Pater et Mater Socks by Fiona Oliver

Pater et Mater Socks

July 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
38 stitches and 60 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking/Stockinette Stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
516 yards (472 m)
Small / Medium / Large / Extra Large Adult
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Row 14 in the heel turn instructions for the medium size should read WS-GSRT, p5, pb&f, p1.

Row 3 in the heel flap instructions should read S1 k1, s1 13 (15, 17, 19) times, k1, ssk.

About this design
Socks have been very much on my mind recently as the weather has got cooler here in the Southern hemisphere. In particular, I’ve been thinking about socks that are a quick knit but still have a bit of interest from a knitting perspective, and which would suit the folk in my life who are not really interested in socks that are trying to make a statement. Add to that my preference for toe-up socks and German Short Row heel turns and well, I just had to design a pattern for myself since I couldn’t quite find anything that directly matched my needs.

Let me introduce you to the Pater et Mater (Father and Mother) socks. These socks are a step up from vanilla stocking/stockinette socks owing to a simple textured pattern that adds warmth without bulk. This simple stitch pattern looks great in solid colours, semi-solids, multi-dyed and speckle dyed yarns. Rustle up a pair for your Mum or your Dad, or heck, just rustle up a pair for yourself or your significant other.

To fit foot circumference
-Small 18 cm/7 in -Medium 20 cm/8 in
-Large 23 cm/9 in -Extra Large 25.5 cm /10 in

38 stitches x 60 rows over 10 centimetres (4 inches) in stocking (stockinette) stitch, knitted in the round using 2.25 mm (US size 1, UK size 13) needles. A close match for tension is important for this pattern in order to ensure a good fit. Please move up or down a needle size and swatch one more time if your gauge does not match.

472 metres/516 yards of 4 ply/fingering weight sock yarn (approximately 100g). The stitch pattern in these socks will be beautifully showcased if you select light to medium colours in semi-solid, tonal semi-solid or speckle colourways.

A pair of 2.25 mm (US size 1, UK size 13) 61 cm/24 in circular needles or a set of double pointed needles. Optional 2.5 mm (US size 1, UK size 12) circular needles or a set of double pointed needles for the cuff.

Tapestry/darning needle.

The Pattern
This pattern includes written instructions as well as links to video tutorials (produced by other people) for most of the techniques used in the design.

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