Finn-ish Socks by Janice Kang

Finn-ish Socks

July 2009
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
40 stitches and 52 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 0 - 2.0 mm
620 - 700 yards (567 - 640 m)
Medium and Large
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As seen at Sock Summit 2009--
The Finn-ish sock design is inspired by a knitting technique from Rovaniemi, Finland. This approach to colorwork in the round is unique because it has elements similar to stranded colorwork, intarsia, and weaving. In Finland, the backs of mittens are most commonly seen adorned with the zig-zag
three color motif. I was introduced to this fascinating technique by Susanna Hansson in the Lapland Hand Garments class that she taught at Stitches West. Many thanks to Susanna for making this technique accessible to knitters outside Finland and for motivating and encouraging me to design these socks.

The Finn-ish pattern has detailed instructions on how to prepare 11 small butterflies of contrasting color and how to work the motif. Most importantly, there are instructions on how to manage the butterflies so you have a tangle free knitting experience.

Women’s Medium [Large]
Finished measurements
Foot circumference: 6.5 [7.5]” (16.5 [19] cm) relaxed
Foot length: Approx 9 [10]” (23 [25.5] cm) relaxed

Cascade Yarns, Heritage (75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon; 100 gm / 437 yd)
MC: 1 [2*] hank(s) #5602 Steel
* A pair of large socks from 1 hank MC is possible by shortening the cuff and working fewer motif repeats, depending on foot length.
CC1: 65 yd (60 m) #5608 Pine
CC2: 65 yd (60 m) #5604 Denim
CC3: 50 yd (46 m) #5618 Snow
1 set of US 0 (2.0 mm) dpns, or size needed to achieve gauge
1 straight needle 10” (25 cm) or longer, preferably US size 5 (3.75 mm) or thinner
Point protector or cork
2 stitch markers
Tapestry needle