The tragedy on September 11, 2001, really didn't hit me personally until September 14, when I received an email from my friend, Darrell Childress. Attached to the email was a photograph of his friend, Barbara G. Edwards of Las Vegas, NV, who perished when American Airlines flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. The photo showed Barb knitting a sock in Regia Ringel. This was Darrell's sock, and she was teaching him how to knit continental. (She learned to knit as a schoolgirl in Germany.)
Although I never met Barb, I had heard Darrell speak of her frequently. The photo of her knitting a sock really put a face on the tragedy for me. I decided to design an American flag sock pattern, complete with 50 five-pointed stars and 13 stripes, and dedicate it to Barb. Barb was a teacher at Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas.
This sock is knit from the toe up with a short-row heel. The stars were knit into the sock leg with stranded knitting, but could be duplicate-stitched. The legs are knit on larger needles because stranded knitting tends to be thicker than plain stockinette.
Level of Experience: Intermediate, with sock-knitting experience. Must be able to work short rows.
Size: Women's small (shoe size 7) (See suggestions for other sizes below.)
Gauge: 8 1/2 stitches per inch and 12 rows per inch in stockinette stitch with 2.25 mm needles
Foot - Color Sequence:Knit this color sequence at the same time as the foot shaping:
8 rounds red
*    6 rounds white
6 rounds red    *
Repeat from * to * through round 80
Foot - Shaping:
With red, cast on 10 stitches.
Round 2 (Toe Increase Round):
Rounds 3 through 5:
Rounds 6 through 15:
Rounds 16 through 59: Knit around
Round 60: Increase 6 stitches, evenly spaced. (62 stitches)
Rounds 61 through 71: Knit around
Round 72: Increase 8 stitches, evenly spaced. (70 stitches)
Rounds 73 through 80: Knit around
Try on the sock to see if the foot is the proper length. Unstretched, the sock should reach the point where the foot and ankle meet. (For size small, this will be 6 3/4 inches.) Knit more rows in red if needed.
Break red and white yarns.
Knit one round even in blue.
K 3 stitches, wrap next stitch, turn.
P across the 3 stitches knit in the previous row, P from beginning row marker to middle row marker, P 3 stitches, wrap next stitch, turn.
Row 1: K to within 1 stitch of wrapped stitch, wrap next stitch, turn.
Row 2: P to within 1 stitch of wrapped stitch, wrap next stitch, turn.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until 11 unwrapped stitches remain, ending on row 2.
K to first wrapped stitch, knit wrapped stitch and wrap together, wrap next stitch, turn.
P to first wrapped stitch, purl wrapped stitch and wrap together, wrap next stitch, turn.
Row 1: K to first wrapped stitch, knit wrapped stitch and both wraps together, wrap next stitch, turn.
Row 2: P to first wrapped stitch, purl wrapped stitch and both wraps together, wrap next stitch, turn.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until all wrapped stitches have been knit, ending on row 2.
Knit to beginning marker, K 17, place marker for center back. Remove other markers.
Change to 2.5 mm needles.
Work following the Star Chart below.
Break white yarn.
Knit 4 rounds even with blue.
Increase 2 stitches evenly spaced on the next round. (72 stitches)
Work 12 rounds of K3, P3 rib.
Cast off with sewn cast-off.
Suggestions for other sizes:
For a woman's size medium, use needles for the foot which will give a gauge of 8 stitches per inch.
For a woman's size large, or for a man's sock, use sport, double-knitting, or worsted weight yarn and appropriate size needles.
This pattern was downloaded from http://www.thinkingknitter.comIf you have questions about this pattern, please contact Rae Bullock Creedle at firstname.lastname@example.org
This page was last updated on 10/01/2003.