The Periwinkle Dragon

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Cloud Forest Socks

The Cloud Forest Socks are inspired by Gwaii Haanas, a National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site in the Haida Gwaii islands off the coast of British Columbia. It is primarily composed of temperate coniferous rain forest. This type of forest is sometimes poetically called a “cloud forest” because of the silvagenitus clouds that it produces. These socks reflect the intertwined branches of needles of the native Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis) in the temperate rain forest canopy.

Close up of green knitted socks with mirrored slipped-stitch cable texture. Close view of crossed feet wearing green socks with mirrored slipped-stitch cable surface texture. Side-by-side view of feet wearing green socks with mirrored slipped-stitch cable surface texture.

These toe-up socks use cables of long, elongated stitches to create surface texture on top of the fabric. Those elongated stitches also highlight the subtle colour details we all love in handpainted yarns. They feature a rounded short row heel using no-holes short rows and a twisted rib cuff. They are available in three standard adult foot circumferences and are adjustable in length and height.

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 required. All cables can be done without a cable needle. Within the pattern you will find links to useful video tutorials as well, so the pattern is easily accessible to an intermediate sock knitter.

The texture on these socks stands out in many different colourways, but randomly-multicoloured yarns and speckled yarns are most effective. I do not recommend using a self-patterning or self-striping yarn for this pattern.

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