Welles by Kathleen Sperling


August 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
38 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in stranded pattern after blocking
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
245 - 700 yards (224 - 640 m)
extra-small; small; medium; large
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The motif which inspired the patterns for these socks is a very common one in medieval illuminations. One manuscript where it appears very frequently is the Welles Apocalypse, a work of English origin, written in French, from the first quarter of the 14th century.

Note: This pattern is part of a collection of accessories built around a theme of medieval illumination. If you purchase this pattern individually, you will automatically receive a discount off the cost of the collection.

Skills Required

  • Knitting, purling
  • Increasing, decreasing
  • Stranded knitting flat and in the round
  • Chart reading
  • Working in the round with DPNs (alternatives: two circulars or the magic loop technique)
  • Grafting (aka Kitchener stitch); pattern lists some instructional resources for reference

Size information

  • Extra-small: 6.5” foot and leg circumferences
  • Small: 7.75” foot and leg circumferences
  • Medium: 9” foot and leg circumferences
  • Large: 10.25” foot and leg circumferences

Socks to have 0% ease.

Yarn Requirements

Where two ball amounts are given, it could be either, depending on foot and leg lengths; if in doubt, get the bigger amount.

  • Extra-small: 1 ball each of MC and CC
  • Small: 1 or 2 balls of MC, 1 ball of CC
  • Medium: 2 balls of MC, 1 or 2 balls of CC
  • Large: 2 balls each of MC and CC

Model shown was made in the medium size, for a 9”-long foot, and with 7” of leg above the heel flap. It used 275 yards of MC and 180 yards of CC.

Other Materials Needed

  • Stitch marker
  • (Optional) Two additional stitch markers, different from the first
  • Spare length of yarn about 10” long
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends