This sock pattern, like the Lord of the Rings character for which it was named, is practical and simple. The stitch pattern is easy to memorize, but not boring, making it a great TV or travel knit. The design is compact so it can handle self-striping and many variegated yarns. The texture gives the sock a nice stretch to make it fit a broader range of people.
Pattern is worked in the round from the top down. Pattern is carried down the heel. It features a horseshoe heel (heel flap and gusset construction). Instructions are detailed but assume you have basic knowledge of top down sock construction including turning a heel, picking up stitches, and Kitchener stitch grafting. Includes both written and charted instructions. Suitable for advanced beginner to intermediate knitters.