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Juhani's socks were inspired by an old Finnish carol in which brother Juhani and sister Liisi are woken up early on a frosty Christmas Eve morning for a sleigh ride to the church.

Juhani's socks are a simplified version of her sister’s. Wide garter-stitch panels are flanked by narrow cables in these mid-calf length socks worked in warm DK-weight sock yarn.

Juhani's socks are knit from the toe up with a stockinette toe, reinforced heel flap, and twisted-rib cuff. These elegantly modest cabled socks come in three sizes, fit for teens, women, and men alike.

Both written and charted instructions are given for the cable pattern.

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  • S [M, L]
  • 46 [50, 54] sts
  • Shoe size approx. EU 38/39 [40/41, 43/44] / US 6½–7½ [8–8½, 10–11]


  • Foot circumference: approx. 20 [21.5, 23.5] cm / 7¾ [8½, 9¼]"
  • Foot length: approx. 22.5 [23.5, 26] cm / 8¾ [9¼, 10¼]" or fully adjustable
  • Leg length from top of heel flap: approx. 16.5 [16.5, 19] cm / 6½ [6½, 7¼]" or adjustable within pattern

Choose a size with approx. 10% of negative ease.



  • Jalovilla Pässi (85% wool, 15% nylon, 230 m/100 g, 252 yd/3.53 oz), 1 [2, 2] skeins
  • Or approx. 230 [270, 300] m / 250 [290, 350] yd of DK-weight sock yarn

The sample pair is knit in size L in a light gray colorway.


  • 3.25 mm / US #3 double-pointed or circular needle(s) for stockinette and cable pattern (or size needed to obtain gauge)
  • 3.00 mm / US #2½ double-pointed or circular needle(s) for twisted ribbing


  • Cable needle (optional)
  • Darning needle


23 sts × 32 rnds = 10 cm / 4" in stockinette on larger needles, blocked


This pattern uses the following techniques: working small circumferences in the round, cables, and German short rows. Ability to follow charts is recommended but written instructions are also provided for the cable pattern. The pattern assumes knowledge of a cast-on and bind-off method for toe-up socks; references are given for a few alternatives.


You will get the following files:
  • PDF (900KB)
  • PDF (1MB)

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