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Wraptor

Knitting
December 2013
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 46 rows = 4 inches in stockinette
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

The hyperlink above will take you the supplemental materials (charts, variations, deleted scenes, and geeknotes), please download the free PDF attached to this page, “Wraptor Director’s Cut.”

To view the Wraptor pattern itself, please visit the knitty pattern page: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEw13/PATTwraptor.php


Wraptor is the love child of two other knitty sock patterns, Skew and Longitudinal. It’s what happens when you take classic sideways sock construction and work it on the bias.

This pattern does not require expert knitting skills, but it does require strong spatial skills and/or a willingness to trust the pattern’s instructions even if they seem wrong to you. It might be hard to believe that it will turn into a sock, but trust me, it will. I’ve done the math.

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of doing all of the following before you cast on:

  1. Knit a swatch.
  2. Match stitch gauge.
  3. Don’t just measure row gauge when relaxed and call it done. Stretch your swatch as diagrammed in the pattern to make sure it reaches at least 6 1/4”. (If it doesn’t, there are course corrections available -- but my recommendation is to try to match stretched row gauge.)

Errata in the pattern PDF
Page 6, there are a few places where I say “turn to WS” on a WS row. Hopefully it’s evident that these are typos and it’s supposed to say “turn to RS,” sorry about that!

In the section Knitting the Mate:

  1. Page 13, the cast on diagram was accidentally moved up a few lines; it belongs right below “Flip your cast-on over so the purl side is facing you. It should look something like this:” Note that the diagram reflects what the cast on looks like after all stitches are cast on and the needles are flipped over so that you are looking at the purl side.
  2. Page 14, in section Stage 3, just under “Setup 1: Adjust Stitches” there is a reference to “This should be your total stitch count” but no corresponding image. This line of text doesn’t actually belong here. As you work the mate, refer to the stitch count diagrams for each row for the first sock, but be sure to view from the purl side.