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Twisted

Knitting
March 2010
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
38 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette st worked in the round before blocking. See notes.
US 1 - 2.25 mm
160 - 700 yards (146 - 640 m)
XXS (XS, S, M, L, XL)
This pattern is available for free.

Like a good story, Twisted starts out predictably and then takes a turn. These reversible socks look great in any yarn but are particularly stunning when made with colorful, hand-painted sock yarn. The purled background with a Twisted-slip rib breaks up color pooling.

An unusual pattern on the heel adds both texture and color distribution.

As a final surprise, the ribbing on the foot begins on the outer gussets and twists around to the big toes.

You can even wear them inside out to show the details on the knit side.You’ll have to choose which side you prefer. It’s a tough choice but either way your feet will look fabulous.

Not only is Twisted reversible and suitable for almost any sock yarn, it also provides an incredibly wide range of sizes for men, women and children. Finally, for a professional finish, directions for making sock blockers are included.

When choosing sock size keep in mind the following general guidelines:

  • Children aged 3 to 7 (6 to 11, 10 to 14) years roughly correspond with sizes XXS (XS, S)

  • Women’s narrow (average, wide) feet correspond with sizes S (M, L).

  • Men’s narrow (average, wide) feet correspond with sizes M (L, XL).

If your sock needs to accommodate proportionally larger ankles or feet prone to swelling (edema) then choose one size larger than you would based on foot width alone.

Lara Neel of Math 4 Knitters fame featured Twisted in her podcast in June 2010. Her show discusses how to substitute a heavier yarn and includes a helpful cheat sheet and an interview with yours truly. I had a great time chatting with Lara and really like what she has done with my design. Enjoy. Jodie