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The motif which inspired the patterns for these socks is a very common one in medieval illuminations. One manuscript where it appears very frequently is the Welles Apocalypse, a work of English origin, written in French, from the first quarter of the 14th century.
Note: This pattern is part of a collection of accessories built around a theme of medieval illumination. You can purchase the patterns individually or as an entire collection: Whitework: Accessories inspired by medieval illumination

Skills required
  • Knitting, purling
  • Increasing, decreasing
  • Stranded knitting flat and in the round
  • Chart reading
  • Working in the round with DPNs (alternatives: two circulars or the magic loop technique)
  • Grafting (aka Kitchener stitch); pattern lists some instructional resources for reference
Size information
  • Extra-small: 6.5” foot and leg circumferences
  • Small: 7.75” foot and leg circumferences
  • Medium: 9” foot and leg circumferences
  • Large: 10.25” foot and leg circumferences
Socks to have 0% ease.

Yarn requirements

Where two ball amounts are given, it could be either, depending on foot and leg lengths; if in doubt, get the bigger amount.
  • Extra-small: 1 ball each of MC and CC
  • Small: 1 or 2 balls of MC, 1 ball of CC
  • Medium: 2 balls of MC, 1 or 2 balls of CC
  • Large: 2 balls each of MC and CC
Model shown was made in the medium size, for a 9”-long foot, and with 7” of leg above the heel flap. It used 275 yards of MC and 180 yards of CC.

Other materials needed
  • Either a set of 2.5mm DPNs (set of 5 preferable) or (for two-circular technique) two 2.5mm 16" circular needles or (for magic loop method) 2.5mm 32" or longer circular
  • Stitch marker
  • (Optional) Two additional stitch markers, different from the first
  • Spare length of yarn about 10” long
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

38 sts and rows to 4" in stranded pattern after blocking
You will get a PDF (348KB) file

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