Sweet Onion


Sweet Onion socks
photo © Planet Purl

Sweet Onion is published in American Sock Knitting, a book of 13 sock patterns that pay homage to US states. The cabled shapes in Sweet Onion represent Washington state’s state vegetable, the Walla Walla sweet onion. Knitting these socks is one way you can enjoy onions without worrying about your breath!

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Difficulty: Intermediate

Size: S (M, L) –¬†8 (9, 10.5)” foot circumference


  • 1 skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock (435 yds / 398 m, 3.5 oz / 100 g; 80%¬†superwash wool, 20% nylon)
  • US 1 (2.25 mm) circular or double-pointed needles
  • Stitch markers
  • Cable needle (optional)

Techniques used: Reading charts, increases, decreases, cables