Petoskey Stones by Karen Martin Kepner
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Petoskey Stones

October 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
US 1 - 2.25 mm
175 - 219 yards (160 - 200 m)
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

From my own summers in Michigan while growing up, I learned to hunt for and prize the local fossil stones found on the beaches and dunes of the northwestern lower part of the State. These socks use a small, rounded motif to hopefully mimic a Petoskey Stone. It seems counter-intuitive to decrease stitches by half at the beginning, but increasing back up to the original stitch count in the next row compensates nicely.

This stitch pattern will work for either toe up or top down socks. No toe, heel, or cuff instructions are included. It is assumed the knitter knows how to knit these elements with his or her own preferred method.

The stitch pattern is a multiple of 4 stitches, so use a stitch count that works for you. The original socks were made toe up with 72 sts on the foot and 80 sts above the ankle.