Leadenhall Market Socks by Jem Arrowsmith

Leadenhall Market Socks

June 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
300 - 350 yards (274 - 320 m)
S, M, L
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Pick up your needles and take a stroll through the cobbled streets of Leadenhall Market. One of London’s oldest markets, Leadenhall Market dates back to the 14th century and is situated in what was the centre of Roman London. Once a popular and thriving meat and poultry market, the site is now an arcade with a host of boutique style shops housed under ornate roof arches and skylights.

Leadenhall Market Socks are worked from the top down, starting with a ribbed cuff. Then you will work the cobbled paths of reverse stockinette either side of a delicate eyelet lace pattern inspired by the rooftop skylights that run the length of the market.

The pattern is written for 3 adult sizes and video tutorials are provided for the stitches and techniques used to make the socks.

Stitches Used: Knit, purl, slip stitch, short rows, k2tog, p2tog, ssk, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo

Sizes and Measurements

Hand knitted socks are designed to be slightly smaller than the foot length to give a small amount of negative ease. This means that they will hug the foot and leg and stay in place. The sizes given are ‘to fit’ sizes. The actual socks will be slightly smaller to allow a little stretch for a snug fit.

The sizes given in this pattern are for adult sizes in small, medium and large. To determine which size sock to knit you will need to measure your foot as follows:

Circumference – Take a tape measure and wrap this around the widest part of your foot, just before your toes.

Length – Take a ruler and place it on the floor. With the back of your heel on ‘0’ measure the length to the top of your longest toe.

If your measurements are in between the sizes given, select the smaller circumference size as the length can be easily increased to fit.

• Small Adult - 8” / 20.5cm foot circumference and at least 8” / 20m length from tip of toe to back of heel
• Medium Adult - 9” / 23cm foot circumference and at least 9” / 23cm length from tip of toe to back of heel
• Large Adult - 9.75” / 25cm foot circumference and at least 9” / 23cm length from tip of toe to back of heel

The size shown in the pattern photographs is for Small Adult.

Materials Used

When choosing the yarn for your socks you want to be looking for a yarn with nylon content or a high twist as this adds extra durability and strength.

• 1 x 3.5oz / 100g, 440 yd / 400m skein of 4ply sock yarn. The yarn used in the pattern is the
Under the Olive Tree 75% superwash merino / 25% nylon 4ply yarn in the Coral colourway
• 1 set of US 1.5 / 2.5mm double pointed needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
• 3 Stitch Markers
• 1 Tapestry Needle

Gauge - 32 stitches and 44 rnds to 4” / 10cm in stockinette stitch after blocking

The pattern has been tech edited and test knit.