Solstice Stockings are fairly easy and quick-to-knit socks that have a stocking vibe. They feature a fancy (and stretchy!) lace cuff and a “clock” pattern that begins just above the ankle, then divides at the juncture of the heel flap and instep and extends all the way to the bottom of the heel flap and the beginning of the toe shaping. Written and charted directions are provided.
Skills required are: knitting and purling; working in the round; working a yarn over; decreasing with k2tog, p2tog, ssk, and sk2p; casting on provisionally; picking up and knitting stitches; and grafting.
Materials required are: 1 skein Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Mediumweight (100% merino wool; 380 yards/347 per 155g skein); set of 5 US #2/2.75mm double-pointed needles; stitch markers; oddment of scrap yarn; and a darning needle.
The pattern is available to download for $4 CAD.
Edgewood is a pair of top-down socks with some stocking flair, featuring a lace cuff with built-in calf shaping. A related lace pattern continues down the leg, instep, and optionally all the way to the tip of the toe. The two patterns have delayed decreases in common: the yarn overs are set several stitches away from their corresponding decreases, which shapes the fabric into zigzags and ripples that cling comfortably to your foot.
This pattern is both charted and written. Skills required are: knitting and purling; working in the round; working a yarn over; decreasing with k2tog, ssk, and sk2p; and grafting with Kitchener stitch.
The pattern is available to download for $4.50 CAD.
Hex Mesh Stockings are knee- or thigh-high stockings worked from the toe up in a stretchy, clingy openwork pattern. The pattern appeared in Interweave Knits Fall 2011 and is available for purchase from the Interweave Online Store for $5.50 USD.