Bracteole by Leah B. Thibault


April 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
35 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in Lace pattern
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
400 - 511 yards (366 - 467 m)
8”/20.5 cm circumference.
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Did you know that those little green leaves that surround a bud have a name? Bracts (or bracteoles for little ones) are specialized leaves whose primary purpose is something other than photosynthesis - in this case, protection of the newly formed buds. The beautifully protective bracts are the inspiration behind this budding lace pattern, and serve as a reminder that if you look close enough (in this case really close), inspiration is everywhere.

8”/20.5 cm circumference. Sample shown is 10”/25.5 cm from toe to heel and 5”/12.5 from top of heel to top of cuff. To adjust circumference, adjust needle size/gauge.

Yarn + color(s)
1 set Red Sock Blue Sock Yarn Co. Sock Adventures in
Pistachio/Ava (80% Superwash Merino, 20% nylon; MC
420 yds; CC 90 yds)

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35 sts and 40 rnds= 4”/10 cm in Bract Lace and Stockinette St. Adjust needles as needed to match gauge.

Needles & Notions
US 2 2.5mm dpns or circular needle. NB: US 2 needles vary in size from 2.5 to 2.75 mm, double check your needle size before beginning.
Tapestry needle
Stitch marker

Pattern Notes
Sock is knit from the toe-up with a gusset and eye of partridge heel. Ribbing under the arch makes for a snug fit. CC is striped subtly throughout the lace pattern, and is easiest if carried up the inside of the foot between stripes. Sample used all of CC, so if a longer cuff or larger sock is desired, omit striping. Notes regarding length are given throughout pattern. To change width of sock, adjust stitch gauge by changing needle size up or down.