Sock

in Shell Pattern

Weldon's, Volume 14, Forty-sixth Series, _' 1899, page 1

Original specifies 1 ounce of 2-ply fingering wool manufactured by Messrs. John Paton, Son & Co. Alloa; four #16 (U.S. 0000; 1.25 mm) needles.

This pattern is a larger version of the stocking offered in Weldon's. The original was written for a small child. I followed the directions faithfully, working a French Heel and Flat Toe, but I needed to correct a mistake in the heel turn. With size 1 needles and the fingering-weight yarn I chose for the project, the stocking will fit a small woman's foot. The original has six repeats of the shell pattern in the leg section, but 1 have worked seven repeats. The original is worked with the stitches arranged on three needles, and I have used three needles to carry the stitches, too, with the fourth as the working needle.

Finished Size 7" (18 cm) foot circumference, 8" (20.5 cm) long from cast-on edge to top of heel flap, and 9" (23 cm) long from back of heel to tip of toe. To fit women's U.S. shoe sizes 672 to Th.

\ im About 370 yd (338 m) of fingering-weight (Super Fine #1) yarn. We used Gems Pearl (100% merino, 185 yd [170 m]/50 g; 21 wraps per inch): #47 terra cotta, 2 skeins. Needl > Size 1 (2.5 mm): set of 4 double-pointed. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notion Stitch marker (m); tapestry needle.

Cic-:i 16 sts and 23 rnds = 2" (5 cm) in St st worked in the rnd, before blocking.

CO 63 sis onto 1 needle. Divide sts evenly onto 3 needles (21 sts each needle). Join for working in the rnd, being careful not to twist sts, and place marker (pm) after first st to denote beg of rnd.

Cuff: Work k2, pi ribbing for 20 rnds— piece should measure IY" (4.5 cm) from beg. Leg: Work Rnd 1 of shell patt for leg (see below), inc 1 st at end of rnd—64 sts. Work

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through Rnd 10 of patt, then work Rnds 1-10 six more times (7 reps total)—-piece should measure about 8" (20.5 cm) from beg.

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