Truckle by Hunter Hammersen
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February 2011
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches = 4 inches
in 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 7.75 [8.75, 10] inches
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Truckle verb
- yield out of weakness

Back around Halloween 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.

To keep them from being too soothing (I wouldn’t want you getting bored), the socks are mirrored and there is a bit of unusual shaping in the gusset.

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!

The pattern comes in three sizes (56, 64, and 72 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 want to do something clever with your next gusset
  • 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)