Gentlemans Plain Winter Sock

with Dutch Heel

Weldons, Volume 16, Ninth Series, 1901, page 5

This sock is one of many very plain, mostly stockinette-stitch socks found in Weldons. I was attracted to the long ribbed cuff and the interesting Dutch Heel shaping. I've worked the sock almost exactly as the pattern was written. The only changes I've made are to go up to a larger

Original specifies 4 ounces of 4 super ply fingering wool by Messrs. John Paton, Son & Co., Alloa; four steel #14 (U.S. 00; 1.75 mm) needles.

needle size and to make mirror decreases in the heel shaping. The original instructions specify "take 2 together," which I read as "k2tog," for both the right and left decrease. I've changed the left decrease to si 1, kl, psso. The sock ends with a Wide Toe.

Finished Size 73l" (19.5 cm) foot circumference, 9" (23 cm) long from east-on edge to top of heel flap, and 10" (25.5 cm) long from back of heel to tip of toe. To fit men's U.S. shoe sizes 8 to 9.

Yarn About 394 yd (360 m) of fingering-weight (Super Fine #1) yarn. We used Heirloom Argyle (80% wool, 20% nylon; 197 yd [180 m]/50 g; 22 wraps per inch) #491 gray, 2 skeins. Note: You'll need 3 skeins if you lengthen the leg or foot.

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 16 sts and 21 rnds = 2" (5 cm) in St st worked in the rnd, before blocking.

E 86

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