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Iris Garden

Knitting
October 2006
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
350 - 500 yards (320 - 457 m)
This pattern is available for free.

Summary Toe-up, stranded colorwork, braid top with crochet bind-off (size D hook), afterthought heel, personalization option. This pattern is easily split into two or four sections and works well with magic loop, two circulars, or five double-pointed needles.

Additional Size/Gauge information The leg is approximately 7 inches tall.
- 9 stitches per inch for a 7” finished circumference.
- 8.5 stitches per inch for a 7.5” finished circumference.
- 8 stitches per inch for a 8” finished circumference.
- If you relax and keep your floats loose this sock is quite stretchy. Please choose a size 10%-15% smaller than your foot size.

Additional Yarn Information
- Main Color 100g fingering weight sock yarn. A solid or variegated (which will make the sock appear more complex) is recommended.
- Contrasting Color 75g fingering weight sock yarn. Either a solid or self-striping yarn (which will stripe more slowly than usual and make the sock appear more complex). The pattern sample uses a hand-dyed self striping yarn similar to A Good Sock from Rae’s Yarn Boutique.

Additional Needle Information The second set of needles should be a size larger than the ones needed to achieve gauge.

Charts Included Toe, foot, heel, leg, and alphanumeric charts for optional personalization.

From Rae Blackledge’s Pattern Introduction Turkish style socks with a French Twist. The Fleur de Lys is a traditional French symbol that represents the Iris. I’ve taken the traditional color work Fleur de Lys and found a place to plant it in every chart creating a whole garden of Irises. In the beginning of the sock the charts have short repeats. As you knit the sock and become more relaxed with the two color knitting you will find the color work becomes slightly more challenging on the leg.

Notes This was the October-November 2006 pattern exclusive for the Six Sox Knitlalong group. You must be a member (anyone can join) to access and download this pattern. Rae Blackledge’s website is Extravayarnza.