Heelless Sleeping Socks

Weldon's, Volume 12, Thirty-fifth Series, 189/, page 9

Original specifies Patons petticoat fleecy in white or scarlet; four #J0 (U.S. 3; 3 mm) needles.

The original pattern calls for "rather thicker pins than are generally employed" to give more elasticity. The text also notes that these socks are easy to make and "as the foot makes a fresh place for itself" every time they are worn, they are "par ticularly durable." I've made this sock per the original through the Round Toe, but I've used smaller needles and worked 77? repeats of the 16-row pattern down the leg, rather than 9. If you want to knit more rounds, you may need more yarn.

Finished Size 67?" (16.5 cm) foot circumference, 18" (45.5 cm) long from cast-on edge to tip of toe. To fit women's U.S. shoe sizes 6 to 10.

Yarn About 350 yd (320 m) of fingering-weight (Super Fine #1) yarn. We used Mountain Colors Weaver's Wool Quarters (100% wool; 350 yd [320 m]/100 g; 17 wraps per inch): sagebrush, 1 skein.

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

Notions Stitch marker (m); tapestry needle.

Gauge 13 sts and 22 rnds = 2" (5 cm) in St st worked in the rnd, before blocking; 15 sts and 18 rnds = 2" (5 cm) in leg pattern, before blocking.

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