Christmastime Socks by Carol Schoenfelder

Christmastime Socks

September 2011
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
450 - 600 yards (411 - 549 m)
adult small, medium, large
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When I think of winter, I think of Christmas trees, and candycanes, and sleigh bells. This sock incorporates all of these.

The sock is worked from the toe up. It has a rounded toe and a short-row heel. Fir trees form the center of the sock and are framed by strings of sleigh bells. The back of the leg features candy canes. The tree and candy-cane designs are made up mostly of 2-st cables and twists.

The heel isn’t the usual short-row heel. It’s a yo-yo (German jo-jo) heel, which uses doubled stitches instead of wrapping.

I wanted to have a short-row-type heel for the socks because of the diagonal lines in the pattern. But, I dislike short-row heels – mainly because they usually don’t fit me because of my high arch. This heel is adjustable for low or high arches.

These socks are suitable for both male and female and are charted for 3 sizes: S, M, L.

The candy canes were the hardest part of the sock to design. In the end, I decided to try out different ideas for the canes on a dishcloth. This dishcloth is the result.