Sue’s secret birthday socks

So I made up another sock pattern for another friend who turned 30 in July

Sue is a woman not afraid of colour which is one of the many things I love about her and so I hope she’ll love the rather bright result of me dyeing too many colours together. This is an 8 row cable pattern repeat from my trusty harmony guide (published in 1983!) of cable and lace stichesThis time I’ve used some more hand dyed yarn. Yarn was from Fibre Harvest (I think) and dye is from the lovely Tall Yarns n Tales┬áboth of whom had stalls at Unravel this year.

These are toe up socks and I use the amazing double knit method (mainly because I’ve yet to master the magic of Judy’s cast on) – I found this on YouTube so I suggest you do the same or use whichever toe up casting you like.
I use 4 DPNs but will work on circs too.
Start with 24sts, 12 sts front and 12sts bottom
Set up rows
Round 1 – pm, k1, inc 1, k10, inc 1, k1, pm, k1, inc 1, k10, inc 1, k1 (28sts)
Round 2 – knit all sts
Round 3 – K1, Inc 1, knit until 1 st before marker, inc 1, k2, inc 1, knit until 1st before last st, inc 1, k1 (32sts)
Round 4 – knit all sts
Continue, repeating these 4 rows until 56 sts:Round 1 – K1, inc 1, knit until 1st before marker, inc 1, k1, knit all across bottom
Next round – knit all sts
Next round – Repeat 1st round (only increasing on top)

You will then have 60 sts – 32 on front of sock, 28 on bottom – this is to allow for the tightening of cables across the top. The bottom is just knit stitches on every round so I’m just going to detail the 32 sts of the top of the sock

Main body of sock – cable pattern
Round 1 – K1, P2 [T3F, T3B, T3F], p2, k4, p2, [T3F, T3B, T3F], p2, k1
Round 2 – K1, P2 [p1, k4, p2, k2] p2, k4, p2, [p1, k4, p2, k2], p2, k1
Round 3 – K1, p2 [p1, C4B, p2, k2], p2, k4, p2 [p1, C4B, p2, k2], p2, k1
Round 4 – as Round 2
Round 5 – K1, p2 [T3B, T3F, T3B], p2, k4, p2, [T3B, T3F, T3B], p2. k1
Round 6 – K1, p2 [k2, p2, k4, p1], p2, k4, p2, [k2, p2, k4, p1], p2, k1
Round 7 – K1, p2 [k2, p2, C4F, p1], p2, k4, p2, [k2, p2, C4F, p1], p2. k1
Round 8 – as Round 6

Continue until 3cm away from correct heel length, finishing on Round 8

Heel turn
Using the 28 sts on the bottom (leaving front 32 sts on two needles)
Row 1 – k27, turn
Row 2 – sl1, p26, turn
Row 3 – sl1 purlwise, k25, turn
Row 4 – sl1, p24, turn
Continue until there are 9 “turned” sts at each end

Next row – in this you’ll be bringing the non active sts back into action
Row 1 – Sl1 purlwise, Knit til one stitch before the gap, ssk, pick up stitch, turn
Row 2 – Sl1, purl til one stitch before the gap, p2tog, pick up stich, turn
Continue until all 28 sts back in action – pick up 2 sts at the end of the last 2 rows (32sts)

Starting on Round 1 of cable pattern continue round whole sock – 32 sts front and 32 sts back and continue in pattern until desired length (finishing on round 8 )

Round 1 – k1, p2, k2, p2, k4, p1, p2tog, k4, p2, k2, p2, k4, p1, p2tog, k1 x 2
Round 2 – k1, p2, k2, p2, k4, p2, k4, p2, k4, p2, k2, p2, k4, p2, k1 x 2
Repeat round 2 until cuff desired length

Stretchy Cast off
Used this amazing stretchy cast off, a sister to Judy’s magic cast on, if you will which I’m going to use for all toe up socks from here on in: stretchy cast off

Apologies for the quality of the image, I forgot to take a photo before giving them to Sue and she did her best to capture them for me!


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