The precision of this tiny image (it's only an inch and a half wide) and its delicate colors (still lovely after more than 170 years) are enchanting. I loved finding just the right yarn and just the right stitches to evoke the shapes seen in the simple little snail shell, and I adore the resulting socks.
Editor's note: see this image in the Materials section below.
I've had the pleasure of working with lots of prints like this one over the past few years. They've been the inspiration for the patterns in the Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet series of books. The first two volumes used prints of plants and butterflies. The third volume, due out June 2014, uses prints of amazing sealife. You can find out more about the books on their website.
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Finished foot circumference: 5.75[7, 7.5, 9.25] inches Foot length: adjustable to fit. Leg length: adjustable Choose a size about an inch smaller than the circumference of your foot.
Charts The charts for this pattern are very large and fit on a letter-sized
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Cast on 48[60, 64, 80] stitches. Distribute sts across needles as you prefer, and join for working in the round.
Left sock, Leg round: Work the appropriate size Main Chart around.
Right sock, Sizes S & L, Leg round: Work the appropriate size Main Chart around. Right sock, Sizes M & XL, Leg round: Work the appropriate size Main Chart around, starting at the 9 (11) th stitch of the chart.
Work as set until sock leg measures desired length, ending with chart row 12.
Turn so that WS is facing. Row 1 [WS]: Work appropriate size Heel chart row 1 across 23[29, 31, 39] sts, turn.
Row 2 [RS]: Work appropriate size Heel chart row 2 across 23[29, 31, 39] sts, turn.
Repeat Rows 1-2 11[13, 16, 18] more times, or until heel flap reaches desired length.
Setup round: Pick up and knit 13[15, 18, 20] stitches along the first side of the heel flap, place first marker. Work across the 25[31, 33, 41] sts of instep in pattern as set (you will work 1[1, 2, 2] full repeats of the Main Chart and 9[11, 1, 1] stitches of an additional repeat of the Main Chart), place second marker. Pick up and knit 13[15, 18, 20] stitches along the second side of the heel flap, k7[8, 9, 11] to center of heel. This is the new start of round. 66[78, 88, 104] sts.
Gusset round 1: K until 3[4, 3, 4] stitches remain before first marker, k2tog, p1[2, 1, 2]; work across instep in pattern as set; p1[2, 1, 2], ssk, k to end of round. 2 stitches decreased.
Gusset round 2: K until 1[2, 1, 2] stitches remain before first marker, p1[2, 1, 2]; work across instep in pattern as set; p1[2, 1, 2], k to end of round.
Repeat the last 2 rounds 7[7, 10, 10] more times, until 50[62, 66, 82] stitches remain.
Work even in pattern as set until foot measures 2[2.25, 2.5, 2.75] inches shorter than desired length, end after completing row 4 or 10 of the Main Chart.
Toe Note: as you work the Toe decrease, you will continue to work the ribbing pattern as set on the center of instep.
Toe round 1: K until 3[4, 3, 4] stitches remain before first marker, k2tog, p1[2, 1, 2]; k1 tbl, p1[2, 1, 2], ssk, work ribbing as set until 4[5, 4, 5] stitches remain before second marker, k2tog, p1[2, 1, 2], k1 tbl; p1[2, 1, 2], ssk, k to end of round. 4 stitches decreased.
Toe round 2: K until 1[2, 1, 2] stitches remain before first marker, p1[2, 1, 2]. Follow ribbing as established by row 1 of the Main Chart. P1[2, 1, 2], k to end of round.
Repeat these 2 rounds 2[5, 6, 10] more times. 38 stitches remain.
Work Toe round 1 5 more times. 18 stitches remain.
K to first marker. Remove markers. Graft toe closed.