you’ve got small feet you may have enough leftovers from your socks to make both.

If you’re not a spinner, these socks will do well in most yarns suited to the gauge (thick fingering to very light sport). I particularly recommend darker shades of hand-painted yarns.