Carl the Typographer by Anna Friberg

Carl the Typographer

February 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking Stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
339 - 437 yards (310 - 400 m)
Small (Medium, Large, X-Large)
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My grandfather’s name was Carl, and for most of his life he lived in the city of Umeå with his family. There he worked as a typographer at the local newspaper. I’m quite fascinated by that occupation, partly because it is scarcely needed anymore, but also because it must have been so much work to set a whole newspaper for printing during the night, and then everything is put away just to start all over again the next day. It reminds me a bit of ripping knitting. Luckily you only need to rip the knitting when there has been an error you can’t live with :)

Technical Editing
This pattern has been professionally tech edited by James Bartley

Small (Medium, Large, X-Large)
The sock is designed to have a negative ease of 0.5-4 cm / 0.25-1.5” to fit a foot circumference 15.5-19 (17.5-21, 20-23.5, 22-25.5) cm / 6-7.5 (7-8.25, 7.75-9.25, 8.75-10)”
The length of the sock is adjustable. For a good fit, make socks 1.5 cm / 0.5” shorter than foot length.

The socks are knit with a tight gauge to make the fabric more durable.
On 2.25 mm / US1 needles:
36 sts and 48 rnds = 10x10 cm / 4x4” in st st after blocking
36 sts and 48 rnds = 10x10 cm / 4x4” in pattern after blocking
Make sure that both row and stitch gauge is correct if you want a sock that fits well. I am a tight knitter so you may need to go down a needle size to obtain gauge.

Limmo-design hand-dyed sockyarn (75% wool, 25% nylon) 420m/100g or other durable fingering weight yarn suitable for socks: 310 (340, 370, 400) m / 340 (370, 405, 435) yards
Note that meterage / yardage may differ depending on the length of the sock.

1 stitch marker
Cable needle
Tapestry needle
2.25 mm / US1 circular needles 80 or 100 cm / 32” or 40”, or size needed to obtain gauge

Techniques used
Judy’s Magic Cast-On, video tutorial –
Magic Loop, video tutorial –
German Short Rows, video tutorial –
German Short Rows, written tutorial –
Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off –

Thank you
Thank you so much to my test knitters. You did an amazing work!