Finish Line Socks by Lisa Adcock

Finish Line Socks

April 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
7.5 stitches and 11 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette stitch
US 1Β½ - 2.5 mm
390 - 400 yards (357 - 366 m)
Medium (8.5")/Medium(9.5")
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These twisted rib socks are based on the drag racing venue at Summit Motorsports Dragway in Norwalk, OH. Various features of the drag strip are included in the stitch pattern.

Starting at the base (ankle) of the sock, you’ll see diamonds representing the starting lights. Traveling up the side of the sock, in between the β€œlights”, you’ll see the staging lanes where the cars line up to race. On the outermost sides of the sock, you have the service drive down to the end of the dragstrip and the middle cable design and columns form the actual racing surface. At the top of the sock, you have the finish line. I’ve utilized beads to signify the timing tower, which lights up with the winner and their elapsed time.

The sock can be modified for larger feet by simply adding some stitches at the sides of the sock. Placing the stitches on the sides will leave the main design undisturbed.

Note that the twisted stitches the fabric is less stretchy, so this sock was designed with more stitches and worked with a US1/2.5mm needle. However, this made the foot of the sock too big for me given that only half the sock at that point has twisted stitches. Therefore, you may want to drop down a needle size to 2.25mm for the heel turn, gusset and foot. This was confirmed by some of my testers.

There are no written instructions for the chart due to their size. If you have questions, please send me a private message (PM).

Size 1 US (2.50mm) needles (2 circulars, 1 set of 5 Double-pointed needles, or one 40”(102 cm) circular for Magic Loop) or size needed to get gauge; may also want one size small- er for foot section
Tapestry needle
100 g sock yarn
Sock pictured used 2 balls of Plymouth Yarn’s β€œHappy Feet” yarn color 1505 (90% Superwash Merino Wool, 10% Nylon; 192 yds/175 m; 50g);

32 6/0 beads or size that yarn will fit through

Medium 8.5”/20 cm (Large 9.5”/23
cm ); Measured around the ball of the foot. Instructions for large are noted in parenthesis throughout pattern

Thanks to my pattern testers: