Gladdening Socks by Lauren Rad

Gladdening Socks

Knitting
January 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
300 - 380 yards (274 - 347 m)
S, M, L. Finished sock dimensions: 7.5” (19 cm), 8.75” (22 cm), 10” (25.5 cm) circumference
low vision format available
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This pattern includes a second PDF version that is formatted for knitters with low vision. It has black text, size 22 or larger text in a sans serif font, no italics, no columns, and fully-written directions. The chart is still included but is not needed to work the pattern. Many thanks to Gemma Thompson (gemmabelle here on Rav) and the Accessible Patterns group for their guidance in formatting patterns in a more accessible way.

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This pattern has been professionally tech edited and test knit by a pool of at least ten testers.

gladden (v) – to make happy or glad

In 2021, I’m focusing my pattern designs on things that make me happy or that I wish for my fellow knitters. 2020 was a hard year, and so I am doing my best to put into the world the good things I want to see. I hope that these lacy socks, with their easily-memorized repeat and soothing rhythm, are a gladdening presence in your life.

SIZES S, M, L

Finished sock dimensions: 7.5” (19 cm), 8.75” (22 cm), 10” (25.5 cm) circumference (Note: most people like their socks snug, so choose a finished sock size that is slightly smaller than your actual foot)

MATERIALS
Fingering weight yarn, 300-380 yds (274-348 m)

Sample shown knit in Magpie Fibers Swanky Sock, 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon, 400 yds/115 g

GAUGE
4” (10 cm) square = 32 stitches x 40 rows in stockinette

NEEDLES
One set of needles for your preferred style of small-circumference knitting in a size to match gauge listed above

Suggested needle size: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)

TOOLS
One stitch marker for beginning of round; optional additional markers between pattern repeats
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

SKILL LEVEL
Intermediate

Techniques: cables, increases, decreases, knitting in the round, Kitchener stitch grafting