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These socks are a cable-lovers dream, with zig-zagging cables on the front, and the V-shaped cables on the back of the sock. These socks will require a bit of attention but it's quite easy to get into the rhythm of the cables. There are rest rows on the front and back of the sock, but these don't always coincide so you'll be cabling often. Sharp-tipped needles are recommended for easier cabling. Sock is knit cuff down. The cables in this pattern are simple 2/1 and 1/2 cables. You may wish to cable without a cable needle for a faster knitting experience. The technique of cabling without a cable needle is described in the Knitty Winter 2007 issue BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY working in the round, cabling, basic sock construction GAUGE 30 stitches = 4 inches in stocking stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS medium (8"), large (9"), and extra large (10") PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Starri, by Raventwist

Recommended with this pattern

  • 355-450 yards (324- 411m) of fingering sock yarn .
  • 1 set of 5 US #1 (2.5 mm) double-pointed or circular needles, or size needles required to obtain gauge. (If you prefer using 2.25mm needles for your socks, I strongly recommend swatching and/or going up a size.
  • Stitch markers

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I prefer to design simple patterns that are (relatively) easy to knit. It might be redundant to say so, but I design socks that I’d want to knit. I want a pattern that looks fantastic, but isn’t ridiculously complicated. I want it to be easy, without being boring. I want to challenge myself a little, but not make things more difficult than they need to be. I love cables, twisted stitches, and lace. But not all at the same time! I try to design multiple sizes for each pattern since legs and feet come in all sizes. I also expect knitters to take liberties with the instructions and be able to substitute their favorite heel, toe or cuff if they so choose. I’m also pleased when a pattern can be converted into toe up without too much effort, although not all stitch patterns lend themselves to this. I do have every pattern test knitted to ensure accuracy and to get different perspectives on each pattern. However, I am human, so mistakes might happen. If they do, I’ll get them fixed right away.