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Do mermaids have feet?

I started these socks probably in 2006. They are finally finished. They didn’t take so long to knit, really. I just get distracted really, really easily. You should see all the baskets, bins and bags full of UFOs that are in my living room.

Mermaid socks 1

I like how these socks feel on the foot. The texture on the inside performs a little foot massage while walking around stocking footed. Not only do I like the texture, but I like the stitch pattern. What magic it casts on a simple self-striping yarn. It’s very reminiscent of entrelac, but it’s not!

The stitch pattern was discovered by Nancy Bush while researching Estonian knitting traditions. Lucy Neatby was so taken by it that when she was writing her book, Cool Socks, Warm Feet, she designed these Mermaid Socks.

Mermaid Socks 2

Project Stats
Pattern: Mermaid Socks in Cool Socks, Warm Feet by Lucy Neatby
Yarn: Regia Ringel (5047)
Needles: Regia 2.5 mm with little sock-shaped point protectors 2.25 mm with 2 mm for the garter stitch short row heels
I didn’t make any changes to Lucy’s pattern—she offers many variations herself and they were all covered!

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