Sitka by Cailyn Meyer

Sitka

Knitting
June 2010
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
35 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with smaller needles
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
450 - 520 yards (411 - 475 m)
Women's Medium
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This pattern is available from knitpicks.com for $1.99.

These socks take their name and inspiration from the Sitka spruce, a beautiful northwestern evergreen tree. They are worked from the top-down with a slip-stitch heel flap. The interesting part of these socks is the two bands of color work, one around the leg and one around the ball of the foot.

Between these bands, the sock is mostly stockinette with a simple cable “clock” on each side. A clock is a stitch pattern that travels down the side of the leg and splits at the heel, like the hands of a clock.

Clocks were a popular design element in early socks and no wonder! They add interest but don’t slow things down. Because the clock pattern in these socks is 9 stitches wide, the front of the sock has fewer stockinette stitches than the back. This allows the line of purls between the cables to continue down the foot uninterrupted.

More information can be found on The Daily Skein.

Note: If you buy one skein of each color, the yardage requirement will be 120 yes., but you will have quite a bit of yarn left over.

For questions, comments, or errata, please contact Cailyn at dailyskein@gmail.com or here on Ravelry as CailynDragon.