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Linnaea Socks are a pair of cute toe-up socks knit in fingering-weight yarn. A dainty slip-stitch cable pattern creates a fun lattice effect that’s both quick to knit and easy to memorize. After a few cable twists you won’t even need a cable needle! The pattern is ideal for variegated yarns but works equally well with solid or semi-solid colors.

The socks are knit from the toe up with a stockinette sole, eye-of-partridge heel flap, and a twisted-rib cuff that emerges seamlessly from the cable pattern. The socks come in three sizes (60, 64, and 68 stitches) but both foot and leg length are adjustable within the stitch pattern. Right and left socks are identical and can be worked two at a time.

The pattern is written with both metric and US terminology. Both written and charted instructions are given for the slip-stitch cable pattern.

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  • S [M, L]
  • 60 [64, 68] sts
  • Shoe size approx. EU 36/37 [38/39, 40/41] / US 5–6 [6½–7½, 8–9]


  • Foot circumference: approx. 19.5 [20.5, 22] cm / 7½ [8¼, 8¾]"
  • Foot length: approx. 22.5 [23, 23.5] cm / 8¾ [9, 9¼]" or adjustable within pattern
  • Leg length from top of heel flap: approx. 14 [16, 17.5] cm / 5½ [6¼, 6¾]" or adjustable within pattern
Choose a size with approx. 10% of negative ease.



  • Wool Me Once Fibers Merino Sock (75% superwash wool, 25% nylon, 400 m/100 g, 420 yd/3.53 oz), 1 skein in the colorway Linnaea Borealis
  • Or approx. 300 [370, 390] m / 330 [410, 430] yd of fingering-weight sock yarn


  • 2.5 mm / US #1½ double-pointed or circular needle(s) or size needed to obtain gauge


  • Cable needle (optional)
  • Darning needle


  • 31 sts × 46 rnds = 10 cm / 4" in stockinette on larger needles, blocked


This pattern uses the following techniques: working small circumferences in the round, slipped-stitch cables, German short rows, and twisted ribbing. Ability to follow charts is recommended but written instructions are also provided for the slip-stitch cable pattern. Cabling without a cable needle will speed up your knitting. 

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 (2MB)
  • PDF (2MB)

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