Biohazard Socks by Karin Aida

Biohazard Socks

April 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
420 - 450 yards (384 - 411 m)
Women's Medium
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

A Biohazard bag, for your feet! This sock can be a warning to others, a reminder to do the laundry, or, if given as a gift, a not-so-gently suggestion to the recipient to “wash your stinky feet every now and then”. I had been thinking about this design for a while, but I never got anywhere with it. Then, one day, my package from Wollmeise arrived, and in it was the most perfect Biohazard Orange yarn (it’s called “Campari Piccolo”. Whatever. It’s Biohazard Orange to me). And so I made the socks.

I’m glad I did, because the socks crack me up.

This sock is fun to make, but there are a few long floats in it. Please note that, if you have absolutely no experience with stranded knitting (also referred to, often inaccurately, as “Fair Isle” knitting), this pattern will not teach you how to do it. You’re on your own for that - there are plenty of books, videos, and classes through which you can learn the basics of stranded knitting, and most of these can be found by using Google or another search engine.

The sock is knit stranded, with 72 stitches. Sizing can be altered by changing needle size. Bear in mind that stranded socks really don’t stretch at all. To give you some idea, for a plain stockinette or ribbed sock, I usually make them with 60-64 stitches to fit. Also, even though I knit Continental, I knit very tightly, so the needle size given is just a guideline.

The color-work in this pattern is charted, and the rest of the construction is explained using words (I learned from the Main Boards that I need to make this clear). The sock uses a short-row heel, but can easily be adapted to use a flap heel if you prefer.

This pattern uses about 260 yards of the main color (in this case, Biohazard Orange) and about 160 yards of the contrasting color (in this case, dark blue/black). I used Wollmeise for my socks, because I love the crisp and clear stitch definition, but you can use any fingering-weight yarn you choose.

The pattern is in color, but the charts are legible if printed in black-and-white. If you loathe the idea of using up your color ink cartridges for a pattern, then I suggest you choose to print in greyscale. If you want to print the charts only, they are on pages 3, 6, and 7.

The Biohazard Symbol itself is not copyrighted or trademarked. The author of the symbol has released it into the public domain.

If you want to print off this pattern and give it to someone else without asking me first, that is fine with me (if you sell someone this free pattern, though, I would be mad that you’d rip someone off like that). I also believe that you have the right to sell any item that you make from this pattern, so if you make these socks and want to sell them, it’s your hard work - please go ahead and do so. My ego demands that you not claim this pattern as your own, and that you give me a little credit somewhere. Note: If you find that you make enough of a profit to afford a diamond tiara, then it would be gracious of you to offer to lend it to me for a fancy Charity Ball. I love balls.

I apologize for the really long pattern notes - the Main Boards have made me terrified to publish a pattern at all, even a free one, and I feel like I need to add all these explanations and disclaimers now.