Popped by Hunter Hammersen
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March 2009
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
350 - 450 yards (320 - 411 m)
written in three sizes and three gauges to fit most anyone, at 8spi, fits a foot or leg of 8.75 [10, 11] inches
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Popped verb
- struck or knocked sharply, burst open

These socks feature an unreasonably entertaining stitch pattern that swoops down your foot and ends in a tidy point at your toes. The design creates a fabric that is subtly textured in its unstretched state (it may just remind me a bit of bubble wrap) and pops into focus when you slide the socks on.

The pattern is amazingly easy to memorize, and you’ll be cruising along in no time. Everything flows beautifully from cuff to toe.

The pattern comes in three sizes (64, 72, and 80 stitch cast on) 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 hate to purl
  • You love an interesting toe

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)