Tom and Ethel by Nigel Pottle

Tom and Ethel

November 2012
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 2 inches
US 1 - 2.25 mm
400 - 440 yards (366 - 402 m)
Unisex, but the smaller size will fit a small woman's or a child's foot and the larger size will fit a medium sized man's foot or large woman's foot.
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A toe-up sock in two sizes. The 6-row slip-stitch pattern in two colors resembles a row of saw teeth. Four skeins of this yarn will make two pairs of socks, one in each size. If you plan to make only one pair, you may need more than two skeins for the larger size. The socks are knit toe-up using a Turkish cast-on, or Judy Becker’s Magic Cast-on, and are knit with a circular needle although practiced knitters can adapt the pattern to two circulars or four needles.

The pattern was named after my parents - Tom and Ethel Pottle, because the saw-tooth pattern and the yarn color I used reminded me of the buck-saw they used to saw wood for the winter firewood supply in my hometown of Buchans, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.


Fingering / Sock

To Fit Foot (measured at the widest part of foot)
8.5” (9.5”) diam
Color A (for two pairs in two sizes as shown)
2 hanks
Color B (for two pairs in two sizes as shown)
1 hank

Featured Yarn
HiKoo® Cobasi, 55% Cotton, 16% Bamboo, 8% Silk, 21% Elastic Nylon, 220 yds / 50g. Socks as shown used 1 hank each of Color A (#68 - Curacao) and 1 hank of Color B (#104 - Posy Petals).

Note: The elastic present in THIS sock yarn gives these socks a snug and very comfortable fit. Results may not be the same with a different type of sock yarn.

addi Needles
2.25 mm 32” circular needle
or size needed to obtain gauge

Additional Notions
2 Stitch Markers, tapestry needle
All yarn and needles distributed by skacel collection, Inc.

36 sts and 60 rows = 4” x 4” in Stockinette Stitch in the rnd (blocked)
40 sts and 52 rows = 4” x 4” in Saw Tooth Stripe in the rnd (blocked)