Fancy Silk Sock

for a Child of 5 or 6 Years

Weldon's, Volume 15, Fiftieth Series, 1900, page 10

Original specifies Lustrine (a silk substitute) by Vicar and Poirson, London; four steel #15 (U.S. 000; 1.5 mm) needles.

This is another Weldon's design for a child that makes a perfect lady's sock when it is worked with slightly larger needles and twenty-first-century yarn. I have followed the instructions as written through the French Heel. I've added a purl stitch at the end of the instep stitches on the foot to balance the pattern, and to do so I've

adjusted the total stitch count before beginning the toe decreases. The original has the stitches drawn together to close the toe, but I prefer the look and feel of a grafted finish (as in a Flat Toe), so I have provided directions for both methods. Choose the one you like best.

Finished Size 7" (18 cm) foot circumference, 7'A" (19 cm) long from cast-on edge to top of heel flap, and 97?" (24 cm) long from back of heel to tip of toe. To fit women's U.S. shoe sizes 8 to 9.

Yarn About 430 yd (393 m) of fingering-weight (Super Fine #1) yarn. We used Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock (75°/o wool, 25% nylon; 215 yd [196 m]/2 oz; 21 wraps per inch): #4ns blackberry, 2 skeins.

Needles Size 1 (2.5 mm): set of 4 double-pointed. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Stitch marker (m); tapestry needle.

Gauge 17 sts and 22 rnds = 2" (5 cm) in St st worked in the rnd, before blocking.

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When working the lace patterns, take care not to lose any yarnovers that occur at the end of a needle.

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