Calcareous by Hunter Hammersen
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October 2009
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
8 stitches = 1 inch in Stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
350 - 400 yards (320 - 366 m)
fits a foot or leg of 8.5, 9.5 inches
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Calcareous adjective
- of, containing, or resembling calcium carbonate; chalky

When I was in elementary school, it became fashionable to pilfer sticks of colored chalk from the blackboard and pulverize them into little piles of soft, powdery colored dust. There wasn’t much of a point to the exercise, but it was unreasonably entertaining. The colors of this yarn remind me irresistibly of this childhood venture into the criminal underworld.

This is a tidy little top down sock that features a simple cable pattern. The design is carried down the heel flap, and the gusset is moved to the top of the foot for a crisp look.

These work beautifully at a range of gauges. They are shown in a thinner yarn at a gauge of 8.25 stitches per inch, but if you prefer to work with a thicker yarn at a gauge of 7.25 stitches per inch, you can. Just be sure that you’re working at a gauge that gives you a good, sturdy fabric in your chosen yarn. At the thinner gauge, the sock fits a foot or leg of 8.5 or 9.5 inches, and at the thicker gauge, 9.75 or 11 inches.