Bed Sock

in Lemon Pattern Fancy Knit Stripe

Weldon's, Volume 11, Thirteenth Series, 1896, page 8

Original specifies 2'/: ounces of unshrinkable vest wool (pink); Jour steel #14 (U.S. 00; 1.75 mm) and #12 (U.S. size 2; 2.75 mm) needles.

These soft and cozy bed socks seem like the perfect example of Victorian luxury. The pattern is an allover openwork rib, even on the bottom of the foot, that yields a very stretchy and comfortable pair of sleeping socks. I have followed the original pattern through the Dutch Heel vari ation, but I've changed the toe ending from a simple bound-off and sewn toe seam to a grafted tip. The original design also calls for an optional crochet edging at the top, which I have omitted. To maintain maximum stretch, I have not blocked these socks.

Finished Size 8" (20.5 cm) foot circumference, 7" (18 cm) long from cast-on edge to top of heel flap, and 9" (23 em) long from back of heel to tip of toe. To fit women's U.S. shoe sizes 6 /2 to 772, but can stretch larger.

Yarn About 285 yd (261 m) of fingering-weight (Super Fine #1) yarn. We used Mountain Colors Cashmere (100°/o cashmere; 95 yd [87 m]/1 oz; 19 wraps per inch): ladyslipper, 3 skeins. Note: You'll need 4 skeins if you lengthen the leg or foot.

Needles Size 2 (2.75 mm): set of 4 or 5 double-pointed. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Stitch marker (m); tapestry needle.

Gauge 22 sts and 19V? rnds = 2" (5 cm) in openwork ribbing worked in the rnd, unstretched.

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