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TheKnittingMill's picture

This is the "Naive Socks" cabled pattern. It's a free Ravelry download. I used Crystal Palace's Mini Mochi in the colorway Fern Rainbow (super soft, great halo, DO NOT machine dry--even though it says it on the label). They were knit on size US 3 DPN's from the top down. You have to adjust your gauge/stitch count on this one for sizing because she only offers one size (women's medium). Cabling is so much easier since I learned how to do it sans cable needle! The only thing I didn't like was the welsh heel! To me it looked sloppy compared to others I've used.

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PaulJMC's picture

Those socks look great! And

Those socks look great! And THANK YOU.

I just saw the instructions - I'm in the middle of a scarf for a mate of mine and I am getting a bit bored with the cable needle! I'll give this a go!

Paul

TheKnittingMill's picture

Thanks Paul! My first

Thanks Paul! My first project sans cable needle was the Antler Scarf out of "Son of Stitch 'n Bitch." I think a cabled scarf is the perfect way to practice! Good luck!

CRobertK's picture

I enjoy cable knitting and a

I enjoy cable knitting and a friend of mine wont even try it. I'll get her to try yet. Anyway, I've tried using the horseshoe shapped cable needles and have the worst of luck with them. Personally I prefer to use a third straight needle one or one half size larger than I'm using on my project. It helps keep the stitches a little looser. Recently though I bought the harmony cable needles from Knit Picks. It is really a short dpn but has grooves cut into it. I've used it on the baby afghan I'm working on now and love it. Even with the semi slipery yarn I'm using. I have never really felt using a third needle slows me down much. I looked at those instructions and Eric you're right, the site does a good job explaining it.

Cory

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TheKnittingMill's picture

I'll still use a cable

I'll still use a cable needle sometimes, depending on the cable type, width, etc. Also, sometimes it's hard to use the "sans cable needle" technique with bulkier weight yarns. I never really minded using the cable needle, but I just would always end up losing track of the blasted thing! I can't tell you how many I've purchased over the years because I tend to leave them behind. I'm also a fan of the grooved wooden cable needles!

scottly's picture

"...but I just would always

"...but I just would always end up losing track of the blasted thing!" Pocket tees are the answer to that problem although I've run my cable needles through the wash more then once, lol.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice socks, Mill. Not

Very nice socks, Mill. Not familiar with the Welsh heel...will have to do some research. Still, I doubt if it will replace my usual standards: Dutch, and Horseshoe. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

TheKnittingMill's picture

Thanks Joe! I think it was

Thanks Joe! I think it was created by Nancy Bush. I hadn't heard of it before this pattern. It may just be me, but I think it looks really lumpy and sort of creates faux seam lines. I won't be using it again. I am in love with her version of the Estonian cast on! I used it for the rose trellis shawl I'm making right now.

Mill

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Ahh..now the penny drops. I

Ahh..now the penny drops. I do believe it was Nancy Bush. I remember reading the instructions and saying to myself, "This is a heel that wouldn't be fun for me to knit." I think relatively simple works best. Less frustration and they all seem to last about the same length of time anyway. I read her book on Estonian lace but don't remember the cast on. I read so much [knitting and non-knitting] that things get lost in the blur. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

TheKnittingMill's picture

Eric, that's my FAVORITE

Eric, that's my FAVORITE colorway! I made my Mom a pair; in fact, those are the ones she shrunk by drying! Luckily they fit my Grandmother. I want to make a pair for myself! Can't wait to see yours...
Mom's Socks

scottly's picture

What, you've given up sleep

What, you've given up sleep for Lent? How are turning out all of this great stuff so fast? Love those socks. Where do I find out how to cable without cable needles?

TheKnittingMill's picture

Thanks Scott! Nah, these are

Thanks Scott! Nah, these are all from my UFO pile that were in various stages of completion. I'm actually a pretty slow knitter.

vsidart's picture

There's lots o' sites that

There's lots o' sites that show you how.... This one's pretty good...
http://www.knittingdaily.com/blogs/daily/archive/2009/09/04/cabling-like-a-master-the-quot-cable-queen-quot-shows-you-how.aspx

scottly's picture

Thanks, this will be great.

Thanks, this will be great.

vsidart's picture

Pretty yarn! I'm about to

Pretty yarn! I'm about to cast on my first pair of socks... same yarn, but in the autumn rainbow colorway... I'm even more excited now!

QueerJoe's picture

My two favorite

My two favorite colorways...I've knit my man's lace scarf in both the green/brown colorway that Millard used and the autumn rainbow...both are fantastic color combinations.