Hunger Games Extreme* Socks
for Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games series.
In honor of the opening of the film, I wanted to design a pair of socks I thought would be worthy of Katniss--and able to stand up to the solid beating I imagine that young (hunted) hunter would give to her socks as she ran for her life.
This sock is for the adventurous intermediate or expert knitter (or for a new knitter who hasn't been told that socks, cables, and double knitting are hard, the therefore is able to do anything)
Photos and Diagram Tutorials are included in pattern when needed for special techniques.
The construction of these socks is unique. The entire sole is knit first and, thus, is completely replaceable. It is knit with fingering-weight yarn held double to create a toe-up, form-fitting arch which will give you a very firm, cushiony, comforting bed upon which to rest your weary feet.
The instep is decorated with lace, not out of vanitythe one thing Katniss doesn't wrestle withbut for breathability. The instep and leg are knit after the sole, starting at the toe and working up the leg. The first and last stitch of each instep row are used to "seam" the instep to the sole stitches.
The leg pattern ends with an optional, secret, double knit-pocket. This pocket is effectively double knit flat while knitting in the round detailed instructions are provided.
The use of two circular needles while knitting this sock will facilitate trying on the sole as you go, particularly during the seaming process, which will give you the ability to achieve a more precise and comfortable fit.
As per the What Would Madame Defarge Knit? books, links in the PDF pattern are live, allowing you to find linked-to tutorials and to move easily within the electronic version of the pattern, jumping to charts from text instructions and back again, as needed, while knitting.
The charts are constructed to work easily in Knit Companion for the iPad (only one chart will need to be rotated).
28 sts=4 in/10cm; 38 rows=4" on sole-stitch stockinette; same on stockinette arrowhead lace
Author of "Grounded: The Seven", editrix of the WWMDfK series ("What Would Madame Defarge Knit? Creations Inspired by Classic Characters"), host of CraftLit: a podcast for crafters who love books, Heather Ordover lives, writes, and designs in Northern Virginia with her amused husband, her goofball sons, a sly cat, and far too many devoted mosquitoes.
Oh, and she knits.