Milky Way Socks by Emily O'Brien

Milky Way Socks

May 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch in the round, blocked
US 1 - 2.25 mm
693 yards (634 m)
6.5 (7.5, 8.5)" foot circumference, 5.75 (6.75, 7.75)" leg circumference
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Let that beautiful hand-painted skein of yarn you’ve been hoarding shine! Swirly small cables make this a fun but elegant sock. Slipped stitches and striping with a more solid color bring out the beauty of hand-painted yarn without losing the pattern details.

Sizes / Sock Foot Circumference:
Sizes: Small (Medium, Large) / 6.5 (7.5, 8.5)” 16.5 (19 , 21.5) cm
Choose to knit a size that has about ½” negative ease.

32 sts x 48 rnds = 4”/10.16 cm in Stockinette Stitch in the rnd, blocked
48 sts x 45 rnds = 4”/10.16 cm over Milky Way pattern in the rnd, blocked

US 1 (2.25mm), 37” / 93cm circular needles or DPNs, or size needed to obtain gauge

MC: 250 yds/229 m (300 yds/274 m, 350 yds/320 m)
C1: 150 yds/137 m (175 yds/160 m, 200 yds/183 m)

Sample is knit with Knit Picks Stroll in the Mint and Frog Prince Colorways

Cable needle (or use cable without a cable needle method)
Darning Needle for weaving in ends
Stitch Markers (optional)

The Milky Way socks are worked top down in the round. The heel is worked as a heel flap and gusset. For the main part of the pattern, stripes are alternated between a hand-painted yarn and a more solid yarn. On hand-painted rounds, the slipped pattern stitches are slipped, and on the solid rounds, the slipped pattern stitches are cabled, so they stand out from the background. Pattern is both charted and written out.