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This pattern is part of The Wanderlust Sock Club Collection - A Sock Pattern Club by the Knitting Expat. It is exclusively available for Club members only until 1 January 2019 - You can purchase the club Ebook at any point to get this and the other patterns in the collection before then.

The word Dérive is French in origin and represents A spontaneous & unplanned Journey where the traveler is guided by the Landscape. Literally translated dérive means ‘drift’ and envokes the idea that even if you drift you will end up on the right path.

Wandering around a new city somewhat without direction is a fun way to discover and explore a place while travelling and as such felt this was in keeping with the theme for the Wanderlust Sock Club!

This is a fun pattern to work and is a great step up from the previous sock pattern in the club. For the more seasoned knitter the pattern will provide some relaxing knitting without being dull. This pattern will work great with most types of dye styles, however, I would not recommend using heavily variegated yarns for this.

From 1 January 2019 this and all the other patterns in the collection will be available for individual purchase.

What you will need:

• Yarn – 100g Sock Yarn (approx. 365-400m / 400-440 yds) Sample knit in Yoshi & Lucy Yarns in the Brillante Base in the Chocolate Cake colourway (75/20/5 Superwash Merino/Nylon/Stellina).

• Needles – 2.25mm or 2.5mm (US 1 or 1.5) on a Long cable for magic loop (I suggest 40” / 100cm for two at a time knitting).

• Notions – Stitch Markers if you wish to mark pattern repeats. I also use a progress keeper to keep track of my row count and how many rows I have done (this can also work to mark the instep side of your work).

• Gauge – Approx 8 sts/inch in stockinette

• Size – Socks are sized in a 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.

48sts - X Small for a foot circumference of approx. 6-7 inches
56sts - Small for a foot circumference of approx. 8-9 inches
60sts - Small/Medium for a foot circumference of approx. 8.5-9.5 inches
64sts - Medium for a foot circumference of approx. 9-10 inches
68sts - Medium/Large for a foot circumference of approx. 9.5-10.5 inches
72sts - Large for a foot circumference of approx. 10-11 inches
80sts - X Large for a foot circumference of approx. 11-12 inches

Notes for Printing:

• Instructions for Cuff Down are on Pages 4-5
• Instructions for Toe Up are on Pages 6-7
• Stitch Pattern instructions are on Page 8-9
• German Short Row Heel instructions is on Pages 10-11
• 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 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 be used with DPN’s or 9inch 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 a PDF (6MB) file

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