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Graupel

Violently Domestic
Knitting
February 2010
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
325 - 425 yards (297 - 389 m)
women's small through men's large

Graupel \grau-pəl\ noun

  • precipitation that forms when supercooled droplets of water condense on a snowflake

These socks start out with a lovely crisp ribbing. It’s a ridiculously simple 4 row repeat that you’ll have memorized in no time at all. Once you’re done with the leg, you make a nice neat heel flap with a tiny little decoration down each side to keep things interesting. A basic gusset is next. Then comes my favorite part - the nifty arch shaping. I promise it’s easier than it looks, and it produces a really marvelous effect. After all that excitement you’re due for a quiet spell, so after the shaping you just knit straight until you’re ready for the toes.

These work for men or women (really, if you do them in a dark color, they look textured not lacy and will pass muster with most guys). They’re written for 2 sizes, and by using either thick or thin sock yarn, you can create them in most any size from a women’s small through a men’s large. The pattern also includes instructions for continuing the ribbing straight down the foot without the arch shaping, just in case you want some more conservative socks.