My friend Fay recently started dyeing yarn under the name Bea and Rose, and her colourways are beautiful. I was delighted when she suggested we work on a collaboration together, and this is what we came up with. The colours in the yarn echo the yellows of wheat fields, a theme that is reflected in the lacy wheat stitch pattern the makes up the central panel of the socks. I came across the slipped-stitch textured stitch pattern in a stitch dictionary under the name grass stitch, which tied in so beautifully with the theme I couldn't not include it!
The Wheat 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 table of gauge-dependent lengths is included to help you achieve the perfect fit.
The socks come in three sizes (finished sock circumferences, 16 (20, 23.5) cm [6.5 (8, 9.25) in]). The patterns is written to be needle-neutral and can be knitted on any of DPNs, short circulars or long circulars using the magic loop technique.
The sample socks shown are the medium size for a UK size 6 foot (foot length 24 cm/9.5 in). The sample is knitted in Bea and Rose 4 ply (4 ply; 425 m [463 yds] per 100g skein; 75% merino wool, 25% nylon) and used 330 m [357 yds].
32 sts x 46 rnds = 10 cm [4 in] in stocking stitch worked in the round on 2.5 mm DPNs, or size needed to obtain correct gauge.
21 sts = 4.75 cm [1.88 in] in wheat stitch worked in the round on 2.5 mm DPNs, or size needed to obtain correct gauge.
35.5 sts = 10 cm [4 in] in grass stitch worked in the round on 2.5 mm DPNs, or size needed to obtain correct gauge.
Notes are included to adapt the instructions to your row/rnd gauge.
2.5 mm DPNs [or a 2.5 mm circular needle at least 80 cm (32 in) in length]
6 stitch markers, one of which should be distinct to indicate the start of the round
Up to 425 m [436 yds] of 4 ply sock yarn. I would recommend using a dedicated sock yarn for these socks, either a wool/nylon blend or a high-twist wool yarn. It is possible that if you are knitting for very large feet you may require more than 400 m [436 yds] of yarn for a pair of socks.
Difficulty: Intermediate (knitting, purling, simple increases and decreases, simple intarsia)
Pattern Style: Sock pattern is written using abbreviations (all abbreviations are given). The wheat stitch is given as both a chart and written instructions.