Do you remember as a child, playing kickball in the empty field down the street? Or in the front yard, where you had to find objects to set up the diamond for the bases? Mr. Tom owned the empty field at the end of our block, and everyone around called it Mr. Tom’s field. These socks remind of a time when kids played kickball outdoors all day and it didn’t really matter how big or small you were. Girls and boys were equal members of the teams, the more kids playing the better and the bossiest one probably got to play pitcher.
PATTERN NOTES: This simple diamond pattern for three sizes will work up quickly and, hopefully, remind you of days of yore. This is a checklist pattern, which makes it quite lengthy but easier to knit.
YARN: Fingering weight sock yarn (approximately 420 yds (384 m) per 100 g), approximately 100 g per pair of average socks.
Sample 1 (Size 68 st) was knit with Ancient Arts Yarns Woof Yarn Collection 100% BFL Light Fingering 437 yds (400 m) per 100 g (3.5 oz.) skein in the Golden Retriever colorway. Sample 2 (Size 60 st) was knit with Ancient Arts Yarns Meow Yarn Collection 100% SW BFL Light Fingering 437 yds (400 m) per 100 g (3.5 oz.) skein in the Abyssinian Cat colorway. Sample 3 (Size 76 st) was knit with Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper 463 yds (423 m) 100 g (3.7 oz) skein in the Primordial colorway.
NEEDLES: US 1 (2.25 mm) or size needed to get gauge, one set of 5 double-pointed needles.
GAUGE: 36 sts X 48 rows = 4 inches (10 cm); 9 sts X 12 rows = 1 inch/2.5 cm.
NOTIONS: stitch marker for beginning of round.
DIFFICULTY: Not for a beginner sock knitter, but if you’ve knit a sock then you’re ready for this.
SIZING: Foot circumference: 7.5 (8.5, 9.5)” (20 (21, 23) cm)
Stiches around foot: 60 (68, 76)