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About The Nishikigoig House Socks Knitting Pattern
Inspired by Japanese house socks, these whimsical two-color socks feature the friendly faces of koi (known as brocaded carp, or nishikigoi in Japanese) on the toe, and a fish-scale motif on the leg.
Adapted from traditional Turkish sock techniques, these socks are knit from the toe up. With increases across the hinge of the foot and decreases through the ankle, this pattern yields cozy socks with the best possible fit and unique style.
About this Pattern
Skill Level: Intermediate / Advanced.
Skills Needed: Judy’s Magic Cast On, stranded (two-color) knitting, simple increases (M1R, M1L) and decreases (k2tog, ssk).
Finished Size: Foot width and length determined by the knitter. Calf circumference at 9 inches above the sole is 11 inches / 28 cm as written. Suggested leg length from bottom of foot is 8 inches / 20 cm, including 1 inch / 2.5 cm cuff.
Yarn: Infinite Twist Helix or SuperWash Helix, MC: 300 yds / 100 gms; CC: 300 yds / 100 gms. Shown in Sakura / Red Devil.
Needles: US 2 (2.5 mm) double-pointed needles, or size yielding gauge. Optional: Two sets of five needles so both socks can be started at one time.
Gauge: 32 stitches and 35 rows over 4”/10cm after blocking.
Supplies: At least 5 stitch markers in two colors, yarn needle, waste yarn, measuring tape.