The Azureum Socks are inspired by Uracentron azureum, the Green Thornytail Iguana, a brightly-coloured spiny lizard native to the northern Amazon rainforest. These small reptiles have bold stripe patterns and distinctive spiked tails. Like many rainforest species, they are not well-studied, and little is known about the details of their lives except for their diet — which consists mainly of ants.
These socks are designed for comfort, with ribbing across the foot and around the leg, plus a wide panel of texture for added interest. They are knit toe-up or cuff-down (instructions for both directions of knitting are provided) with a well-fitting contrast rounded afterthought heel with optional afterthought gusset shaping, as well as contrast toes and cuffs. The right and left socks are worked as mirror images, and corresponding written instructions are provided for the chart.
This pattern requires the knitter to be able to knit a small circumference in the round (the pattern is method-neutral to suit your preferred technique for socks) and clearly explains all techniques for increases, decreases, and picking up an afterthought heel. Within the pattern you will find links to useful video tutorials as well, so the pattern is easily accessible to an intermediate knitter who is just getting started knitting socks.
These socks are very flexible in size, so yarn requirements may vary widely. With its straightforward design details, this pattern is designed to complement any colourway — whether you love self-striping, variegated, solid, or speckled yarns, any of them will work with this pattern!