Fretful by Janet D. Russell
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March 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
8 stitches and 11 rows = 1 inch
in Stockinette in the round
US 1 - 2.25 mm
400 - 450 yards (366 - 411 m)
Small, Medium
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A vertical ribbed, mini-cable pattern (no cable needle required), suitable for women’s and men’s socks. Knit cuff down using your choice of sock knitting methods: DPNs, Magic Loop, or two circulars.

Some helpful notes:

  • Probably already obvious -- you want a sock with negative ease -- around 1” of negative ease
  • Small is a cast on of 64 stitches which (for me) yields a gauge of 8 st/inch on 2.25mm needles. This results in a sock with an un-stretched circumference of 8” -- if you want a tighter sock, use a 2.00mm needle. If you want a looser sock, use a 2.50mm or 2.75mm needle.
  • Medium is a cast on of 72 stitches and is a 9” circumference using the guidelines above.
  • Check the label on your yarn to see which needle size you should start with in order to get gauge in the pattern.

Choose your favorite merino/silk fingering weight sock yarn to highlight the pattern and yarn combination.