Shades and Shadows by Luise O'Neill

Shades and Shadows

November 2020
Light Fingering ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch in the round, blocked
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
370 - 430 yards (338 - 393 m)
Finished foot circumference: 7.5 (8, 8.5)" / 19 (20.5, 21.5)cm.
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♫ The Music ♫
Shades & Shadows is a powerful and moving instrumental tune by modern composer Peter Gundry. The ebb and flow of the melody are a perfect match for the lovely cables in this design.

What’s so special? The Shades and Shadows socks have a unique heel that’s very cushy.


  • The socks are worked toe-up beginning with a barn toe.
  • The instep is worked in a Bavarian twisted stitch cable pattern which begins with an opening V-shape while the sole is worked in Stockinette stitch (knit every round).
  • The gusset increases are worked at the sides of the sole.
  • The heel is turned using a short row heel cap which means no picking up stitches.
  • The heel flap is worked in a slipped-stitch moss pattern; this pattern stitch is very compact and therefore is worked on larger needles.
  • The Bavarian twisted cable pattern continues from the instep on the front and back leg.

Lime green sample shown in Schachenmayr Regia 4-ply (75% virgin wool, 25% polyamide; 459yds / 420m per 100g) in Color 06626.

Cable stitch patterns are charted only.

Finished foot circumference: 7.5 (8, 8.5)“ / 19 (20.5, 21.5)cm.
Finished foot length: 8.25 (9.5, 10)” / 21 (24, 25.5)cm.
Bottom of heel to top of ribbing: approx. 11” / 28cm.

370 (400, 430)yds / 338 (366, 393)m fingering / sock-weight yarn.

2.5mm / US1.5 for small circumference knitting or size required to obtain gauge.

3.25mm / US3.5 two DPN for heel flap only, or 3 sizes larger than gauge needle.

32 sts and 44 rows = 4” / 10cm in Stockinette stitch, in the round, blocked, using gauge needle.

Stitch markers, 2 cable needles, stitch holders or waste yarn, tapestry needle.

Tech Editing: RedSquirrel; FirSprite.
Charting Software: Stitchmastery.
Test knit by: Ravellers dragonxser, ekatja, ChloeandTeddy, susu2u, Cydiba, ladywulf, faeriepaw and junjunjun.