Cacti by Heidi Reszies


March 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
34 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette with texture/long stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
280 - 410 yards (256 - 375 m)
adult (women's) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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The pattern pdf for CACTI socks appears as it was originally published in Making Stories Magazine Issue 5.

Inspired by a close-up view of a cactus plant, these socks are a wonderful combination of cozy ribbing and an eye-catching stitch pattern. Knit up in a slightly speckled yarn as shown in our sample or as a one-color version, they’ll look super good and keep your feet toasty warm!

The Cacti socks are constructed in the round from the cuff down (on a set of 4 dpns or with a circular needle for magic loop) and designed to both challenge beginner knitters and engage experienced knitters. The pattern features a decorative textured centre panel and an Eye of Partridge heel flap, as well as a heel design that combines traditional Dutch (square) heel and rounded heel techniques for a secure fit. The toe is shaped with decreases at the sides, and finished with Kitchener stitch.


1 (2, 3, 4, 5)

Finished foot circumference: 15.75 (17.75, 20.25, 21.5, 22.75) cm / 6.25 (7, 8, 8.5, 9)” - recommended to be worn with approximately 2.5 cm / 1” of negative ease.

Leg length: 12.75 (12.75, 14, 14, 15.25) cm / 5 (5, 5.5, 5.5, 6)” or desired length


La Bien Aimée x Mondim (100% non-superwash wool; 385 metres / 421 yards per 100 g)

256 (274, 293, 329, 375) metres / 280 (300, 320, 360, 410) yards

Sample shown is knit in colourway Quail. Charifa wears a size 3 with no ease.


2.25 mm / US 1 dpns (or needle size to obtain gauge)

To work this pattern using the magic loop technique, use a circular needle with a cable length of at least 80 cm / 32” instead of double-pointed needles.


34 sts x 40 rows = 10 x10 cm / 4 x 4” (in the round, in stockinette and textured pattern, after blocking)


Blocking tools (sock blockers or blocking mat and t-pins)
Stitch markers (not needed for size 1 and 2 on dpns)
Tape measure
Tapestry needle

Photography, Hair & Make-up: Melinda Dela Costa
Model: Charifa Radji
Tech Editing: Marina Skua & Jessica Schwab
Graphic Design: Camille Romano
Accessibility: Issue 5 includes an Easy to Read digital pdf issue. It is written in all black text, 22 point Verdana sans serif font, no italics and with fully written directions. No charts are used for this version. It has also been specially formatted to be read clearly by screen readers and is fully screen reader accessible.

Cacti is one of the 12 modern, playful patterns featured in Issue 5 of Making Stories Magazine.

Issue 5 is available through the Making Stories webshop in print and digital as well as in a subscription, through our Ravelry store as a digital version and our stockists.

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