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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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit socks from the cuff down, cable, work twisted stitches GAUGE 32st to 4" in stockinette SUGGESTED YARN 400 yards of Fingering weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Solstice Yarns, Tidal sock yarn COLORWAY Feathered Nest

Supplies Needed

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

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Louise Tilbrook Designs
Louise Tilbrook Designs
My username is LouiseTilbrook and my website is My passion for knitting socks has finally spilled over into sock pattern design. My aim is to create simple but classic socks in semi-solid and solid colours - suitable for men and women alike. All too often I have struggled to find sock patterns suitable for the men in my life which don’t involve miles of stockinette so I decided to create a range of straightforward and elegant patterns, easily adaptable for men and women. I love to support British Indie dyers and have a particular fondness for semi-solids and subtle colourways. If you like my designs please consider joining my Facebook page to ensure you stay up to date with all my latest projects.