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The Philosopher sock takes you on a adventure filled with twists and turns as your needles work the stitches, creating a classic pair of cabled woolens. These sophisticated socks were inspired by those who have a passion for knowledge and their journey to seek out truth.

Skill Level Intermediate

Finished Sock Sizes

1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6) - 0.5”/12.5 cm to 1”/2.5 cm negative ease recommended. 

6.5 (7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9)”/16.5 (18, 19, 20.5, 21.5, 23) cm

Gauges (in the round and blocked)

36 sts x 48 rnds = 4”/10 cm square in Stockinette St. 

Cable Rep: 36 sts x 16 rnds = 3.25”/8 cm wide by 1.25”/3 cm long


Fingering weight yarn; 400 yards/366 m; actual yardage will vary with foot length. 

Sample used: Arkaik Fibres; Fremont Tweed; 85% Superwash British BFL, 15% Nep; 438 yds/ 400 m; 3.5 oz/100 g; 1 hank of We Laugh Indoors


US1/2.25 mm - 32”/80 cm minimum length circular needle; or size needed to obtain gauge


Tapestry needle, scissors, blocking tools.

Skills Required

Basic knitting skills 

Knitting in the round 

Short rows 

Cable knitting (tutorial link included) 

Picking up stitches 


Grafting (tutorial link included)

You will get a PDF (1MB) file