Saunders Socks

Gosh it has been a while since we released anything but shawls! Now we are pretty convinced that we have designed something you will love to keep the chills off your neck (okay okay we may have gone a little overboard - what can we say, we love shawls as much as you all clearly do!) it is time to take care of your toes!

This pattern, like so many of the best started as a challenge. I was not a fan of crochet socks, I thought they were stiff, unyielding and not particularly comfortable when made in sock weight yarn and, as far as I was concerned, that went double if they were made thicker and then a bit more if you had to make them unisex. For various reasons, outlined over on my blog today, I ended up designing a pair. Well, if I was going to have to put my name to it then I was going to make it blooming perfect in every way. It took a while (again chronicled on my blog) but I made a pair of crochet socks, soft, stretchy, snuggly unisex socks that I am beyond happy with. I did not want to take them off my feet for photography! I am slightly concerned whether Kat will actually send them back. Yes, that successful!

Because I think they would make the perfect gift for pretty much anyone I've made them in a very generous range of sizes from baby all the way up to a large man's size (UK 13) and included a handy size guide for gifting. If you do have the feet to measure though, the pattern is highly adjustable to get the perfect fit everytime.

You can buy the pattern now 

(link takes you straight to payment for an instantly downloadable pdf pattern)

Technical details you might need are here:

Size 
Finished circumference at ankle: 10 (13,17, 20, 23, 27, 30)cm 
/4 (5.25, 6.75, 8, 9.25,10.75,12)in 
Finished circumference at foot: 8 (13, 17, 18,22, 25, 29)cm 
/3.25 (5.25, 6.75, 7.25, 8.75, 10, 11.25)in 
Finished length is fully adjustable, a standard size guide is included at the end of the pattern to make gifting easier. 
Choose the size closest to your foot circumference.

Materials 
1(1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2) 100g skein Vivacious DK (100% superwash merino wool, 230m /51yds) in (80800) Spiced Plum. 
4.5mm (US 7) hook 
5mm (US H) hook 
6mm (US J) hook 
2 Removable stitch markers

Note: Vivacious is a very plump DK, a worsted or aran weight will make a suitable substitution (always check tension carefully)

IMPORTANT: Yarn quantities are suggestions and will vary depending on the length at the ankle and the length of the foot which are worked to your measurements. Sample is 5th size with an ankle measuring 18cm/7in to the heel and 21.5cm/ 8.5in from the heel to the toe and required 136g of yarn.

Tension 
18 sts and 16 rows in stitch pattern in the round to 10 cm/4 in using 6mm hook (or size needed to achieve tension)

Difficulty Rating Easy

Skills Needed Basic crochet stitches, working in rows, working in rounds, missing stitches, working into row ends, decreasing, 
working short rows (fully explained in pattern), slip stitching to seam together.

Construction 
Worked from the cuff down the ribbing is worked back and forth in rows, stitches are picked up from the row ends and the ankle is worked in the round to the traditional heel flap with short rows used to turn the heel, stitches are picked up from row ends and instep to toe is worked in the round.


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