Real Ale Socks

from Yellow Ginger Designs

Real Ale Socks Pattern


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Knitting: Real Ale Socks
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details






Women, Men



Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knitting in the round
  • Cables

Pattern Description:

The rich, dark bodies of these socks were inspired by some of my favourite ales. The simple cables resemble droplets of ale settling in a glass and create a snug but stretchy fit.

The socks are knitted in the round from the cuff down. A chart and written instructions for the cable pattern are included.


36 stitches x 48 rounds = 10cm (4") in stocking stitch in the round.

48 stitches x 48 rounds = 10cm (4") in cable pattern in the round (lightly stretched).

Cable pattern gauge is approximate and given only as a guide. The pattern pulls in a lot when knitted but is very stretchy when worn.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • S, M, L, XL to fit foot circumference: 18 [20, 23, 25]cm (7 [8, 9, 10]")
  • Foot length: 23 [25, 28, 29]cm (9 [10, 11, 11.5]") or to fit.
  • Leg length: 15 [18, 20, 23]cm (6 [7, 8, 9]") or to fit.


  • 300-580m (330-630yds) fingering weight/4 ply yarn
  • 2.75mm (US 2) double-pointed or circular needles

You Will Also Need:

  • Cable needle
  • Tapestry needle
  • 2 stitch markers

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Lang Jawoll Solid Superwash

About Designer

About Designer

Susan Hanlon on

Susan lives in Scotland with her husband and tries to fit in a day-job around her knitting and other crafting.

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