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Winding Cable Knee Socks

These beautiful knee-highs feature a cable pattern that weaves gently back and forth like a drunken sailor wandering back to his ship.

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The pattern is an adaptation of the Slack Line or Drunken-Sailor Cable pattern from Barbara Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns (Schoolhouse Press, 1998), which cleverly uses decreases and increases to tilt the cable.
Finished Size: 7" foot circumference and 8 1/2" long from back of heel to tip of toe; 9" calf circumference unstretched (will stretch to a maximum of 11 1/2"); 13 1/2" long from top of cuff to beg of heel flap, and 9" long from tip of toe to back of heel. Socks shown fit women's U.S. shoe sizes 6 to 7; instructions for adjusting foot length are given in the pattern.
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock (80% superwash wool, 20% nylon; 215 yd [196 yd]/56 g): #2ns manzanita (medium plum), 3 skeins. Yarn amount is sufficient for foot lengths up to 10"; for larger sizes, purchase an extra skein.
Yarn weight: #1 - Super Fine
Gauge: 18 sts and 26 1/2 rnds = 2" in St st worked in the rnd; 32 sts of cable patt from chart measure 3 1/2" wide.
Needles: Size 1 (2.5 mm): set of 5 double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Cable needle (cn); tapestry needle.
Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Spring 2007

SKU: EP1194

Author/Speaker/Editor: Chrissy Gardiner

Format: eProject