Cromulent Socks by Lauren Rad

Cromulent Socks

July 2021
Sport (12 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette, in the round after blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
230 - 295 yards (210 - 270 m)
S, M, L. Finished sock dimensions: 8” (20.5 cm), 9.25” (23.5 cm), 10.25” (26 cm) circumference
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This pattern includes a second PDF version that is formatted for knitters with low vision. It has black text, size 22 or larger text in a sans serif font, no italics, no columns, and fully-written directions. The chart is still included but is not needed to work the pattern. Many thanks to Gemma Thompson (gemmabelle here on Rav) and the Accessible Patterns group for their guidance in formatting patterns in a more accessible way.

cromulent (adj.) - acceptable or legitimate

Calling something “cromulent” may seem a bit like damning with faint praise, but the word itself is so lovely that I think it accidentally intensifies itself. That’s kind of like socks with a particularly good stitch pattern. A sock is a fairly ordinary thing, but give it a little decoration and suddenly it seems much more interesting.

The Cromulent Socks are knit from the cuff down with a twisted 1x1 ribbed cuff and a soothing stitch pattern of eight stitches over four rows. My favorite detail, though, is the Eye of the Partridge texture on the heel flap. I love when structural things like a reinforced heel flap can also be interesting to look at. These cromulent little bits of knitting will work up quickly and keep you cozy.

S, M, L

Finished sock dimensions: 8” (20.5 cm), 9.25” (23.5 cm), 10.25” (26 cm) circumference (Note: most people like their socks snug, so choose a finished sock size that is slightly smaller than your actual foot)

Sport weight yarn, 230 (262, 295) yds / 211 (240, 270) m

Sample shown knit in Camellia Fiber Co. CFC Merino Sport, 100% merino wool, 325 yds (297 m) per 3.5 oz (100 g), colorway Moonflower

4” (10 cm) square = 28 stitches and 36 rows in stockinette after blocking

One set of needles for your preferred style of small-circumference knitting in a size to match gauge listed above

Suggested needle size: US 4 (3.5 mm)

One stitch marker for beginning of round; optional additional markers between pattern repeats
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends


Techniques: decreases, knitting in the round, Kitchener stitch grafting