Hazelnut Socks by Helen Stewart
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Hazelnut Socks

Knitting
October 2018
Light Fingering ?
32 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
400 yards (366 m)
Small (Medium, Large)

Hazelnut Socks is the fifth pattern in The Handmade Sock Society available here

There is a lot to love about the graceful hazel tree. Tree is quite a grand name for a plant that is actually small enough to tuck into even a little bit of earth in a back corner. The slender silvery-brown trunks, fluttering leaves and bright yellow dangling catkins which appear in spring are all part of its charm. And of course, the heavy crop of delicious hazelnuts it offers each autumn are prized by humans and squirrels alike. But the mythology behind the hazel is another reason it deserves a place in our garden. It’s been revered as sacred and magical since ancient times and called the tree of wisdom, inner peace, and inspiration. I think most of us could do with double helpings of all of those things.

The Hazelnut socks, have an autumnal inspiration. A panel of deceptively simple twisted stitches creates texture and interest in the front: the leaves and nuts of the hazel tree. The rest of the design features restful stockinette stitch for a relaxing “knit anywhere” project. These socks are finished with a heel flap and gusset, along with a wedge toe, but can be easily adapted to your favourite methods for heel and toe.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
To fit approx. foot circumference of
7 (8, 9)” / 17.5 (20.5, 22.5) cm.

YARN
Olann Sock Lite
80% superwash merino, 20% nylon; 425m/465yds per 100g skein, 1 x skein
Colour: Daur

OR
Medium Sample used 60g / 255m/279yds of fingering weight
sock yarn

NEEDLES
2.25mm (US 1), 100cm (40”) long circular needles (or size to obtain gauge) for magic loop method
or DPNs if preferred

NOTIONS
Tapestry needle
3 stitch markers
Cable needle

GAUGE
32 sts/48 rounds = 10 cm (4”)
in stockinette stitch