Horseshoe Cable Socks Free Pattern

Here is a sock pattern I designed for fun. I’ve always wanted a cabled pair of socks and finally got around to knitting myself a pair. If you are so inclined, you can also knit yourself a pair.

This pattern is free. However, it is only for personal use. You may not sell the pattern. But if you wish to make socks and sell them, feel free to do so. I have no problem with anyone making these socks and selling the end product.

I do have to warn you, though, doing the cable row is a little cumbersome to deal with. Thank goodness, it is only done once every 10 rows. Dealing with all those needles while cabling is like dealing with an octopus. Have patience and go slower when doing that row. It will be well worth it.

I have added a few pictures at the end of this post to help you understand what is going on, especially if you are rather new to knitting socks. When my mannequin foot arrives in the mail, I will add a pic of the sock on the foot.


Women’s medium
If you want a smaller sock size, I would suggest using US size 2 needles. This sock pattern as is will fit my 8 1/2 shoe size foot and not so thin calf.

Materials needed:

Sock Weight Yarn (I used Regia Design Line “EASTER”) 100gm
US No. 3 needles (set of 5)
Cable Needle
Tapestry/Yarn Needle
Crochet Hook (for dropped stitches)
Pen and Paper (for counting/marking rows, writing down where you are in the pattern)
or Mechanical row counter


K – knit
P – purl
C2B – cable 2 back (slip 2 stitches to a cable needle, hold to the back, Knit 2 stitches from left hand needle, then Knit 2 from cable needle)
C2F – cable 2 front (slip 2 stitches to a cable needle, hold to the front, Knit 2 stitches from left hand needle, then Knit 2 stitches from cable needle)
C3B – cable 3 back (slip 3 stitches to a cable needle, hold to the back, Knit 3 stitches from left hand needle, then Knit 3 stitches from cable needle)
C3F – cable 3 front (slip 3 stitches to a cable needle, hold to the front, Knit 3 stitches from left hand needle, then Knit 3 stitches from cable needle)
CO – cast on
SL – slip
tog – together
PSSO – pass slipped stitch over the knit stitch
sts – stitches

Pattern (10 rounds total):

—Cable Round—
Needle #1: P2, C2B, P4, C3B
Needle #2: C3F, P4, C2F, P2
Needle #3: Repeat #1
Needle #4: Repeat #2

—Even Rounds (total of 9 rounds)—
Needle #1: P2, K4, P4, K6
Needle #2: K6, P4, K4 P2
Needle #3: Repeat #1
Needle #4: Repeat #2

CO 64 stitches. Divide evenly on 4 needles. K2, P2 for 10 rounds.

Do Even Rounds for a total of 5 rounds then begin Pattern.
Work in Pattern until you have completed 4 horseshoe cables and 4 regular cables on the leg of your sock.

Heel Flap:
Work across 32 stitches, (on one needle) as follows:
SL 1, K1 across, turn. SL 1, P across, turn. Repeat for a total of 32 rows, ending after completing a purl row.

Turn the Heel:
K across first 22 stitches,
SL 1, K1, PSSO, turn
a. SL 1, P12, P2 tog, turn
b. SL 1, K12, SL 1, K1, PSSO
Repeat a and b above until all stitches have been worked.
Then K across all stitches (14 sts)

PU 16 stitches along side of heel and knit. You will have 14 + 16 sts on one needle (don’t worry, this will be taken care of shortly)
Keeping in Pattern, work the next 2 needles.
PU 16 stitches along the other side of the heel and knit. Then knit 7 stitches from from the first needle.
Your rounds will now begin and end in the middle of the heel area.

Decrease the Gusset:
Knit up to last 3 stitches on needle #1, K2tog, K1.
Knit next two needles in Pattern.
On needle #4, K1, SL 1, K1, PSSO, knit to end of needle
Knit next round even (no decreases), keeping in Pattern for needles #2 & #3
Repeat above until you have 16 stitches on each of the 4 needles

Needle #1, K
Needles #2 and #3, continue in Pattern
Needle #4, K
Repeat for desired length. I usually knit until piece measures 6 inches from PU gussett stitches. This comes out to 6 repeats of the pattern.

Toe: (toe stitches are not worked in Pattern, they are knit only)
Needle #1: Knit up to last 3 stitches. K2tog, K1
Needle #2: K1, SL 1, K1, PSSO, Knit to end of needle
Needle #3: Repeat #1
Needle #4: Repeat #2
Knit 1 round even (no decreases)

Continue the above until you have a total of 24 stitches remaining. Slip these 24 stitches to two needles (12 sts on each needle). Graft stitches together.

Using a tapestry or yarn needle, work in all loose ends.

Repeat for next sock.

Here is the sock (not on a mannequin foot)

As promised, here is the sock on my mannequin foot.


2 thoughts on “Horseshoe Cable Socks Free Pattern

  1. why is the typewriter in the background? I bet you’re one of those people who can type and knit at the same time.
    The sock is really neat, especially the cable part.

  2. ….because I take the photos of my projects on my computer. Then upload the photos from the camera to the computer. 🙂 No I don’t knit and type at the same time, but I have been known to watch a movie on my computer and knit.

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