Supporter's Socks by Linda Pankhurst

Supporter's Socks

March 2011
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette, slightly stretched
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
350 - 400 yards (320 - 366 m)
womans M, but customizable
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

This Pattern was designed for the Sock Madness 5 competition.

These socks were inspired by three things; watching the World Cup; a wonderful new book of stitch patterns (“The Knitter‘s Stitch Collection“); and the difficulties encountered by some during Sock Madness 4 with tight insteps on some of the socks.
I fell in love with the stitch pattern as I like stretchy socks with ribbed legs but find ribbing a bit tedious to do over the whole sock; and I wanted to do stripes that didn’t “bleed” colour on the purl ribs where the colours change. The two knit rounds ensure the colour changes stay crisp, and alternating the rib sections and offsetting them makes for a more entertaining knit than just rib. The two knit rounds between the rib panels speed up the knitting and rest the wrists as well.
So my Supporter’s Socks were born.

The heel may be new to some. It is the “Mock Short Row Heel”. It can be worked TAAT without leaving one sock behind.