Whippersnapper by Hunter Hammersen

Whippersnapper

Knitting
November 2011
Aran (8 wpi) ?
32 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
350 - 450 yards (320 - 411 m)
Written in three sizes and three gauges to fit most anyone (see notes below for more).
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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!).




They’re written in three sizes sizes (56, 64, and 84 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 13.25 inches (with lots of points in between).




These are perfect for you if:

  • You want something more interesting than a basic rib, but still classic
  • You’re looking for something a bit more engaging than your basic vanilla sock, but still pretty mellow

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)