Willow Tea Room by Lana Holden
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Willow Tea Room

Knitting
March 2011
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
34 stitches and 46 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
300 - 350 yards (274 - 320 m)
6 ¾ (7 ¾, 8 ¾)" / 17 (19.5, 22) cm circumference;
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New version now available! Completely re-edited with additional sizing added.

From pattern description: These toe-up anklets borrow their decorative elements from The Willow Tea Room in Glasgow, designed by Art Nouveau great Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Rosebud motifs from The Willow Tea Room’s leaded glass mirrors and doors sweep across the instep on a background of small lace grids inspired by the chair backs. Reflecting the organic asymmetry characteristic of Art Nouveau, the left and right socks have mirror-imaged toe shaping and instep patterning; arch shaping adds sensuous curvature. The twisted-stitch and garter rib lace provides an exceptionally stretchy fit. Garter stitch accents the mostly-stockinette heel back, and the instep rosebuds flow into an ankle-hugging ribbing completed with an eyelet-and-picot bind off.

Additional information
Stitch pattern is given in charted form only.
Heel is identical in fit to a traditional top-down flap-and-gusset round heel.

Skills required:

  • Judy’s Magic, Turkish, or figure-8 cast on
  • Basic lace skills: yarnovers and k2tog/ssk/sk2p decreases
  • Chart reading
  • Knitting through back loop
  • Picking up stitches
  • Knitted cast on (for picot bind off)

Errata for Sanguine Gryphon version ONLY:
Rnd 3 of the Toe has a missing increase. It should read:
Kf&b, k to 2 sts before marker, kf&b, k1; sm, kf&b, k to last 2 sts, kf&b, k1. 4 sts inc’d.

Rnd 7 of the Heel Back should end with a double decrease instead of a single decrease. It should read:
R7: P3, k25(29), sssk, turn