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Danu Socks

Knitting
July 2010
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 50 rows = 4 inches in stocking stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
300 - 400 yards (274 - 366 m)
8.5" leg circumference

Danu is a classy cable-rib sock with easy cables and moss stitch accents. These socks were inspired by stories of the Tuatha Dé Dannan (“people of the goddess Danu”) who ruled Ireland until they were driven to the Otherworld by the Gaelic Celts. Worked top-down, the socks feature bold cables, for the warriors, and subtle moss stitch columns, for the tricksters.

At the heel, two of the cables split and continue down the side of the foot, merging the patterned instep with the plain sole. The gusset decreases are placed at the bottom of the heel flap instead of the top so that the side cables can use the gusset stitches in their twists.

With an easy-to-memorize pattern and slightly unusual construction, these socks may even have some of the magic of the Tuatha Dé Dannan still in them.

For more information, visit the pattern’s post on my blog.