Gloriana Socks by Nicola W
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Gloriana Socks

March 2011
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 2 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 1Β½ - 2.5 mm
300 - 400 yards (274 - 366 m)
M, up or down needle size for S or L
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Gloriana was one of the names given by the public to Elizabeth I (along with Good Queen Bess and The Fairy Queen) and I’ve chosen it as the name for this sock; a cabled, quilted, ruff-cuffed sock knit from the top down, with a heel-flap and regal gorgeousness.

Inspired by Queen Elizabeth I and a love of all things Tudor, this is the first sock in a new series inspired by costume and clothing through the ages. The leg is equivalent to the top part of the costume, complete with β€˜jewelled’ bodice and slashed sleeves, which then moves on to the pointed stomacher (the bottom part of the bodice), which in turn leads on to the diamond pin-tuck kirtle, or over-skirt. And the cuff, of course, is a representation of the starched ruff collars found throughout the Elizabethan era and beyond.