Calcareous by Hunter Hammersen

Calcareous

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Knitting
October 2009
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 lots of folks (see notes below for more).
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This pattern (along with most of my earlier work) was retired in the summer of 2022. However, it may be available for a few days once or twice a year. Read on for details!




In the summer of 2022, I realized that maintaining a back catalog of hundreds of patterns was kind of overwhelming. I couldn’t do it and still release new things. So I took my old patterns down so I could keep doing new work.

Since then, a handful of my favorites have come back, and lovely new things have come out. But the vast majority of the old patterns are retired and will no longer be generally available.

However, enough folks have asked about some old favorites that I’m planning to make many of the retired patterns available for a few days once or twice a year (most likely in late spring and then again in the fall around Thanksgiving).

  • If you see the buy buttons on this page, you’ve caught it on one of the days it’s available, and you’re welcome to grab it!
  • If you don’t see the buy buttons on this page, then it’s not currently available.
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Calcareous adjective of, containing, or resembling calcium carbonate; chalky




When I was in elementary school, it became fashionable to pilfer sticks of colored chalk from the blackboard and pulverize them into little piles of soft, powdery colored dust. There wasn’t much of a point to the exercise, but it was unreasonably entertaining. The colors of this yarn remind me irresistibly of this childhood venture into the criminal underworld.

This is a tidy little top down sock that features a simple cable pattern. The design is carried down the heel flap, and the gusset is moved to the top of the foot for a crisp look.




They’re written in two sizes (64 and 72 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 7.75 and 11.25 inches (with lots of points in between).




These are perfect for you if:

  • You love a good cable as much as I do
  • You want to do something clever with your next gusset

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)