Diluvian by Hunter Hammersen
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May 2010
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
350 - 450 yards (320 - 411 m)
written in four sizes and three gauges to fit most anyone, at 8spi, fits a foot or leg of 7.5 [8.75, 10, 11.5] inches
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Diluvian adjective
- of, relating to, or brought about by a flood

It’s hard to beat the fit of a basic ribbed sock, but they can be more than a little boring. But give them a bit of a twist? Sneak in some dropped stitches? Pay a bit of extra attention to the heel and the toe? All of a sudden you’ve got something that is a lot more fun. They’re still every bit as comfy as the classic rib, just much more fetching!

Oh and if you’re as easily amused as I am, they’re also reversible. Take a look at the fifth picture. The sock on the left is right side out, the sock on the right is inside out. They’re almost the same (and of course just as cute on either side). It makes them a fantastic choice for those of you who like princess soles.

And I could be biased, but I think they’re fast socks. The dropped stitches are super stretchy (so you’ll probably be working over fewer stitches than you usually need), and I find them somehow motivating. I always want to knit just a few more rows so I can get to the next round where I drop a stitch. I’m sure it’s a trick, but it totally works on me!

The pattern comes in four sizes (48, 56, 64, and 72 stitch cast on) to fit most anyone. And of course 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.

These are perfect for you if:

  • You love dropped stitches as much as I do
  • You love reversible socks

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)