Highlighting the elegance of this shaping with a simple garter rib pattern that flows into cables on the top of the foot and cuffs resulted in something so compelling and fun to knit that I actually completed both socks in the pair myself. It probably helped that the sport weight yarn knits up faster than most sock yarns, plus it results in the slightly heavier socks I covet for wearing inside my winter boots and around the house. They’re also pretty good on the yak ranch!
My favourite aspect of the arch shaping is that it creates a bias fabric pointing towards the heel. This means that no short rows are necessary to round the base of the heel before working the “flap” which is worked back and forth, decreasing onto the extra stitches that were added while working the arch shaping.
Sport weight yarn: 330 yds / 300 m. Shown in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport (100% Superwash Merino Wool, 200yds / 183m, 2.47oz / 70g) in Patina.
Cable needle, stitch markers
26 sts and 36 rnds = 4˝ / 10cm in st st in the rnd.
Sport weight yarn: 330 yds / 300 m. Shown in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in Patina.
US 2½ / 3mm dpns or long circular(s) for preferred method of working small circumferences in the rnd.