Beltane Socks by Louise Tilbrook

Beltane Socks

April 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches = 4 inches
in Stocking stitch
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
350 - 450 yards (320 - 411 m)
M (8" circumference) and L (9" circumference)
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One of the most eagerly anticipated festivals of the year, Beltane lies at the halfway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. It marks the beginning of summer and was celebrated by the lighting of bonfires and also by decorating houses and other objects with flowers.

These spring-like socks feature a sinuous, winding cable which looks impressive with it’s unusual double twist, but which is surprisingly simple to work. Unusually for me however I do recommend the use of a cable needle for the larger cable to avoid tantrums. As cables have a tendency to ‘draw’ fabric in, the side panels of ribbing create a little more elasticity and ensure a good fit over the heel.
The sample as shown in the picture uses the Fish Lips Kiss Heel – a wonderful heel technique which I highly commend to you. To respect the designers copyright I have not included the directions here but have given my usual heel flap construction. For the princely sum of $1 (approx 60p) however the FLK heel pattern offers a wealth of information and instruction and I do recommend that you take a look.

As with many of my designs, this pattern is offered in both toe-up and cuff down versions. Please ensure you download the version you require after checkout.

The sample shown is knit in the wonderful Solstice Yarns Tidal sock yarn. The dyer, Eleanor is co-hosting a fun and relaxed Beltane KAL over in her in group and has hand dyed lots of lovely spring colours to tempt you. Why not pop over and join the KAL fun - no rules - just lots of sockie chatter.