Space Age Socks by Kirsten Hall

Space Age Socks

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August 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 2 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
340 - 380 yards (311 - 347 m)
S, M, L (circumferences below)
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“If you’re in outer space, don’t feel out of place,
because there are thousands of others like you.”
--The B-52’s

Some similarity may be noted between these socks and the mid-century modern furniture on Star Trek. Spacey times.

Two identical socks are worked from the cuff down, with diagonal bands framing a window of stars (butterfly stitch) on the front and instep. Gussets are worked invisibly at the ankle, followed by a Strong heel (no picking up stitches). The wedge toe is grafted with Kitchener stitch.

The star pattern is charted and all other instructions are written. Foot length and circumference are adjustable.

Circumference at leg
Small: 7 inches / 18 cm
Medium: 8 inches / 20.5 cm
Large: 9 inches / 23 cm

280(340,380) yards / 260(310,350) meters. More yarn will be needed if sock is lengthened.

Techniques used
You should be familiar with working in the round on small needles, making increases and decreases, working short rows, and slipping stitches. Experience with basic sock construction is recommended.

Helpful links
Kitchener stitch
Shadow-wrap short rows
Working the kbf stitch (opposite/symmetrical of kfb)
Make 1 left or right increases

Fun thought
The center tucking stitch of the “star” stitch (aka butterfly stitch) is a nice place for a bead, if you are familiar with hooking beads as you go. You will need 39(49,64) beads.