Wandering inside a Marks and Spencer’s recently, the one in Dubai Festival City if you want to know, I came across a line of machine-knitted sweaters which was nothing more than a series of ribbing from hem to neckline. As a hand knitter, my first thought was “I can do that!” and then thought to myself, “What if I put that series of ribbing onto a pair of socks?”
And so Plissé was born.
These socks come in three women’s sizes using fingering weight yarn. It would be great in semi-solid, highly variegated and even self-striping colourways. The yarn I used was a swap gift from a dear friend but it’s unfortunately discontinued. Any 4-ply yarn would suffice but take a look at the suggestions below.
Two good friends helped with test knitting these. Preeti used Madelinetosh Sock for her size Small version. Isn’t it beautiful?
The staggered rib pattern can also be reversed to that the socks mirror each other. That’s actually next in my long queue of projects that I want to knit up. Mel, on the other hand, knitted the large size in this vibrant yellow shade of Dubai Knits Squishy.
Yarns suggested: The Knitting Goddess 4ply BFL Superwash, Madelinetosh Sock, Dubai Knits Squishy
Yarn weight: Fingering
Needle size: US 1 – 2.25 mm, or size to obtain gauge
Yardage: 300 – 350 yards (274 – 320 m)
Gauge: 8 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette, 10 stitches in rib pattern
Sizes available: S (M, L) To fit ankle circumference 8 (9.5, 11) inches. Foot lengths of more than 7.25 (7.5, 9.25) inches are possible.