My current work in progress:

Aspen, designed by Michele Wang, knit from Elsa Wool Woolen Spun Worsted Weight Cormo


I get a lot of requests asking me to provide a “formula” for resizing my basic sock patterns. Well, I don’t know how to express the sizing changes in a formula. In fact, I did a whole blog post on how math-challenged I am.

But I did work up a document that has tables that show you the numbers you need for each point of the pattern (i.e., cast-on number, total number of stitches around, number for gusset increases, etc) for three of my “generic” sock patterns: the toe-up slipstitch heel sock, the toe-up gusset heel sock, and the top-down “Temptation” sock. (I did not do this for my generic short-row heel pattern, because you ought to be able to easily figure this out from the version in “excruciating detail.”)

Anyway, the document is here, in pdf format. It is also linked to from my free patterns page, under the “Help” section. Don’t say I never gave you nuthin’.

You ought to be able to figure out further adjustments (in both directions) by looking at the numbers I’ve given. I can, and if I can, anyone can.

Disclaimer: I’m not guaranteeing the numbers here are error-free. I carefully checked for accuracy, but you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men. Be forewarned.


Here is the state of the pink blob:

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And here is a close-up, which shows nicely, I think, the shoulder shaping which makes the shawl sit obediently upon the shoulder.

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Lucy sez

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“I don’t know what the big deal is with heat and humidty. It’s perfectly comfy here in my world!”