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Melissa Jenkins-Cox
Winter is a beautiful time! It’s
fun to look at glistening snow
from your place near a cozy
fire! These lacy, beaded
socks will give you all that
winter has to offer. The
beaded crystal pattern and
snowy white yarn will remind
you of sparkling snowflakes
while keeping your feet toasty
warm throughout the winter.
All you need is some hot
cider to get into the winter

Knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, lace, chart reading, pick up and knit, cable cast
on*, using markers, beading*, Kitchener stitch/grafting.
* instructions provided at end of pattern 

Needles and hook
16” circular needles #1 (2 needed)
#13 steel crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Markers, accessories, etc.
3 stitch markers 

Sock Yarn

Knit Picks Palette, #23728, White, 2 balls
Fingering weight, 231 yards per ball
7-8 sts = 1” 

120 #8 seed beads, clear glass
(This should be more than enough to account for any defective beads and also
for knitting the sock in a larger size.) 

Gauge: 7 sts/inch in Stockinette 

Size and size adjustments: This sock as written will fit a women’s size 7-8.5
average width foot with an 8” ankle. The leg as written will stretch out to 10”. This will
shorten the leg, so for a 10” ankle, adding another chart repeat is recommended.
Larger size: To make the sock fit a 11-12” ankle and size 9-10.5 foot, CO 78 sts and
work 6 pattern repeats around the leg, 3 repeats on the instep needle and 3 on the sole
needle. You will need 4 markers. You will have 39 sts on each needle for the foot. Add
2” to the foot length, or adjust as needed.
Smaller size: To make the foot fit a 6” ankle and size 5.5-7 foot, CO 52 sts and work 4
pattern repeats around the leg, 2 repeats on the instep needle and 2 repeats on the sole
needle. You will need 2 markers. You will have 26 sts on each needle for the foot.
Subtract 2” to the foot length, or adjust as needed. 

Pattern Instructions: 

Cuff and leg:
CO 65 sts + 1 extra for joining
Divide sts between needles, being careful not to twist
Rounds 1-10: Work in K1, P1 rib
Rounds 11-47: Work in charted pattern. There are 5 pattern repeats around the leg. It
will help to keep your place if you place 3 repeats on one needle and 2 repeats on the
other, with stitch markers placed in between repeats. You will repeat the chart three
times for the sock as pictured. If you want a longer leg, repeat the chart additional times
as desired before proceeding to the heel and foot.

Heel and foot:
Note: There will be 5 repeats of the pattern around the leg. Decide how you will
arrange the repeats on the front and back of the leg, and rearrange the stitches on the
instep and sole needles. In the sample, one repeat is centered on the instep needle,
with 10 stitches on either side, for a total of 33 instep stitches. There are 32 sole
Use a safety pin or scrap yarn to mark the front of the sock after you have arranged
your stitches. The rest of the sock will be knitted in Stockinette Stitch. Knit around to
the beginning of the heel stitches. Leave the instep stitches while you work on the heel
flap. Remove markers and set aside. 

Heel flap:
Heel Row 1: *(S1, K1) repeat from * across
Heel Row 2: S1, P across
Repeat these 2 rows 10 times (22 rows) 

Turning the heel:
Row 23: S1, K21, turn
Row 24: S1, P10, turn
Row 25: S1, K9, K2tog across gap, K1, turn
Row 26: S1, P10, P2tog across gap, P1, turn
Continue working in Stockinette Stitch across rows to 1 st before gap. Work 2 sts
together across gap, work 1 st, turn, repeat until all sts have been worked. End with a
knit row. 

Heel gussets:
Pick up and knit (PUK) 20-22 sts along the edge of the heel flap. The actual number of
stitches is not crucial; pick up as many as necessary to avoid leaving gaps. You will be
picking these stitches up from the left side of the flap as the back of the sock faces you.
At the end of the gusset, go to the instep needle and knit across to get the yarn to the
other side of the gusset. PUK 20-22 sts as before along the right side of the gusset.
Work all remaining rounds in Stockinette Stitch.
Round 1: Work across the sole needle to the last 4 sts, SSK, PM, K2
Work across the instep needle
At the beginning of the sole needle, K2, PM, K2tog
Round 2: Work 1 round
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until 32 sts remain on each needle. Remove markers and set

Continue working around until foot measures 5.75” from bottom of cuff. Add length here
as necessary to customize the fit. Finish with the left side of the sole needle with the
sole facing you.
Round 1, instep needle: K1, PM, K2tog, K to 3 sts from end of needle, PM, SSK, K1
Round 1, sole needle: K1, PM, K2tog, K to 3 sts from end of needle, PM, SSK, K1
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: *(K1, K2tog, K to marker, SSK, K1), repeat from * once
Round 4: Knit
Repeat Rounds 3 and 4 until 10 sts remain on each needle.
Close toe with Kitchener stitch. Weave in ends, and enjoy your new socks! 

