Ever since the first time I saw a drawing of a neuron in one of my textbooks, I’ve been fascinated. Neurons are amazing little cells, and quite beautiful, too. This pattern uses twisted stitch cables to create a neuron that runs down the back of the leg, and around the foot to the toe. I was inspired by traditional Bavarian twisted-stitch knee-high sock patterns, and thought it would be fun to put a modern, geeky spin on such a classic style of sock. The pattern includes several pages of charted stitch patterns, as well as thorough explanations of the techniques involved in knitting the sock, and even includes a short lesson on neurons!
Intermediate-Challenging. The overall sock architecture used in this pattern is fairly basic, but the cable is very complex.
Cables and twisted stitches. Ability to read a charted knitting pattern. Tubular Cast-On (directions are given in pattern). Kitchener Stitch (directions are given in pattern)
Small, (Medium, Large). These sizes correspond to an 11, (12, 13)” below-knee circumference; a 13, (14, 15)” widest calf circumference; a 7, (8, 9)” lower leg/ankle circumference; and a 7, (8, 9)” foot circumference. Length of sock from cast-on to heel turn: 15″. Foot length is as desired.
The sock is designed to be easy to modify in circumference and length, with all decreases and increases falling outside of the charted cable pattern. There are suggestions in the pattern for ways to go about altering the circumference and length. Socks shown in photos are a mix of two sizes: Small for below-knee and widest calf, and Medium for lower leg/ankle and foot.
Cascade Heritage Sock, 2 skeins. Or any solid or semi-solid fingering weight sock yarn with good stitch definition.
8sts/10rows per inch in stockinette stitch
A set of size 1 dpns (or whatever size you need to get gauge), or circular needles for magic loop, if you prefer.
An extra dpn or cable needle (or confidence in cabling without a cable needle).
A set of 4 stitch markers (one should be unique, to mark the end of round).