This sock was designed for my husband, an avid mountain biker, and is thus written for Men’s sizes Small, Medium and Large. Of course ladies can knit it too - just adjust the sizing accordingly!
The socks are knit from the cuff down using charted stitch patterns adapted from Lesley Stanfield’s New Knitting Stitch Library and Barbara Walkers’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, Vol 1. They are knit as a mirrored pair, with a simple textured zig-zag panel running up the front side of the sock and ribbing around the leg allowing for some stretch.
The pattern is suitable for beginning sock knitters who are familiar with sock construction.
VAT Update January 1, 2015
I am one of the many, many designers on Ravelry who has been caught up in the recent changes to VAT laws that came into effect in the EU on January 1st, 2015. I have copied the following description of the situation directly from the Ravelry forum for sellers like me:
“Starting January 1st 2015, new tax laws apply to digital goods and services sold to customers in the European Union (EU). Whenever a customer from an EU member country buys a PDF or other digital product, VAT (tax) will be owed to the country where the buyer resides. The tax varies by country but it averages ~21%. This change is a huge problem for microbusinesses for many reasons…to oversimplify: it doesn’t make any sense for very small sellers to deal with any of this because of a handful of sales a year. For a number of reasons, (Ravelry) couldn’t come up with a way to take care of this behind the scenes with no changes. A major reason is that buyers purchase patterns directly from (me) and (they) don’t touch the money at all. In addition to that, there are many critical questions and details that are still unanswered and (Ravelry) had a very short amount of time to get something done. Services like (Ravelry), that support direct sales and add features beyond a PayPal “buy now” button, were put in a bad position with no information or help. From what we can tell, lawmakers didn’t even know that businesses like Ravelry existed.”
Ravelry HAS come up with a solution to the problem through close and extremely rapid work with an online shop called “LoveKnitting”. If you live in the EU and purchase one of my patterns through Ravlery, your shopping experience is going to change a little bit:
At checkout time, you will be brought to a shopping cart on loveknitting.com instead of PayPal.
You can pay for your purchase on Loveknitting with PayPal or a credit card, however you will have to create a LoveKnitting account in order to complete your purchase.
Tax will be added to the base price of the pattern. Depending on where you live and the current exchange rate, this may mean you will be charged an additional €0.50 to €1.00 (21% of the pattern price of £3.00 times the exchange rate) for my design.
After purchase, the pattern will be added to your Ravelry library as usual.
I am really sorry about this complication, however as I am sure you understand this is completely beyond my (and Ravelry’s) control. LoveKnitting.com have stepped in to help out and I really appreciate this. I really, really hope that this does not deter you from purchasing my, or any other designer’s patterns.