Estonian: for loyalty
The name comes from an old zigzag mark used in Estonian handicrafts that was used a mark of loyalty and faithfullness which inspired the beautiful geometric twisted stitch patterns.
This sock is worked from the cuff down.
A twisted stitch pattern called a vikkel in Estonian is used in sock knitting from the Estonian island of Kihnu. The vikkel is worked from the leg down into panels or stripes extending to the heel flap and toe.
It’s helpful to use different coloured markers to differentiate between the left and right vikkel patterns.
The heel flap has two twisted stitch panels on each side with an Eye of Partridge stitch pattern in between for reinforcement around the heel. The Eye of Partridge is a slip stitch heel pattern where alternate stitches on right side rows are slipped.
It features a Kihnu heel construction which creates a comfortably fitting square heel using short rows.
Skill Level: Advanced; comfortable with twisted stitches and cables as well as reading from charts.
Exmoor Sock 4ply by John Arbon Textiles (60% Exmoor Blueface, 20% Corriedale, 10% Zwartbles, 10% Nylon: 200 m / 220 yds – 50 g).
12 adjustable stitch markers in 5 colours in following amounts: 4, 4, 2, 1, 1 used to mark and differentiate between different stitch patterns (vikkel left & right), heel turn, BOR, and pattern repeat
A. Leg length: 6.25” / 16 cm
B. Leg circumference unstretched: 7” (8”) / 18 (20) cm
Leg and foot length are adjustable
Recommended ease: 0 to 1” / 2.5 cm of negative ease
Knitting in the round
Twisted stitches (vikkel)
Working from charts