Indomitable by Hunter Hammersen


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February 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
350 - 450 yards (320 - 411 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!
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Indomitable adjective impossible to subdue or defeat

It had been a shockingly, shockingly long time since I knit a pair of socks. It really was shameful. Something had to be done. But I found I needed something especially tempting to bring me back to socks. These were just the thing!

The texture on the cuff is amazing. It’s tremendously fun to knit and always makes a beautiful fabric. (And don’t worry it’s easier than it looks, and I’ve included step-by-step illustrations to show you exactly how to do it.) Once the fancy bit at the cuff is done, the rest of the sock is just tidy ribbing, so it zips along at record speed.

And then, when you’re done and ready to wear them, you have one last decision to make. You can either wear them just like you’ve knit them, or you can turn them inside out and fold down the cuff! Both are delightful and I suspect you may find yourself alternating between them!

They’re written in four sizes (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 6.75 and 12.5 inches (with lots of points in between).

The socks do use a bit more yarn than you might expect (the lovely cuff pattern takes extra yarn). I needed about 50 yards more than I normally do for socks. So if you usually use nearly all a skein of yarn, you might want to either look for an oversized skein, have an extra skein on hand, or plan for contrast toes.

These are perfect for you if:

  • A reversible/cuffed sock sounds like just the thing
  • You’re as taken with that amazing cuff as I am

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)