Midsummer Dancer Socks by Sari Nordlund

Midsummer Dancer Socks

Knitting
June 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch in the round, after blocking
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
301 - 328 yards (275 - 300 m)
Circumference 20 (21.5) cm / 8 (8.5) inches, to be worn with slight negative ease. Length adjustable
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The Midsummer Dancer socks are knitted from the cuff down towards the toes. They have ruffled cuffs and the main part of the socks is knitted in a simple lace pattern that looks like small flowers. The heel flaps are knitted with a reinforced stitch pattern for durability and the heels are round French heels. Instructions are given for modifying the gusset for a more generous fit.

The Midsummer Dancer socks are the summer version of my popular Midnight Dancer socks.

All special techniques are explained in the pattern. The socks are best worked with the magic loop technique, but can also be worked on DPNs.

Size
1 (2)
The difference in fit is achieved by changing the gauge, see below. Shown in size 1.
Circumference 20 (21.5) cm / 8 (8.5) inches, to be worn with slight negative ease
Length adjustable

Yarn
For size 1:
275-300 m / 300-330 yards of fingering weight sock yarn such as Regia Premium Cashmere (65% wool, 25% nylon, 10% cashmere; 400 m / 437 yards per 100 g), shown in colorway 31 Pink parfait

For size 2:
275-300 m / 300-330 yards of heavy fingering or sport weight sock yarn such as Tukuwool Sock (80% Finnish wool, 20% nylon; 160 m / 175 yards per 50 g)

Needles
2.5 mm / US 1.5 DPNs or circular needles with a cable suitable for small circumference knitting or Magic loop.

If you are using DPNs I recommend starting the sock on a 40 cm / 16 inch or a 60 cm / 24 inch circular needle for the ruffle before changing to DPNs for the main pattern.

Gauge
For size 1:
30 sts and 38 rounds = 10 cm / 4 inches of Stockinette stitch, in the round after blocking.

For size 2:
28 sts and 38 rounds = 10 cm / 4 inches of Stockinette stitch, in the round after blocking.

Note: Always choose the needle size that gets you the right gauge. If you can’t match the gauge both across the stitches and across the rounds, choose the needle size that gets you closer to the gauge across the stitches.

Notions
3 stitch markers
sewing needle
blocking tools (sock blockers)