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Flying Buttress socks


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flying buttress is a specific form of architecture most strongly associated with Gothic churches. The purpose of any buttress is to resist the forces pushing a wall outwards by redirecting them to the ground. Flying buttresses are not in contact with the wall all the way to the ground; so that the lateral forces are transmitted across an intervening space. This pattern incorporates left and right buttresses, created by a simple 2/1 cable that are repeated on the front and back of each sock, making the leg symmetrical whether viewed from the front, back or sides. The buttresses are edged by a simple baby cable that is created by knitting two stitches together and then knitting the first stitch of the two again. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY work in the round some experience with cables GAUGE 32 sts = 4 inches in stocking stitch; blocked SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Womens medium, to fit a US size 7-9 approximately, (Womens large or Mens size 11) SUGGESTED YARN 390 yards of Fingering weight

Recommended with this pattern

  • US #1 (2.5 mm double-point needles
  • 330-390 yds, 100 g fingering sock yarn or similar
  • tapestry needle

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I prefer to design simple patterns that are (relatively) easy to knit. It might be redundant to say so, but I design socks that I’d want to knit. I want a pattern that looks fantastic, but isn’t ridiculously complicated. I want it to be easy, without being boring. I want to challenge myself a little, but not make things more difficult than they need to be. I love cables, twisted stitches, and lace. But not all at the same time! I try to design multiple sizes for each pattern since legs and feet come in all sizes. I also expect knitters to take liberties with the instructions and be able to substitute their favorite heel, toe or cuff if they so choose. I’m also pleased when a pattern can be converted into toe up without too much effort, although not all stitch patterns lend themselves to this. I do have every pattern test knitted to ensure accuracy and to get different perspectives on each pattern. However, I am human, so mistakes might happen. If they do, I’ll get them fixed right away.