Tuesday 12 February 2013

Simply Cabled - FREE Sock Pattern Photo Tutorial

Here is another FREE Pattern for you to enjoy.

Please note that this pattern is for personal use only and articles made with this pattern may not be sold!
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© Marigolds' Loft

I know that many of you out there would like to knit socks but feel it could be difficult (I was there once) so I created a photo-tutorial last year of the steps you need to follow to create your own cabled socks. I would very much like to share this pattern with you today. 

These socks are created for men, so for all those wonderful men who need some nice warm feet :)

I will share a female sock pattern with you shortly:)

*Updated Sections*
I have updated the Eye of Partridge Section as I found out through Mary there are other ways to do this stitch and have adjusted this bit of the pattern accordingly.

To fit size 43 - 44 (size 9 – 10.5 US)
Needles: Size 2.5mm DPNs, and cable needle of similar size
Wool: Lang, Jawoll Superwash 100g sock wool


k - Knit
p - Purl
cn - Cable Needle
*k2tog - Knit 2 together
*SSK - Slip, Slip, Knit
*p2tog - Purl 2 together

*These stitches are explained in photo-tutorials HERE

( as well as *Kitchener Stitch)

Start by casting on 72 st, evenly over 3 needles. (each needle 24 stitches)

K rib (k2,p2) in the round until work measures 4cm. (Worked out to be about 15 rows)

Knit one round.

Start with the cabled pattern as follows:

Round 1

Needle 1: k13, p2, move 3 st onto cn, rest cn in front of work, k3, k st off cn, p2, k1
Needle 2: k
Needle 3: k1,p2, move 3 st onto cn, rest cn in front of work, k3, k st off cn, p2, k to end.

Round 2:

Needle 1: k13, p2, k6, p2, k1
Needle 2: k
Needle 3: k1, p2, k6, p2, k till end.

Repeat Round 2 - 3 times

Now continue in this manner:

Round 1 – 1 time
Round 2 – 4 times (making a total of 5 rounds for the pattern)

Repeat these 5 rounds a total of 9 times: ie: 45 rounds.

Heel Flap:

The heel flap happens on only one needle, whilst the rest of the knitting will rest until it is complete. To get yourself to the starting position continue as follows:

Needle 1: k18

Pick up new needle (needle x) and k remaining 6 st from needle 1 onto this needle. Still working with needle x, k all st from needle 2. Continuing on needle x - Also k 6 st from needle 3.
Needle x will have a total of 36st.

K remaining st from needle 3 onto needle 1 and k across other 18st to get to the end of the needle. (total of 36st)

Allow needle x to rest. You will continue the heel flap only on needle 1.

Continue knitting the eye of partridge pattern on needle 1 for 32 rows. The pattern is as follows: You should now be starting the pattern on the wrong side ie. Purl

Row 1: Slip first st and then p across remaining st.

Row 2: Slip first st as if to purl, *k next st, slip as if to p* (*-*) until end of row.

Turn work and continue to only work on needle 1!

Row 3: Repeat Row 1

Row 4: Slip 1, k2 , *Slip 1, k1* - Repeat ** until last 2 stitches, k2 

Once you have completed the Eye of Partridge section you will turn the heel.

Turn heel: 

Continue knitting the pattern as follows. 
Still only working on needle 1. Work in one sitting otherwise can get very confusing! You will find that you are turning your work without knitting a full row – this is correct! As you completed the above rounds after 25 rows you will start turning the heel with a wrongside row – i.e. purl

Row 1: p28, p2tog, p1 and turn
Row 2: slip 1 as if to p, k21, k2tog, k1, turn
Row 3: slip 1, p22, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 4: slip 1 as if to p, k23, k2tog, k1, turn
Row 5: slip 1, p24, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 6: slip 1 as if to p, k25, k2tog, k1, turn
Row 7: slip 1, p26, p2tog, turn
Row 8: slip 1 as if to p, k27, k2tog

You should have 28 stitches left on the needle. Continue with the gusset.


With needle 1, pick up and k18 stitches. You will now start to use needle x again. Needle x will now be called needle 2 once again.Knit over needle 2(x) (36st). Pick up a new needle (needle 3) and pick up and knit 18 stitches along open end. Continue with needle 3 and knitting a further 14st from needle 1 onto this needle (needle 3). Place a marker in the knitting as this is now the beginning of your work.

