i present to you the heliotrope mid-calf stockings - fancy socks to be worn for any occasion. slightly old-fashioned, slightly modern, and fun to knit! innocence and mayhem at once*....
Fanciful mid-calf stockings begin with a ruffled, ribbed cuff and an eyelet row to secure top of stockings with a ribbon. An ornate cabled pattern at the top of the sock is followed by a twisted-rib panel on the front, with cabled "clocks" on either side and stockinette stitch worked on the back. This top-down sock begins with an intricate cable chart and morphs into an elegant, easy-to-memorize pattern that has enough to keep an advanced knitted interested while not being terribly fussy.
7 (8, 9)”/18 (20, 23) cm foot circumference, unstretched
The Sanguine Gryphon ‘Eidos’, 4 oz/390 yd, 100% superwash merino wool (1) hank, shown in Polimarchus
US 2/2.75 mm dpns, or size needed to attain gauge
32 sts and 40 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch.
be sure to check out some of the other super-cool patterns - i've got my eye fixed on tirtoff and terzetto especially, although the entire collection is pretty great eye candy.
*yes, that would be a seinfeld quote. from now on, i think i will approach my pattern/design descriptions as though i am writing for the j. peterman catalog.