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Party Socks

Knitting
February 2010
Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 2 inches in circular stockinette stitch
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
woman's medium, ~7.5" (19 cm) around foot & 9.5" (24 cm) from heel to toe

These party socks were inspired by a number of historic socks I have been fortunate to see in various museums over the last ten years. Many European-style stockings for women knitted in the nineteenth century were decorated down the front of the leg only, where all the work would show to best advantage beneath a long skirt. I chose mock cables and a Lace Diamond pattern adapted from Estonian knitted lace to decorate the front of these socks. I used a round or French heel and complemented it with the French toe.