Step Aside by Jill Bickers

Step Aside

January 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
33 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette st
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
380 - 420 yards (347 - 384 m)
S, M, L
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This pattern is available for free.

I love slipped stitches. They are a quick and easy way to add interest and texture to any knitting project. If you cross slipped stitches over a field of stockinette, it’s even more true. This design does something unusual—the slipped stitches are formed in stockinette columns, but cross to meet in the purl section of a rib. It makes it look like the stitches have decided to “step aside” from the path laid out for them.

In a solid or semisolid color, the sock looks beautiful and classic. Don’t think you are confined to solids, though! Variegated yarns get a chance to really shine in this sock, as the stitch pattern breaks up pooling. This is a great pattern for those beautiful, wild skeins that you can’t resist buying but don’t quite know what to do with. The stitch pattern is simple, perfect for travel knitting or for social knitting.

Note: instructions for the LSSC and RSCC are in the list of abbreviations.