Slant by Hunter Hammersen
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March 2009
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
33 stitches and 46 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 1 - 2.25 mm
325 - 425 yards (297 - 389 m)
Fits a foot or leg of 7.5, 8.5, 9.5, 10.75 inches at this gauge, see note for more info
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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 is written in four sizes. They’re shown here in a thinner yarn at a gauge of 8.25 stitches per inch, which fits a foot or leg of 7.5, 8.5, 9.5, or 10.75 inches. But they also work in a thicker yarn at a gauge of 7.25 stitches per inch, which fits a foot or leg of 8.5, 9.75, 11, or 12.25 inches.

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)