Blue Bell Knoll by revi

Blue Bell Knoll

by revi
September 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
33 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette; 40 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches in cable pattern
US 1 - 2.25 mm
400 - 460 yards (366 - 421 m)
Small/Medium (64 st), Large (72 st); circumference approx. 7.75 (9) in (20 (23) cm), slightly stretched
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Blue Bell Knoll is knitted from the top down, with a cable design inspired by butterflies flowing out of the ribbing. There are twelve different cables in this pattern, including some that cross twice. Being able to read charts is absolutely essential; other than that the construction is fairly simple and straightforward. The heel flap and heel turn are worked in Eye of the Partridge for extra cushioning and reinforcement. Knowing how to work cables without a needle is also useful; my method of choice for needle-free cables can be found here.

The sizes given are based on the number of stitches in the cuff. However i have taken into consideration the fact that cables pull in, and there are extra stitches in the body of the sock to maintain an even circumference. The sole is knit with fewer stitches than the top of the foot, to preserve this balance. In other words, it should not be necessary for you to knit a larger size than usual just because of the cables.

Another issue with cables is that they tend to devour yarn, and these socks are no exception. My sample used 396 yards out of a 400 yard skein; most of the test knitters had a bit more leeway.