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Releve Socks


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Releve is a step in ballet in which the heels are lifted off the floor and the dancer balances on the balls of her feet. Not only is that a lovely visual for a sock, but it relates to the inspiration stitch for these cable and lace socks. The "Germaine" stitch is a pairing of a basic cable with an arrowhead lace. Germaine has a similar spelling to the word "germane", which means "relevant" - and so, in the same way that changing a few letters leads to a completely new meaning, changing a few aspects of the original stitch leads to a charming sock! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Basic lace Basic cabling Top-down sock construction Knitting in the round GAUGE 27 stitches and 37 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch; note sizing is done by changes in gauge/needles SUGGESTED YARN 375 yards of Fingering weight

Recommended with this pattern

  • 375 - 425 yards (343 - 389 m) sock yarn
  • Stitch markers
  • Yarn needle

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Katherine Vaughan Designs
Katherine Vaughan Designs
I’m a lifelong knitter, from a family of knitters, gardeners, seamstresses, and sailors (yes, even the men!) - who also happen to be doctors, scientists, priests, and businesspeople (yes, even the women!). I like to design baby blankets, accessories for children, adults, and the home, and garments for children and adults. You can find my patterns through my indie line here on Craftsy or in a variety of print and online magazines and books. I happily work with local yarn stores, crafters, and indie dyers: please contact me to start a conversation about how we can support each other! I’m a certified knitting teacher, accomplished technical editor for knitting patterns, and in my daily life am an academic science librarian.