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Better Mousetrap Socks

A nonconformist dreams up a fascinating new way to knit socks.

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This sock pattern is radically different and very simple to knit. Each sock is knitted in a single strip that runs from the back of the leg, around the heel, across the bottom of the foot, around the toes, and up the instep and front of the leg. Includes a full page table with instructions for sizes (from 3" to 10 1/4") in columns and the gauge (from 5 to 7 1/2 sts/inch) in rows.
Finished Size: 7 1/2" (19 cm) around and 8 1/4" (21 cm) long. To fit an average woman's foot.
Yarn: Heirloom Easy Care 8-ply (100% machine-washable Merino; 107 yd [98 m]/50 g): Lavender socks: #771 lilac, 3 balls. Striped socks: #772 pink, #799 lime, #791 olive, and #779 purple, 1 ball each.
Yarn weight: #3 - Light
Gauge: 22 sts and 22 rows = 4" (10 cm) in garter stitch.
Needles: Size 5 (3.75 mm): 24" (60-cm) circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Markers (m); tapestry needle; long stitch holders; 24" (60-cm) cir needle in a smaller size than used for knitting (optional).
Originally Published: Interweave Knits Fall 2001

SKU: EP1027

Author/Speaker/Editor: Debbie New

Format: eProject