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Forest & Trees Sock

Knitting
October 2009
Light Fingering / 3 ply ?
32 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette st
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
400 yards (366 m)
women’s s (us shoe size 5-8), women’s l (us shoe size 8½+)
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I love variegated yarns, and I love complex stitchwork. But too colourful a yarn means that the stitchwork is obscured; too much patterning and you lose the effect of the colours. This sock design is a nice balance of the two – the stitchwork is strong enough to stand up to a coloured yarn, and yet still lets the colour show through…. allowing you to see both the forest and the trees…

Although the stitch pattern looks complex, it’s actually a 16 stitch repeat, with a couple of 4-stitch cables. If you’ve got good pointy needles, you can even work it without a cable needle.