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Lacy Cables Knee Socks - A Recipe

Knitting
March 2007
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
700 - 750 yards (640 - 686 m)
EUR 42/US wom 10
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Unstretched, the lace pattern does appear like simple cables which led to the pattern’s name.

Not sure you really want to wear knee-length socks? Not sure whether you have got enough yarn? These socks are worked toe-up because it makes adjusting size and calf shaping to personal preference much easier. And you can do it on the fly, too :-) Just try on your socks once in a while and decide where you have to alter things a bit. Make sure to take notes so you can work your second sock the same way.

There is no spelling out how to cast-on, work toes, heels or how to cast-off here. Neither are there instructions provided for different sizes. Therefore this pattern is probably best called a ‘recipe’.

Notes on sizing by fellow knitter KnitWest
“I’m 5’9”. When I knit these I omit the last “repeat this 3 times” part of the chart and omit the last pattern repeats at the top as well and the sock comes to my knee nicely. I have a wider than average calf and I add only 4 stitches to make the sock wide enough for my calf. (p’s between the pattern repeats added in the 9 ankle repeats)”

Note on the PDF file: While it says in the file “page 1 of 9” and so on the file actually contains only 3 pages. It’s a technical glitch I apologize for.