Fernweh Socks by Knitting Expat Designs

Fernweh Socks

Knitting
September 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
8 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
383 - 437 yards (350 - 400 m)
7 sizes from 48sts up to 80sts
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This pattern is part of The Wanderlust Sock Club Collection - A Sock Pattern Club by the Knitting Expat. It is exclusively available for Club members only until 1 January 2019 - You can purchase the club Ebook at any point to get this and the other patterns in the collection before then.

The word Fernweh is German in origin and means an ache to get away and travel to a distant place, a feeling even stronger than wanderlust!

Its an effective but simple design to work and is a great step up from some more basic patterned socks. For the more seasoned knitter the pattern will provide some soothing knitting without being so simple that it gets boring. This pattern will work great with most types of dye styles.

From 1 January 2019 this and all the other patterns in the collection will be available for individual purchase.

Please see this THREAD in the Knitting Expat Ravelry group for more details about the 2018 Sock clubs.

What you will need:

• Yarn – 100g Sock Yarn (approx. 365-400m / 400-440 yds) Sample knit in Lolodidit on the Lolo’s Favourite base in the Tin Roof Remix & Fame Colourways (80/10/10 SW Merino / Cashmere / Nylon).

• Needles – 2.25mm or 2.5mm (US 1 or 1.5) on a Long cable for magic loop (I suggest 40” / 100cm for two at a time knitting).

• Notions – Stitch Markers if you wish to mark pattern repeats. I also use a progress keeper to keep track of my row count and how many rows I have done (this can also work to mark the instep side of your work).

• Gauge – Approx 8 sts/inch in stockinette

• Size – Socks are sized in a XS, (S, S/M, M, M/L, L, XL). Sizes are based on foot circumference and not length as you knit the sock as long as you need to in order to fit the recipient. Please also note that socks need to have about 1-2 inches (2.5-5cm) of negative ease in order to provide a nice snug fit around the foot without being too baggy. Further, socks will loosen up over time and with wear so personally I prefer a nice snug fit at the start to reduce this effect later.

  • 48sts - X Small for a foot circumference of approx. 6-7 inches
  • 56sts - Small for a foot circumference of approx. 8-9 inches
  • 60sts - Small/Medium for a foot circumference of approx. 8.5-9.5 inches
  • 64sts - Medium for a foot circumference of approx. 9-10 inches
  • 68sts - Medium/Large for a foot circumference of approx. 9.5-10.5 inches
  • 72sts - Large for a foot circumference of approx. 10-11 inches
  • 80sts - X Large for a foot circumference of approx. 11-12 inches

Notes for Printing:
• Instructions for Cuff Down are on Pages 4-5
• Instructions for Toe Up are on Pages 6-7
• Stitch Pattern instructions are on Page 8
• German Short Row Heel instructions is on Pages 9 - 10
• Modified Heel Flap Adjustment instructions are in a separate PDF that can be found with this pattern in your Ravelry Library.

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Note about Instructions:

• Instructions are shown XS (S/S-M/M/M-L/L/XL) throughout the pattern, where stitch counts vary.

• I knit my socks using the Magic Loop method, however the pattern can be adapted to be used with DPN’s or 9inch Circulars or your preferred method for knitting socks.

• Instructions are provided for both Cuff Down and Toe Up. The Cuff Down method is first followed by Toe Up instructions. A general outline of the sock construction is first provided followed by the stitch pattern to be used for the leg and foot.

• At the end of the pattern you will find the generic instructions for the German Short Row Heel which is worked exactly the same way for both Toe Up and Cuff Down socks.

• To work the GSR heel in Garter Stitch you will just need to knit every row rather than purl the wrong side rows.

• The Modified Heel Flap Adjustment (MHFA) instructions can be found as a separate PDF download along with this pattern. This was done to reduce the file size of this pattern.