Cheshire Cat

Here’s another recent FO! My Illusion knit socks that I’ve been working on for what seems like forever!

Pattern: Wonderland Socks (or Alice’s Illusion Socks) by Alice Bell
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss Sock in Cocoa and Bare
Needles: US 1 (2.25mm)
Started: August 10, 2009
Finished: January 11, 2010

I made several modifications to this pattern:

1. The pattern has you begin the illusion knitting right after the toe increases. But if you do that then the kitty cat will be hidden in your shoes!! Instead, I worked the foot in plain 2×2 stockinette stripes and didn’t start the illusion knitting until after the heel. Because of this, I shortened the kitty cat chart by a few rows (I eliminated rows 16-19 and 22-25 of chart) to keep the socks to a reasonable height on my leg. If I had kept the chart as-is, then I would have probably ended up with knee-highs – which honestly would have been OK. They ended up hitting me about mid-calf.

2. I worked a toe-up Riverbed architecture heel flap.

3. I worked calf increases, since I knew the sock was going to hit quite high on my calf. I worked two stitches each increase row (one on each side of chart) on rows 15, 26, 29, 32, 35, 38, 41 of chart.

4. I worked a 1×1 rib cuff for 14 rows and bound off in tubular bind-off.

5. I reversed the chart for the second sock. (I think the pattern tells you to do this, anyway.)

I am very happy with them!! I have yet to wear them, though (aside from pictures, anyway) because I am giving a presentation on Illusion Knitting at the Charlotte Knitting Guild meeting tomorrow night, and I want to pass them around as a sample. They probably wouldn’t appreciate stinky-feet smelling socks getting passed around!! 🙂


About knitsbyheather

I'm a TKGA certified Master Knitter. I'm a knitwear designer and a knitting instructor. I'm also a stay at home and homeschooling mom of two wonderful boys. They sure keep me on my toes! When I'm not teaching or chasing around the boys, I'm knitting, designing, or reading!!
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7 Responses to Cheshire Cat

  1. Virtuous says:

    As you know I am in LUV with these socks! 🙂 Awesome job!

    Rock the class our tomorrow @ Guild!!

  2. Pamela Leeson says:

    I’ve looked all over the internet for this pattern but all links lead to Purlescence and the link to the pattern does not work. Can anyone let me have the pattern?

  3. rosiek4964 says:

    any chance you have the pattern saved, I can’t find it anywhere

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