7 Leaves of Ivy by Anne B Hanssen

7 Leaves of Ivy

January 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches = 4 inches
in pattern stitch
US 1Β½ - 2.5 mm
395 yards (361 m)
Depending on gauge, see notes below
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The leaves of the ivy outside my windows are frozen. In the evening the floor gets really cold. January calls for making a pretty pair of socks to add some cosiness and warmth:))

Influenced by the patterning of my β€œBreaking the ice” pattern for gloves and a hat I modified the patterns to be used for these socks.

Sizes You could modify the size depending on the gauge:

Working at 32 sts to 10cm/4” the foot circumference will be 22cm/8.75”.
Working at 34 sts to 10cm/4” the foot circumference will be 21cm/8.25”
Working at 36 sts to 10cm/4” the foot circumference will be 20cm/7.75”

Gauge is taken over both stockinette stitch and pattern (unstretched)

Please note The lace pattern is quite elastic - so if you want a tight-fitting sock you should make it a bit smallish.

The fit: The socks are mid-calf with a cuff that makes them stay up! You could add length - in that case count on needing more yarn!

Knitting instructions The socks are made top-down and in the round. The heel is worked as a heel-flap. Turning the heel is made using short-rows

Yarn and needles
Wool:I used 1 skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Sock to work the pair..
You will need approximately 390 yards of a good quality fingering weight/4-ply yarn.
Needles: 1 set of 5 dpns, 2.5mm/US1.5 or needle size to obtain gauge. You could also use a circular needle if working the magic loop.

The pattern The pattern is easy to follow, guiding you from the lace-patterned cuff, through the lace and cable patterned leg, the heel-flap, turning of the heel, gusset, foot and toe.
All patterning is charted as well as written.

Knitting skills Working in the round, short-rows (simple!), following chart and/or written row-by-row instructions.
Abbreviations used are: yo, ssk, k2tog, sl1k2togpsso, ktbl, m1p