Whippersnapper by Hunter Hammersen


November 2011
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
350 - 450 yards (320 - 411 m)
written in two sizes and three gauges to fit most people, at 8spi, fits a foot or leg of 7.75 [8.75] inches
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Whippersnapper noun
- presumptuous or cheeky person, often a young one

I sort of love these. They’re marvelously unisex and undeniably dapper, if I do say so myself!.

They are simple to make (you’ll have them memorized in no time), but the cabling is enough to keep you from getting bored to death some time around the middle of the foot. Even better, they’re mirrored, so your chances of finishing the second one are much better than usual (at least if your knitting projects go anything like how mine do…two of the exact same thing is hard!).

The pattern comes in two sizes (56 and 64 stitch cast on) to fit lots of folks. 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 something more interesting than a basic rib, but still fairly classic
  • You’re looking for socks you can work in a variety of gauges
  • You’re looking for something a bit more engaging than your basic vanilla sock

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)