Dippers by Hunter Hammersen

Dippers

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Knitting
March 2009
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
300 - 400 yards (274 - 366 m)
Written in four 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.



Dippers noun (slang) pickpockets




Ever have a colorful yarn that doesn’t want to play nice? That one that looked so amazing in the skein you just had to have it, but then when you get it on the needles you realize it has a mind of its own?

Yeah…well there’s nothing wrong with the yarn, you just need the right stitch pattern to go with it! Stitch patterns that use more yarn on some rounds than on others work wonders for opinionated yarns.

And this pattern, with it curvy lines and adorable little double wrapped stitches is a total miracle worker. Throw your most colorful yarn at it, it will smooth everything out and have that yarn behaving nicely in no time!

Plus I mean it’s lovely and unreasonably fun to do. But I figure you already knew that bit!




They’re written in four sizes (56, 64, 72, and 80 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 6.75 and 12.5 inches (with lots of points in between).




This is perfect for you if:

  • You have some colorful yarn with a mind of its own
  • You love swoopy, curvy lines on your socks

It’s 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)