Work the pattern up to the stitch before the bead stitch. Place a bead on the crochet
hook. Slip the bead stitch off the needle with the crochet hook. Grasp the bead with
your fingers and slip it off the hook, onto the stitch. You should see the stitch with a little
bead collar around the base of it. Slip the stitch back onto the left needle and knit the
stitch. If you don’t have a crochet hook, you can use stiff dental floss (Superfloss is one
brand) and bead the stitch by threading the bead onto the floss, then threading the floss
through the stitch and again through the bead. Slip the bead down onto the stitch, slip
the stitch back onto the left needle, and knit the stitch. A needle and thread could also
be used in a similar way.
Cable Cast On:
This makes a nice, stretchy edge for a sock, and it looks very neat. The CCO is very
similar to knitting on. To knit on, make a slip knot, put it on the left needle, and knit one.
Instead of sliding the knit stitch off, slide the new stitch back onto the left needle. Now
you have two stitches. Knit into the second stitch, and replace the new stitch on the left
needle. Three stitches. For CCO, make a slipknot and knit on one stitch. Now,
instead of inserting the needle into the second stitch to make the third, insert the needle
between the two stitches, knit one, and slide the new stitch onto the left needle. Keep
knitting between the newest and next newest stitches, and slide the resulting stitch onto
the left needle.
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accomplished accomplished
Current Music:
Mister Mister, "Kyrie"
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Gather round, little lambs. At this time of celebrity awarding, in the Church of Fiber, where there is room for All, it is time to talk about Knitting.

To those of you who have been quietly knitting for decades, joyful and unrecognized: you who have been discreetly slipping handmade booties into the hands of new mothers; enclosing the hands of children in warm mittens; sending families out to fight the good fight in handmade sweaters, hats, and socks; and enveloping the generations in that combination of warmth and family history commonly known as the afghan, to you it is given to hold a good portion of all the magic that is left in the world. You have persevered when there were no free online patterns, when the best that could be got was rough acrylic yarn from the local dimestore, an era ere Starbucks had roasted its first bean and legal fights over the right to call two knitters in the same building a “SnB” was unheard of. Because, my sisters, we stitched, but we tried really hard not to bitch too much. And in an era that many don’t remember, when women couldn’t even get credit without a man’s signature, stitching and that afternoon Valium sure staved off the bitching. My children, you have done well; enter into your rest and be seated at the right hand of She Who Spins, where you shall never run out of really amazing yarn. And cast on that little Chanel-style jacket from the 1965 Workbasket that you never took time to start for yourself. Have a cookie. They have no calories in the Otherworld.

To those of you who have been noisily knitting for about eighteen months, joyful and laden with fun fur and teeny tiny bits of exotic and expensive yarns, who watch knitting programs on DIY Network, buy books about what celebrities are knitting, have completed neck and wrist ruffs in every manner of exotic fiber available, and submit
patterns religiously to some of the online fiber magazines: Know that you are loved. We, the tribal elders, love you, love that you are knitting, and love that you love that you are knitting. She Who Spins is well-pleased with you; with your enthusiasm, your energy, and your fierce creativity. It Is Time.

The fires are burning. The drums are pounding. The Secrets are about to be revealed. Hear, my children, the words of the elders:

It’s about the knitting. Knitting is tangible love that you can wrap around those closest to you. It will protect them, as sure as the strongest magic, because Love is the strongest Magick, and knitting is love. Every pirate skull sock, every baby hat, every lace scarf, every man-sweater…is love. Of the purest and most unadulterated kind.

It’s not about being hip, slick, and cool. Nobody out of high school cares about being hip, slick, and cool. In the grand scheme of Time and the Universe, hipness, slickness, and coolness mean nothing. What is hip, slick, and cool today will be laughed at tomorrow. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Victorian bathing suit, the poodle skirt, and the strategically ripped sweatshirt, and there rest my case. But, we have a higher calling.

You may never be on television. Your fabulous design may never be printed in a magazine. You may never be knitting the exact same project as some celebrity. Knitting is beyond all of that. Knitting is about supplying essential care to those closest to us, and using our own talents and creativity to turn that care into an art form. There are remnants of knitted fabric that have been found in gravesites dating to the time of Christ and before. We don’t know who knit them. It could have been a noblewoman (celebrity) or a slave. But we know what inspired a pair of socks that someone would want to spend eternity in. Love.

