The motif on these socks is Arabic calligraphy of the word “baraka” meaning “blessing”. The chart was originally published in A History of Handknitting, and was found on a pillow entombed in 1275. The twisted cuff echoes the spiraling purl decreases on the toe, which it turn mimic the garter ridges and seam stitch on the comfortable, turned German heel. Knit these for someone in need of a few blessings. With good thoughts and a prayer in your heart, the recipient will know they are cared for.
Gauge: 18 sts and 22 rows per 2 inches (5 cm) square in stockinette stitch without colorwork.
Finished Measurements: 5.5 inches (14 cm) from cuff to top of heel flap, 8 inches (20 cm) when laid out flat around upper cuff, 8 inches (20 cm) around foot and foot length to measure. The sample size fit a size 8 woman’s foot
Yarn Requirements: 375 yards of Main Color, 25 yards of Contrast Color 1, and 30 yards of Contrast Color 2. All fingering weight yarn. Sample shown in Dale of Norway Baby Ull in MC – 2232, CC1 – 5755, and CC2 – 0083.
Needle Size: Set of 5 double points in 2.5 mm (US 1.5 ) or size needed to obtain gauge.
Pattern Includes: colorwork charts and photo tutorial for cuff edging
Stitches Used: knit, purl, k2tog, knit front & back, p2tog, slipped stitches, ssk.
Other Details: These socks are worked from the cuff down with the twisted edge worked flat and then joined in the round for the rest of the cuff. The heel is a turned German Heel with a garter “seam-stitch” on the center back of the heel flap, which echoes the garter ridges on the sides. The toe is worked over 2.5” using purl decreases to give a comfortable and beautiful fit.