Galder by Mari-Liisa Varila


July 2010
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
29 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
Woman's S/M
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Galder, ’charm’ or ’incantation’ is Old English and relates to Old Norse galdr; from the verb galan, ’to sing’. The Oxford English Dictionary only lists two known usages of the word, one in Beowulf, the other dated c1205. In a way, knitting these socks reminded me of flowing, rhythmical chanting or weaving a spell. The cable begins to take form in the cuff, travels down the leg, finally splitting into two smaller cables that meander all the way to the heel and the toe.

The cables in these socks are modified versions of Ornamental Cable found in 101 Stitches to Knit (ed. by Erica Knight). The right and left socks are mirror images of each other.


You should slip the first stitch of the heel flap in both socks. The right sock instructions lack this information. Thank you judetha for the correction!

This pattern was designed for the Kahelit group Sock Challenge contest. Please feel free to PM me if you find an error in the pattern!

Tämä ohje on suunniteltu Kahelit-ryhmän sukkahaastetta varten. Jos huomaat ohjeessa virheitä, olen kiitollinen korjausehdotuksista!