Friday, October 23, 2009

Uncle Frank


My Great Uncle Frank loved the hip-hips (what my Great Aunt Mimi calls country songs).

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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).

for the girls

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.

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I never met my Great Uncle Frank, but from the stories and memories, he is an important part of my family.

(Thanks Boondock Saint for the modeling! But you still can't have dad's socks. Maybe for Christmas, maybe.)

These socks were knit in his honor.

Pattern: Uncle Frank

Notes: 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. Written instructions are included and charts specific to each size are provided on the last pages.
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Yarn: 300-350 yards of sport weight yarn for men’s/sport size. Shown in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock heavyweight, 350 yds/skein; 1 skein colorway Manly yes, but I like it too! or 350-380 yards of fingering weight yarn for women’s/fingering size. Shown in The Plucky Knitter Merino Cashmere Nylon, 385 yds/skein; 1 skein colorway Tracy Lord Haven

Materials: Needles Size US 4 (3.5mm) or size to obtain gauge for men’s/sport size; or Size US 2 (2.75mm) or size to obtain gauge for women’s/ fingering size; cable needle, stitch markers

Gauge: 24 sts = 4” over st st for men’s/sport size or 28 sts = 4” over st st for women’s/fingering size

Size: men’s average/medium or women’s average/medium

Finished measurements: 7” foot circumference relaxed, up to 11” stretched; 6 ½ ” approximate leg length for men’s or 6” foot circumference relaxed, up to 9 ½” stretched; 6” approximate leg length for women’s

Pattern is on sale until the end of October for $4 (the October challenge in the Sock Knitter's Anonymous group over on Ravelry is to knit men's socks, so you've still got time to join us and cast on!). Pattern is available here.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions at irishgirlieknits AT gmail DOT com

Happy Knitting!!

xoxo Irishgirlieknits


Jodi said...

Very nice, and quite classic! BTW, is that someone's yard? I want to move in, STAT!

Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

I love them my hubby wears a size 13 would the pattern work for him?
I haven't knit many socks.Hugs Darcy

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Lisa said...

Great story and beautiful socks, such a nice tribute!

Purlgirl918 said...

Lovely socks and lovely tribute. But now I'm crying at work. ;)

Zonda said...

Well you know I already love the socks! Definately a lovely tribute!!! Sniff...

hearthead said...

I heart you and those kick-arse socks! You amaze me...they are beautiful. I am going to CO right away :)

cupcakefaerie said...

What another lovely tribute to one of your family members. Awesome sock!

gMarie said...

Absolutely fabulous! Another great pattern. Keep them coming. g

misknits said...

Great pattern IrishGirlie!
I love your stories about the family members who have inspired your designs!

Rani said...

What a great and touching story. It's such a cool idea to reflect on your past like that and to create these great patterns in homage to your relatives.

Jean said...

You've created a new classic, I'm sure your family is touched by this tribute.

Gigi said...

What a sweet tribute to your uncle. I love that you think of your family members (like Cotty) as you knit up your beautiful patterns.
I'm wanting to make socks as Christmas gifts for some of the fellows in my family (my son still talks about the wool socks I gave him a couple of years ago?!), so thank you for another wonderful pattern.

dianne said...

Another great design! I actually got a peek at the one knittinggolfer is working on and it's even prettier in person!

weezalana said...

What a fab sock design! Great job hon!

tiennie said...

That is a beautiful pattern!

Jacey said...

The socks are really lovely, and it sounds like they were made with an honorable man in mind.

Jan said...

my dear sweet uncle frank would have loved them. i wish i could make them for him but maybe for his son...great job.