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Oak Barrel Socks

Knitting
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
34 stitches and 49 rows = 4 inches in oak barrel stitch (unstretched)
US 1 - 2.25 mm
360 - 720 yards (329 - 658 m)
to fit women's size 8 (men's 11) US shoe size
This pattern is available for download for $3.85.

These Oak Barrel Socks were inspired by a yarn the color of oak barrels, which reminded me of the fun I’ve had visiting wineries up and down California. I’ve used a simple knit-and-purl stitch to create alternating bands of ribbing to echo the look of wooden slats joined together. With their classic construction (cuff down with a flap heel) and simple stitch pattern, these socks are designed to be a quick and easy gift knit.

The top photo is of the magazine sample; the lower photos are of the prototype, which was worked in a different yarn, but gives you a clearer picture of the stitch pattern.