Flower Shock Socks by Anna Friberg

Flower Shock Socks

May 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
38 stitches and 52 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
300 - 360 yards (274 - 329 m)
Small (Medium, Large)
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“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips it’s turn”
– Hal Borland
When you live far up north where the winter is long and the days short, the longing for spring is something that keeps you going during those darker months.
The idea for these socks was born just when the light was beginning to return and we couldn’t wait for all the spring flowers to burst out in blooms.

Small (Medium, Large)
The circumference round the sock’s foot is 15 (17.5, 19.5) / 6 (6.75, 7.75)”, while the length of the sock is adjustable.
For a good fit, knit the socks 2.5 cm / 1” shorter than foot length and choose a size 2.5-5 cm / 1-2” narrower than foot circumference.
Yarn Used
Limmo-design Hand dyed sockgarn, 420m/100g in five colours
MC Grön I/Silver: 120 (140, 160) m / 130 (150, 170) yards
CC1 Syren/Plomon: 40 (65, 85) m / 45 (70, 90) yards
CC2 Citron/Petrol: 40 (65, 85) m / 45 (70, 90) yards
CC3 Himmelsblå/Grön I: 40 (65, 85) m / 45 (70, 90) yards
CC4 Rosa marsipan/Curry: 40 (65, 85) m / 45 (70, 90) yards
Note that meterage / yardage may differ depending on the length of the sock.
On 2.25 mm / US1 needles: 38 sts and 52 rnds = 10x10 cm / 4x4” in st st, 36 sts and 54 rnds = 10 x 10 cm / 4”x4” in striped lace pattern
I am a tight knitter so you may need to go down a needle size to obtain gauge.
Notions & Needles
2 stitch markers
1 movable stitch marker
Tapestry needle
Scrap yarn in contrasting colour
2.25 mm / US1 circular needles 80 or 100 cm / 32” or 40”, or size needed to obtain gauge
Techniques used
Judy’s Magic Cast On, video tutorial
Magic Loop, video tutorial
Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off
Afterthought heel, pick up sts
German Short Rows, video tutorial
German Short Rows, written tutorial
Kitchener Stitch, video tutorial
Kitchener Stitch, written tutorial

Technical editing
The pattern has been professionally tech edited by James Bartley.

Thank you
gax, carolineronja: a big thank you to you fabulous test knitters. You all been a great help to me!

bellis23, your Inspection of the swedish pattern was such a big help to me, thank you so much!