Truckle by Hunter Hammersen


February 2011
DK (11 wpi) ?
28 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
300 - 400 yards (274 - 366 m)
written in four sizes and three gauges to fit most anyone (see notes below for more).
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Truckle verb yield out of weakness

A few years ago, I caught some sort of plague. I thought it was the flu. I ignored it. It turned out to be pneumonia. That was much harder to ignore. It knocked me flat.

Eventually, and after many attempts to avoid the issue, I gave in and realized I needed to actually rest (rather than just claiming to rest and instead continuing to do too much stuff). At that point, I came to the conclusion that I needed some soothing knitting. These socks were the result.

They are easy to knit, even if you’ve had a bit too much cold medicine. All the patterning is kept to one little panel that runs down the outside of your ankle (the rest of the sock is plain, calming, meditative stockinette). Even the pattern itself is easy to memorize.

The end result is that most marvelous creation, a sock that looks impressive but is actually easy to make. Best of all, no plague required!

They’re written in four sizes (56, 64, 72, and 80 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 6.75 and 12.5 inches (with lots of points in between).

These are perfect for you if:

  • You could use something mellow, but still cute
  • 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)