I’m so excited about this pattern. Reversible socks! This came about sort of accidently, I created the stitch pattern, tweaked it in illustrator and then was swatching to see what it would look like. Happy with the results, I cast on and began sock one. When I reached the heel, I realised I preferred the sock inside out, and decided the sole would need to be knitted in such a way the sock could be worn either way around.
Moss stitch was out – I personally love it, but I know a lot of people loath it, and the prospect of knitting the sole using 4ply yarn alternating knits and purls might put some people off. So I swatched some garter stitch. Man, this yarn looks good in garter stitch! I love the subtle colour changes that are apparent throughout the pattern, but there is something about this simple stitch. Plus, a garter sole gives you a little foot massage and adds a certain squish that you wouldn’t get with stocking stitch.
To Fit Foot Circumference
Actual Foot Circumference
Violet Green Solemate (4ply weight, 75% superwash wool, 25% nylon, 100g/400m/436yds)
1 (1) x 100g skein of Moss
Please note this yarn has been discontinued. A good substitute would be Eden Cottage Yarns Tempo (4ply weight, 75% superwash wool, 25% nylon, 100g/400m/436yds)
NEEDLES AND NOTIONS
A set of 2.25mm (UK 13/US 1) double pointed needles (DPNs) or a 2.25mm (UK 13/US 1) circular needle, 80cm long
40 sts and 47 rounds to 10x10cm (4x4in) over patt using 2.25mm (UK 13/US 1) needles
Originally published in The Knitter 71.