My design ideas and advice: This is my favourite cable design, I love it and I love it so much that I have put it on a few of my designs. Do you know which ones? (answers are below!) I designed these socks with snugly comfort in mind. As I was knitting them I imagined them on my feet as I snuggled down into my favourite chair, with my favourite snacks and while streaming a good series. I enjoyed the soothing stitches on my needles happy in the knowledge that when all the knitting was over I’ll have some socks to keep me at the perfect temperature.
This pattern is one of eight pattern that I designed to launch especially at Yarndale 2017 along with the Mohair Tweed which was also just launched that year. The yarn is spun in Donegal so I named all the patterns using Irish words, Gael (pronounced gale) is the Irish word for an Irish person or a Scottish highlander – the essence of identity.
I love the cable on this sock, it’s one of my favourites and I have used it on a few designs so far – one is the Farrimond Cardigan from my Simple Knits book and then on Farrimond’s Cushion and on Craic Mittens. and finally on the Faremanne Cardigan. On the Farrimond’s Cushion I wrote about the meaning behind each cable, I love the history behind knitting, it’s amazing.
For this pattern I used:
Yarn & Amounts for short version: Two 50g balls of Mohair Tweed (70% merino & 30% mohair, 110m/120yds per 50g)
Yarn & Amounts for long version: One 50g ball of Mohair Tweed in shade A and two 50g balls of Mohair Tweed in shade B.
Needles: Set of four double pointed 3.25mm knitting needles.
Notions: Cable needle (optional).
Gauge (tension): 22 stitches and 30 rows to 10cm square over stocking stitch when using 3.25mm needles.
Measurements: to fit UK size 4-5 (or desired foot length as highlighted in the pattern. If you are knitting the foot length longer than size 6 then you will need a 3rd ball of shade A).
Click on the following for my How To videos that may help with this pattern: Simple Cable