Cat's Simple-But-Elegant Top-Down Socks by Cat Bordhi

Cat's Simple-But-Elegant Top-Down Socks

December 2009
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette in the round
US 3 - 3.25 mm
382 - 764 yards (349 - 699 m)
6.5 [7.5, 8.5] inches around foot
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This pattern is available for free.

Note: These socks are knit with two strands of fingering weight yarn held together. Substituting a worsted weight yarn would require half as much yardage.

For the accompanying shield pattern, see Synergy Shield.

From the description:
Winter is coming, and depending on where you live, you may need a pair of really warm socks to keep your lower limbs cozy and root you in a sense of well-being. These socks are warm, mysterious, and can use up lots of leftover sock yarn, gathering up happy sock memories. A separate diamond-shaped shield with a duplicate-stitched image is sewn to the leg and tied in the back. You can use the infinity symbol I chose, or anything that sparks your heart.

Yarn used for both the socks and the shield:
Dark version
Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 (100% merino; 355yd/ per 115g skein); color: Bronze; 2 skeins, and partial skeins of colors Mombasa and Ivory.

Light version
Fleece Artist Sea Wool (70% wool, 30% seacell; 382yd per 115g skein); color: Ivory; 2 skeins.

Recommended needle size
1 set US #3/3.25 mm double-point needles OR 1 long US #3/3.25 mm circular needle for magic loop method OR 2 US #3/3.25 mm circular needles, 24 inches or longer

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