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October 22, 2006

Oh, Maggie!

This, my friends, this is what we call a winner!

I didn't take my reservations about the Aran Braided Socks lightly - if it doesn't fit, it doesn't fit! I seriously considered modifying the pattern to make it a bit wider, but when working with large 8-stitch cables, sizing it too unpredictable a venture. Let me put it this way - I know what to expect if I add 6 stitches in a stockinette- or lace-based pattern, but cables... I quote Maggie Righetti:

I have heard and read of "constants," such as "Add 1 stitch of width for each cable used," or "Add 1 stitch per inch of stockinette gauge" to compensate for the width-eating character of cables. Nonsense! The only way to tell exactly how much width the cables will use up is to make a swatch of them and measure it.

And swatching was the one thing I didn't have time for! The plan is to complete these socks during Socktober, so I can move on to other very pressing projects.

Switcheroo! Hundreds of miles away from my pattern books, with only the internet at my disposal, I was thrilled to come across Hello Yarn's Cable Twist Socks. I modified the pattern to be worked over 64 stitches, added an eye of partridge flap heel, and voila!

I've got just a little over a week to finish the second (barely-begun) sock. I think I can do it!

Posted by Kathy on October 22, 2006 10:48 PM


Ah--those were my first Real Socks! It's a great pattern, isn't it? I modified them too, for Koigu, and they look great in all three yarn weights. Plus, if I recall it's a pretty quick knit--you shoud be done in a week with no problem.

That definitely is a winner! Eeeek, I've got to get moving on mine. I've been having pattern troubls as well, I'm barely started knitting the heel flap on my first sock!

i love that sock!

That is a NICE sock; I also love the colour - it totally suits the pattern. Excellent job.

I hadn't seen that pattern before. I will definitely try that one out.

Oh gosh, that's lovely! Yet another pattern to add to my to-knit list.

Oh, those are fabulous. I really like this pattern (and better than the first attempt). Of course you can finish the second sock - you're Grumperina!


They're lovely! And I nearly didn't believe you got that sock from that pattern. It looks so different in a smaller gauge and solid color.

Oh, I'm so glad you changed it. I really hated the way that yarn was looking in the Aran Braided Socks, and it looks so much better in this pattern!

Could I ask how you modified it? I went to the link you posted, and while I can see how the pattern is related to what you ended up with, your version looks much better, and I really think I want to do some like yours. I especially like how your twisted stitch cable blends right into the heel of the sock (and wouldn't you know it... the eye of partridge is my favorite version of the heel flap, too).

The sock looks delicious! Am waiting to see both on your feet.

that is one gorgeous looking sock!

I second the request for the mods, please. Yours looks so much more like a sock I would wear than the worsted weight original.

As usual, you have proved yourself a knitting genius.

ditto on requesting your modifications - I NEVER would have knit that pattern based on the original pictures. And the fact that I don't like worsted-weight socks!

This looks so good, yay! On to the second one.

I love HelloYarn's free patterns. So glad this worked out for you.

I created my own sock pattern using that same faux-cable. The socks were pre-blog and for my brother-in-law last Christmas. The pattern as less pull than real cables. Good choice!

That is a truly stunning sock. I remember checking out this pattern a while ago and dismissing it as complicated and a bit chunky..

Having seen yours and recently dabbled in cables.. I'm very tempted indeed!! :)

I love it! Love your mods - I agree that it just didn't look compelling with worsted-weight yarn. Looks like your mods are simple enough that I can work it out myself.

Aaaah, that's more like it! Very Grumperina-ish. And waaay cool. x

Very nice - I love the solid color with that great pattern!

beautiful! the fit looks perfect.

Love all your work. Is it fair to ask how you arrived at the pattern using the finer yarn? This is where I'm not good -- changing up things. But I want to get better -- so could you tell us how to do rewrite a pattern. We novices need help.

Thanks and keep on writing.....

Those are fabulous! I was just about to cast on for some socks...now you have me thinking...

Oh, that pattern definitely works!!! so simple yet so gorgeous!!

I've had *so* much trouble knitting a well-fitting sock...this will be my next attempt! Thanks for the recommendation. A free one at that!

