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Autumn Bark Socks

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Its a new month and time for the last instalment of the Seasons Sock club! this is the fourth and final pattern in the club and is based around my favourite season in the year - Autumn. I went with an all over textured pattern utilising some interesting stitch combinations that individually are not complicated or too difficult but combined create a fabric that appears to be far more intricate than it was to knit. The pattern in these socks reminded me of the bark on the trees and that was where the inspiration for the name came from.

These socks are fun to knit and the pattern is quite intuitive once you get going!

What you will need:

• Yarn – 100g Sock Yarn (approx. 400-425m / 440-465 yds) Sample knit in The Woolen Homestead yarn on Sturdy Sock base in the Dragon Egg Colourway (75/25 Superwash Merino/Nylon).

• Needles – 2.0mm or 2.25mm (US 0 or 1) on a long cable for magic loop (I suggest 40” / 100cm for two at a time knitting).

• Notions – Optional - A progress keeper to keep track of row count / pattern repeats (this can also work to mark the instep side of your work).

• Gauge – Approx 8 sts/inch in stockinette

• Size – Socks are sized in XS (S / S-M / M / M-L / L / XL). Sizes are based on foot circumference and not length as you knit the sock as long as you need to in order to fit the recipient. Please also note that socks need to have about 1-2 inches (2.5-5cm) of negative ease in order to provide a nice snug fit around the foot without being too baggy. Further, socks will loosen up over time and with wear so personally I prefer a nice snug fit at the start to reduce this effect later.
  • 48 sts – X-Small for a foot circumference of approx. 6-7 inches
  • 56 sts - Small for a foot circumference of approx. 8-9 inches
  • 60 sts - Small/Medium for a foot circumference of approx. 8.5-9.5 inches
  • 64 sts - Medium for a foot circumference of approx. 9-10 inches
  • 68 sts - Medium/Large for a foot circumference of approx. 9.5-10.5 inches
  • 72 sts - Large for a foot circumference of approx. 10-11 inches
  • 80 sts – X-Large for a foot circumference of approx. 11-12 inches
A note on sizing – due to the nature of the stitch pattern for these socks I highly suggest sizing down one sock size or sizing down your needles to ensure a snug fitting sock.

Notes for Printing:

• Instructions for the Stitch Pattern are on Page 4
• Instructions for Cuff Down are on Page 5
• Instructions for Toe Up are on Page 6
• German Short Row Heel instructions are on Page 7
• Modified Heel Flap Adjustment instructions are in a separate PDF that can be found with this pattern in your Ravelry Library.

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Note about Instructions:

• Instructions are shown as XS (S/S-M/M/M-L/L/XL) throughout the pattern, where stitch counts vary.

• I knit my socks using the Magic Loop method, however; the pattern can be adapted to use DPN’s or 9 inch Circulars or your preferred method for knitting socks.

• Instructions are provided for both Cuff Down and Toe Up. The Cuff Down method is first, followed by Toe Up instructions. A general outline of the sock construction is first provided followed by the stitch pattern to be used for the leg and foot.

• At the end of the pattern you will find the generic instructions for the German Short Row Heel which is worked exactly the same way for both Toe Up and Cuff Down socks.

• To work the GSR heel in Garter Stitch you will just need to knit every row rather than purl the wrong side rows.

• The Modified Heel Flap Adjustment (MHFA) instructions can be found as a separate PDF download along with this pattern. This was done to reduce the file size of this pattern.
You will get the following files:
  • PDF (4MB)
  • PDF (2MB)

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