Lennanshee Socks (PDF Knitting Pattern)
Lennan-shee (Irish: Leannan-sidhe) is a malicious faerie in Celtic folklore ~ a siren. The tune My Lagan Love speaks of these ethereal entities…
“Where Lagan stream sings lullaby
There blows a lily fair
The twilight gleam is in her eye
The night is on her hair
And like a love-sick lennan-shee
She has my heart in thrall…”
These toe-up socks have a wonderful multi-phase cable pattern on the instep and both front and back leg. The right and left sock each begin with their own chart (written directions provided for the chart), creating the mirrored diagonal cables from which the remainder of the pattern grows.
Once the diagonal cable section is finished both the right and left sock use the same chart.
The heel is turned using a short-row heel cap (which means no picking up stitches) and the heel flap is worked in a standard slip-stitch pattern.
The cabled ribbing grows from the leg pattern.
Both charts and written directions for the charts are provided. Charts are contained in this document; the written directions for charts are included as a separate PDF. Written directions are formatted to accommodate those who like to knit 2-at-a-time.
Adult S (M, L)
Finished foot circumference: 7.5 (8, 8.5)“/ 19 (20.5, 21.5)cm. Finished foot length: 8.25 (9.5, 10)”/ 21 (24, 25.5)cm. Bottom of heel to top of ribbing: approx. 10”/ 25.5cm. Sample in size S on 8.5”/ 21.5cm foot.
380 (410, 440)yds / 347 (375, 402) m fingering / sock yarn
Sample in Knit Picks Stroll Fingering (75% superwash Merino wool, 25% nylon; 231 yds per 50g) in Sprinkle Heather.
2.5 mm / US 1½
Although Instep and/or Sole stitches may be placed on two needles, in the directions the Sole and Instep needle(s) will be referred to in the singular.
32 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch in the round, blocked
Cable needle, stitch marker, tapestry needle, stitch holder or waste yarn
• Cabling Without a Cable Needle
• Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off
• Jogless Bind Off in the Round
• Judy’s Magic Cast On
• Reading Charts
Tech Editing: RedSquirrel and firsprite.
Test Knitting: A huge thank you to our lovely test knitters - bgow, Cydiba, faeriepaw, KateB660, ladywulf, stacyroo, susu2u and woollykim.
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