These socks are named after Boudica, the rebel Celtic queen who fought the Roman Empire after they refused her daughters’ claim to the throne of the Iceni people. A Celtic knotwork-inspired braid runs up each side from the toe to the upper cuff, where travelling stitches and a horizontal braid cleverly hide calf increases. Finished off by a rolled edge, these socks are simple, but stunning.
Gauge: 19 sts and 28 rows per 2 inches (5 cm) square in stockinette.
Finished Measurements: Sized to fit medium woman’s foot. But length of cuff and foot can be easily changed by using the pattern as written.
Yarn Requirements: 425 yards of fingering weight yarn. Sample shown in Wooly Wonka Handdyed Bluefaced Leicester sock yarn in ‘River’.
Needle Size: Set of 5 2.00 mm (US 0) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Pattern Includes: cable and texture charts with text translations of charts
Stitches Used: knit, purl, k2tog, knit back and front, knit tbl, p2tog, ssk, m1b, m1f, Right Twist, Left Twist, Right Twist with purl background, Left Twist with purl background (instructions for twists included)
Other Details: These socks are knit from the toe up to the top of the cuff. The toe is started with a provisional cast on, followed by some stockinette to make a little flap, then stitches all around the flap (including the provisional cast on) are picked up to begin work in the round. The final toe increases are integrated in the beginning of the braid that continues up the sides.