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Ringwood Socks


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A surprisingly simple but effective pattern, the top down version is an ideal first sock pattern, and once confident with the form and construction you can always move on to give the toe up version a try. The pattern is easy to remember and to read from your knitting - this really is my go anywhere, knit anywhere sock pattern for lovely squishy cosy socks. This pattern, for a slipped stitch heel and gusset sock can be knitted either from the top down (pages 1,2,3) or from the toe up (pages1-2 & 4-5). The Ringwood stitch was my Grandmother's signature stitch and it's used here to bring out the colours in very variegated yarns and really make them pop. This stitch pattern was traditionally used to make gloves in Ringwood, approximately 20 miles from where I grew up and the centre of a cottage industry of glove making in Victorian Britain. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knitting in the round wrap and turn GAUGE 34st x 56 rows = 10cm x 10cm/4 x 4 inches over stitch pattern on US1 (2.25mm) needles SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Small - Shoe size UK3-5, EU34-37, US5-7 Medium - Shoe size UK6-8, EU38-42, US8-10 Large - Shoe size UK9-10, EU43-45, US11-13 Full schematic and guidance on measuring your foot are provided SUGGESTED YARN 400 yards of Fingering weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Malabrigo Sock COLORWAY Archangel

Supplies Needed

  • Needles - US1/2,25mm needles
  • 330-400yds 4ply/fingering yarn depending on chosen size
  • Tapestry needle to sew in ends

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Tess Young
Tess Young
Tess Young lives in the north west of England with her partner, 2 rescue dogs and 2 rescue cats. These companions enrich her life immeasurably, bringing great joy and plenty of exasperation; she’ll leave you to decide which brings which. For their part they often see Tess disappearing into her stash of yarn, vintage patterns, textiles and haberdashery, often to the sound of ‘ah’ ‘ooh’ and ‘argh’ as pretty and precious items are either rediscovered or declared ‘lost’. Tess’ designs are influenced by the south coast she grew up on and the north west coast on which she now lives. Her shared love of mountains leads to summer road trips and much hiking in Europe. These landscapes influence how she thinks about colour, form and structure, and function and wearability. However, Tess also loves the built environment and how we can build striking design into our everyday lives through mindful consideration of the spaces we inhabit. This too, she aims to capture in her designs, inspired by often fleeting experiences and lasting memories.