Medrith's Little Lace
Pattern Description from A Gathering of Lace: “The inspiration for these socks was a pair of store-boughts that I positively wore out, and when replacements could not be found, the gauntlet - or should I say, the socklet - had been thrown. The process of inventing a suitable lace pattern taught me about a characteristic of lace vs. St st: if there is very much lace (yo’s and their compensatory dec’s), the fabric will gain a good bit of sideways stretch and won’t fit a narrow foot and leg very well, so I needed fewer sts than usual. I also discovered that the locations and types of decreases affected the fabric. I chose the arrangement for this sock that would cause the fabric to lay the flattest: the feathered dec’s. However, I’ve included a chart that gives a bold, almost 3-dimensional result, as well as expanded charts for those who’d like to knit socks for very wide feet or thick ankles.”
Skill Level: Intermediate
Finished Measurements: Women’s medium (wide)
Yarn: Schoeller-Esslinger Fortissima Cotton (1¾oz/50g; 231yds/210m; 75% cotton/25% nylon) or comparable sock yarn. 2 balls Black #02 Optional: Reinforcing yarn for heel and toe.
Needles: Set of 5 double-pointed needles (dpn) in size 2 (2.75mm), or size to obtain gauge
Extras: Tapestry needle
Blocked Gauge: 14 sts to 2”/5cm in St st using size 2 (2.75mm) dpn. A 13-st rep of the feathered chart pat measures approx 2½”.
- The needle diagram shows the arrangement of sts on the dpn. Red numbers indicate the first dpn of the rnd.
- Directions are for medium size with wide size in parentheses.
- Only even chart rnds are shown. Knit all odd rnds.
- See Techniques, p. 162, for sl2tog-k1-p2sso.