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The Time After Time Socks are an elegant, classic design that will ensure your feet are the fanciest in the room. The design was heavily influenced by Art Deco architecture - hence an arching and geometric central lace panel with decorative cable columns. Despite its complex appearance, you’ll be surprised how intuitive, quick and fun the pattern is to knit.

Small: 6.25” / 16cm finished sock circumference. Suggested to fit approximate foot circumference of 7.5” / 19cm, and foot length of 9.75” / 24.5cm (women’s shoe size US 6.5–8.5 / EU 37–39)
Medium: 7.25” / 18.5cm finished sock circumference. Suggested to fit approximate foot circumference of 8.75” / 22cm, and foot length of 10.25” / 25.75cm (women’s shoe size US 9–10 / EU 40–42)
Large: 8.25” / 21cm finished sock circumference. Suggested to fit approximate foot circumference of 9.75” / 25cm, and foot length of 10.75” / 27cm (women’s shoe size US 10.5–13 / EU 43–45)

When choosing a size, it is recommended that you find the intended wearer’s foot circumference by measuring around the ball of the foot at the widest point. Then select the finished sock circumference that will give around 1.25–2” / 3–5cm of negative ease at this circumference point. The above foot lengths with shoe sizes are measured from the tip of the toes to center of back of the heel (along the sole of the foot), but these should only be used as a general guide to sizing. Similarly, suggested finished sock foot lengths are listed in the schematic on page 5 and written into the pattern, but should only be used as a general guide. See page 4 for details on knitting the foot of your socks to an optimal length.

100g fingering weight sock yarn.

Samples used
Circus Tonic Handmade Revelry Sock (80% Merino, 20% Nylon; 409yds / 374m per 100g), in colourways Southern Fairywren (purple – Small Size) and Western Whipbird (green – Medium Size). Approximately 262yds / 240m (64g) used for Small Size pair of socks, and approximately 327yds / 299m (80g) used for Medium Size pair of socks.

*Please note that the yardage requirements will vary depending on the chosen sock circumference, chosen foot and leg lengths, chosen heel option, any differences in gauge, and the type of yarn you use (fibre content, ply, etc.). Particularly if you are knitting the Large Size, you may need to remove repeats from the recommended leg patterning length to ensure only 100g of yarn is required. The toe-up version of the socks is a great choice if you are unsure of your yardage requirements, as you can split your yarn into 2 equally-sized balls (1 for each sock), knit each sock foot to your required length, and then knit each sock leg to matching lengths per the remaining yardage in each ball.

– US 1 / 2.25mm needle, OR size to obtain gauge, at least 32” / 80cm length circular needle for working Magic Loop method, OR double-pointed needles – see NOTES (1st note, below)

– Cable needle
– Removable stitch markers / progress keepers (optional during heel turn [toe-up version], OR for using a different style of needle / method of working in the round [if not using the Magic Loop method], OR for marking beginning of round)
– Scissors
– Sock blockers (optional)
– Tape measure
– Tapestry needle

33 stitches x 48 rounds = 4” / 10cm square in stockinette stitch, knit in the round and relaxed after blocking.

Stockinette stitch = knit every round

1) The pattern instructions are written for the Magic Loop method of working in the round with a long circular needle. They are to be worked from the beginning to end of each round unless specified for stitches on first needle (N1; front of leg / top of foot) and second needle (N2; back of leg / sole of foot) separately. If you are using double-pointed needles, use markers as needed to designate between what will be these front and back halves of the sock.

2) The pattern is also written for both toe-up and cuff down sock construction methods. A compiled PDF with both methods together in the one document is available to download, as well as PDFs with the separated toe-up and cuff down instruction pages. Suggested cast ons and bind offs for each construction method are noted in the pattern and VIDEO TUTORIAL LINKS for these techniques are provided on page 3. Please note that the lace pattern on these socks travels upwards on the toe-up version and downwards on the cuff down version, therefore the two versions together will not make a matching pair.

3) You have the option of working either a slip stitch heel flap with gusset (used in samples), or a short row heel for these socks. The heel flap and gusset option is great for feet with a high instep, or for those who want a reinforced heel, whereas a short row heel is shallower and uses less yarn. You will need to know how to work short rows by wrapping and turning for both options – see VIDEO TUTORIAL LINKS (page 3).

4) Stitch counts are written for Small Size with [Medium, Large] Size stitch counts in brackets.

– Judy’s magic cast on
– Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy bind off
– Long tail cast on
– Kitchener stitch
– How to work short rows using the wrap and turn method

Instructions are provided in a fully written format, with charts also included where relevant.

If you wish to work from a hard copy of the pattern, please ensure you print the charts (pages 8 and 11) in colour.

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