Compunction by Hunter Hammersen


April 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
150 - 400 yards (137 - 366 m)
See notes below, at 5.5spi, fits a head of about 20.75 [22.5, 24, 25.5] inches and a wrist of about 7.25 [8, 8.75, 9.5] inches
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Compunction noun
- a twinge of misgiving

I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time resisting lovely skeins of sock yarn. They just seem to follow me home (I suspect I’m not alone, as I know quite a few knitters who maintain that sock yarn doesn’t even really count as stash…).

But not all of that sock yarn can turn into socks. Sometimes it’s too pretty to hide in shoes. Sometimes it’s too delicate to subject to the rigors of life as a sock. Sometimes you just have enough socks and what you really could use is a hat…or maybe some mitts. If that’s what’s going on in your stash, this pattern will totally help you out.

The slip stitch pattern works beautifully with even the more adventurous sock yarns out there (slipped stitches are a great way to tame yarn that might be inclined to pool or flash). And I was able to make a large man’s hat and mitts out of just one skein of sock yarn with a few yards to spare.

And, just in case it’s sport- or DK-weight yarn that follows you home, I’ve written the pattern in four gauges (5, 5.5, 6, and 6.5 stitches per inch in stockinette). Between the four gauges and four sizes, you’ll be able to accommodate quite a range of head and hand sizes! It should work beautifully for pretty much any fingering, sport, or dk yarn you’ve been unable to resist.

These are perfect for you if:

  • You’ve got a skein or two of sock yarn that just doesn’t want to be socks
  • You’re looking for a quick, unisex hat and mitt set
  • You love that herringbone texture as much as I do

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)