Riverbed Socks by Teresa Seasons
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Riverbed Socks

August 2012
DK (11 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in Twisted stocking stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
310 - 400 yards (283 - 366 m)
Average and large cuff, average and short foot
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Based on the lace pattern from the wonderful Hands of Blue gloves by Lucy Hague, Riverbed flows from cuff to toes. These socks feature patterned heels and a strong texture. Like the original gloves, they are knit snugly in order to show off the lace pattern. They look best in a solid, semi-solid or tonal yarn.

Level: Intermediate.

Skills Required: Pattern assumes basic knowledge of top-down sock construction, twisted stitches (both knit and purl), increases, and decreases.

Instruction Type: There is extensive charting for all patterned sections, including portions of the sock that require the use of more than one chart at the same time and charts that combine working in the round with working flat.

Construction: Top down, heel flap and gusset, grafted toe. The pattern is written generically so as to accommodate all small circumference techniques: dpns/ magic loop/ 2 circulars, both one at a time and two at a time.

Yarn: The pattern is written for all weights of yarn: fingering, sport, and dk. Go crazy and make one in each weight!

Needles: Size required depends on yarn weight used. 2.5/2.75 mm for fingering, 2.75/3.00 mm for sport, 3.00/3.5 mm for dk.

Size: Mix and match cuff size and foot length to get the perfect fit. The cuff has both a 60-stitch (average) and a 72-stitch (large) option, and the foot has both an average (U.S. size 7 ½) and a short option.

Yardage: Yarn requirements vary depending on the weight of yarn used and the sizing options chosen. For the 60-stitch option in average foot length, allow 355 yds. DK weight, 330 yds sport weight, or 320 yds fingering weight. Longer feet and/or 72-stitch cuff will require more yarn, so plan accordingly.

This pattern has been thoroughly tested. I am very grateful to the people who took time to test the socks and pattern. Your comments, questions, and feedback were invaluable.