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May 2009
90% alpaca, 10% cotton sock yarn (4 ply) from DT Craft and Design
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in Sadie Stitch Pattern
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
361 - 383 yards (330 - 350 m)
Woman's Medium (UK 6), easily adaptable for other sizings.
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

You know you’re an addicted knitter when…

…someone hands you a cute baby to hold and you just stare at the stitch pattern on her cute hand-knit hoodie.

The baby’s name is Sadie, the hoodie has now been outgrown, but the stitch pattern lives on, memorised, reconstructed, reinterpreted, and finally turned into socks.

These socks are constructed toe up, with a reversed heel-flap-and-gusset heel. A little simple calculation is required to work this heel, but it’s not scary, honest! Garter stitch inserts fill the centre of the cable twists, which are themselves framed by purl rounds. At the cuff, the cables merge smoothly into the unusual 7 stitch ribbing.

The pattern is written for 2 circular needles, but dpns or Magic Loop can easily be substituted if preferred. I have included a chart, as well as full written instructions for the stitch pattern.

Yarn: 90% fine alpaca, 10% cotton sock yarn (4 ply) from DT Craft and Design 100g (approx 350m).

(Or substitute any solid or semi-solid sock yarn of your choice, as long as gauge matches.)

The yarn specified is exceptionally soft, and requires some care to work with as it is quite loosely plied. But it easily repays the attention, forming a strong and supple fabric with a slight ‘halo’ and showing the stitch pattern beautifully.

This is an undyed yarn, I dyed my skein using Kool-Aid.

Special Techniques: Figure of 8 cast on. Cabling without a cable needle (optional, but saves a whole lot of time).