Lenity by Dana Gervais


August 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
8 stitches and 11 rows = 1 inch
in pattern stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
350 - 400 yards (320 - 366 m)
see notes below
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I love words; I’m a logophile. One of my favourite words (I have many) is lenity. Lenity is derived from latin. It’s a noun and is defined as ‘gentleness; kindness’. I love that it’s a noun; instead of describing something or someone as expressing gentleness or kindness, it is gentleness and kindness. It somehow sounds more permanent and tangible when it’s a noun.

I also love knitting fabric that is on a bias, like this stitch pattern. It plays well with solid, tonal, variegated, and patterned yarns. The stitch pattern is much easier than it looks. There is a little bit of trickery in Round 16, but it’s literally just moving a marker and yet it makes the entire stitch pattern flow seamlessly along as you knit.

Lenity is worked from the cuff down and cable pattern on the bias on the front & back of the leg, and top of the foot. This sock features an afterthought star heel with optional gussets, and a star toe.

2.25mm (US 1) needle in preferred style for working small
circumference in the round or size needed to obtain gauge

8 stitches & 11 rounds = 1 inch/2.5 centimetres in pattern stitch after blocking

Tapestry needle
Stitch markers (including 1 unique for beginning of round)
Scrap yarn in a contrasting colour
Cable needle (optional)

Narrow (Medium, Wide, Extra Wide, Extra Extra Wide)
Circumference: 7 (8, 9, 10, 11) inches/17.8 (20.3, 22.9, 25.4, 27.9) centimetres
Foot length is customizable

Working in the round
Short rows

Thank you to Kniterations for tech editing this pattern and to all the amazing test knitters who test knit it.