Boyfriend Socks by Alice Bell

Boyfriend Socks

August 2006
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 0 - 2.0 mm
430 yards (393 m)
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This pattern is available for free.

I’d been teasing my boyfriend for a while that I’d knit him a pair of underpants. Pink eyelash yarn had been mentioned. So when it came to knitting him birthday socks I wanted something quite the opposite. Simple and eminently wearable. Plain stockinette wasn’t quite special enough though, even with nice yarn.

They can of course be knitted for girlfriends. Or assorted friends and relations. Or yourself.

I recently discovered these socks apply the same stitch pattern that is used in Handknit Holidays “log cabin” socks. This is quite a different sock pattern though (e.g. toe-up), it’s for standard “sockweight” yarn and can be knitted to a variety of sizes. I thought it was funny Melanie Falick and I both thought the intertwined cables had romantic uses.

If I was feeling very soppy, I’d say the cables were having a cuddle.