Wrack by Hunter Hammersen


March 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette
325 - 400 yards (297 - 366 m)
Written in six sizes and three gauges to fit most anyone (see notes below for more).
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Wrack noun seaweed or other vegetation cast on the shore

You’ll want this pattern in your bag of tricks. It’s got just enough going on to be interesting, without ever being too hard. It works great for folks who insist on having fairly sedate socks (you know who you are…just because you like a mellow sock does not mean it needs to be boring). And it comes in a wide range of sizes and works with a huge array of yarns.

Plus the socks are awfully darn cute! Something about the combination of cables and ribbing is undeniably classic, without being boring. I suspect you’ll find yourself knitting this one more than once.

They’re written in six sizes (56, 60, 66, 72, 78, and 84 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 7.25 and 11.5 inches (with lots of points in between).

These are perfect for you if:

  • You want a pattern that works for a huge variety of yarns and sizes
  • You love mirrored socks
  • You want a sock that’s classic but still holds your interest

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)