Chuncho by Sue Grandfield


January 2010
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
9 stitches and 10 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette stitch
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
3.0 mm
519 - 727 yards (475 - 665 m)
S / M / L / XL (7.75-9.5" circumference) (9-10.5" sock length)
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The design includes

  • Peruvian punta cast on with crochet chain edging
  • Checkerboard garter stitch on cuff
  • How to eliminate the jog in circular knitting
  • Checkerboard garter stitch flap heel
  • Wedge toe
  • Pattern is knit from the cuff down in the round.
  • Directions are written for one circular needle, but can be worked on two circulars or double pointed needles as preferred
  • Charted patterns
  • 15 page pattern

Chuncho means forest dwellers (or forest creatures) in Quechua; the language of the Incas.

The main section of the sock is made up of “tocapus”; little blocks of alternating colours (dark on light/light on dark), with animal figures on each. Tocapus are pictograms used by Incas to decorate textiles and ceramics. Some scholars believe that tocapus were a form of written language. Each sock features 18 different tocapus.