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Named for Ireland’s River Barrow, the swirling Celtic-style cables of these socks suggest its powerful currents.   At 192 km (120 mi) the Barrow is the second longest river in the country, behind the more famous River Shannon.  It is one of a group of rivers known as “The Three Sisters”, along with the River Suir and the River Nore.

Worked on two circular needles, the front of these cuff down socks are adorned with bold cables, the back with an alternating rib of cable and lace.  The variety of patterning keeps the knitting interesting, and you’ll be surprised how quickly these socks seem to go. 


I designed this pattern for the Three Irish Girls, Sock Yarnista Club.  It is now available to the public in the Three Irish Girls online shop.




Size 7” Two pairs US size 1.5 (2.5mm) circular needles, 24 inch. (Or size to obtain gauge.)
Size 8” Two pairs US size 3 (3.25mm) circular needles, 24 inch. (Or size to obtain gauge.)

Spare DPN in the same size as the circular needles.
Tapestry needle.

Yarn:  Three Irish Girls Beckon Merino, Colorway: Storm Cloud, 100% Superwash Merino, 350 yards per skein. 1 Skein.

Size 7” 36.5 stitches = 4”(10cm) in stitch pattern, slightly stretched.
Size 8” 32 stitches = 4”(10cm) in stitch pattern, slightly stretched.

Finished Measurement: 7 (8”) (20 cm) circumference at leg and foot.

The pattern can be purchased here.
You will find it here on Ravelry.


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They are wonderful and I especially love that shade of blue!

You've designed a gorgeous sock!

Wow, fantastic design! And that color yarn, awesome!

Another fabulous sock - I especially love the detailed back and heel! With so many amazing semi-solids, the possibilities are endless. Such a thoughtful name, I immediately thought Clyde as in Bonnie, but your name is more clever than that! I already queued 'er up! Thank you!

Wow... that is by far the most beautiful sock I think I've seen. That's it! I'm doing it! I'm knitting my first pair of socks tomorrow.

Uh, right after I go to the yarn store and find suitable yarn, of course ;-)

Beautiful! I love how detailed the pattern is.

very nice! love the cables!

Great socks! The look amazing.

I love these socks! I was so excited to see the pattern in my inbox from the club. Thanks for a great pattern!

Beautiful! How hard is it to convert the two circulars to double point, my preference? I've not tried to to that, but I would love to with these socks.

Kirsten...these are absolutely fabulous!!! I think that these may just be the next socks on my needles!

Totally beautiful!

Wait, are you kidding me? 'Barrow' is unbelievable!!!

These are beautiful!!

The colours in the beret are so nice and I likey the sock too!

Beautiful colour and pattern

That is one heck of a sock that you designed. Wow!

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