These socks are inspired by the socks found in the tomb of Eleanoro de Toledo, the wife of Cosimo I de’Medici, the Grand Duke of Tuscany. She was buried in 1562 after dying of the plague and her crimson silk socks are amazingly well preserved. They were knee-high with turned down cuffs. The lozenge patterned cuffs on this adaptation are NOT turned down and the motifs have been reduced in number of stitches due to gauge differences. See the notes at the end of this pattern for more historical information.
Gauge: 17 sts and 25 rounds per 2 inches (5 cm) square in stockinette on 2.25 mm needle and 19 sts per 2 inches (5 cm) square on 2.0 mm
Finished Measurements: 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) from cuff to top of heel flap, 12 inches (30.5 cm) around upper cuff, 9 inches (23 cm) around foot, 9 (23 cm) from heel to toe.
Yarn Requirements: 400 yards of fingering weight yarn. Sample shown in Opal Sock Yarn in color 1997-13.
Needle Size: Set of 5 double points in 2.25 mm (US 1) and 2.0 mm (US 0) or size needed to obtain gauge.
Pattern Includes: charts and text translations of charts
Stitches Used: knit, purl, k2tog, k2tog twisted, ktbl, k2tog tbl, yo, p2tog, ssk, Centered Double Decrease.
Other Details: These socks are worked from the cuff down with a small facing at the top knitted on US Size 0’s. The rest of the sock is worked on US Size 1’s. The pattern includes a reinforced heel stitch flap, and decreases on the top of the toe built in to the patterning.