Sankta Lucia Socks by Anna Friberg
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Sankta Lucia Socks

Knitting
December 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
34 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in Stranded knitting and stocking stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
262 - 459 yards (240 - 420 m)
Small (Medium, Large)
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For many people in the Nordic countries, Sankta Lucia is an important celebration. It must be said though, that the Nordic version of Sankta Lucia has very little in common with the Saint Lucia of Syracuse, as most know her.

Over the centuries, the early Christian martyr has been changed into a carol-singing woman, clad in a white gown with candles in her hair. She is a symbol of hope, as she comes when the night is longest, carrying the promise that light will soon return.

The origins of this celebration are probably connected to the darkness we Nordic countries have to endure during winter. It is a dark time, with 6 hours or less of daylight, where the existence of a sun is easy to forget.

All over the country, Lucia-concerts are held on the 13th of December, from children’s productions to professional concerts.

For me, Sankta Lucia means watching the Sankta Lucia concert on TV in the morning, together with my family. It is the cosiest breakfast of the year, with large cups of hot coco, along with delicious saffron buns and ginger snaps. At lunch, some colleagues and I usually walk the halls of our workplace, to sing Christmas carols for our co-workers

And, when Lucia celebrations are over, we know that it’s only 11 days to Christmas!

Sizes
Small (Medium, Large)
The sock is designed to have a negative ease of 0.5-2 cm / 0.25-0.75”
And to fit a foot circumference 
18-19.5 (21-22.5, 24-25.5) cm / 7-7.75 (8.25-8.75, 9.5-10)”

Gauge
The socks are knit with a tight gauge to make the fabric more durable.
34 sts and 40 rnds = 10x10 cm / 4x4” in stocking stitch / colour work after blocking
Gauge was obtained on 2.5 mm / US 1.5 needle.

Yarn
Limmo-design 50-50 sockyarn (75% wool, 25% nylon) 420m/100g or other fingering-weight sock yarn.
Main Colour: Vanilla 150 (170, 190) metres / 165 (190, 210) yds
Contrast Colour: Christmas red 170 (190, 210) metres / 190 (210, 230) yds
Note that metreage / yardage may differ depending on the length of the sock. If the socks are knit to fit feet larger than EUR42/UK7.5, more than 50g may be needed for CC (Christmas red).
In that case, the heel can be knit in MC (Vanilla).

Needles & Notions
1 lockable stitch marker

2 stitch markers

Scrap yarn, approx 60 cm / 24”

Tapestry needle
Needles for working on a small circumference to obtain gauge (needle size 2.5 mm / US 1.5 was used on sample)
Needles for working on a small circumference, one size smaller than gauge (needle size 2.25 mm / US 1 was used on sample)

Technical Editing
The pattern has been professionally tech edited by James Bartley

Thank you!
Thank you so much to Limmo-design, my collaboration partner, for our inspirational chats and your amazing yarn-dying!
Thank you ©ChaiKnits for the fantastic photography!
To all my test knitters, you have done such an incredible work for such a short dead-line! I am so grateful!