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Socks (circa 2008)

The Daily Skein
Knitting
October 2008
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
9 stitches and 12 rows = 1 inch in Stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
400 - 420 yards (366 - 384 m)
Women's 8-9, 9.5" foot length
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I love history, especially knitting history. These socks were heavily inspired by the socks in Folk Socks. The twisted stitches down the sides form traditional clocks which look very elegant. The color work band at the top of these socks is taken from one of the earliest pieces of knitting found in Egypt, from around 1200-1500 AD. The tricky part of this pattern is the knitting the twisted stitches on the heel flap, but it’s only for a few rows!

Errata
4-9-09: Fixed various errors that a knitter was kind enough to keep track of. The heel instructions now make mathematical sense and I hope I’ve clarified some of the other instructions. Errata are in purple.

9-4-11: Lots of small changes! Renumbered the rows in Charts A and B and added stitch numbers to all the charts. Changed the Egyptian Chart to a combined symbol and color chart which should work as a color chart or printed in gray scale. Also added the original cables to the instructions- knitters now have a choice of the classic twisted stitch cable shown in the photos or the braided cable that was actually written in the instructions. Be aware that there are two different sets of instructions for the different cables! The new/alternate instructions are in purple.