The Bubbler Socks are inspired by Dotillidae, the Sand Bubbler Crabs, a taxonomic family of tiny crabs — only 1 cm long! — native to the tropical beaches of the Indo-Pacific. Sand bubbler crabs are famous for the strange circular patterns they make as they filter sand for microscopic food after the tide goes out. Watch these socks transform as you knit them from a few stitches into an equally beautiful pattern!
These unconventional textured socks are worked outwards from a reinforced heel. They use a soft and stretchy stitch pattern to make radiating bands of bumps around the ankle that travel up the leg and down the foot. Although they are constructed unconventionally, they are worked continuously with no seams and can be tried on for fit as you go.
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 and/or links to video tutorials for all required techniques, such as German short rows, appropriate cast ons/bind offs, and Kitchener stitch. This pattern has no charts and is easily accessible to an intermediate knitter who is just getting started knitting socks.
This pattern was featured in the 2020 Sock Madness 14 competition. Find more sock competition patterns here!