Piccolo Mondo Antico
This pattern is based on the very traditional motif of repeating diamonds. To those knitters who are familiar with my other sock designs: don’t bother searching - there are no small or hidden images in the design; it’s just a normal stranded sock.
Though not terribly original, it’s a relatively easy pattern. The longest floats are six stitches long, and most are one or two stitches, making this a pretty easy pattern for those who haven’t had much experience with stranded knitting, and a pretty fast knit for those who have.
Note: if you have absolutely no experience with stranded knitting (also referred to, often inaccurately, as “Fair Isle” knitting), this pattern will not teach you how to do it. You’re on your own for that - there are plenty of books, videos, and classes through which you can learn the basics of stranded knitting, and most of these can be found by using Google or another search engine. (See? I’ve read all those “What I Hate About Patterns” threads on the Main Boards, and I’ve adopted the “full disclosure on my pattern page” philosophy.)
The sock is knit stranded, with 72 stitches. Sizing can be altered by changing needle size. Bear in mind that stranded socks really don’t stretch at all. To give you some idea, for a plain stockinette or ribbed sock, I usually make them with 60-64 stitches to fit. Also, even though I knit Continental, I knit very tightly, so the needle size given is just a guideline.
The color-work in this pattern is charted, and the rest of the construction uses words (see? More stuff I’ve learned from the threads). The sock uses a short-row heel, but can easily be adapted to use a flap heel if you prefer.
This pattern uses about 250 yards of the main color (in this case, teal) and about 145 yards of the contrasting color (in this case, light green). I used Wollmeise for my socks, because I love the crisp and clear stitch definition, but you can use any fingering-weight yarn you choose. Take care to select two colors that have a pretty big difference in value, so that the pattern doesn’t appear washed-out.
If you want to print off this pattern and give it to someone else without asking me first, that is fine with me (if you sell someone this free pattern, though, I would be mad that you’d rip someone off like that). I also believe that you have the right to sell any item that you make from this pattern, so if you make these socks and want to sell them, it’s your hard work - please go ahead and do so. My ego demands that you not claim this pattern as your own, and that you give me a little credit somewhere. Note: If you find that you make enough of a profit to afford a villa on the island of Capri, then it would be gracious of you to offer to let me stay there for a few days. I love vacations on sunny islands.