Calcareous by Hunter Hammersen

Calcareous

Knitting
October 2009
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
350 - 450 yards (320 - 411 m)
Written in two sizes and three gauges to fit lots of folks (see notes below for more).
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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.




They’re written in two sizes (64 and 72 stitch cast ons), and you should feel free to adjust your gauge a bit to fine tune the fit of the sock. Just be sure that you’re working at a gauge that gives you a sturdy sock fabric with your chosen yarn!

I recommend working at something around 7, 8, or 9 stitches per inch, and I’ve included a table to help you figure out what gauge you’ll want to use for the size you need. With that range of sizes and gauges, the socks will fit a foot (measured around the ball of the foot) between 7.75 and 11.25 inches (with lots of points in between).




These are perfect for you if:

  • You love a good cable as much as I do
  • You want to do something clever with your next gusset

They’re* not* for you if:

  • You don’t like charts (the pattern uses charts)
  • You hate swatching (you need to swatch to check your needle size)