Faeriesong Shortie Socks by Luise O'Neill

Faeriesong Shortie Socks

August 2023
Light Fingering ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch, in the round, blocked
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
260 - 300 yards (238 - 274 m)
Finished foot circumference: 7.5 (8, 8.5)" / 19 (20.5, 21.5)cm
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♫ The Music ♫
In the iconic song When Irish Eyes are Smiling the lyrics speak of the magical:

“When your sweet lilting laughter’s
Like some fairy song
And your eyes twinkle bright
as can be…”

These shortie, toe-up socks begin with a modified wide toe. The instep and leg are worked in the Faeriesong pattern stitch while the sole is worked in Stockinette. The short-row (Fleegle) heel means no picking up sts. The cuff finishes with an easy 1x1 ribbing. These socks can easily be made as mid-calf socks by continuing to work the leg pattern. This will, of course, require additional yarn.

The stitch pattern in these socks matches the Faeriesong Fingerless Mitts.

Special Techniques
Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off: Written directions included.
Jogless Bindoff in the Round: Photo tutorial is included.
DL and DR sts: Photo tutorial is included and there is a video demo of the DL and DR sts here on YouTube.

Stitch pattern is both charted and written out.

Finished foot circumference: 7.5 (8, 8.5)“ / 19 (20.5, 21.5)cm.
Finished foot length: 8.25 (9.5, 10)” / 21 (24, 25.5)cm.
Bottom of heel to top of ribbing: 5.5” / 14cm.

260 (280, 300)yds / 238 (256, 274)m fingering / sock-weight yarn.

Stitch markers, stitch holders or waste yarn, tapestry needle.

Tech Editing: RedSquirrel; FirSprite.
Charting Software: Stitchmastery
Test knit by: Ravellers susu2u, sonne27, Oceansprite, faeriepaw, quiltingknitter, Strohfrau, jooleej, gagran1, Cydiba, Sinaida and zuniaberry.

Some Helpful Test Knitter Notes: Some testers found that this type of heel construction is extra roomy in the gusset area - great for someone with a high instep; there are some great tips on the test knitters’ project pages; if that extra room is not needed, some testers found going down a size worked well for them.

Liat’s blog post: “When to Start Your Fleegle Heel Increases” https://www.knitfreedom.com/blog/start-fleegle-heel/