Bavarian Loiferl by Norman Schwarze

Bavarian Loiferl

June 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 2 inches
in 2x2 rib
US 0 - 2.0 mm
766 - 1094 yards (700 - 1000 m)
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This pattern is available for free.

A schematic knitting pattern for traditional Bavarian half-socks (Loiferl, Loferl) worn by men in Upper Bavaria. This is an attempt to re-create a traditional pattern on very fine needles. A lot of contemporary patterns usually all use bigger needles and easier design.

There is no sizing available, because all calves are different and you need to do some serious swatch knitting before you start and be able to make your own adjustments.

This is no detailed pattern but a recipe to create your own version (I may provide one at a later point if enough people are interested).

I would also like to stress that it takes quite some time to finish this pattern and it does require patience. At one point, you will hold 180 stitches on your needle or even more.

In terms of general difficulty, other than knitting in the round and on size 0 needles, it’s not that difficult. Intermediate knitters may attempt it. While there are some p3togs and k3togs, there is no exotic knitting magic going on.