The Periwinkle Dragon

Original Knitting Patterns by Carolyn Lisle
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Affluents Socks

The Affluents Socks are inspired by the flow of small streams and creeks into a river. The word “affluent” is another word for “tributary”; a smaller watercourse flowing into a larger one. These socks were intended to have a feeling of easy flow by smoothly shifting branching lines asymmetrically from a central line with the fabric — no cables required!

Crossed feet wearing blue-green socks with angled surface detail. Crossed feet wearing blue-green socks with angled surface detail. Crossed feet wearing blue-green socks with angled surface detail.

These toe-up socks use elongated slipped stitches and central increases paired with side decreases to make asymmetrical diagonal lines on a bias fabric running away from the centre. They feature a gusset and heel flap heel using German short rows and a twisted rib cuff. The gussets are formed smoothly from the instep patterning and act as a design feature rather than only a functional component.

This pattern requires the knitter to be able to knit a small circumference in the round (either on double-pointed needles or your preferred technique for socks) and clearly explains all techniques required. Within the pattern you will find links to useful video tutorials as well, so the pattern is easily accessible to an intermediate sock knitter, or even an advanced beginner.

This pattern’s elongated stitches on the bias help break up some pooling in any yarn, but they are particularly good at highlighting subtle and random colour shifts as with painted sock blanks or colourways with a speckled effect.

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