Single cable toe-up socks

I have made a pair of cabled, toe-up socks using a lovely hand-dyed yarn I bought from Denver Whimsy in combination with Scheepjes Metropolis in a matching shade. The single cable runs over the top of the foot from the toe to the cuff. In this post I am sharing the free pattern with you.


I am using two yarns for my socks, the main part of the socks is a playful pink variegated yarn hand-dyed by an indie dyer called Denver Whimsy. I have been following her on Instagram for some time now, and she makes lovely colorways. I am combining the variegated Denver Whimsy yarn with a solid color of Scheepjes Metropolis yarn for the toes, heels and cuffs. Both yarn are sock weight, and are 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon.

Denver Whimsy yarn is available from her Folksy shop.

Scheepjes Metropolis yarn is available from Wool Warehouse (Ships International) and Caro’s Atelier (NL/EU) and well as many other Scheepjes Stockists.

Sock knitting supplies

I have a project bag for specifically for socks, they are an easy project to take with you. In my project bag I have a cardboard mold of my feet to make sure that my socks always fit perfectly, knitting needles, ChiaoGoo circular knitting needles are my favorite, double pointed needles and yarn. An optional gadget you don’t really need, but that is great to have is a cozy for your needles. Extra things that have found their way into my project bag are printed patterns, pens, stitch markers, a round counter, and even some cotton yarn if I need to insert a lifeline into my work.

Single Cable Toe-up Sock – Free Knit Pattern

What I am giving you here is the pattern I used to knit my socks. I have used the FLK heel for my socks, but feel free to use a different heel. With my tension, this pattern gives a UK size 6/EU size 39 sock. I am giving you this method so that you have a starting point to adjust the pattern to your own needs.



  • kte – knit to end, knit all stitches on the current needle to the end
  • kte-1 – knit all stitches on the current needle to one stitch before the end
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • m1r – make one right, increases a stitch to the right
  • m1l – make one left, increases a stitch to the left
  • 3/3-FC – slip next 3 sts to cable needle, hold at front of work, k3, k3 from cable needle
  • N1 – needle 1
  • N2 – needle 2
  • st(s) – stitch(es)


The pattern uses a total of 60 sts. If this is too narrow or too wide for your foot, add or subtract a multiple of 4 sts as needed.

The stitches on Needle 1 is make the bottom of the sock and the heel, Needle 2 makes the top of the foot and contains the cable pattern.



  • Round 1 With Scheepjes Metropolis, cast on 20sts using Judy’s magic cast-on, 10sts per needle [20 sts]
  • Round 2 kte on both needles [20 sts]
  • Round 3 (k1, m1r, kte-1, m1l, k1) on both needles [24 sts]
  • Round 4 kte on both needles [24 sts]
  • Repeat Rounds 3 and 4, 9 times to have 30 sts per needle [60 sts]
  • Cut the Scheepjes Metropolis yarn


  • Change to Denver Whimsy
  • Round 1 kte [60 sts]
  • Round 2 N1: kte. N2: k10, p2, k6, p2, k10
  • Round 3 Repeat Round 2
  • Round 4 N1: kte. N2: k10, p2, 3/3-FC, p2, k10
  • Round 5 N1: kte. N2: k10, p2, k6, p2, k10
  • Round 6 Repeat Round 5
  • Round 7 Repeat Round 5
  • Repeat Rounds 4-7 till the foot reaches the indicated line on the cardboard mold [60 sts]


  • Change to Scheepjes Metropolis for the heel. Leave the Dever Whimsy yarn attached to use later for the rest of the sock. Knit a heel on the 30 sts from N1, turning to work each side. The stitches on the top of the foot remain on N2 and are not knitted.
  • Knit an easy heel, such as a German Short Row (GSR) heel, or the Fish Lips Kiss heel. I use a separate pair of DPNs to knit the heel.
  • Cut Scheepjes Metropolis yarn.


  • With Denver Whimsy, repeat Rounds 4-7 of the foot till the desired length of the sock is reached [60 sts]. Cut Denver Whimsy yarn.


  • slip 2 sts from N2 to N1 so that the stitches on both needles are dividable by 4
  • Round 1 with Scheepjes Metropolis, repeat (k2, p2) till end of both needles [60 sts]
  • Repeat Round 1, 15 times [60 sts]
  • fasten off using a stretchy bind-off

Finished socks

I am really happy with my socks, they fit well and are warm. Every time I see them, I feel proud of them. Knitting socks is something I have been wanting to do for a long time, and at this point I feel I can honestly say that I know how to knit toe-up socks.

I have only used half the skein of Denver Whimsy yarn, so I might just knit myself another pair!

With love,

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3 thoughts on “Single cable toe-up socks”

  1. I cannot paste the link here but I just saw an article in the NYTimes called “Knitting is Coding and Yarn is Programmable in This Physics Lab”
    By Siobhan Roberts
    May 17, 2019
    I thought it might interest you.

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