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Bejewel your feet
with HeartStrings' lovley Two Ways About It Beaded Socks. There are
many ways to incorporate beads while knitting. These socks use two different
ways; thus, they are a good way to experience the two methods side-by-side in
the same design and learn the merits of each.
The lace pattern on the leg of the
sock has a lot of give, so it conforms nicely to the shapeliest of legs.
Slimming columns of beads frame the silhouette of the lace diamonds on the front
of the leg, while the column of beads at center back simulates the look of a
high-fashion seamed stocking. 1-1 ribbing transitions from cuff into the beaded
lace pattern, then is re-introduced as the ankle approaches and continues down
the top of the foot as it takes over the instep sts where the lace diamond motif
ends. These socks not only are a pleasure to look at, but they will also wear
well with their reinforced slip-stitch heels and toes.
Although the knitting is not
terribly difficult, there is almost always something interesting going on. So
plan to focus some attention while knitting these and enjoy the process.
adult small (medium, large)
Yarn: 300 - 425 yards fingering weight
Suggested needles: US 0 (1 ,2) / 2.0 (2,25, 2.75) mm
Glass seed beads: 8 g each
of sizes 8/0 and 6/0; i.e. 3 mm and 4 mm diameter
Other notions: small crochet hook,
bead stringing needle, markers,
Pictured model: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock
color #1ns Pink Blossum; Miyuki 8/0 beads color #256D Transparent Dark Amber AB
and 6/0 beads color #257 Transparent Dark Topaz AB
Stitch instructions: charted and written
Skill level: Intermediate
Special techniques used and described:
placing a bead with a crochet hook,
knitting a pre-strung bead in front of a slipped stitch,
left-leaning double decrease and
mirrored right-leaning double decrease