Goldenrod Socks by Justine Chenel Designs

Goldenrod Socks

October 2023
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 46 rows = 4 inches
in Blocked stockinette in the round
US 1 - 2.25 mm
7 (8,9) inch foot circumference
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These socks are perfect to wear on your next adventure in the Sierra Nevada mountains to visit the alpine wildflowers. The meandering cables, and the low valleys and steep ridges of the western rib stitch pattern are reminiscent of the Sierra Nevada foothills where the beautiful goldenrod wildflowers bloom every summer. Worked from the toe-up, these socks feature a gorgeous braided cable that sits between a squishy rib pattern with just the right amount of stretch.

Yarn: one skein of Silver Pennies Yarn Co Yak Ewe, colorway Gold Dust (70/20/10 Superwash Merino/Yak/Nylon; 437 yds/100g) used for sample. Or approximately 330 (370, 450) yds/300 (340, 415) m of a fingering weight, multi-plied, superwash/nylon blend sock yarn.

Needles: US size 1/2.25 mm 40” circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Gauge: 32 sts/46 rows per 4”/10 cm in St. st. in the round, blocked.

Notions: stitch markers and progress keeper, cable needle, sock blockers (optional).

Adult Small, (Medium, Large): 7 (8, 9)”/18 (20, 23) cm foot circumference.
Recommended negative ease: 0.5 to 1”/1 to 3 cm of negative ease in circumference. Determine your size by measuring the widest point of foot, adjust this measurement for negative ease.

Pattern Notes:
Socks are worked from the toe up, using the Turkish cast-on, a gusset and heel flap, and elastic bind-off. Throughout the pattern the Magic Loop method is used, therefore the needles will be referred to as Front Needle (FN) and Back Needle (BN). The sample socks are size M on a 8.5”/21 cm circumference foot. The Western Rib stitch pattern and braided cable are perfect for showcasing a special skein of sock yarn and look great in semi-solid tonals as well as variegated and speckled yarns. Necessary skills include knit and purl, working increases and decreases, working short rows, working cables, knitting in the round, reading charts.