New pattern! Betcha didn't see that one coming. This design is called "Two-Track Twist," both for the way the horseshoe cables seem to run both up and down the sock, and for the fact that I feel like I'm on two different life tracks at the same time -- the mommy track, and the school/professional track. Sometime it's a little weird to go from discussing Elmo to discussing schema theory in the space of an afternoon, you know?
As a Valentine's Day present (because I love) the Two-Track Twist pattern will be available now through Valentine's Day for only $2.
The pattern can be purchased via PayPal using the "buy now" link above. The pattern PDF will be e-mailed automatically when payment is received.
These socks are knit from the top-down on two circular needles, and the pattern includes a photo tutorial on working the wee cables without a cable needle, to make your life a little easier.
For one sample, I used Cascade Heritage sock yarn (one skein makes a pair) and for the other, I used two skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock (two skeins make a pair). You can of course substitute any number of other sock yarns, but I recommend using something which has a multi-ply construction, as these yarns do, because you will get better stitch definition. The pattern looks fine in two-ply sock yarn, but a multi-ply will make the cables "pop" just a little bit more.
I used US size 0 needles (2mm), but I think I may be a bit of a loose knitter, so be sure to use whatever gets you the correct gauge. The size of the pattern repeat makes it a little difficult to add or subtract repeats as a way of resizing the socks, but you can certainly get a larger sock by adding length to the cuff and foot, as well as using a larger needle. Those with smaller feet may find that the only adjustment necessary will be to shorten the length of the foot, as the pattern stitch draws in like a ribbing, providing some flexibility in fit.