Cabled Boot Socks
Easy easy easy - and no cable needle required! Nice and fast to make up too, using chunky yarn. The miniature cables make the fabric nice and thick for warmth. These socks are perfect for working or playing in the great outdoors.
- 150g (5-6 ounces) chunky yarn, at least partly wool, in your chosen colour
- set of four double pointed needles - I used 3.5 mm
- fits women's large (about ten inches - 25 cm - in length)
- Cast on 39 sts - 12/15/12
- Work k2 p1 rib all around.
- Work another round of k2 p1 rib all around.
- *Knit second st without removing it from the ndl, then knit first st, then remove both sts from ndl - cross made, purl 1*, rep around.
- Repeat these three rounds about 13 times altogether. Rearrange stitches to 11 / 19 / 9.
- Heel flap: *K1, slip 1*, repeat across the 11 sts, turn, slip 1 st, purl back across other 10 sts, then the 9 sts, turn.
- *Slip 1, k1*, repeat across these 20 sts, turn.
- Slip first st, purl remaining 19 sts across.
- Repeat these last two rows 12 times altogether, ending ready to work a right side row.
- Heel shaping: Work in *slip 1, k1* pattern for 5 sts, k2tog, work in *k1, slip 1* pattern for 6 sts, ssk (or k2tog tbl), leaving 5 sts unworked, turn.
- Slip 1, purl 6, p2tog, turn.
- Slip 1, work *k1, slip 1* pattern for 6 sts, k2tog, turn.
- Repeat last two rows til 8 sts remaining in the ndls, but do not turn after last row.
- All stitches are picked up knitwise. Onto same ndl, pick up 13 sts along side of heel flap, pick up a st in space between ndls. Work across next needle in cable pattern established. Onto 3rd ndl, pick up a st between ndls, then pick up 13 sts along other side of heel flap - 22/19/14
- Knit first 4 sts from ndl 1 onto ndl 3 - 18/19/18
- Next rnd, knit to within last 3 sts of ndl 1, k2tog, k1. Work in pattern across ndl 2. On ndl 3, k1, ssk (or k2togtbl), knit to end of ndl. 17/19/17
- Next round, knit sts on first ndl, work in pattern across sts of 2nd ndl, knit sts on 3rd ndl.
- Repeat these last two rounds til 37 sts remain on ndls - 9/19/9
- Continue even (without decreasing), knitting stitches on ndls 1 and 3, and working in pattern the sts on ndl 2, til the sock in approximately the length to the top of the wearer's baby toe (for me, it was til the 14th cross round from the first round after the heel shaping).
- Shape Toe: On first needle knit to within last 3 sts, k2tog, knit last st. On next needle, p1, ssk (or k2tog tbl), work in cable pattern to within last 3 sts, k2tog, purl last st. On last needle, k1, ssk (or k2tog tbl), knit to last st - 8/17/8
- Knit one round without decreasing, working all sts as knit sts (you are no longer working in cable pattern on 2nd ndl).
- On first needle knit to within last 3 sts, k2tog, knit last st. On next needle, k1, ssk (or k2tog tbl), knit to within last 3 sts, k2tog, knit last st. On last needle, k1, ssk (or k2tog tbl), knit to last st - 7/15/7
- Knit another round without decreasing.
- Now, work every round as a decrease round til 17 sts remain on ndls - 4/9/4
- Knit sts from first needle onto third needle, break yarn and graft toe (or use 3 ndl bind off, as I did, from the wrong side).
- Yes, you will have an extra stitch on the instep ndl when you go to close your toe. You can work it together with the one next to it, or do so earlier in the toe (once you are no longer working in cable pattern).
- The pattern can be easily adjusted for a wider or narrower foot, ankle or calf by adding or subtracting pattern repeats, in this case, the stitches should be in multiples of three.
- These socks are also good for wearing around the house as slippers in cool weather.
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