Every Easter, during my formative years, my family would pack
up the car and head across Vancouver Island to spend the long
weekend in Tofino. Possibly the most exciting part was that I
was allowed to get whatever sugar-packed cereal I desired for
that trip and that trip only. (My perennial favorite: Count Chocula.)
Thing that I really remember, however, about the yearly trip
across the island was driving through Cathedral Grove: an old-growth
forest of Douglas Fir trees. Some of the tallest and oldest trees
you’ve ever seen stand like solid mute giants. The way
they twist and intertwine with one another, the product of centuries
of growth, is truly impressive, and just one of the wonders of
our beautiful pacific coast.
The cable pattern in these socks are inspired by the towering
Firs of Cathedral Grove, and the way that nature will always
be able to make me stare in awe and wonder like a little kid.
Gusset Gusset setup round: With RS
facing, k across 16 heel sts; pickup
and k14[16, 18] sts along the first
side of the heel flap; work across
34 instep sts in Cable Pattern, pick
up and k14[16, 18] sts along second
side of heel flap; k 8 sts to
center of heel. This is the new start
of round – place a marker if
required. 78[82, 86] sts total.
Gusset round 1: K to start
of instep sts; work across instep
sts in Cable Pattern as set, kto
end of round.
Gusset round 2: K to 3 sts before instep, k2tog, k1;
work across instep sts in Cable Pattern
as set; k1, ssk, k to end of round.
Repeat Gusset rounds 1 & 2 6 more times, until 64 [68, 72]
Work even in pattern as set until
current repeat of Leg Chart is complete.
Work in pattern as set
until 2 more repeats of Leg Chart are complete.
Upper Toe Upper Toe round: K to start of instep, work across
instep sts in Toe Pattern, kto end of round.
Work as set until Toe Pattern chart is
K even until foot measures 1.5 inches short of desired foot
Sizes S & L only, setup for toe: Rearrange sts so that there
are 32[-, 36] each on the sole and instep.
Toe Decreases Toe round 1: Knit.
Toe round 2: K to 3 sts before
instep, k2tog, k2, ssk, k to 3 sts
before end of instep, k2tog, k2, ssk,
k to end of round.
Repeat Toe Rounds 1 & 2 until 20[20, 20] sts rem.
Final row: K to start of instep sts.
Close toes by grafting with Kitchener
stitch or using a three-needle bind off.
Weave in ends, and block as desired.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Alison Ross sells her hand-spun yarn and knitting patterns under
the name Drama
Llama Knitting Company,
based in Vancouver, BC. She tries to fit in as much knitting, crocheting
and weaving as she can when she’s not at her day job as a