Let the past sleep, but let it sleep in the sweet embrace of Christ, and let us go on into the invincible future with Him. (Oswalt Chambers)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Little Shell Rib Cuffs

Now that the mandatory Christmas knitting is done, I'm working on the requested purple socks for Mom. She asked for five inch cuffs and "not too fancy a pattern." I translate that to mean "Please don't knit me any of those beautiful Cookie A socks that either bag or have to be tugged over the instep."

It was fun looking through my sock knitting file folder and trying to imagine what each appropriate stitch pattern would look like in the various purple yarns waiting for the needles.

The pattern finally chosen, Little Shell Socks, is working up very pretty in Stalwart Sock Lilac Swirl.

The pattern is written for 56 stitches with a multiple of seven stitches. I'm knitting it on 64 stitches with a multiple of eight stitches by introducing a purl column between the two knit columns. This modification turns it into a ribbing pattern for snugger, better fit. Details below.

Pattern: Little Shell Socks modified and renamed Little Shell Rib Socks.

Stitch Pattern from Pattern
Multiple of 7 stitches, 4 rows
  • Row 1: k7
  • Row 2: k7
  • Row 3: k1, YO, p1, p3tog, p1, YO, k1
  • Row 4: k7

Stitch Pattern for Little Shell Rib Socks
Multiple of 8 stitches, 4 rows
  • Row 1: k7, p1
  • Row 2: k7, p1
  • Row 3: k1, YO, p1, p3tog, p1, YO, k1, p1
  • Row 4: k7, p1

Yarn: Stalwart Sock from Slackford Studio. 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon 4 Ply Fingering Weight Sock Yarn.

Color: Lilac Swirl.

Needles: Options 2.50mm circulars.

Gauge: 8 stitches/inch, 10 rows/inch in stockinette.

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