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Sivia Harding's Cherry Blossom Socks, bowers
of beads descend down this fetching sock. A fetching lace rib, columns of
beads, and a lively cable bring to mind the gentle motion of the cherry blossoms
in the spring as they fall all too quickly from the cherry trees that line the
streets of my neighborhood in Vancouver. The beading technique is easy,
just let pre-strung beads rest between stitches. Pattern is both written and
charted, and is designed for 2 circular needles in the round.
Yarn: Sock yarn, 370 yds. Sample socks used Nature’s
Palette fingering weight (100% merino wool, 185 yds/50 g) - 2 skeins, Odd Duck
Sizes: Fits women’s medium. Leg measures 7.5” from cuff to
Gauge: 34 stitches, 45 rows = 4 inches over stockinette
stitch knit in the round, after blocking.
Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) circular needles – 2, or size to
Materials: Seed beads, size 8/0 - 672 (336 for each sock).
Sample socks used dark plum metallic 8/0 beads from Earthfaire
Cable needle, Dental floss threader or big-eye beading
needle and Tapestry needle