In Florida where I knit and design, sometimes you just have to say no to wool. Or at least mix something in so that your feet don't spontaneously combust! Summer Sox is the perfect blend of cotton, wool and nylon for socks that you can even wear in the Florida summertime.
Some people would think of cables and cotton and say they don't go together. But I've done hats where just the opposite has proven true. Cotton content in yarn seems to make cables pop and gives them a crispness that most wool yarns can't compete with.
So when I picked up two balls of Summer Sox at my LYS, I knew that I wanted to do something with cables. The swatch practically knitted itself, and I knew I had a winner. These socks use cables with large expanses of ribbing in between so they don't run too tight. And the picot cuff is worked on fewer stitches so it doesn't flair. Little details to make just-so socks.
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40% cotton, 40% superwash merino, 20% nylon
Summer Sox sock yarn blends three fibers for the perfect year-round sock yarn. The cotton component allows the yarn to breathe and feel cool against the skin. The wool adds elasticity to the yarn and absorbs moisture. Adding nylon to the mix makes the yarn stable and sturdy for socks that last and last. The slight heathered effect in Summer Sox is the natural result of the different ways these three fibers absorb dye. Summer Sox is available in 12 striped colors and 8 semi-solid shades.
Corrina’s socks use a number of techniques that are described in the CEY Web-Letter Stitches section. The socks are worked in the round for the leg using the magic loop technique. The heel is worked using short rows. When the heel is complete, stitches are picked up along the heel flap to form gussets. Then the foot is worked even for the desired length to the beginning of the toe shaping. Left and right slanting decreases are used to shape the toe, which is finished by grafting the stitches together using Kitchener Stitch.
Here is the free downloadable Summer Sox Cable Ribbon Socks pattern.
If you have difficulty downloading or printing the PDF pattern above, try these: page 1, page 2