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Crosswaves Socks

Knitting
September 2010
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
385 - 660 yards (352 - 604 m)
Women’s Small (US shoe size 6-8), Women’s Large (US shoe size 9-11)/Men’s Medium (US shoe size 8-10) and Men’s Large (US shoe size 11-13)
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Inspired by a wavy rib detail in a vintage stitch pattern book, I wondered: what would happen if I knit the waves in the round, mirrored on one side and intersecting with themselves on the other? This remarkable sock was the result!

The sock looks much more difficult than it actually is – you get five rounds of plain 2x2 rib in between the cable rounds. The waves themselves are only a 12-round repeat; the snaking cable off center on top of the foot makes up the few extra rows.

All in all, the pattern is easily memorizable once you know what you are doing, and the effort pays off in the end with a delightfully squishy sock!


Sizes
Women’s Small (US shoe size 6-8), Women’s Large (US shoe size 9-11)/Men’s Medium (US shoe size 8-10) and Men’s Large (US shoe size 11-13).

Finished Measurements
Circumference: 8(9, 10) inches – will stretch to fit 11(12, 13) inches comfortably.
Foot length: Adjustable to fit.

Materials

  • Knit Picks Gloss Sock Yarn (70% merino wool, 30% silk; 220 yds/201m per 50g skein); color: Bordeaux; 2(2, 3) skeins
  • 1 set US 1/2.25mm double-pointed needles OR a 32-inch circular needle for magic loop
  • Cable needle (optional)
  • 2 Stitch markers – ideally of a different size, style or color
  • Scissors
  • Blunt needle

Gauge
26 sts/44 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch


Knitty Errata: RPC and LPC referred to in the instructions for the heel flap should be C4B and C4F, respectively.


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