Achillea Socks by Fabienne Gassmann

Achillea Socks

December 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
437 yards (400 m)
6 (7, 8)"
This pattern is available for free.

These socks are named after the Greek mythological character Achilles. The main focal points of this design are the chunky cables down the front and back of the leg. This is reminiscent of Achilles’ alluded only weak point; his heel…Achillea is also a flower, whose clusters of tiny blossoms remind me of the honeycomb stitch. I have always been interested in human anatomy and the way the cable follows the contours of the wearer’s ankle celebrates the amazing biological marvel that is the human foot.
These socks are knit top down with a short rib cuff, traditional slip stitch heel flap and gusset. The design features bold cables, graphic lace down the arch of the foot and a honeycomb slip stitch pattern along the leg instead of the reverse stockinette traditionally used as a background for the cable.