Tempered Socks by Kelli Slack

Tempered Socks

May 2010
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 0 - 2.0 mm
400 - 450 yards (366 - 411 m)
women's US size 9 (approx. 8.5 inch circumference)
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There is something about chocolate that speaks to a sensuality in nature. It can be molded and blended and pulled into an array of sensory delights. Much like yarn, chocolate can yield shapes that are both pleasing to the eye and useful in design.

The colorway I originally used in this pattern is called Chocolate Amargo and reminds me of chocolate when it has been tempered, consisting of a smooth yarn with a subtly shiny finish. The twisting cables bring a molded texture to the leg, while simple ribbing hugs the top of the foot. The pattern could be easily extended down the top of the foot, as the cables are rather flat, if you prefer.

This pattern is meant for an adventurous novice knitter or a more experienced mid-level knitter as the cables can be difficult to follow. Please read the entire pattern before beginning.

Yarn: 1 Skein Malabrigo Sock, 440 yards, 100% Superwash Wool, color “Chocolate Amargo” (pictured in Misti Alpaca Tonos Carnaval, Surf Blue)

Needle: US 0 (2.0 mm) Hiya Hiya Steel Double Pointed Needles (DPNs) or needles to obtain gauge

Gauge: 8 stitches per inch (spi) and 10 rows per inch (rpi) OR 32 stitches & 40 rows to 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette

Size: To fit a US women’s 9 shoe, approx. 8.5” circumference and 9” foot

To alter the size: Add or subtract repeats of the K2P2 ribbing around the leg and center the chart appropriately OR adjust your gauge to increase or decrease the circumference of the foot as needed.