You may never be famous for knitting. But you can knit famously. And you can be forever enshrined in hearts as a bringer of warmth and comfort to children, working people, and sick people. You can be forever deified as a bringer of beauty and solace. You can forever serve Love, which has no red carpet but bestows many awards. You can take your place in history with those who have united kings and peasants under the simple need to be clothed. You can be a knitter.
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After planning it for about a year, I've finally started on my Dream Coat. The pattern comes from Dazzling Knits by Patricia Werner.

Here's the colorway. The yarn is mostly Noro Kureyon. The yarn on the upper left is Prairie Silks in Burnished Copper. The yarn on the lower left is some of my own handspun made by spinning, then plying together in ragg style, some combed silk top from Annie Stone in silver multi and grey/brown. The bottom edging diamonds will all be in the darker Noro colorway with the upper part of each diamond in either the Burnished Copper or the handspun. The handspun will be used in the middle row of diamonds and the Prairie Silks in the top and bottom rows.

Here is the first diamond:

Modular knitting is great because you build one motif upon another so that you get lots of color variation without having to weave in a lot of ends. I am spit-joining ends as I go, changing yarns between 2-4 times in each diamond. Any other ends I weave as I go. Here is the bottom edge:

Current Location:
Current Mood:
artistic artistic
Current Music:
"Corazón Espinado" Maná
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Pirate socks update...they turned out okay!
Current Location:
Current Mood:
happy happy
Current Music:
Yo ho, yo ho...
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Who is your favorite artist?

What a question!

Music: Led Zeppelin, Bach, Cat Stevens, Dave Matthews, Ricardo Arjona, Dan Fogelberg, Maná.

Literature: Jane Austen, Amy Tan, John Irving, Khaled Hosseini

Poetry: Pablo Neruda, Yeats

Art Museum Art: Waterhouse, Louise Nevelson

Fiber: Barbara Walker, Patricia Werner, Alice Starmore
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This is Igby. Igby likes to wear clothing. Igby looooooooves yarn.

This little scarf originally was knit by my daughter for her friend, who was having a baby. About the time she finished the scarf and was thinking how cute it would look around a baby's neck, it occurred to her that tying something around a baby's neck is not really a great idea unless you're a baby killer, and we know knitters would never do something like that. It's just an idea that should have been, so to speak, strangled in its crib.

So, the scarf sat around until we decided to put it on Igby. He loved the scarf. He wore it around the house, posing for people. When guests came over, he brought it to us to have it put on, then showed it off to the guests. When it falls off, he brings it to one of us to have it put back around his neck.
Knitting for the truly appreciative is always such a pleasure.
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After trying to do two socks on two circulars for a few months now, I have finally figured out not only how to do it, but how to do it toes up!

And, there's the proof.

At the moment I realized I had actually accomplished this feat, I had a giant "Almost Famous" flashback and all I could think of was,


This proves beyond all doubt that yarn is a drug, and a hallucinogenic one, at that. Don't take drugs. Unless they're yarn.

These fuzzy black blobs are going to be "Jack Sparrow's Favorite Socks." I've just finished winding the Lorna's Laces Black Purl into balls. This is going to be fun.

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Current Mood:
ecstatic ecstatic
Current Music:
"Fever Dog," Stillwater
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My brother's birthday is in July, so he always gets Fourth-of-July-themed presents. Chuck's hobby is "groving," or hiking beyond civilization in "Man vs. Wild" fashion, to photograph rarely seen giant sequoias and redwoods. To help him in this admirable endeavor, I made a pair of boot socks for him. The yarn is Meilenweit Mega Boot in colorway 711, a nice red, blue, purple, and grey space dyed ragg yarn (grey throughout, with red/purple/blue alternating).

I also designed this hat for him. He has no hair, and this will come in handy in winter.

Current Location:
Current Mood:
accomplished accomplished
Current Music:
"You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio," Joni Mitchell
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This was a fabulous movie. There were lots of very cool knitted items, and some interesting crochet items, as well. One character, in particular, wears all crocheted items. The really great thing was that many of the items had enough screen time that tentative plans for duplication could be formed in between bites of popcorn. The film overall was a bit dark, which makes it difficult to knit in the theater, but it was so interesting I was able to hold myself back from knitting much.
Current Location:
Current Mood:
pensive pensive
Current Music:
Harry Potter theme music, of course!
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