The Vicar's Wife by Maureen Foulds
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The Vicar's Wife

October 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
350 - 450 yards (320 - 411 m)
Small, (medium, large, extra large), with an 7.75” (8.5, 9.5, 10.5”) leg circumference, blocked.
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This pattern reflects the age old May-December romance seen so often in 20th century (and earlier) British novels. The leaf motif which trails down the front of the sock reflects the blooming youth of May: fresh, energetic and hopeful - Griselda Clement in Murder in the Vicarage, by Agatha Christie. On the back of the sock is the bare Winter tree of December: the aged and sensible Vicar Leonard Clement, her husband.

Add a whimsical touch by duplicate stitching one of the leafs on the front of the sock. Will it be green – vibrant and alive, or the yellow, orange or red of Fall as winter approaches?

E-book Details:
This pattern is part of an e-book series, The Agatha Christie Series, Volume 1. This e-book represents a savings over purchasing the patterns separately.

The pattern instructions are provided for four sizes, small, medium, large and extra-large. Where the instructions differ, the instructions for the larger sizes are provided in brackets ( ).

Skill level: Advanced Beginner, some lace and simple cabling


  • Approximately 400-450 yards (399-411m) of Squeaky Elliot Yarn, Squishy Merino sock yarn (1 skein= 399yd/365m per 100g), or any yarn of similar yardage. This pattern will look best in tonal or solid colors so as not to obscure the pattern.
  • 1 set of 5 US #1 (2.5 mm double-point needles, or size needles required to obtain gauge.
  • Tapestry needle

Pattern notes:
This sock is knit from the cuff down. However, experienced knitters can easily use the charts to knit toe up socks using their favorite toe, heel, and cuff methods.

The instructions reference the sole and instep stitches rather than specifying needles, allowing you to use your preferred method (4 or 5 needles, magic loop, 2 circular needles). If you wish to add length to the leg of the sock, add the appropriate number of pattern repeats and adjust your yarn requirements accordingly.