I Heart Bees by Vanessa Townley

I Heart Bees

June 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
37 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in cable pattern with larger needles, see notes
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
US 0 - 2.0 mm
328 - 492 yards (300 - 450 m)
Small, Medium, Large and 7", 8", 9" Leg circumference
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Thoughts on Instagram

“I loooove these socks! One of the best patterns I’ve ever knit!!”
“ This has been such a fun knit!”


Finished Leg Circumference :- 18 (20: 23)cm, 7 (8: 9)in.

To be worn with 0 – 0.5” negative ease or due to nature of the honeycomb cabled fabric and your leg circumference, 0 - 0.5” positive ease can also be worn. I advise to not have more than 0.5” negative ease as it will obscure the honeycomb cable.

YARN :- 1 (1: 2) x skeins of fingering weight yarn with 400 metres / 438 yards per 100g / 4oz.

Sample in :- A Homespun House, Olsen Fingering in colourway ‘In Bloom’ with 400 metres / 438 yards per 100g / 4oz.

NEEDLES :- 1 set (of 5) 2.00mm (UK14 - USA0) Double Pointed Needles.
1 set (of 5) 2.50mm (UK12 - USA1.5) Double Pointed Needles.
Or needles required to give correct tension.

NOTIONS :- Cable Needle and Wool sewing needle.
(If you are adventurous and brave you can do the cables without a needle but I won’t be held responsible :p )

YARN AMOUNTS :- Are approximately as you can knit to required lengths.
Sample was knitted as a Small with a leg via the pattern measurements and a foot measuring 18cm from back of heel to the beginning of toe shaping. To give you an idea, the pair finished weighed 72g which was 12g more than my normal plain socks knitted at the same sizing leg and foot! This amount of difference is due the cables and patterning of the sock. Thought I’d give you an example of the difference so you can decide what’s best, either needing 1 or 2 skeins of yarn especially where the large size is concerned.

Two Tensions are given and are advised to be sampled before you begin as your whole fit of the socks depends on this part! It is crucial!

  • 37 sts and 42 rows to 10cm, (4in) over Honeycomb Cable Pattern on 2.50mm needles.


  • 40 rows to 5cm, (2in) over Eye of Partridge on 2.50mm needles.

If you do check gauge the leg of your sock may not fit and the cable pattern doesn’t have much give/stretch in the leg fabric as to the foot of the sock. The sock may result in not reaching over the foot or an obscured cable pattern when wearing, it is at your own risk.
Also be aware to check the heel pattern if your row gauge differs so will the amount of stitches you pick up and decrease for the gusset.

Mod Ideas
If you don’t want a close fitting sock or you’re having gauge issues like getting the leg of the sock over the heel due to the cable pattern then you could make an alternative version and try a shortie sock like skipknits version, it’s just another option to consider <3

Any queries please email me at vtownley87@gmail.com or there will be a pattern assistance thread on the Killtocraft Podcast group.