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Parnassian Socks

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This pattern has been tech edited and test knitted. It includes a second PDF accessible for knitters with low vision, following guidelines from Ravelry's Accessible Patterns group.

parnassian (adj.) - pertaining to poetry

I can’t be the only one who thinks socks are just a bit poetic. You take some sticks and string, whirl them around each other, and with a little time and effort, you end up with intricate garments that are perfectly tailored to your feet.

These socks have a simple, repeating stitch pattern that mimics the rhythm of a poem. The stitch pattern is just eight stitches over two lines, but the loops and swoops of the yarn overs and slipped stitches give the entire sock an almost musical quality as you work on it. With a basic heel flap and a classic wedge toe, these cuff-down pretties are perfect for adding some poetry to your sock drawer.

S, M, L

Finished sock dimensions: 8” (20.5 cm), 9.25” (23.5 cm), 10.25” (26 cm) circumference (Note: most people like their socks snug, so choose a finished sock size that is slightly smaller than your actual foot)

Sport weight yarn, 230 (262, 295) yds / 211 (240, 270) m

Sample shown knit in Camellia Fiber Co. CFC Merino Sport, 100% merino wool, 325 yds (297 m) per 3.5 oz (100 g), colorway Dahlia
GAUGE 4” (10 cm) square = 28 stitches and 36 rows in stockinette after blocking

One set of needles for your preferred style of small-circumference knitting in a size to match gauge listed above

Suggested needle size: US 4 (3.5 mm)

One stitch marker for beginning of round; optional additional markers between pattern repeats
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends


Techniques: decreases, knitting in the round, Kitchener stitch grafting
You will get the following files:
  • PDF (871KB)
  • PDF (653KB)

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