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Gauge: 36 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches in Blocked stockinette in the round
Needle size: US 1½ - 2.5 mm (or size needed to achieve specified gauge), and US 0 - 2.0 mm (or size 0.5mm smaller than gauge needle)
Yardage: 150 - 300 yards (137 - 274 m) of fingering weight yarn. The pink sample is knit in Yarn Cafe Creations Biscotti Sock (85% superwash merino, 25% nylon, 435 yds/400m per 100g skein)
The variegated sample is knit in Fearless Feet Fiber Co Super Sheepy Sock (100% superwash merino, 438 yds / 401 m per 100g skein).
Sizes available: To fit foot circumference 8",9",10" (17, 19.5, 22 cm)

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In knitwear design we frequently strive to create something “original” – we hope our work is unique and special, but in this group collaboration we all created variations on a theme. Our creativity all stemmed from a starting point, which in this case was a certain stitch pattern. In the same way, I believe we have the inspiration and skills to create because God Himself is creative. We love colors, intricate detail and symmetry because He does, and we can see that in the world around us.

My family is another large part of my identity, and I frequently theme my designs around the people I love. In my case, I’ve named these socks for my mother, Louise; she taught me to knit, encouraged my passion for fiber arts, and has even posed patiently for photo shoots when I needed a model.

The suffix “ette” is an ending English borrows from French. We’ve co-opted it to mean something small or a small version of the word it is attached to. For example, a kitchenette is a small kitchen; a novelette is a small novel. In this case, these socks are dedicated to my mother, whose name is Louise, from the daughter who is a little bit Louise too.

These socks are knit toe up with a short row heel. The pattern is written for magic loop knitting, but can easily be adapted to any other style with the addition of stitch markers (instructions are included in the pattern for this).

My thanks to Lisa Beth Houchins for her fantastic work tech editing, and to my testers

This pattern is available in both English and Spanish - please make sure you select the correct file when you're downloading (you'll get both automatically).
You will get the following files:
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