Louche by Hunter Hammersen


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March 2011
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
300 - 400 yards (274 - 366 m)
Written in four sizes and three gauges to fit most anyone (see notes below for more)
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Discontinued. This digital pattern is no longer available online.

In July of 2022, I took down all my patterns. A tiny handful are destined to return, most are not.

I’m still releasing new patterns (along with other fun projects). I just want to focus my time and energy on making new things rather than on maintaining a back catalog of hundreds of older patterns. But there are lots of new things planned, and I’m excited to share them with you!

If you want to follow along with what comes next or read a little more about why I made this change (and the nifty things that happened along the way), you can do that here.

And don’t worry, if you had the pattern in your ravelry library before it went away, it will still be there. It’s always a good idea to keep backups on your own computer (websites don’t last forever), but nothing I can do can take anything out of your library (and I wouldn’t even if I could). Taking the patterns down just means no on else can buy them.

Louche adjective of questionable taste or morality

Ribbing, stockinette, and the occasional increase or decrease…that’s all that’s going on here. No cables, no lace, no fancy business with extra colors or complicated stitches or anything else that’s going to seem just the tiniest bit overwhelming after a long day. Just ribbing, stockinette, and increases/decreases.

And really, once you have the pattern set up, mostly you just knit your knits and purl your purls and cruise along mellow as can be.

Now, you do get to do a slightly fancy bit of business where you make that band of gorgeous patterning go dashing across your foot. But again, it all happens with just a few carefully placed increases and decreases.

Though given how impressive they look, I absolutely won’t blow your cover if you want to let everyone think they’re hard. It’s good to let folks be impressed with the things you can do!

They’re written in three sizes (56, 64, 72, and 80 stitch cast ons), and 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. With that range of sizes and gauges, the socks will fit a foot (measured around the ball of the foot) between 6.75 and 12.5 inches (with lots of points in between).

These are perfect for you if:

  • You want to do something fun with your next gusset
  • You love mirrored 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)