The rich, dark bodies of these socks were inspired by some of my favourite ales. The simple cables resemble droplets of ale settling in a glass and create a snug but stretchy fit. The socks are knitted in the round from the cuff down. A chart and written instructions for the cable pattern are included. For a toe-up version of this pattern, see the Irish Stout Socks.

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Finished measurements

S, [M, L, XL] to fit foot circumference: 18 [20, 23, 25]cm (7 [8, 9, 10]”)

Foot length: 23 [25, 28, 29]cm (9 [10, 11, 11.5]”) or to fit.

Leg length: 15 [18, 20, 23]cm (6 [7, 8, 9]”) or to fit.

Gauge

36 stitches × 48 rounds = 10cm (4”) in stocking stitch in the round.

48 stitches × 48 rounds = 10cm (4”) in cable pattern in the round (lightly stretched).

Cable pattern gauge is approximate and given only as a guide. The pattern pulls in a lot when knitted but is very stretchy when worn.

Materials

300m/330yds [380m/420yds, 480m/530yds, 580m/630yds] of fingering weight yarn.

Socks shown in size M using Jawoll Solid Superwash (100% superwash wool; 210m/230yd per 50g skein); colour: 83.0168; 1.5 skeins.

2.75mm (US 2) double-pointed or circular needles

2 stitch markers

Cable needle

Tapestry needle