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Greenhouse socks

April 2013
Light Fingering / 3 ply ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
380 - 420 yards (347 - 384 m)
Ladies XS, S, M, L
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With a simple diamond motif in front and back, and a ribbed panel on each side, this sock features a deceptively simple but yet sophisticated technical solution, and aims for a comfortable fit.

It starts out as a straight forward cuff down sock, but with a twist to the sole shaping and the toe finish. The sole starts out narrow, to leave as much of the sides ribbed as possible for a good fit. It then grows into a toe hugging arch. The toe is knitted in shape beforehand, so when the full length is reached, all the stitches can be cast off in one sweep.

This pattern was used as the round 3 pattern in Sock Madness 2013. During an intense two weeks 232 pairs of this sock were knitted under time pressure by contestants all over the world. If you have questions regarding the pattern, there is an extensive Q&A thread in the group.