Dowager's Prize Diamonds by Maureen Foulds

Dowager's Prize Diamonds

September 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
300 - 400 yards (274 - 366 m)
Small, Large
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Diamonds are supposed to be a girl’s best friend. This pattern can’t make claims about shiny rocks, but these socks will certainly join your prized favorites in your sock drawer. By combining twisted stitches and 1/1 cables, an intricate pattern of diamonds will appear, some with purled interiors and some with knitted interiors.

This sock is knit from the cuff down. The instructions reference the sole and instep stitches rather than specifying needles, allowing you to use your preferred method (4 or 5 needles, magic loop, 2 circular needles).

Sizes: Small, Large, with an 8” (10”) circumference, blocked. Modifications can be used to create a medium using a 2.25mm needle.

Materials Needed:

  • Approximately 400 yards (365m) of Lola-Doodles Twinkle Toes fingering sock yarn (1 skein= 400yd/365m per 3oz/100g), or similar.
  • 1 set of 5 US #1 (2.5 mm double-point needles, or size needles required to obtain gauge. This pattern will look best in tonal or solid colors so as not to obscure the diamond pattern.
  • Tapestry needle

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner - Intermediate. You should have experience knitting socks and be familiar with basic sock construction. The pattern requires basic 1/1 cabling and twisted stitches on alternate rows. This isn’t mindless TV knitting, but once you get the hang of the cables/twisted stitches, it progresses quite easily.