Diluvian by Hunter Hammersen


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May 2010
Light Fingering ?
32 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
275 - 400 yards (251 - 366 m)
written in five sizes and three gauges to fit most anyone (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.
  • If you want to hear when the retired patterns will be available, subscribe to the mailing list or patreon, or keep an eye on my instagram.

Diluvian adjective of, relating to, or brought about by a flood

It’s hard to beat the fit of a basic ribbed sock, but they can be more than a little boring. But give them a bit of a twist? Sneak in some dropped stitches? Pay a bit of extra attention to the heel and the toe? All of a sudden you’ve got something that is a lot more fun. They’re still every bit as comfy as the classic rib, just much more fetching!

Oh and if you’re as easily amused as I am, they’re also reversible. They’re almost the same (and of course just as cute on either side). It makes them a fantastic choice for those of you who like princess soles.

And I could be biased, but I think they’re fast socks. The dropped stitches are super stretchy (so you’ll probably be working over fewer stitches than you usually need), and I find them somehow motivating. I always want to knit just a few more rows so I can get to the next round where I drop a stitch. I’m sure it’s a trick, but it totally works on me!

They’re written in five sizes (48, 56, 64, 72, and 80 stitch cast on) to fit most anyone. And of course 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 6.5 and 12.5 inches (with lots of points in between).

These are perfect for you if:

  • You love dropped stitches as much as I do
  • You love reversible socks

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)