Carnlough by Luise O'Neill


March 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, blocked
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
320 - 380 yards (293 - 347 m)
Finished foot circumference: 7.5 (8, 8.5)"/ 19 (20.5, 21.5)cm (see notes below)
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♫ The Music: ♫ Sweet Carlough Bay is a traditional Irish tune which, as so many, tells a story:

“Winter was brawling, o’er high hills and mountains
And dark were the clouds o’er the deep rolling sea,
I met a wee lass as the daylight was dawning
She was asking the road to sweet Carnlough Bay.”

What better way to keep those toes and ankles warm during blustery weather -- be it Spring, Winter or Fall -- than with these simple yet interesting cable socks. A great pattern for beginning cable knitters.

These socks feature:

  • toe-up construction
  • short-row toe that begins with a provisional cast on
  • cable pattern is worked on the instep
  • sole is worked in Stockinette
  • a small cable motif is incorporated into the gusset
  • short-row heel cap leads into a slipped stitch heel flap (no need to pick up stitches)
  • cable pattern is worked on both the front and back leg
  • complimentary cable is worked into the ribbing
  • ribbing flows from cable stitches in leg.

The bind off requires the knitter to be able to identify knit and purl stitches.

Both charts and written directions for charts are provided. Charts are contained in the main pattern document; the written directions for charts are included as a separate PDF.

Adult S (M, L)

Finished foot circumference: 7.5 (8, 8.5)“/ 19 (20.5, 21.5)cm. Finished foot length: 8.25 (9.5, 10)”/ 21 (24, 25.5)cm. Bottom of heel to top of ribbing: approx. 9.5”/ 24cm.

Sample in size M on 8.5”/ 21.5cm foot.

Sock / fingering-weight yarn: 320 (350, 380)yds / 293 (320, 347)m
Sample in Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine (50% wool, 30% Nylon, 20% super fine alpaca; 433yds / 400m per 115g) in Periwinkle Mix

Stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle

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A huge thank you to all of the test knitters for this pattern: Ravellers faeriepaw, Cydiba, dragonxser, contemax, ladywulf, momtatknits and Kismet51, and to stitch designer extraordinaire, Annie Maloney, who created to gorgeously simple yet complex cable that graces these socks.