Happy green!

Accurate color (for a change) courtesy of indirect sunlight at the Cambridge Public Library.

Pattern: Hello Yarn’s Cable Twist Socks.

Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in carol green (47ns), 2 skeins.

Needles: US 0 dpns, set of 5 (these ones).

Socktober socks: check! They are beauties – just the right combination of yarn and pattern. And I simply love the color: a happy green. Not neon, not forest, not emerald, not Christmas, a happy green!

The fit is great! After all, this pattern is nothing more than 6 X 2 ribbing, cleverly concealed with some twists and slipped stitches. Which reminds me: several remarked that you’d never expect such a good-looking sock from Hello Yarn’s pictures. I hate to disappoint you, but many sock patterns, especially ribbed ones, look quite different off the foot, all scrunched up and… mysterious. This one is no exception:

See! Looks just like Adrian’s.

As for my modifications, they couldn’t be simpler: I worked the sock over 64 stitches, making each repeat 8 stitches wide: k6, p2. Otherwise, I followed Hello Yarn’s instructions, including the clever variation on the Left Twist she explains in the pattern (very pretty!).

I used an eye of partridge heel, the instructions for which I swiped from one of the sock patterns in the Fall 2006 Vogue Knitting. But this heel is very popular. Do you see how the stitches form a pretty lattice? Love it!


74 thoughts on “Happy green!

  1. domesticat

    loveliness! i’m knitting this pattern too, for my brother-in-law. off the foot it looks TINY and sad but the ribbing is so beautifully squishy and stretchy.

  2. Natalie

    I’ll have to add these to my list of “Socks to knit once I use up all of my variegated and striped yarn and am allowed to buy new sock yarn which will be solid or semi-solid colors.”

    Yeah, it’s a long title.

  3. Bea

    Love them. I think I might need a pair of these in LL turquose….

    I’m curious to know why you didn’t reverse the cable on the other sock… or would that have looked strange? (When I saw the first sock, I somehow assumed the 2nd one would be a mirror image, don’t know why :-).)

  4. Adam

    Nice looking socks, I bet they were comfy to wear to the library. And I do like that green color a lot, it’s a very comforting color. Great socktober socks!

  5. Sasha

    The magic of socks, boring until they are shown in a pretty color on the feet. Yours are lovely! But they can’t be for you since they are wool, right? You are inspiring me, must make more socks!

  6. Karen B.

    Such a pretty Spring green! I, too, am knitting these socks using a sport-weight variegated yarn in autumnal shades. Thanks for the link to Hello Yarn!

  7. mai

    absolutely beautiful! yours look so much better than the ones in the photo at hello yarn (i think they look better in the solid color). i never would have thought to use the pattern until i saw your version!

  8. Heather

    That color is fabulous. I am going to have to snag some – maybe not for socks, though, but for my friend’s baby, gender thusfar unknown…

  9. j a r e d

    ah crap. i was keeping my eyes open for a nice pattern… i think i’ve found it.

    thats the last thing i need right now! 😉

    They look great. great choices for both yarn, pattern and color (especially.) Thanks!

  10. margaux

    hello green! i have been aching to buy some lorna’s and this is just another reason why (great stitch definition!)! great pattern!!

  11. Bee

    Beautiful! I received the same yarn from my SP8 pal and am currently in the middle of knitting socks…you’re right, it’s definitely a happy colour.

  12. Gloria

    They look great! Funny, I was thinking of going to the Cambridge Library today. I could have seen your socks up close and personal!

  13. Agnes

    Oh … love that green! Congratulations on completing the Socktoberfest socks … I’m still struggling to turn the first heel! It would be lucky if I can finish the first sock in October.

  14. Lynn


    I recently bought some Lorna’s Laces in Sunshine. Like your green, it’s a HAPPY yellow. Just might have to get this pattern!

  15. ZhiWen

    Wow, so pretty! I am casting on a pair for the boyfriend asap. I just finished a pair of DK Gentleman socks and was disappointed how those looked all scrunched up as well 🙁 Maybe that’s a nice pattern to try sometime? It looks great when you’re wearing them 😉

  16. Courtney

    They turned out beautifully! I love that color, it is happy, you are right! The partridge heel is beautiful, very subtle, but detailed enough that you look at it and say “Hmmm, she did something differnt there, I like that…must ask what it is….”

  17. diane

    thanks – now I’m going to have to make those…. your way of making them larger is different than what’s in the pattern – it suggests adding another 7 stitch repeat (5x2rib). Since you went to a 6×2 rib did you change the pattern stitch to:

    row 2 and all even rows – K6, P2

    add row 9 – K4, LT, P2

    add row 10

    or am I thinking about this wrong?

  18. Elizabeth

    Gorgeous – love the pattern, love the color, love the heel close-up. I am seriously the suckiest Socktoberfest participant ever… I’ve done about an inch and a half of one sock. ack.

  19. Pat

    Now those are pretty! I had printed off the pattern from “Hello Yarn” months ago….your’s are even prettier – I think it’s the solid yarn. Even more incentive to start them…

  20. Lolly

    They turned out so well! I love the combination of color and pattern – and indeed, they are a happy green! and I love that they debuted at the library 🙂

    Happy Socktoberfest!

  21. Suzanne

    A beautiful sock indeed, en toto and each element as well. The green is quite ethereal, yet I cannot resist advancing this description: Kermit green.

  22. jody

    wow i’m really behind on my blog reading! they look great. i love how the pattern goes straight up to the top of the sock.

    i’m surprised how stretchy the rib is with the twisted stitches, but i can see how it gets wider toward the top and conforms to your leg. nice!

  23. bells

    Oh my! They’re wonderful!!! I wish I could finish my first ever sock. there’s such a world of socks out there, if I only I could get past the first one!

  24. Pigwotknits

    I like the way the cables flow into the heel flap. Does that happen on both sides, meaning the heel flap is worked over less than half the stitches, 30 instead of 32? Just curious.

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