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Norwegian Lusekofte Socks


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This sock pattern is inspired by the Norwegian Lusekofte, or lice jacket, of the late 19th century in the Setesdal Valley. The heel features a star motif. (There are three star motifs, depending on the size knitted.) The socks are stranded, knitted from the top to the toe, and are constructed with the Band Heel and the Wide Toe. Information on the Double Cast on, knitting with a yarn in each hand, and Kitchener Stitch is included. FEATURED TECHNIQUES The Double Cast-On Knitting With a Yarn in Each Hand The Band Heel The Wide Toe Kitchener Stitch Theory boxes, photographs, charts, and schematic are included. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Ability to work in the round in two colors with double-pointed needles, Magic Loop, or two circulars GAUGE In 2-color stockinette stitch (lus pattern) on size US 0 (2 mm) ndls: 8 sts and 10rnds/ inch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Circumference of sock leg: Small (6"), Medium (8"), Large (10") Check the schematic at the end of this pattern to determine the dimensions of the garment you are knitting, in case you need to make adjustments. Because of the pattern multiples involved, only three sizes have been written. If you want to create a sock that is in between small and medium, medium and large, or an extra-large size, you may do so following the directions, but knitting at a gauge of 7 sts/ inch, rather than 8 sts/ inch, adjusting the length by knitting more rows of the lus pattern in the leg and foot.

Supplies Needed

  • Yarn: Guernsey Wool (100 g/ 246 yards per skein) or sport weight yarn: 1 (1, 2) skeins of Main Color (MC) yarn (dark), 1 skein of Contrasting Color (CC) yarn (light). Fingering weight or sock weight yarn may be substituted for a lighter-weight sock.
  • Needles : US 0 and 1 (2.0 and 2.25- mm) dpn, or size needed to obtain gauge

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Beth Brown-Reinsel is an author and internationally known teacher of the historic knitting techniques of 19th century Northern Europe. Her love of these traditions comes through on her website which offers her knitting books, DVDs, schedule of workshops in North America and Europe, blog and eNewsletter signup: