Tantamount by Hunter Hammersen


August 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
325 - 400 yards (297 - 366 m)
Written in four sizes and three gauges to fit most anyone (see notes below for more).
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Tantamount adjective equivalent in value, significance, or effect

I hear again and again that you folks really love basic socks…but basic socks with just enough of a twist to keep things interesting. If that’s what you want in a sock, I think these might be exactly what you’re looking for!

The majority of this sock is lovely, meditative stockinette. But, to keep things interesting, there’s a perfect little mirrored cable panel running down the outside of your foot and the inside of your heel. There are two variations of the panel, one that carries the cabling through the whole sock (that’s the blue one), and one that is a bit more restrained (that’s the purple one), and both versions are included in the pattern.

They’re both great fun to knit (the cable really is clever…and I suspect they’d pass muster even with those who insist on more mellow socks). And the end result is so amazingly tidy you can’t help but be pleased!

They’re written in four sizes (56, 64, 72, and 80 stitch cast on) 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 secretly love a plain sock…but not too plain
  • You love that tidy little cable

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)