Four sisters socks by Zsuzsanna Orthodoxou

Four sisters socks

Knitting
June 2022
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking stitch
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
277 - 405 yards (253 - 370 m)
1 (2, 3, 4, 5) See sizing information below
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After Yvonne, a cuff-down lace sock design, my exploration with thicker yarn and lace pattern combinations continuous.
This time I’ve used a single lace panel instead of an all-over lace pattern, which allowed me to easily write up the pattern for multiple sizes.
The socks are named after the dainty lace pattern of Spanish origin used for the design, which is the most prominent feature of the pieces, beside the beautiful Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off. They started with Judy’s Magic Cast-On, using the Magic Loop method, but if you prefer you can easily work on double-pointed needles as well throughout the socks, by dividing the stitches over 3 or 4 needles, depending on your preference.

Sizing information
1 (2, 3, 4, 5)

or to fit a circumference measurement at the ball of the foot of 21.75 (23.25, 24.75, 26, 27.5) cm / 8.75 (9.25, 9.75, 10.5, 11)”.

or to fit the following foot lengths (adjustable) (measured from the tip of the toe to the back of the heel)
22 (25.25, 25.75, 29, 29.5) cm /
8.75 (10, 10.25, 11.5, 11.75)”.

Finished foot circumference
19.25 (20.75, 22.25, 23.5, 25) cm /
7.75 (8.25, 8.75, 9.5, 10)”.
(Note: for a snug fit, the socks are intentionally 2.5 cm / 1” smaller than the wearer’s foot circumference).

Finished foot length (adjustable) (measured from the tip of the toe to the back of the heel) 20.75 (24, 24.5, 27.75, 28.25) cm /
8.25 (9.5, 9.75, 11, 11.25)”.
(Note: for best fit, the socks are intentionally 1.25 cm / 0.5” shorter than the wearer’s foot. Take this into account if you adjust the foot length).

Finished leg circumference
19 (20.5, 22, 23.5, 24.75) cm /
7.75 (8.25, 8.75, 9.25, 10)”.
(Note: for a snug fit, the socks are intentionally 2.5 cm / 1” smaller than the wearer’s leg circumference).

Finished leg length (adjustable) (measured from the bottom of the heel to the edge of the cuff)
17 (17.25, 17.75, 18, 18.5) cm /
6.75 (7, 7, 7.25, 7.25)”.

Sample in picture shown in size 2.

Yarn / Yardage
Yardage includes 15% of extra yarn. Please note that size and yardage will be affected when making any adjustments on the socks.
• 3 skeins of Lana Grossa Cool Wool Big yarn, in colourway 984 Light sea green, 100% merino virgin wool, approx 50 g / 1.76 oz / 120 m / 131 yds per skein;
or approx 253 (276, 302, 340, 370) m / 277 (302, 330, 372, 405) yds of DK weight yarn that gives you gauge.

Gauge
• 28 sts and 40 rnds over Stocking stitch = 10 cm / 4”;
• 15-st lace panel measures 6.25 cm / 2.5” wide (slightly
stretched). Gauge swatch worked on size 3 mm / US 2.5 needle, in the round. Measurements taken from flattened but unstretched fabric, after blocking.

Needles
• 2.5 mm / US 1.5 to cast on,
• 3 mm / US 2.5 for working the rest of the socks,
or size to obtain gauge. Sample made using 80 cm / 32” long circular needle, however choose the length according to your preference.

Notions
3 removable stitch markers, row counter,
blunt tapestry needle, scissors, sock blockers (not required but would be useful).

Techniques used
Judy’s Magic Cast-On, knit, purl, knit through the back loop, yarn over, working 1 over 1 right and left cross, increases (kfb, yo), decreases (k2tog, p2tog, ssk, k3tog, sssk), German short rows, Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off.

The pattern contains schematic, charts, written instructions, and links to my video tutorials. It has been professionally tech edited and test knitted.

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Enjoy♡