Cable-spiral socks
(Socks with no heel)

By: Jeanne Mitchell

I used Caron Simply Soft worsted weight acrylic yarn with size 2 needles (2.75mm) to give me a firm fabric because I knit loosely.  Most people us size 5 (4mm) to give them the same effect.

Gauge: 10 stitches = 2 inches in moss stitch

I also used 5 dp needles to help me keep my pattern straight.

Cast on 54 stitches.  K1 P1 rib for one inch.  Last row divide the stitches as follows:

Needle #1 - 14 stitches
Needle #2 - 13 stitches
Needle #3 - 14 stitches
Needle #4 - 13 stitches

Cable pattern:

C6F = hold 3 stitches forward, K3, knit 3 stitches that were held forward
C6B = hold 3 stitches back, K3, knit 3 stitches that were held back.

The sections with 13 stitches will be a straight Moss stitch pattern:
K1, P1 for two rows, then P1, K1 for two rows

The sections with 14 stitches will have a cable as follows:

Rows 1-4 P1 K12 P1
Row 5 P1 C6B/C6F P1
Rows 6-10 P1 K12 P1
Row 11 P1 C6B/C6F P1
Rows 12-16 P1 K12 P1
Row 17 P1 C6F/C6B P1
Rows 18-22 P1 K12 P1
Row 23 P1 C6F/C6B P1
Rows 24-28 P1 K12 P1

I knit 2 more rows, then had 4.5 inches for the ankle.  My hubby likes the socks short, so that's where I stop.  Feel free to continue in pattern to desired length.

Work 9 inches in spiral pattern:
(at this point I went back to 4 needles - 18 stitches on each of three
needles).

K K K P P P
P K K K P P
P P K K K P
P P P K K K
K P P P K K
K K P P P K

Continue this spiral pattern for 10 inches.

Decrease for toe:
K2, K2tog to end
Knit 1row straight
K1, K2tog to end
Knit 1 row straight
K2tog to end
K2 tog to end
Pull yarn through remaining stitches and tie off

Copyright: Jeanne Mitchell, April 11, 1999

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