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This pattern has been tech edited and test knitted. It includes a second PDF accessible for knitters with low vision, following guidelines from Ravelry's Accessible Patterns group.

comity (n.) - mutual courtesy; civility.

A little bit of mutual courtesy can go a long way when we’re all feeling frazzled and stressed. While there are times and places when sharp remarks and direct action are appropriate, it’s important to be able to distinguish those situations. When in doubt, I try civility, first.

And if I’m honest, I’m always better at being civil after I’ve had some stitching time. Knitting helps smooth my ruffled feathers and calm my overheated emotions, especially when I know I’m overreacting to a mild situation. Working on these socks helped keep me civil during a particularly cranky phase, and I hope you find them helpful, too, if you could use a little boost.


S, M, L

Finished sock dimensions: 7.5” (19 cm), 8.75” (22 cm), 10” (25.5 cm) circumference (Note: most people like their socks snug, so choose a finished sock size that is slightly smaller than your actual foot)


Fingering weight yarn, 300-380 yds (274-348 m)

Sample shown knit in Stress Knits Yarn Favorite, 80% superwash merino, 20% nylon, worsted spun, 400 yds (366 m) / 3.53 oz (100 g)


4” (10 cm) square = 32 stitches x 40 rows in stockinette


One set of needles for your preferred style of small-circumference knitting in a size to match gauge listed above

Suggested needle size: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)


One stitch marker for beginning of round; optional additional markers between pattern repeats
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends



Techniques: decreases, knitting in the round, Kitchener stitch grafting
You will get the following files:
  • PDF (634KB)
  • PDF (767KB)

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