Porifera Socks by Miriam L. Felton

Porifera Socks

May 2010
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 28 rows = 2 inches
in stockinette
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
400 yards (366 m)
Sample shown is knit with 64 sts to fit a woman's size 9. Circumference around upper cuff is 14 inches (36 cm). Sizing is highly variable and is determined by your gauge.
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This pattern is published in Twist & Knit: A Dozen Knitted Patterns for Handspun, Hand-dyed and One-of-a-kind Yarns.. The printed book (or printed book with digital add-on) can be purchased here. This pattern is also included in Twist & Knit Digital Collection #3.

Designed for versitility, this piece could be knit in ANY weight of yarn, in any quantity (size and yardage will vary).

The sample was knit with 400 yards (100 grams) of Woolen Rabbit Harmony Sock Yarn (80% merino wool/20% Nylon, 100 grams per skein) in ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers’; 19 wpi

These socks are fun and easy to work in any gauge. The lozenge pattern at the cuff and toe of these socks reminds me of the multichambered cross section of sea sponges, which have the genus name Porifera.

These socks are knit from the toe up. The toe is starts with a provisional cast-on, followed by 6 rows of stockinette to make a little flap. You will pick up stitches around the flap (including the provisional cast on) and begin work in the round.

The number of stitches you will need can be determined by referring to the foot circumference you would like to knit for in the Stitch Table. Negative ease (the stretch that keeps the sock on) is built in to these numbers. Try using different needle sizes to adjust your gauge to match the correct foot circumference. If your foot circumference falls between two given sizes, choose the smaller one, or use a smaller needle to tighten your gauge.