Prairie-Fire (Indian Paintbrush) Socks by SLM Designs

Prairie-Fire (Indian Paintbrush) Socks

Light Fingering ?
9 stitches and 14 rows = 1 inch
in Stockinette in round
US 0 - 2.0 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
390 - 400 yards (357 - 366 m)
S (M, L)
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Prairie-Fire also called Indian Paintbrush is the state flower of Wyoming in USA. It’s native to the western Americas from Alaska to the Andes. Some species of this flower can be found in northern Asia and northwest Russia.

The lace pattern on the instep and around the leg of this sock resembles the showy wildflower Indian Paintbrush, also called Prairie Fire. This sock is constructed toe-up with an interesting bordered full gusset, a twisted stitch ribbed faux heel flap, and optional reinforced heel. Sock is sized for adult woman’s foot size Small, Medium, and Large with a circumference at the ball of the foot of 8.0, (9.0, 10.0) inches 20 (23, 25) cm. This sock has moderate stretch on the foot, but may require more ease for the leg; I used a needle 3 sizes larger (from 2.0 mm to 2.75 mm) to get more ease for pulling sock on over my heel. Pattern will show best with solid or tonal yarn. Options include either generic or calculated foot length and Russian or Picot bind- off. Difficulty rating for this pattern is intermediate to advanced, because it assumes experience with lace knitting, toe-up sock construction, and chart reading. Reference and tutorials included for most techniques. Stitch patterns are provided as sized charts.

Yarn: ~ 400 yds of light to medium weight fingering sock yarn for a pair of socks with leg measuring 7.5 “ (~19.5 cm) from heel to cuff.

Needles: 1 or 2 circular needles, 24-in (60 cm), sock sizes 2.0 mm (US 0. Optional for more leg ease: circular needle size 2.75 mm (US 2).

Other items: 7 closed stitch markers different colors helpful, darning needle. Optional cable needle for cuff.

Gauge: In stockinette in Round 9.0 sts, 14 rows per inch (~35.4 sts, 55.1 rows per 10 cm) In Pattern in Round 13 sts, 22.4 rows per inch (~51 sts, 88 rows per 10 cm)