Hunger Games—Extreme* Socks (*extremely comfy)
NOTE: DO NOT remove markers after making gusset increases. (page 4)
In the spirit of Katniss, a pair of socks that are able to stand up to the solid beating I imagine she would give to her socks as she ran for her life.
Below please find specs I thought you might find useful along with a few tantalizing details.
This sock is for the adventurous intermediate or expert knitter (or for a new knitter who hasn’t been told that socks, cables, and double knitting are hard, the therefore is able to do anything)
- knit and purl stitches, YO, right and left leaning increases, decreases, cables
- knitting in the round on two circular needles
- reading lace and charts; use of stitch markers to delineate repeats
- knitting both Continental and British (as commonly done in Fair Isle) is helpful if you wish to include the optional hidden pocket
- knowledge of double-knitting is useful but not required. Tutorial included.
* (S,M)L— for accurate fit, measure around ball of Foot (7in,8in)9in,
* 28 sts=4 in/10cm; 38 rows=4” on sole-stitch stockinette; same on stockinette arrowhead lace
* SOLE: held double; sample knit with The March Hare in Scarlet Letter 70% Merino, 30% silk, 435 yards/ 398 m, 100g; 18 WPI; INSTEP/LEG: Mountain Colors: CrazyFoot in Headwaters 90% superwash Merino, 10% nylon, 425 yards/ 389 m, 100g; 18 WPI
* Two US 1 (2.25 mm) circs; cable needle or appropriate substitute tool; one set US 1 dpns for optional pocket
* stitch markers or paperclips (many)
Things to Know Before You Buy
The construction of these socks is unique. The entire sole is knit first and, thus, is completely replaceable. It is knit with fingering-weight yarn held double to create a toe-up, form-fitting arch which will give you a very firm, cushiony, comforting bed upon which to rest your weary feet.
The instep is decorated with lace, not out of vanity—the one thing Katniss doesn’t wrestle with—but for breathability. The instep and leg are knit after the sole, starting at the toe and working up the leg. The first and last stitch of each instep row are used to “seam” the instep to the sole stitches.
The leg pattern ends with an optional, secret, double knit-pocket. This pocket is effectively double knit flat while knitting in the round — detailed instructions for all unique techniques are provided.
As per the What Would Madame Defarge Knit? books, links in the PDF pattern are live, allowing you to find linked-to tutorials and to move easily within the electronic version of the pattern, jumping to charts from text instructions and back again, as needed, while knitting.
The charts are constructed to work easily in Knit Companion for the iPad (only one chart will need to be rotated).