Classic cables wind down the leg, reminiscent of warm, cozy sweaters worn on walks over the moors or out on the fishing boat. At the ankle, the main cables switch to ribbing while the 1/2 side cables continue down either side of the foot, and add detail to the toe.
When planning this pattern, I decided to place the cables only on the leg for two reasons: 1) the foot cables would be hidden by shoes and 2) I feared that the cables would make the socks too thick to fit inside shoes comfortably. While this might be an issue with plump, rounder yarns, test knitters who continued the cables all the way down the foot found this not to be the case.
I love that the test knitters had fun with this pattern, customizing it to suit their preferences. Several knitters continued the cables down the foot (just keep following the chart!), which looks fantastic. Others used a plain stocking stitch toe instead of the rib and cables. Some preferred simple 1/1 side cables instead of the 1/2 cables, turning that extra stitch into a purl.
This captures the essence of what I hope to achieve with my patterns. I provide the base and make it easy for less experienced knitters to create a great looking sock. At the same time, more experienced sock knitters can easily make those tweaks to suit their feet and knitting preferences.
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Sizes: Medium (Large), with an 7.5” (10.5”) leg circumference, blocked
Skill Level: Intermediate. Must be familiar with sock construction and knitting in the round. Some cabling experience recommended.
Approximately 425 yards (389m) of Sweet Georgia, Tough Love fingering weight yarn (1 skein= 425yd/389m per 4 oz/115g), or similar.
1 set of 5 US #1 (2.5 mm) double-point or circular needles, or size needles required to obtain gauge.
Tapestry needle, stitch marker