Ode to Barbara Socks by Summer Lee

Ode to Barbara Socks

March 2020
Light Fingering ?
36 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in rib pattern
US 1 - 2.25 mm
350 - 435 yards (320 - 398 m)
S, M, L, XL to fit foot circumference of 7", 8", 9", and 10"
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The idea for this sock design began with the yarn. When Madelinetosh put out a collection inspired by the show Stranger Things, my eye was immediately caught by the color Barbara Deserved Better. In my humble estimation, it is the perfect pink - warm, with orange and deep purplish navy speckles.

While I was inspired to highlight this beautiful yarn with this design, don’t worry if you have other colors in mind! Ode to Barbara socks will knit up beautifully in whatever colors you choose.

The delicate lace pattern going down the front was modeled after the iconic frilly-fronted blouse Barbara wore on Stranger Things, while the ribbing around the back and sides reflect her supportive, practical nature on the show. I hope you enjoy knitting these socks as much as I did (perhaps while watching a Stranger Things marathon!)

SIZES (measured in circumference around the ball of the foot in inches)
S (7”) M (8”) L (9”) XL (10”)

36 Sts over 4 inches of rib pattern

• US size 1 circular needle 32-40” (or 5 DPNs or small circular,
depending on your preferred method of knitting socks)
• Approximately 400 yards of fingering weight sock yarn (Most people will use less than a full skein, depending on how long you knit the legs of your socks). I used MadelineTosh Euro Sock in the color “Barbara Deserved Better.”
• Optional - Approximately 25 yards of contrasting fingering weight sock yarn for the heels, toes, and cuffs. I used Paton’s Kroy Socks in the color “Muslin.”
• Stitch markers
• Tapestry needle