Wrack by Hunter Hammersen


March 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette
325 - 400 yards (297 - 366 m)
Written in 6 sizes and 3 gauges to fit very nearly everyone (from a foot of 6.5 inches all the way up to 13.25 inches)
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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 equally well for guys and for girls. And it comes in a wide range of sizes (with guidance on using a variety of yarn thicknesses).

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.

Note about Gauge and Sizing: These socks are written for a variety of yarn weights and sizes. You can easily use fingering, dk, or sport weight yarns. Instructions are given for working at three different gauges (7, 8, and 9 stitches per inch in stockinette) and for six different sizes (54, 60, 66, 72, 78, or 84 stitch cast on). The combination means you are almost certain to find a size that will work for you or anyone you knit for (size options range from under seven inches to more than twelve inches).

This makes the pattern delightfully flexible and versatile. But it also makes it a tiny bit tricky to accurately list the gauge and yarn weight in the pattern description here on ravelry! The socks in the picture are made at 7 stitches per inch and with a 54-stitch cast on with aran weight yarn. You can use whatever yarn you like best, so long as you make sure you’re getting a sturdy, dense fabric suitable for socks.

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)