Frivolous Socks by Katie Franceschi
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Frivolous Socks

November 2011
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 0 - 2.0 mm
400 - 440 yards (366 - 402 m)
narrow, regular and wide width - any length
This pattern is available from for $6.50.

Feminine. Decadent. Opulent. Each Frivolous sock starts at the toe and is decorated with an all over lattice stitch. A daring gusset pattern is a secret indulgence. The glass beads dotting the cuff add a shimmer just below the fluttering silk ribbon crowing the cuff. Slip into these remarkable beauties and you’ll feel as singular as Emma Woodhouse.

While the overall look is complex, I’ve streamlined the working of these socks as much as possible. A small, steel crochet hook is used to place a bead on individual stitches, eliminating the need to pre-string the beads before knitting commences. The overall stitch pattern is easily memorized and the gusset cable can worked without a cable needle, if you choose.

Yarn Note: The pictured yarn is fingering weight, light color saturation, with minor variations in color, often called a semi-solid. For best results, choose a medium to lightly saturated yarn and high contrast beads. If the yarn and beads are too close in color, they will not show up well. Solid (not see through) beads provide the most contrast. Use a color wheel to find to find the compliment (the color on the opposite side of the color wheel) to your yarn color – this is a great choice for your beads. I recommend adding beads to your swatch. This will give you the best preview of your final yarn and bead combination.

Notions: Size 6/0 seed beads, 2 yards 2” wide silk ribbon, steel crochet hook for placing beads.