Malala socks by Louise Tilbrook

Malala socks

June 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
350 - 450 yards (320 - 411 m)
M, L (8", 9" circumference)
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The yarn used in this design is from Fluph, in Dundee and is from Leona’s own hand-dyed yarn range - Rusty Ferret Doll in the colourway The Dark Below.

During July and August a KAL will be running in the UK Sock Knitters group. Each month the group is knitting patterns inspired by a different UK actor and July is the turn of Emma Watson.

Emma Watson is the inspiration behind these stylish and unisex socks. Following on from her Harry Potter days she has gone on to become a confident and assertive ambassador for women’s rights. She inspired Malala Yousafzai (the young human rights advocate) to call herself a feminist after Malala heard her speak in her role as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.

I wanted to create a design which moved on from the fabulous Hermione’s Everyday Sock - the very well-known design inspired by Emma’s character in the Harry Potter films. Emma’s confidence and assertive stance is reflected by the strong central cabled panel which gives the design structure and form. She remains at heart a down to earth and practical young woman however and so the back of the leg is left fuss free and straightforward with a twisted stitch rib. This theme continues to the end of the leg - with no traditional cuff. The pattern ends with a stretchy bind off, the ribbed design giving sufficient stretch and structure to serve as a functional cuff.

I hope this design inspires you to become more confident with your sock knitting skills. Maybe this is your first time trying toe-up socks, or maybe you are going to try cabling without a cable needle (highly recommended in the interests of speed). Either way, you will be able to wear your Malala socks with pride and confidence in your own abilities.

This pattern is written for the magic loop technique but is easily adapted for your preferred method of small circumference knitting.

The typing gremlins struck in the key chart:

1/3RC reads : Sl1 to CN, hold at back, k3, k1 from CN.

It should of course read: Sl3 to CN, hold at back, k1, k3 from CN.