Mr. Blue Sky Maypole Cable Rib by Tanya Wade
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Mr. Blue Sky Maypole Cable Rib

August 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
27 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch in the round
US 2 - 2.75 mm
386 - 772 yards (353 - 706 m)
Ankle circumference: 8 (9, 9.5)"/20.5 (23, 24)cm
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The inspiration for this pattern came from the twisting cabling of the Maypole Rib stitch pattern, which can be found in Nicky Epstein’s Knitting on the Edge (and which I modified slightly), from the blue jean color of The Unique Sheep’s Sushi Sock, and of course, from the man in my life, my husband.

My husband, a web producer and music journalist, has two kinds of socks — the basic white athletic socks, and the business black variety. Since he wears a lot of khaki pants (we live in Florida), I thought the classic blue jean shade of the Sushi Sock would provide him with a nice alternative for business days. As an added plus, the bamboo in the yarn provides a comfortable wearability in our warm climate. Since music is so important in both our lives (and I have a habit of naming my patterns after songs) I was thinking of one of his classic rock guilty pleasures, The Electric Light Orchestra and their song “Mr. Blue Sky,” when I was designing.

Foot length: adjustable to fit
Leg length: 9”/23cm or adjustable to fit

The Unique Sheep Sushi Sock (60% superwash merino, 30% bamboo, 10% nylon; 386 yds/353m per 100g skein); sample uses Blue Jeans; 1 (2, 2) skein(s)

US #2/2.75mm needles for working in the round: dpns, 2 short circulars or 1 long circular, as you prefer

Cable needle (optional, see pattern notes on working cables without a cable needle)