Zingiber socks by Janice Kang
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Zingiber socks

Knitting
April 2011
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 1ยฝ - 2.5 mm
370 - 555 yards (338 - 507 m)
M [L, XL, XXL]
This pattern is available for free.

They say necessity is the mother of invention.

When the US sock manufacturers decide that most menโ€™s feet are size 13 or smaller, finding good looking socks that fit larger feet can be a challengeโ€ฆ unless of course thereโ€™s a knitter in the house. Zingiber was born out of necessityโ€”an upcoming trip to the East Coast and the need for some warm, custom fit socks while away. So with limited time to knit a pair of XXL socks, why not make the challenge even greater by adding the design element into the mix? Sometimes Iโ€™m crazy like that.

The original Zingibers are XXL, large enough to fit a manโ€™s US size 14/15 foot comfortably. The stitch pattern is a stretchy 2x2 rib with twisted knit stitches and a cinch every now and then to keep the pattern from becoming boring. Thereโ€™s a traveling stitch cable panel that runs down the sides of the leg and foot, framing the main stitch pattern. Choose from 2 options for the toe, a traditional stockinette toe as shown in the XXL brown sock, or a Zingiber Toe as shown in the M blue sock.

Oh and yes, the socks were finished in time and were much appreciated during and after the trip. Hand knit socks. Nothing beats them.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Foot circumference: 99.5, 10, 10.5 inches, slightly stretched; 6.757.5, 8, 8.5 inches, unstretched
Foot length: Adjustable to fit.

GAUGE
32 sts/44 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, unstretched
52 sts/40 rows = 4 inches in pattern stitch, unstretched