Flying Buttress Socks by Maureen Foulds
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Flying Buttress Socks

January 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
325 - 400 yards (297 - 366 m)
Womens Medium, Womens Large (Mens Medium)
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A flying buttress is a specific form of architecture most strongly associated with Gothic churches. The purpose of any buttress is to resist the forces pushing a wall outwards by redirecting them to the ground.

This pattern incorporates left and right buttresses, created by a simple 2/1 cable that are repeated on the front and back of each sock, making the leg symmetrical whether viewed from the front, back or sides. The buttresses are edged by a simple baby cable which continues down over the foot.

Two sizes are provided. The Women’s Medium (CO 64 sts) is designed to fit a US size 7-9 foot. The Women’s Large (or Mens Medium) (CO 72 sts) will fit womens sizes 9-11. A test knit Large comfortably fit a mens US size 11 foot.

The pattern as written incorporates a stocking stitch toe. However, the Womens Medium size could incorporate a further repeat of the Flying Buttress pattern through the toe. A chart for this option is also provided.

The yardage requirements given are generously based on the test knitted samples.

The pattern 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). Each pattern repeat is approximately 1.5” long. If you wish to add length to the leg of the sock, add the appropriate number of pattern repeats and adjust your yardage requirements appropriately.