Snakes and Ladders Socks by Elizabeth McCarten

Snakes and Ladders Socks

Knitting
August 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 2 - 2.75 mm
350 - 400 yards (320 - 366 m)
Ladies Average
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

The stitch pattern in these socks is a scaled down version of the Cornish “Snake Cable” gansey stitch. I love the way the sinuous vertical cable pops out from the horizontally patterned background, then fades into smooth stocking stitch to allow the sock to fit comfortably inside shoes or clogs. The whole thing turns out to be incredibly simple to knit, with almost every other round worked in plain knitting. The cushy garter stitch short row heel, worked on 60% of the sock stitches, fits a wide range of foot shapes, and echoes the garter stitch in the leg pattern. The star toe is cinched instead of grafted. All in all, a surprisingly quick, fun, and practical sock.
I hope you will give Bohoknits Ramble a tryout in these socks. The colourway, “Colonel Mustard”, has a lovely luminous quality. Only one skein required, and available from Rosehaven Yarns in Picton, ON, Canada. If substituting, keep in mind that Ramble is a fingering yarn with a bit of heft; while it’s definitely fingering, it’s not skimpy.