Near the beginning of the pattern is a list for yarn, needles and gauge:
Yarn: Cascade 220 (or other light DK or heavy sport wt. wool) 2 hanks
Needles: #1 sock set or size to obtain gauge
Gauge: 6 sts/inch, 8 rounds/inch
I’ve uploaded the PDF pattern for you at this LINK.
About yarn, this sock is knit on 52 stitches. I usually knit two-color socks on 72 sts with fine sock yarn and one-color socks on 64 sts with fine yarn. I knit a bit loose so I use a smaller needle size to get the same gauge as other knitters get on a larger needle. With DK-weight yarn, you might use a U.S. #2 or #3 instead of a #1. The main thing is to get a fairly firm fabric and a fairly snug fit so the sock won’t migrate in your shoe as you walk.
One edging that is traditionally used to start gansey sweaters is a split and overlapped garter welt. That is also the way this sock begins. I like to use this method in workshops where there are knitters who have never knit socks in the round because we start with something familiar and have a bit of fabric to hang on to before we start knitting round and round.
Here is the beginning of the pattern:
Cast on 55 sts.
Row 1(wrong side)—Purl 55 sts.
Row 2—Knit 55 sts.
Cast on 55 sts. In her book, Knitting Ganseys, Beth Brown-Reinsel clearly demonstrates several traditional methods that are used in gansey knitting. The photos her book are great so I decided to use photos to demonstrate the cast-on method I used for this sock (see: sock photo in the September 28 post and the next post).
Feel free to use your favorite cast on. The one I used is not traditionally gansey, but is my favorite for socks since it is decorative and very elastic. It looks especially good with 2 x 2 ribbing. It stands out best when you use a row of stockinette between it and whatever else you plan to do. If you are using your favorite cast on, continue to follow pattern, knitting back and forth, for Rows 1 through 7. Tomorrow, we will join the welt with an overlap and continue on with the leg.