Elaia socks by Sari Nordlund

Elaia socks

Knitting
October 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch in the round, after blocking
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
273 - 328 yards (250 - 300 m)
(2, 3) Foot circumference: 20 (21.5, 23) cm / 8 (8.5, 9) inches, length adjustable
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Elaia means an olive tree in Greek, and olive trees were the inspiration for these socks. The colorway I used for these socks is called Oliivi (the Finnish word for olive) and it inspired me to create cables that remind me of the twisted and gnarly branches of olive trees and wrapped stitches in the forms of olives.
The Elaia socks are knitted from cuff down. The socks are knitted with a cable and wrapped stitch pattern. The heels have reinforced heel flaps and French heels, and the gussets make the socks fit perfectly even if you have a high instep. All techniques used are explained in the pattern.

Size
1 (2, 3)
Foot circumference: 20 (21.5, 23) cm / 8 (8.5, 9) inches, length adjustable

Yarn
250-300 m / 300-350 yards of DK weight sock yarn.

Shown in Ruskanlehti Wool Sock DK (75% SW Wool, 25% Polyamide, 420 m / 459 yards per 150 g), shown in colorway Oliivi.

Needles
3.0 mm / US 2.5 DPNs or circular needles with a cable suitable for short circumference knitting
Always use the needle size that gets you the right gauge!

Gauge
26 sts and 36 rounds = 10 cm / 4 inches of Stockinette stitch in the round

Notions
3 stitch markers
cable needle (if using)
sewing needle
blocking tools (sock blockers)