Matsudana by Janice Kang


June 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
460 yards (421 m)
Women's Small (Medium, Large)
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Pattern updates (in bold):

Heel Flap Set-up: P1, M1, CTDD, M1, p2, k2, p1[2, 3], k2, C3L, p0[1, 2], k2tog, yo, p1, yo, SSK, p0[1,2], C3R, k2, p1[2, 3], k2, p2, M1, CTDD.

Note: The heel flap is worked flat on the next 26[30, 34] sts, increased to 27[31, 35]. The remaining 29[33, 37] sts are held for the instep. Remove the beginning of round marker when you come to it.

It’s funny how this design came about. A large knitting & crochet convention was coming to town and I needed a project to work on that was more portable than the cobweb lace shawl that I had on the needles. After a couple of swatches, I settled on Matsudana. It’s hardly the “mindless” knitting project that I thought I’d have in my project bag, but with cable crossings, lace panels, and twisted stitches, the socks are pretty and definitely not boring. Oh yes, and they are portable.

This cuff down design has a main cable and lace panel down the front and back of the sock and a twisted stitch panel down each side. The center motif extends ever so slightly into the heel flap as well as the instep where it transitions into a rib pattern to make it more comfortable when worn in shoes. But honestly, who would want to hide these beauties in footwear?