When I saw the fall 2010 Prada collection making the rounded on ravelry, I knew I had to make the knee high single cabled socks.They were easy to recreate 2x2 ribbed knee high socks, with a contrasting colored cable running down the middle.
I used larger needles for the calf of the leg, then I would normally use. Then switched to a smaller sized needle, so that I wouldn't have to worry about decreases. I twisted my yarn in the back of the cables which I though was necessary so that the floats wouldn't be too long, but it made the cables look like they were ribbed cables. That was pointed out by someone at a SnB I attend (of course after 1.5 socks were done, haha) finishing the rest of the second sock, knowing i was cabling 'wrong' drove me absolutely crazy.
I love these socks and am waiting for fall/winter so I can wear them out. But I'm thinking about making another pair, maybe something more springy, for more instant gratification.
And with larger cables that pop.
Cabled knee high socks
This is how I knit these socks, less of a pattern and more of a guideline.
Main color 436 yards, I used Regina Silk (55% wool, 25% nylon, 20% silk)
Complementary Color 218 yards, Regina Silk
Needles DPN US #2 3.00 mm
US #2 2.50 mm
CO 64 stitches using larger needles
Using CC work in 1X1 rib for 3 inches or desired length.
K10 in CC color this will be the cable running done the front center of the sock. *P2 K2* ending with P2 using main color.
Redistribute stitches 16/32 (10 cable stitches in the center)/16
Start cable pattern.
When you get to the cable stitches, the CC yarn will be on the left, just use it to knit the current stitches on the right. (remember to not pull too tightly, but also not leaving it too loose.) After working cable stitches, knit with the main color in the same manner, make sure first and second stitch are snug but not tight. (there will be 1 MC and 1 CC float on the inside of the sock)
*Cable row 5/5(first sock cable all to the back, second sock cable all to the front)
work 9 rows*
After 6 inches or 7 or 8 completed cable repeats switch to smaller needles
Repeat cable pattern 15 more times (or until desired length)
End on a cable row
Heel flap using CC color (from the outside of the ball) on 2 16 st. needles
Sl1 (purl wise) K1
Sl1 Purl to end
repeat 15 more times (2 inches or desired length, or desired heel flap)
Sl1 K16 K2tog K1 turn
Sl1 P5 P2tog P1 turn
Continue knitting the stitch before the gap and after together, until all stitches have been worked ending on the RS (or use desired heel)
18 stitches remaining.
Gusset and continue in cable pattern.
Pick up 16 stitches along heel flap (being carful not to make any gaps) knit, pick up 16 stitches.
*Dec, knit to last three of first needle K2tog k,knit needle with the cable, k, SSK knit to end of needle.
Knit/work round round*
Repeat until 64 stitches total (16/32/16)
Continue in cable pattern
Rib for the top part of the foot, knit stitches only on the bottom.
Make sure to stretch foot out, the cable will make it bunch up)
3 in from toe.
Switch to CC color, knit 3 rounds, then start decreasing.
Repeat 10 more times
K2tog, SSK, K2tog,SSK
until 12 stitches left
Kitchener stitch toe closed.
Weave in all ends.
block if desired.