Flectere by Dana Gervais


by Dana Gervais
June 2018
Light Fingering ?
9 stitches and 14 rows = 1 inch
in Pattern Stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
350 - 400 yards (320 - 366 m)
Circumference: Narrow - 5.25 inches/13.3 centimetres Medium - 6.5 inches/16.5 centimetres Wide - 8 inches/20.3 centimetres Extra Wide - 9.25 inches/23.5 centimetres ~ Foot length is customizable
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The Latin word flectere , meaning “to bend” or “to curve,” and its form flexus give us the roots flect and flex. Something flexible can be bent without breaking.

I love the combination of slipped stitches with variegated yarn. It’s a combination I never tire of or find boring to knit. This pattern was inspired by this gorgeous variegated yarn by Malabrigo Yarn. The short colour repeats combined with the curve and bend of the stitch pattern manage to complement each other without competing with
each other, which is a good outcome not only for hand knit socks, but for life in general.

This sock starts with a star toe and the stitch pattern on the top of the foot. Then, after a short row heel, the stitch pattern continues on the front and back of the sock. When knitting the sample socks, I reversed the order of the charts for the second sock so that the pattern would be the opposite of the first sock, though this modification is not instructed in the pattern.

The fabric of this sock is quite dense and doesn’t have very much stretch, as a result consider making onecircumference size larger than you normally would.

Sample is knit using Malabrigo Sock Kettle Dyed Pure Superwash Merino Wool 440 yards (402 metres)/100 grams (3.5 ounces); ‘866 Arco Iris’; 1 skein

8 stitches & 12 rounds = 1 inch/2.5 centimetres in stockinette stitch on 2.25mm needles

9 stitches & 14 rounds = 1 inch/2.5 centimetres in pattern stitch on 2.25mm needles

Stitch markers
Tapestry needle

Working in the round
Slipped stitches

1 set 2.25mm (US size 1) needles or size needed to obtain gauge in preferred style for working in the round

Thank you to @spacepiper for tech editing this pattern and to all the amazing test knitters who test knit it.