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Rachel's Cool Socks


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These socks were designed collaboratively with Rachel Shorey in order to display uses of Rachel's Cool Increase (RCI). A phototutorial for RCI is posted at RCI is used structurally in the mathematical heel (you can substitute a different heel if you want) and decoratively in the spiralling motif. Special thing about the heel: it's done in the round, not using short rows or flaps. There are two versions of the socks, one with a plain foot and one with the spiralling motif flowing around the foot and across the tip of the toe. Any springy DK/sport-weight yarn should do. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Twisted stitch (aka k tbl), M1, k2tog, ssk. Judy's Magic Cast On, Jeny's Super Stretchy Bind Off, Rachel's Cool Increase, and Reverse Rachel's Cool Increase (Online tutorials are available for all of these). GAUGE 6 stitches to the inch in stockinette stitch. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 6.9" finished circumference for size small 7.5" finished circumference for size medium 8.1" finished circumference for size large This pattern is not easy to modify for other circumferences, but easy to modify for other foot lengths and calf heights.

Recommended with this pattern

  • 275 - 320 yards of DK weight yarn.
  • Suggested yarns: Valley Yarns Valley Superwash DK, Mirasol Yarn Chirapa
  • Use size #2-#2.5/2.75mm-3mm needles or whatever needle size is required to get obtain the correct gauge.

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I'm a math professor by trade, and (unsurprisingly) my designs are informed by mathematical concepts. I co-edited the books <i>Making Mathematics with Needlework: Ten Papers and Ten Projects</i> and <i>Crafting by Concepts: Fiber Arts and Mathematics</i> with my colleague and friend Carolyn Yackel. You can find out more than you ever wanted to know about me and my way-too-many interests (including my ex-cat, socially responsible investing, dance, feminist philosophy of science,...) at <a href="">my website</a>.