Slant by Hunter Hammersen
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Slant

Knitting
March 2009
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 1 - 2.25 mm
325 - 425 yards (297 - 389 m)
written in four sizes and three gauges to fit most anyone, at 8spi, fits a foot or leg of 7.75 [8.75, 10, 11] inches
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Slant verb
- slope or lean in a particular direction; diverge from the vertical or horizontal

These socks show off a simple slanting cable pattern that is reversed on the opposite foot. The result is a lovely, unisex sock that is sure to please everyone (even those picky folks who say they only like plain socks).

The pattern is especially well suited to variegated yarn. The long loop stitches use just a bit more yarn than regular stitches, so some rounds take more yarn than others. This helps prevent the pooling and flashing that can sometimes be a problem with handpainted yarns.

The pattern comes in four sizes (56, 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 love how ribbed socks fit but want something a bit more exciting
  • You want to play with cables and slipped stitches
  • 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)