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The inspiration for this sock pattern evolves from a few different things. My favorite childhood book was Alice in Wonderland, I always loved how outrageous all the characters were. I was particularly drawn to the hatter’s tea party, so when I came across Potion Yarns’ “Unbirthday Party” colorway, it brought me right back to that delightful part of the book. Lastly, this all came together around my birthday, which occurred in the middle of a pandemic, so it felt very unbirthday!
Worked in the round, Afternoon Tea contains both cuff-down and toe-up written directions and a chart for the pattern stitch. The pattern has instructions for an afterthought heel, but you may substitute whatever heel you enjoy using.
The pattern is written for the magic loop method for knitting socks; however, the design could be worked on double-pointed needles or mini-circulars instead should you prefer.
Skill Level Intermediate
Finished Measurements 7.5 [8, 8.5, 9]” / 19.1 [20.3, 21.6, 22.9] cm circumference. The sample shown was knit using the toe-up version of this pattern on 60-sts.
Suggested Needles US1 (2.25 mm) 32-40” (82-102 cm) circular needles, or size required to obtain gauge.