Grand Staircase Socks by The Chilly Dog

Grand Staircase Socks

January 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
230 - 440 yards (210 - 402 m)
Adult XXS-XXL, Sock Circumference 7-10 inches, Sock Length 8 1/2-11 1/2 inches
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These socks, sized to fit most women and men, are worked from the toe up. The pattern features a geometric, two color, stair-step design created with a technique known as mosaic, or slip stitch, colorwork. The socks have a star toe and shadow wrapped short row heel shaping.

Mosaic knitting is likely the easiest type of colorwork because, unlike fair isle, only one color of yarn is worked at a time. The complicated looking design is basically made by knitting in alternating color stripes and slipping slipping certain stitches without working them.

The mosaic motif in this pattern is charted two ways so either a light or dark color can be the main color.

This pattern is written in needle neutral terms and can be worked on dpns or on long circular needles.

Required Skills: basic knit and purl stitches, repetitive stitch patterns, simple color changes, knitting in the round, short rows
Yarn Weight: 1 - Super Fine
Recommended Yarn: Zitron Trekking Sport (shown in colors 1430 and 1401))
Recommended Needle Size: US size 1.5 (2.5 mm) dpns or long circular needles
Finished Measurements: Adult Size XXS (XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL)

sock foot circumference: 7 (7 1/2, 8, 8 1/2, 9, 9 1/2, 10) inches
sock foot length: 8 1/2 (9, 9 1/2, 10, 10 1/2, 11, 11 1/2) inches
sock leg height from floor to top of cuff: 8 3/4 (8 3/4, 9 3/4, 9 3/4, 10 3/4, 10 3/4, 11 3/4) inches

Pattern Length: 11 pages

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