Towards The Top by Gabriela Langer

Towards The Top

June 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 0 - 2.0 mm
60 sts, 72 sts
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If you follow the path up on a slope, the gradient angle of the path changes, depending on how steep the slope is. This pattern lets you choose your angle.
The sock starts with a toe of your choice; instructions are included for rounded and anatomical toes, but you can knit a star toe or any other toe if you prefer.
The instep has a little cable chain with Bavarian travelling stitches working its way up towards the top of the sock, doing that in a way as a path would work itself along a steep hillside towards a peak. How steep the slope ascends depends on the grade.
The gusset increases are worked on the bottom of the sole, part of them in a ktbl/p ribbing, giving enough stretch to fit feet with high insteps as well as not so high ones. The ribbing continues on the heel flap and flows into two cabled chains on the leg.
The cuff is worked in a simple ktbl/p ribbing, continuing the cabled chains on the back of the leg.

▸ 1 skein of fingering weight yarn (400-460y/100g; 320-420m/100g), unless you knit a pair for very large feet.
▸ Knitting needles: Samples were done using US size 0 (2mm), but use needle size that results in stitch gauge with your yarn and knitting style. The pattern is written for two circular needles, but can be knitted on magic loop or DPNs. Aim for a gauge of about 9 spi, and you will be fine. Row gauge is not that important because you will calculate when to start the gusset increases.
▸ 1 darning needle.
▸ 4 stitch markers.
▸ 1 ruler, because it measures more accurately than a tape measure.

Sock pattern comes in 2 sizes, the equivalent of a plain 60-stitch sock and a plain 72-stitch sock (there are less stitches on the foot than on the leg).