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Uncle Frank


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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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY reading a chart is helpful, but written directions are also provided cables knit in the round GAUGE 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.

Supplies Needed

  • 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

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Irish Girlie Knits Designs
Irish Girlie Knits Designs
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 her self-published pattern line, Carrie has designed for sock clubs and yarn companies such as Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin' Sock Club, the Woolgirl Sock Club, The Plucky Knitter Classics, and Kollage Yarns. Carrie also made her teaching debut at Sock Summit 2011. Her knitting adventures, as well as her two cute doggies and ever-growing sock yarn stash are blogged about at We Do Not Have A Knitting Problem. By day, Carrie runs a clinic for children with autism in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her Masters in Special Education from San Francisco State University and her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. Go Irish!