Diamondback Socks by Kirsten Hall

Diamondback Socks

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June 2016
Light Fingering ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 2 inches
in Stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
270 - 420 yards (247 - 384 m)
Adult small, medium, large (see notes)
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This pattern was Stage Three of the 2016 Tour de Sock event, a speed-knitting competition benefiting Doctors Without Borders. Visit the Tour-de-Sock group on Ravelry.

Leg and foot circumferences (length adjustable)
Small: 7 and 6.5 inches / 18 and 16.5 cm
Medium: 8 and 7.5 inches / 20.5 and 19 cm
Large: 9 and 8.5 inches / 23 and 21.5 cm
Adjustments can be made to width of foot and leg at side rib panels. Stitch totals will be affected but pattern is written to work with adjustments; no need to rewrite or recalculate.

Yarn requirements and notions
Yarn: 270(320,420) yards or 225(290,385) meters. Best in space-dyed, painted or variegated yarns with contrast. Not recommended in solid or tonal colors.

Notions: circular stitch markers to place on needle (4) and removable markers to hang on stitches (8-10); yarn needle for weaving in ends.

Construction Notes
Two identical socks are worked cuff down in a diamond pattern using shadow-wrap short rows. The gussets are worked at the ankle followed by a Strong (or inverted Fleegle) heel. The wedge toe is grafted with Kitchener stitch.

All instructions are written, with charts accompanying the instructions for the diamond stitch pattern. Construction diagram included.

Photos of shadow-wrap stitches and lifted increases included, as well as links to photo and video tutorials for any stitches that may be unfamiliar (see same links below).

What to know before you begin
Basic sock construction, working in the round on double-point or circular needles, increasing and decreasing. Experience with short rows is recommended.

Backward knitting makes the short rows go faster by eliminating turning (see tutorial link below) but is not necessary; pattern assumes normal turning for short rows.

Helpful Links
(Click the links in the pattern pdf, or copy and paste the links into your browser, or use these here)
Kitchener stitch
Knitting backward
Working kfb stitch (symmetrical of kbf)

Want to see how this pattern was adapted for a pullover?
Check out ableramm’s blog post here.