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Carrie Sullivan, aka Irish Girlie Knits, is a blogger, sock-obsessed knitter, and designer known for her deceptively simple, perfectly gorgeous designs such as Cotty and Summer Wind. In addition to ...

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Uncle Frank

from Irish Girlie Knits Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Uncle Frank
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Basic Skills Necessary:

  • reading a chart is helpful, but written directions are also provided
  • cables
  • knit in the round

Pattern Description:

My Great Uncle Frank loved the hip-hips (what my Great Aunt Mimi calls country songs). He always brought home friends for dinner and said to his mother to just give them his (it was the Depression, but his mother always made sure to make enough go around). My Great Aunt also tells me the Irish favor their boys, and favored he was, she says. He died fighting during WWII. He received the Purple Heart Medal. I never met my Great Uncle Frank, but from the stories and memories, he is an important part of my family. These socks were knit in his honor.


24 sts = 4" over st st for men's/sport size
28 sts = 4" over st st for women's/fingering size

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • men's average/medium or women's average/medium
  • Finished measurements: 7" foot circumference unstretched, up to 11" stretched; 6 1/2 " approximate leg length for men's size
  • Instructions are written for a cuff-down sock. Sizes are provided for either a men's sock with sport weight yarn or a women's sock with fingering weight yarn. Both written instructions and charts specific to each size are provided.


  • 300-350 yards of sport weight yarn for men's/sport size such as Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock heavyweight, Miss Babs Yummy Superwash Sport 3-ply, Squoosh Fiberarts Merino Cashmere: Sport, Sunshine Yarns Merino Sport
  • 350-380 yards of fingering weight yarn for women's/fingering size such as The Plucky Knitter Merino Cashmere Nylon Fingering, The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga, Kollge Yarns Sock-a-licious, A Verb for Keeping Warm Creating
  • Size US 4 (3.5mm) or size to obtain gauge for men's/sport size
  • Size US 2 (2.75mm) or size to obtain gauge for women's/ fingering size

You Will Also Need:

  • Cable Needle
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Stitch Markers

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