Squircle by General Hogbuffer


March 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
8 stitches and 11 rows = 1 inch
in stocking stitch
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

This is a deceptively simple way of constructing a sock by reducing the flap to a very small strip and working an extended gusset in its place. The rounds form a right angle around the ankle and instep, which gradually softens into a continuous round; hence the reference to the mathematical problem of ‘squaring the circle’.

The specific construction makes this ideal to use up the heaps of small leftovers that every sock knitter seems to acquire, but it will also showcase nicely a self-striping yarn with more substantial stripes.

As befits a mathematically-inspired sock, you will be able to adapt this pattern to any stitch count needed by doing some very basic math.

Please read the whole pattern to the end before starting; at several points in the pattern you will have a distinct advantage if you know what’s coming afterwards…

At the point of publishing I have only completed a single sock, so there is a good chance there could be mistakes or omissions - please let me know if you spot anything.

UPDATE August 6 2015: There is now a Finnish version available. Thanks to Hannele Rahkonen for the translation !

UPDATE June 2019: there is now a Danish translation available here !

UPDATE March 2023: we now have a Latvian version; thanks to Baiba for the translation!