Louche by Hunter Hammersen


March 2011
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 is available for $8.00.

Back by popular demand! I asked what socks you wanted to see come back, and these were totally on the list. They’re scheduled to be back out in June 2021. Feel free to join the mailing list to get a notification when they’re out!

Louche adjective, noun of questionable taste or morality

These are fun. Almost embarrassingly so.

The stitch pattern is easy to learn (you likely won’t need to look at the chart after a few rows) and quick to do, but it looks satisfyingly impressive.

One panel of the stitch pattern runs down your heel, and another down the front of your leg. The one on the front wraps around your ankle (incorporating the gusset as it goes) and is quite flattering on the foot.

The rest of the sock is plain stockinette, which makes them perfect for on the go knitting.

Even better, the socks are mirrored, so you’re not likely to get bored before you’re done.

They’re written in three 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).

These are perfect for you if:

  • You want to do something fun with your next gusset
  • You love mirrored 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)