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Crosswaves Cabled Socks


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Inspired by a wavy rib detail in a vintage stitch pattern book, I wondered: what would happen if I knit the waves in the round, mirrored on one side and intersecting with themselves on the other? This remarkable sock was the result! The sock looks much more difficult than it actually is – you get five rounds of plain 2x2 rib in between the cable rounds. The waves themselves are only a 12-round repeat; the snaking cable off center on top of the foot makes up the few extra rows. All in all, the pattern is easily memorizable once you know what you are doing, and the effort pays off in the end with a delightfully squishy sock! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knit Purl Working in the round Using stitch markers Cable stitches Basic increasing Basic decreasing GAUGE 26 sts/44 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Women’s Small (US shoe size 6-8) Women’s Large (US shoe size 9-11)/Men’s Medium (US shoe size 8-10) Men’s Large (US shoe size 11-13)

Recommended with this pattern

  • Knit Picks Gloss Sock Yarn (70% merino wool, 30% silk; 220 yds/201m per 50g skein); color: Bordeaux; 2(2, 3) skeins
  • 1 set US 1/2.25mm double-pointed needles OR a 32-inch circular needle for magic loop
  • Cable needle (optional)

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Designs by The Sexy Knitter
Designs by The Sexy Knitter
Hi! I'm Sarah Wilson, also known as the Sexy Knitter. I started crafting at a very young age and have tried a little bit of almost everything - sewing, quilting, cross-stitch, needlepoint, embroidery, crewel, plastic canvas, weaving, knitting, crochet, beading, jewelry making...the list goes on. These days, I am a full-time knitwear designer whose work has been seen in publications like Interweave Knits,, Knitscene Magazine, The Knitter, Your Knitting Life, and more! You can find me online at, or on social networking sites (like Twitter, Ravelry, and Etsy) as TheSexyKnitter.