MC: 165-255 yards
CC: 80-125 yards
These fun socks, inspired by those grand staircases you see in classic cruise liners, are perfect to use up your partial skeins or as an excuse to buy two more.
When you put your feet together a broad stairway leads from the toes to the ankle and then move left and right around the legs surrounded by ribbing balustrades.
Intarsia in the Round
The stairs employ an unusual technique for a form of intarsia in the round which involves no cutting or stranding of yarn, and once you get into the rhythm is very intuitive.
Lichen & Lace 80/20 Sock (80% Merino, 20% Nylon): MC Teal Tide 1 Regular Skein (365 yards/100 grams), CC Citron 2 Mini Skeins (73 yards/20 grams)
(The socks will work well with almost any MC, solid through to wildly variegated, if paired with a solid CC with a strong contrast. Avoid self-striping yarns.)
MC: 165 (190, 220, 255) yards [150 (173, 200, 232) m]
CC: 80 (90, 105, 125) yards [73 (82, 96, 114) m]
Thanks to Lichen & Lace for donating the yarn and to Deepa for knitting the sample.
Size US 1.5 (2.5 mm) needles, 2 24″ (60cm) or longer circulars or size needed to obtain gauge
S (M, L, XL): 7 (8, 9, 10)” [17.5 (20, 22.5, 25) cm] foot circumference
32 sts and 44 rows = 4″ [10cm] in St st after blocking
Tapestry needle, stitch marker.
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About the Designer: Helen Gipson
Helen has been knitting on and off since she was a teenager, having been taught by her nan.
She left behind a hectic daily commute to London Heathrow for the tranquility of the Scottish Borders with her husband. A local knitting group introduced her to Ravelry. Her ravatar is scrabblepooh, a reference to her other great love, scrabble. She played it at international level and was rated the top female player in the world.
She has always liked designing her own patterns, and in 2014 began to publish them. She has also had designs published by I Like Knitting, Miss Babs, SweetGeorgia Yarns, and for Hearthside Fibers.