Yarnison - Manhole Socks
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A sturdy top-down sock with textured heels and toes for sturdy urban living. The fabric is reminiscent of non-slip metal treads, and the heel and toe take their texture from manhole covers.
The cross-hatch pattern accentuates the texture of the yarn, and works well with block colours, kettle-dyed yarn with minimal variegation or to showcase the colour changes in a fancy, high-contrast yarn that you fell in love with.
The pattern uses slipped stitch cables in a short, easy-to-memorise repeat, and a striking textured afterthought heel.
The cross-hatch texture is quite firm, so it’s worth checking your gauge, and perhaps going up a size.
The heel and toe are made identically, and there are instructions for both the textured version or a plain smoother one if you’d prefer something simpler. As the sock is knit as a “tube”, you can get used to the “manhole” instructions on the toe before doing it on the afterthought heel.
The pattern is has charted and written instructions.
Yarn - 4-ply/fingering
Needles - 2.25mm
Yardage - 383 - 492 yards (350 - 450 m)
This is a physical pattern not a pdf
Small (Medium, Large)
To fit foot circumference 21cm (23cm, 25cm) / 8.25” (9”, 10”)
Actual foot circumference of sock unstretched 18cm (20cm, 22cm)/ 7.25” (7.75”, 8.5”)
Leg length to the top of the heel is 12.5cm (5”), although you can make it longer with more repeats of the cross-hatch pattern.
Foot length is adjustable within the pattern, with the instructions creating a sock approx 1cm (0.5”) shorter than measured foot length for a snug fit.