Halloween Socks by Star Athena

Halloween Socks

Knitting
November 2010
Sport (12 wpi) ?
260 - 435 yards (238 - 398 m)
This pattern is written for four sizes: (See foot circumference chart to determine appropriate size) 1. Women’s Small (2. Women’s Medium/Men’s Small, 3. Women’s Large/Men’s Medium, 4. Women’s X-L/Men’s Large)

Hi there! I am no longer comfortable associating Day of the Dead with these socks. Profiting off of another culture is wrong and I regret it. I’m so sorry. The pattern is no longer available for purchase and any previous profits from this pattern have been donated to RAICES.

“Cultural appropriation, at times also phrased cultural misappropriation, is the adoption of elements of a minority culture by members of the dominant culture.” (Wikipedia)

Original Description: (leaving this up for now)
Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is a holiday to be spent gathered with family and friends to remember loved ones who have died. The celebration occurs on November 2 in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building altars honoring the deceased using decorated sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed. The Day of the Dead is not a time for mourning, so knit and decorate these socks using bright, festive colors and wear them to party. At the end of the pattern you will find a sugar skull paper craft pattern. Decorate that too! These socks give the knitter options. A simple sock can be decorated by embroidering marigolds along the eyelets. A skeleton can be embroidered along the side if desired.

NOTE: Because of the large file size, the sugar skull paper craft is in a separate PDF file. Both the sock pattern and sugar skull paper craft are included in this download. Be sure to save them both.

This pattern is written for four gauges: (6, 7, 8, or 9 sts = 1”) Sample shown: sport-weight: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Mediumweight 100% SUPERWASH Wool; 380yd per 155 gram skein; color: Pallas Athena: 1 skein.

Notions: Stitch markers, scrap yarn or embroidery floss, tapestry needle.

This pattern is written using the magic loop or 2-circular method, where half the stitches are on N1, and the other half are on N2. You can easily divide these stitches again for double pointed needles.