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Vanilla Bean Pound Cake Socks

The Vanilla Bean Pound Cake Socks are inspired by one of my other creative loves — baking! And like in knitting, I'm terrible at sticking to someone else's recipe; why have a plain pound cake when you can have a vanilla bean pound cake? And who can resist also adding a rainbow flair to the batter? I definitely can't, so I often gently stir in an embarrassingly-large amount of sprinkles into the batter at the last minute. Why not?

Close up of heel and gusset of one black and white heavyweight socks with rainbow flecks lying flat. Close view of heel and gusset of black and white heavyweight socks with rainbow flecks on sock blockers. Wide view of black and white heavyweight socks with rainbow flecks on sock blockers next to a plate holding a slice of rainbow-speckled pound cake.

This pattern is also a recipe — for well-fitted toe-up socks! They have a gusset and heel flap heel using German short rows and a unisex 2x2-rib cuff. They are available in five foot circumferences and the pattern provides formulas to assist you in figuring out exactly when to start the gussets to ensure a perfect fit, no matter what your row gauge or foot size. It also provides guidelines for calculating calf increases to accommodate any leg shape or sock height.

This pattern requires the knitter to be able to knit a small circumference in the round and is method-neutral, so it is easy to use whichever sock knitting technique you prefer. It clearly explains all techniques required and provides links to useful video tutorials, so the pattern is easily accessible to a beginner sock knitter.

Since it is a plain sock, this pattern can accommodate a wide variety of colourway types. Because of the heel style, however, note that a self-striping yarn or smooth gradient will lose its continuity across the gusset and around the heel.

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