Conflagration by Hunter Hammersen

Conflagration

Knitting
February 2010
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
325 - 400 yards (297 - 366 m)
Written in three sizes and three gauges to fit most anyone (see notes below for more).
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Conflagration noun a large, destructive fire




Are your feet cold? How about we do a little something about that. Woolly socks are always a good start!

I just adore how these look like flames licking at your feet. They’re not hard at all (the stitch pattern is just ribbing and stockinette shaped with some cleverly placed increases and decreases, it’s very logical once you get started), but the result is delightfully impressive. Just look how the lines dance down the side of your ankle and make that point on the top of your foot! I’m pretty sure it’s the knitting equivalent to snuggling up at a cozy fire.




They’re written in three sizes (56, 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 6.75 and 11.25 inches (with lots of points in between).




These are perfect for you if:

  • Your feet are always cold
  • You wish you were tucked up in front of a roaring fire right this minute

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)