Enchase by Hunter Hammersen
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Enchase

Knitting
July 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
325 - 450 yards (297 - 411 m)
See notes below, fits a foot or ankle of of about 8 [9, 10] inches
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Enchase verb
- to cut or carve in relief

I love tiny cables. There’s something so enchanting about the crisp sharp line created by a single perfect column of twisted stitches as it goes traipsing across your work. It’s tidy and orderly and precise and I adore it beyond all reason. I’m sure this reveals something questionable about my character (I like to line all the books on my bookcase up just so, too), but I don’t care. I like what I like, and I suspect a few of you share my predilections!

If you’re looking for socks that let you play with just that sort of cable, these could be it. Lovely big cables on the front and back are flanked by wee tiny cables on the sides of your foot. Everything continues beautifully on the heel and toe (anything less would be scandalous on a sock as charming as this). The result is one of the most satisfyingly orderly socks I’ve ever seen!

These are written in three sizes (a 60, 68, & 76-stitch cast on), so there’s an option 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 adore tiny twisted cables
  • You want to settle in with something really beautiful and intricate

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)