Broadripple by Rob Matyska


May 2003
DK (11 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 50 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
372 yards (340 m)
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This pattern is available for free.

Description from Knitty, Summer 2003:

I designed and knit these socks while manning our booth and interacting with folks at the Broad Ripple Art Fair in Indianapolis.

The pattern is a deceptively simple ripple stitch, comprised of only two rounds, one of which is a work even round. Using just a few well-spaced increases and decreases, you create a wonderful ripple fabric that looks more intricate that it really is.

The yarn also adds to the fun of the sock. Equally beautiful in a solid or variegated, the combination of cotton and elastic means that the knitted fabric can stretch for a larger leg or snug up to a smaller one. Just alter the length of the foot to fit you [or your intended giftee].

A side note: on the first day of the fair, some very rough weather passed through, including a tornado warning and heavy rains. An hour later, the sun was out and the crowds returned, along with television crews. One local affiliate shot close-up footage of me knitting the sock, which ended up on the evening news as a part of their story about the fair and the storms.