Wow, it looks great! Very nice job! Can't wait to see the pair.

beautiful! MUCH better than the aran braided.

Beautiful job on the sock! I thought it was the directional rib sock there for a second, equally beautiful pattern.

Gorgeous - I really like that pattern, I am putting it on my list!

very cool cable pattern! i had to bookmark that one for sure.

Very nice pattern, I'll have to remember that one. And I love the color of the yarn too!

Lovely sock! There's a very similar pattern in the Sock Calendar that I've made a couple times. It's quick & easy to knit, yet looks great.

Great sock! Changing cable patterns scares the bejeezus out of me, so I'm very impressed by your mods. And the green really shows them off.

Looks great! A week, for you, easy peasy.

Beautiful sock! I keep seeing green socks on blogs, makes me want something green too.

Love it! I only wish that the color turned out better!

Ooooooooh! Like buttah! Green buttah. *g* It's my favorite color. :)

I like the new pattern. Of course you can knit a sock in a week.

Pretty! Interesting how the pattern goes all the way up w/out ribbing.

Thanks for the Black Sea Pattern. It looks great!

Ahh, Eye of Partridge. My favorite heel flap. How did you know?

That sock looks great...I love the color as well. I was in your neck of the woods this past weekend for the Head of the Charles and stopped by Wolcott and Windsor Buttons. Liked them both, bummed I didn't make it to Mind's Eye. Cambridge is a beautiful area!


You go! Those socks look faboo:) Who is the lucky recipient, babooshka?


I LOVE THAT SOCK! It's beautiful! Can't wait to see it's matched partner.

For some reason this pattern works better with this color. The other one seemed garish. Maybe it was too busy for the color. Nice sock, and yes, you can knit a sock within a week. You go girl!

Beautiful ~ I love the color and really like how the braid looks in the solid color. Would you be willing to share how you modified the pattern? I'm a new sock knitter and would appreciate the help. Thanks.

Ohmygosh! Those socks are fantastic!!! The stitches are really shown off in that yarn. Well done!!

Hot Damn! Those socks sure are purty :-)!!!

Kathy, the socks are beautiful!!

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Wow! It's perfect and beautiful. How did you do that :)

Such pretty socks! The grass green is a very nice color, too!

F***ing A!! You are amazing.

It is lovely. Great color! Good luck finishing the second -- you can do it.

These socks are be-u-tiful! Where did you get the pattern from, and how did you modify it?

beautiful sock =)
u inspired me to use the cable pattern on a hat for my dad.

looks like what she did was make it an 8 st pattern by adding another knit stitch. and to make the pattern "blend into the heel," i think she did the purls before the knits - the stitches that are picked up after the heel flap is done is along the purl column. so its P2 K6 with the LTs as in the original pattern.

Love this sock! I have a perfect tweed yarn to knit it in! What yarn did you use?


Beautiful, just beautiful!

I *love* that green color!

Looks great! Yes you do have to compensate for the cables.....

Grumperina, those socks are amazing! Add me to the list of those interested in the pattern modifications. The socks seem to fit your foot perfectly--no gaps, puckers or oddness. Good job!

My gosh, that's about the most perfect-looking heel I've ever seen. You're amazing.

I absolutely LOVE these socks and I have yarn that would be perfect for them! I think they might work for a man too, and I'm always in search of a good pattern for men. They always want boring socks and I don't want to knit boring socks :)

The socks are wonderful!!! How long is the leg?

What a handsome sock! I don't know the pattern but it's similar to the Everybody Wants Sox! in The Sock Calendar (alas, now out of print and getting harder to find) which was a popular pattern because you can resize it almost in any direction...e.g., by making the twist-stitch ribbing a k5, p2 combo or k8, p2 or anything in between.

What's also fun, which I did for Christmas gifts for friends (ever since I started designing socks, friends are spoiled by getting handknitted prototypes for Christmas and now ONLY want hand-knitted socks) is to work in some beading. For example to use a k6, p1 ribbing and work a seed bead into the purled stitches every 5th, 6th, whatever row. They're hidden between the ribbings and just peak out when the sock is worn and twinkle a bit.

Happy sock knitting!


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