Iowa Crew/Cruise Socks by Carol A. Anderson

Iowa Crew/Cruise Socks

January 1996
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
22 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
220 - 400 yards (201 - 366 m)
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Iowa Crew/Cruise Socks

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  • Worsted weight yarn-7 sizes. 50 gr to 200 gr
  • Set of 4 dpns #5’s, or whatever size needed to achieve gauge

Gauge: 5½ sts = 1”
Size: Child size small to Men’s large (7 sizes)
Skill level: Advanced beginner

This very basic sock pattern knit with worsted weight yarn and double-pointed needles has earned the reputation of being a great introduction to sock knitting. The directions are step-by-step. Comes in sizes for the whole family. In this pattern, the leg is ribbed and the foot is knit plain.

This sock pattern has been praised over the years (published 1996) as “the pattern to choose if you want to learn to knit socks.” It is detailed and well diagrammed.

In addition a knitter will learn some Iowa facts--Buddy Holly fame, the Little Brown Church, Field of Dreams Meredith Willson and more.

Carol Anderson