Tacit adj- understood or implied without being stated
It's just cables. No really, I promise! I know it looks like there is some sort of fancy magic going on there, but it really is just cables. Once you've knit a few rounds, you'll see exactly how it comes together, and you'll be hooked.
But I do feel like I should warn you. From what I’ve seen so far, there’s every chance one pair won’t be enough. These seem to be the sort of project that get requested by friends and family who see you knitting them (and I’ve even heard tell of a pair or two getting cough borrowed cough as soon as they were off the needles). So you may want to plan on making a few pairs.
Luckily, they are written in three sizes (a 44, 48, & 52-stitch cast on) and three gauges (6, 6.5, & 7 stitches per inch), so there’s an option to fit most anyone!