A Black-Tie Affair by Marlene Sowder

A Black-Tie Affair

Knitting
September 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
335 - 400 yards (306 - 366 m)
7, 8, 9 inch
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Skills Needed
Knitting, kitting through the back loop, purling, slipping stitches purlwise, reading charts (optional, but recommended), ssk, k2tog, grafting (optional). Heel flap and gusset (written instructions).

Sizes
This pattern is written for three sizes: S (7”/18 cm), M (8”/20 cm), and L (9”/23 cm).

About the pattern
This sock has both written instructions and charts for the purl stitch pattern on the leg. You have a choice of either the standard wedge toe that you graft together or a no-graft toe popularized by Kate Atherley. The toes are very similar, using the same type of decreases per round, but vary in how spaced apart those decrease rows are.

The purl diamond is only on the ankle. The slipped stitches continue down the foot, making this sock quick to knit.

The heel flap uses a slipped stitch pattern for increased durability and a standard gusset to fit the sock to your foot.