Fosco's Pret-pret-pretties by Heather Ordover

Fosco's Pret-pret-pretties

April 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 50 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
400 yards (366 m)
Women’s 6-8 (M), 9-10 (L), 11-12 (XL); shown in size M
Flag of English English
This pattern is available from for $6.00.


Please see the pattern images for a corrected ribbing chart. (This replaces the cable rib chart in digital edition v1.0.) The printed book’s chart is correct.

Count Fosco (of Wilkie Collins’ Woman in White) is, by all accounts, a deliciously devious villain—and a delicious villain needs a yummy sock. Fosco is also a bit of a dandy, so this sock includes some marvelous little ditties when it comes to comfort and construction.

The trellis pattern includes little eyes peeking out at you, checking to make sure you’re not writing anything in your journal of which Signor Fosco might disapprove. The sock’s trellises eventually give way and leave just the eyes, unabashedly watching.

Reminding you that he knows.

He loves to do that. He loves the game.

Sliding down the outside of leg, down to a clock, are multi-strand cables which—passing the clock—do not stop until they hit the floor under the heel and the toe-graft itself. Fosco never stopped, so why should his cables?

The heel turn must be different and strong and challenging and beautiful—thus, a Welsh Heel! Perhaps the oddest, but certainly one of the most long-wearing heel turns out there. But lest the sole of the foot feel left out, this arch is shaped and snug, hugging the bottom of your foot like a warm caress.

We’ll ignore the fact that Fosco would never do that for you.

I have. And that should be enough.

Tempted Good Grrl (100% superwash merino; 400yds / 366m per 100g skein; 15 wpi), Mocha; 1 skein

2 US #1 / 2.25mm circular needles, each 24” / 60cm or longer, or size needed to obtain gauge

Stitch markers