Cushy Footbed by Cat Bordhi

Cushy Footbed

September 2009
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches = 4 inches
US 3 - 3.25 mm

This sock pattern is one of 28 in my ebook, Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters. My Personal Footprint method is fun and easy, and captivates even seasoned sock knitters with its innovative approach and ease of fitting any foot. It is ideal for normal feet as well as feet with unusually high or low insteps, and heels of all sizes and shapes.

Sock manufacturers knit intarsia motifs and leave trimmed ends hanging inside, and so can we—with the right yarns. I’ve paired a lace-weight mohair/silk blend with a sock yarn for the footbed and cuff (note the color change). The combined yarns strengthen and cushion these hard-wear areas. Cut ends of the lace-weight yarn hang securely inside, held in place by their clingy fibers, and will slowly felt into the fabric. Larger sizes have three pattern repeats up front; sample shown has two.