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My username is LouiseTilbrook and my website is louisetilbrookdesigns.blogspot.co.uk/

My passion for knitting socks has finally spilled over into sock pattern design.

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Beltane
Beltane Beltane

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit socks from the cuff down, cable, work twisted stitches

Pattern Description:

One of the most eagerly anticipated festivals of the year, Beltane lies at the halfway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. It marks the beginning of summer and was celebrated by the lighting of bonfires and also by decorating houses and other objects with flowers.

These spring-like socks feature a sinuous, winding cable which looks impressive with it's unusual double twist, but which is surprisingly simple to work. Unusually for me however I do recommend the use of a cable needle for the larger cable to avoid tantrums. As cables have a tendency to 'draw' fabric in, the side panels of ribbing create a little more elasticity and ensure a good fit over the heel.
The sample as shown in the picture uses the Fish Lips Kiss Heel - a wonderful heel technique which I highly commend to you. To respect the designers copyright I have not included the directions here but have given my usual heel flap construction. For the princely sum of $1 (approx 60p) however the FLK heel pattern offers a wealth of information and instruction and I do recommend that you take a look.
This pattern is cuff down but it is also offered in a toe-up version too.


32st to 4" in stockinette

You Will Also Need:

  • cable needle (if required)
  • 2.5mm long circular for magic loop or preferred method of small circumference knitting

Suggested yarn:

400 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Solstice Yarns, Tidal sock yarn


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