For years I said that I was not going to knit socks, then I started going to a local knitting group and every week watched my new friend Lynda knit sock after sock; when I caved and bought my first sock yarn, she appeared with several books on knitting socks and after my first pair I was hooked. These socks are my thank you to Lynda for introducing me to sock knitting.
The Lynda socks are knitted from the toe up and use a gusset and heel flap construction, shaped with short rows. The socks have a pattern on the instep and around the leg, while the sole is knitted in stocking stitch. The gusset length is affected by your row/round gauge, so a small amount of optional maths is included to achieve the perfect fit.
My Lynda socks are the first in a collection of sock patterns, called the Knit Night Collection, named after a few of my favourite knitty people. All the socks in the collection come in three sizes (finished sock circumferences, 17.5 (20, 22.5) cm [7 (8, 9) in]), with the different sizes being created by scaling the pattern, so larger socks have larger motifs. The patterns in the collection are written to be needle-neutral and can be knitted on any of DPNs, short circulars or long circulars using the magic loop technique.
- 2.5 mm DPNs [or a 2.5 mm circular needle at least 80 cm (31 in) in length]
- One ball of West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply (4 ply; 400 m [436 yds] per 100g ball; 75% wool, 25% nylon) or 400 m [436 yds] of an equivalent sock yarn*
- 4 stitch markers
- Tapestry needle