Casual Business by Lisa K. Ross

Casual Business

October 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
400 - 450 yards (366 - 411 m)
Adult S (M, L, XL)
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These smart socks are ready for any occasion. Wear them with shoes that cover the instep to look perfectly professional, then kick off your shoes when it’s time to get the party started. Worked top-down, these socks feaure a quickly memorized colorwork pattern around the leg of the sock. A slip-stitch heel provides extra durability and seamlessly transitions to a striped sole and instep. Both whimsical and practical, these socks are worked from cuff to toe without cutting the yarn. While the color fun continues to the foot, shoes or boots will still fit comfortably with only single strands of knitting. Business or casual? That’s up to you!

This pattern includes “Tips For Colorwork” and a guide on “Getting the Right Fit.”

Adult S (M, L, XL)
Leg Circumference: 8 (9, 10, 11)”/ 20.5 (23, 25.5, 28) cm
Foot Circumference: 7 (8, 9, 10)”/ 18 (20, 23, 25) cm
Leg Length: Adjustable to fit
Foot Length: Adjustable to fit, approx. 1/2” (1.3cm) shorter than actual foot length

Skein Top Draw Sock (85% Superwash Merino, 15% Nylon; 437 yards / 100 grams) in 2 colors; approx. 200 yds in each color
Sample in MC ‘Smokestack Lightning’ and CC ‘Jersey’

US 2 (2.75mm) for colorwork and US 1 (2.25mm), or as needed to meet gauge; DPNs or needles for small circumference knitting

Tapestry needle
3 stitch markers

32sts and 48 rounds = 4” (10cm) in stockinette
32sts and 40 rounds = 4” (10cm) in colorwork pattern

Tech editing by Kate Atherley. Photos by Annie Prince Photography.