Poet Socks by Sari Nordlund

Poet Socks

May 2020
Light Fingering ?
30 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch in the round, blocked
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
328 - 400 yards (300 - 366 m)
One size, Circumference 20 cm / 8 inches, to be worn with slight negative ease, Length adjustable
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The Poet socks are knitted from the cuff down towards the toes. They are started with an optional tubular cast on which provides a stretchy edge to the cuff. 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 lace pattern of these socks is familiar from my most popular pattern, the Poet sweater that was published in Laine magazine issue 6. After all this time I still think it is the most beautiful stitch pattern I have ever knitted!

One size
Circumference 20 cm / 8 inches, to be worn with slight negative ease
Length adjustable

300 m / 350 yards of fingering weight sock yarn such as Wool Me Once Merino socks (75% superwash merino, 25% nylon; 425 m / 467 yards per 100g), shown in colorway Aslan

2.5 mm / US 1.5 DPNs or circular needles with a cable suitable for small circumference knitting
Always choose the needle size that gets you the right gauge.

1 pattern repeat of Leg chart (20 sts) = 6.5 cm / 2.5 inches, in the round after blocking
30 sts and 38 rounds = 10 cm / 4 inches of stockinette stitch, in the round after blocking
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.

3 stitch markers
waste yarn for the Tubular Cast On
sewing needle
blocking tools (sock blockers)