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Plain Foot: Secret Tattoo Socks

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Knitting
February 2011
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette on smaller needles
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
300 - 540 yards (274 - 494 m)
6 sizes: Women's Small to Men's Large; see Notes
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A “no-fuss” sock with a Secret ~ small motifs just below the cuff so they are hidden by pant legs; here’s a way to add that special little something yet make the sock wearable for the most conservative guy and gal. Three (3) motifs are included ~ Anchor, Tree of Life and Leaf Cable ~ and can be mixed or matched on the socks or pairs. A traditional slip-stitch heel and a Stockinette foot with 2 columns of rib continuing from the motifs on Instep stitches only lead to a wedge toe.

Included are: a picture tutorial for the Estonian Cast-On and written directions for grafting (Kitchener Stitch) the toe.

Other sock patterns in the Plain Foot series:
Jibboom Socks
Wandering Minstrel
Padua Cable Socks
Flying V Socks

Sizes
6 Sizes: Women’s Small – Men’s Large
To fit foot circumference 8 ½ (9, 9 ½, 10, 10 ½, 11)” / 21.5 (23, 24, 25.5, 26.5, 28) cm; finished sock circumference 7 ½ (8, 8 ½, 9, 9 ½, 10)” / 19 (20.5, 21.5, 23, 24, 25.5) cm

Yarn
300 (350, 400, 435, 485, 540) yds / 274 (320, 366, 397, 444, 494) m sock / fingering weight yarn; sample shown in
Knit Picks Stroll Fingering Weight (231 yds / 212 m per 1 ¾ oz / 50 g skein; 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon) in Dove Heather

Needles
Set of 4 dpn or 2 circulars or 1 circular 32” / 80 cm or longer for Magic Loop:
2.75 mm / US 2 (for cast and ribbing on only)
2.25mm / US 1 or size required to obtain gauge

Gauge
Measured on smaller needles, in Stockinette (blocked)

Notions
Stitch marker, cable needle, tapestry needle

Method
Knit in the round, cuff down; motif patterns are written out and charted

Techniques Used
Knit, k2tog, purl, p2tog, ssk; Estonian Cast-On (2-page pictorial technique sheet included); grafting (written instructions included); for Leaf Cable Motif only: cable 2 over 2, cable 2 over 3

This pattern pdf consists of 12 pages.