Marooned by Hunter Hammersen

Marooned

Knitting
December 2013
DK (11 wpi) ?
32 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
275 - 450 yards (251 - 411 m)
Written in six sizes and three gauges to fit most anyone (see notes below for more)
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Marooned verb put ashore on a deserted island or coast




Feet? They come in lots of sizes. Lots and lots. And yarn? That comes in lots of sizes too.

Sometimes you’re knitting for a delicate little slip of a thing with tiny tootsies. Sometimes not so much (I say, glancing down at my size 11 feet and perhaps sighing a bit at their substantial nature).

Sometimes you want to use wispy, delicate sock yarn and end up with a pair of socks you’ll hardly feel. Sometimes you want to use something thick and end up with the coziest socks in all the world.

And with the right pattern, you can accommodate all of that. Bonus points if it’s a pattern with a tidy little stitch pattern that’s fun to work (and that you’ll have memorized in no time). And double bonus points if it just so happens to work beautifully with all that amazingly colorful yarn you’ve been unable to resist but had a hard time matching to a project.




They’re written in six sizes (54, 60, 66, 72, 78, and 84 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 6.25 and 12.5 inches (with lots of points in between).




These are perfect for you if:

  • You are looking socks you can work in a variety of gauges
  • You have some multi-colored yarn you need to tame

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)