Continue with the gusset following the pattern below:

Round 1:
Needle 1: k until last 3st, k2tog, k1
Needle 2: k all st
Needle 3: k1, ssk, k to end

Continue k in the round for 25 rounds (or until the foot fits neatly in the sock with about 2.5cm over toes to complete.)

Shaping the toe:

Continue as follows:

Round 1:
Needle 1: k till last 3st, k2tog, k1
Needle 2: k1, ssk, k until last 3st, k2tog, k1
Needle 3: k1, ssk, k until end

Round 2:
K all needles

Continue in these rounds until you are left with 9st each on needle 1 and 3, 18st on needle 2.

Finishing the sock:

K 9st from needle 1 onto needle 3. You now have 2 needles with 18st each. Continue in kitchener stitch to finish the sock.

Break yarn with enough to sew st. Thread needle and place needle 2 and 3 parallel to each other, working yarn at the back needle. With your sewing needle on front needle k1, go through next st as if to purl but leave st on needle. Now p first st on back needle, then go through next st as if to k, but leave it on needle. Continue in this way until you have no more stitches left. Weave the rest of the thread on the wrong side of the sock.

If you have any questions or queries regarding this pattern, please feel free to contact me and I will help you as best as I can.

I would love to see some of your completed projects, if you do knit this cap please share your link below in the comments.


  1. New word learnt: gusset. :-) I love cables.

  2. Replies
    1. Hi Diana,
      They really are easy to make, I have all the stitches explained above in the tab "Knitting-know-how".
      I will be here if you come across a snag, you can get hold of me or write your questions here....go on, give it a try, you know you want to! LOL
      Thanks for visiting.

  3. I love your socks pattern and with the picture I think I will able to do it!!!! So first thing I order today some woll to knit socks and a cable needle !!!!! Then I return to you pattern.
    Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

    1. Hi Sandra,
      Super, let me know if there is anything I can help you with :)

  4. Very nice - great tute too. Have a wonderful weekend x

  5. How gorgeous socks!Thanks so much for sharing a great pattern!I'll try someday make a pair for me :)
    Have a fabulous day!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

    1. Hi Ana,
      Thank you very much, have a super rest of your weekend.

  6. Like the socks. Thanks for sharing the pattern!

    1. Hi Katie,
      My pleasure, thanks for visiting.

  7. You are such a dear. I remember when I knit my first socks and I was so nervous I wouldn't know what to do. Your tutorial is sure to inspire some future sock knitters. :-D

    1. Hi mkonieczki,
      Thank you kindly *Blush*, have a super weekend.

  8. Liebe Nathalie, welch eine gewaltige Beschreibung! Ich muss gestehen, ich kann ihr gar nicht mehr folgen, weil echt zu müde von der Woche. Aber Respekt vor deiner Leistung! Schönes Wochenende! Sabine.

    1. Liebe Sabine,
      Hoffe du hast dich ausruhen können?
      Ein gute Wochenanfang wünsche ich dir.

  9. Lovley socks!! Thanks for dharing the pattern.

    Here's my FO: http://mibruno.com/terminado-35/

  10. I beg to differ on the name of the pattern for the heel flap. Eye of partridge has 4 rounds. the first/second is as you explain it, the third row is slip one, knit two, slip one and knit one till the end when you will knit the last two stitches, and 4th row slip one and purl back.

    The pattern you have is the traditional heel

    1. Hi Mary,
      Thank you for that info, I learnt the stitch like I posted it and have always knitted it that way. I googled the pattern today and there seem to be different variations to the Eye of Partridge. I have since adjusted it and added your version.
      Thanks again, and thanks for visiting.

    2. Thanks for replying. I also googled it and found several different variations on the pattern. How I remember to do the rows is to use the needle which is idle (I knit with 4 needles) as the keeper of the row. I place the idle needle when doing the first pass once, and when doing the 3rd row I pass it twice. Usually in the area just below the heel flap.

  11. How wonderful to make your own socks! They look so warm and comfy :)I would love to have you share this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop today!

  12. Thanks for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop! Here's the link for the next hop :)

  13. HI Natalie
    Just cast on (last night) for my father-in-law, up to cable already. Loving the patten, the cable keeps the 'long leg bit' interesting and looks great. Like the way you do the photo tutorials, makes everything clear and simple.

  14. I have been knitting socks for a few years now, but only basic designs---much loved plain Jane types. Haven't tried cables yet, but admired them many times on socks. Your offering here will help me get started! Thank you for taking the time to put this up!


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