The textured ropes and diamonds make these great socks for men, but the pattern can easily be adapted for women.
Design Detail: the ribbing on the cuff flows naturally into the stitch patterns on the leg.
IMPORTANT! There are two corrections to the pattern instructions.
First on the cuff for size L: the next to last sentence in the cuff section should read, “On the last row of ribbing, stop after stitch 12 (13) on Needle #4.” So you will work 13 stitches on needle #4 for size L, not 12 stitches (you do work 12 stitches on needle #4 for size M).
Second, Round 2 instructions for the gusset are missing. Please insert them after the instructions for Round 1 in the section titles “shape gussets.” The directions should read, “Needles 1 & 4: knit all sts; Needles 2 & 3: work top of foot in pattern as established.”
- skill level: Intermediate. Knitting in the round, sock knitting, and multiple chart reading experience helpful.
- techniques: Learn to cable without a cable needle.
- method: Knit from the cuff down with a heel flap, round heel and wedge toe. Instructions are for dpn’s.
- yarn choice: Solid or near-solid yarns are best; dramatically colored yarn will obscure the texture. Additional yarn may be needed for larger size.
- suggestion given for knitting a smaller size.
This sock pattern was inspired by a guernsey that particularly impressed Gladys Thompson, author of the book, Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys & Arans with its longevity. At the time she gathered material for her book, that guernsey had been in constant wear for over forty years, including the WWII years when the guernsey’s owner served in the British Navy! The double moss stitch diamonds and cables on this sock are smaller in scale than those of the guernsey, but the overall appearance is in keeping with the Filey guernsey.