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I’ve long wanted to design a series of socks inspired by the swirling beauty of Art Nouveau paintings, posters, and decorative motifs.

Once I saw the new ShibuiKnits Sock color Kiwi, I immediately thought of all the absinthe advertisements I had seen in Art History classes and while traveling across Europe. 

These socks are tribute to the Green Fairy and all my favorite period artists.

SIZE

Women's S [L]

 
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Instep circumference: 7 – 7.5 [8 - 8.5] inches - adjustable to fit
Foot length: 9.25 [9.75] inches

 
MATERIALS
spacer ShibuiKnits Sock [100% merino superwash; 191/175m per 50g skein]; color: Kiwi; 2  skeins

Recommended needle size:
spacer 2 24-inch US #1/2.25mm circular needle
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's gauge is unique]

spacer cable needle
spacer tapestry needle

 
GAUGE

32 sts/48 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

 
PATTERN NOTES
[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]

foot chart

leg chartThe sock is worked toe-up, and instructions are written for working on two circulars. The cables and lace charts may look complicated, but are actually fairly easy.

Needles are labeled N1 and N2, representing needles 1, 2 respectively.

C1B: Slip next st to cn, hold in back, k; k1 from cn

C1F: Slip next st to cn, hold in front, k1; k1 from cn

C3B: Slip next st to cable needle and hold to back of work; k2, k1 from cable needle.

C3F: Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold to front of work; k1, k2 from cable needle.

C3BP: Slip next st to cable needle and hold to back of work; k2, p1 from cable needle.

C3FP: Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold to front of work; p1, k2 from cable needle.

C4B: Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold to back of work; k2, k2 from cable needle.

C4F: Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold to front of work; k2, k2 from cable needle.

C4BP: Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold to back of work; k2, p2 from cable needle.

C4FP: Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold to front of work; p2, k2 from cable needle.


DIRECTIONS
Toe
Using Judy's Magic Cast-on, CO 16 sts between 2 circs (8 sts on each needle). 
Round 1: Knit.
Round 2:[K1, M1, K to last st on circ, M1, K1] twice.

Repeat Rounds 1 & 2 until there are 56 [64] sts total (28 [32] sts on each needle).

Continue in stockinette st until piece measures 3.25 [3.75] inches from CO edge, or
until piece measures 6 inches LESS than desired total foot length.

Foot & gussets:
Smaller size only: Transfer two sts from both ends of N2 to N1.  There will be 32 sts on N1 and 24 sts on N2.

The instep of the sock will be worked on N1, the sole on N2.

Begin Foot Chart on N1 while continuing to work the sole sts on N2 in stockinette as established.

Work until round 47 of the chart is complete (88 [96] sts total; 64 on N1, [24] 32 on N2).

Next round, rearrange sts on needles to setup for heel: K1, p15 with N2.  With N1, p6, k20, p6.  With N2, p15, k1.  You'll now have 32 sts on N1 and 56 [64] sts on N2, and you'll be in position to work the heel.
Heel:
The heel will be worked back and forth only on the center 24 [32] sts of N2, ignoring the gusset sts for now).

Row 1, setup [RS]: K23 [31], wrap & turn.

Row 2 [WS]: P22 [30], w&t.
Row 3 [RS]: K21 [29], w&t.
Row 4 [WS]: P20 [28], w&t.
Row 5 [RS]: K19 [27], w&t.
Row 6[WS]: P18 [26], w&t.
Row 7[RS]: K17 [25], w&t.
Row 8[WS]: P16 [24], w&t.
Row 9[RS]: K15 [23], w&t.
Row 10[WS]: P14 [22], w&t.
Row 11[RS]: K13 [21], w&t.
Row 12[WS]: P12 [20], w&t.
Row 13[RS]: K11 [19], w&t.
Row 14[WS]: P10 [18], w&t.

Larger size only:
Row 15[RS]: K17, w&t.
Row 16[WS]: P16, w&t.
Row 17[RS]: K15, w&t.
Row 18[WS]: P14, w&t.
Row 19[RS]: K13, w&t.
Row 20[WS]: P12, w&t.
Row 21[RS]: K11, w&t.
Row 22 [WS]: P10, w&t.

Heel Flap:
Next row (RS): [K1, Sl1] 5 times across unwrapped sts, K each wrapped st tog with its wrap, turn. P17 [21], P each wrapped st with its wrap, turn.

RS: *Sl 1, K1* across 24 [30] sts, Sl1, K last heel flap st together with first gusset st, turn.

WS: Sl1, P26 [30], P last heel flap st tog with first gusset st, turn.

Continue in this manner, working 1 gusset st tog with the heel flap every row until all gusset sts have been decreased. Dec will end with a WS row.

Turn work and K across heel sts.  56 [64] sts rem TOTAL on both needles.

Leg:
Smaller size only: Transfer two sts from both ends of N2 to N1.  There will be 32 sts on N1 and 24 sts on N2.

First round of leg: Work the setup row of the leg chart on the sts on N1, and work the sts on  N2 in stockinette st as established.

Continue, working leg chart on N1 and stockinette st on N2, until 5 full repeats of chart have been worked - a total of 70 rounds.

Cuff:
Ribbing round: [K2, p2] to end of round.
Work 12 Ribbing rounds total.

BO in rib patt loosely.
FINISHING

Weave in ends.
Block lightly to make cables more pronounced.

 
ABOUT THE DESIGNER

Sara never intended to become a knitter (or knitwear designer), but she wouldn’t change a thing given the chance.

Her misadventures in knitting, life and tackling the interwebs can be read on her blog, which she tries to update whenever possible.