Slow Fade by Kate Atherley
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Slow Fade

Knitting
June 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in dtockinette in the round
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
435 yards (398 m)
Finished foot circumference: 6.25[7, 7.25, 8, 8.25, 8.75] inches/16[18, 18.5, 20.5, 21, 22] cm
This pattern is available for free.

NOTE: The pattern was updated June 26th to clarify some details, and to fix a chart mistake. Make sure you have the new version! Thanks!
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A ribbed sock fits nicely, but a ribbed sock can be a bit – dare I say it – dull to knit. This sock is not dull to knit, but equally not one where you have to keep consulting the charts. Once the pattern is established, it’s ridiculously straightforward to stay on track. In fact, this is one of those patterns that is harder to explain than do.

This design is worked top-down, with a flap and gusset heel, using a Dutch (Square) heel turn. I like this heel turn as it fits well, and it’s easier to create different sizes than for many others. I don’t by default work a slipped stitch heel pattern, because that’s not where I wear out my socks, but you can certainly do that if you wish.

In an attempt to keep Second Sock Syndrome at bay, there are different left and right socks. The pattern – as with all Knitty sock patterns – is written to permit use of DPNs, Magic Loop or Two Circulars, whichever method you prefer.

The sock uses my particular favourite no-graft toe. If you really feel that you need to close the toe with grafting, stop decreasing when about a third of the stitches remain – ensuring you have an even number of stitches. And if you’re a sock customizer, you can absolutely use a different heel turn, but I strongly recommend a flap-and-gusset heel. The stitch pattern takes away a little of the stretchiness of the fabric and a short-row type of heel won’t fit the vast majority of feet.