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Dippers

Violently Domestic
Knitting
March 2009
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 46 rows = 4 inches
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
350 - 400 yards (320 - 366 m)

This pattern has been discontinued. It may possibly be re-released in the future, but there are no immediate plans to do so.

These socks are a bit of a challenge. There is a special stitch, a chart, and a funky gusset. That’s ok though, haven’t you knit enough boring socks?

When I showed the special stitch in this sock to The Boy and asked him what I should call them, he said they looked like honey dippers. Given the rather curvilinear nature of both the stitch pattern and the resulting sock, it seemed to fit, and the name stuck.

This pattern produces a fabric that is not completely flat. It is actually rather crumpled at first. Do not despair! You know how when you block lace it goes from looking like a rumpled mess to looking neat and orderly? Yeah, addictive isn’t it? These socks do the same thing, except that your foot and leg take care of the transformation without the pins (or patience) needed for proper blocking. The special stitches in them also help defeat the dreaded pooling that can be a problem with multi color yarns.