Faux Entrelac Socks by Kathleen Sperling

Faux Entrelac Socks

November 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
265 - 360 yards (242 - 329 m)
small, large
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The main pattern on these socks uses a cunning combination of yarnovers and decreases to create a lacy motif which has the the criss-crossing look of entrelac, but without all that tedious turning-the-work-every-few-stitches which entrelac requires.

Skills required

  • knitting
  • purling
  • yarnovers
  • increasing
  • decreasing
  • working small circumferences in the round (DPNs, two circulars, or magic loop)
  • short rows with wrapping and turning and working the wraps back into the knitting
  • Judy’s Magic Cast-On or other method which allows you to cast on in a closed tube
  • Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off or other method which creates a stretchy bind-off edge

Size information

Faux entrelac pattern is quite stretchy and sock will expand to fit a range of foot measurements. Finished measurements are therefore quite variable. To fit adult-size feet/ankle girths up to about:

  • small: 8.5” (21.5cm)
  • large: 9.5” (24cm)

Yarn requirements

Sample shown used 257.4 yards. Recommended amounts:

  • small: 265 yards
  • large: 360 yards

Other materials needed

  • three stitch markers: one for beginning of rounds, plus two more
  • tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • (optional) stitch holder or 8”-long spare length of yarn in similar gauge as main yarn