The Periwinkle Dragon

Original Knitting Patterns by Carolyn Lisle
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Drop Zone Socks

The Drop Zone Socks are inspired by dewdrops on spiderwebs suspended between tangles of branches. Dry spider silk forms a necklace-like structure where two main fibres support a series of separate rounded “puffs”. When water vapour condenses onto these puffs, they shrink into densely packed knots, where more water collects, creating that beautiful beaded effect.

Close up of light pink cabled socks with beads on strands between the cable crosses. Close up of red cabled socks with beads on strands between the cable crosses. Feet wearing red cabled socks with beads on strands between the cable crosses.

These toe-up socks feature interwoven drop cables, with both long columns of dropped stitches from cuff to toe and smaller sections of dropped stitches between cable crosses. On the leg, alternating columns of dropped stitches include varying widths of pre-strung beads. This mirrored pattern completely fills the instep, gusset, and leg. The socks have a reinforced gusset and heel flap heel using German short rows and a cabled cuff that flows smoothly from the leg pattern. The gussets are patterned with additional drop cables that flow smoothly from the instep.

This pattern requires the knitter to be able to knit a small circumference in the round (your choice of method) and explains all techniques required. Corresponding written instructions are provided for all charts. This pattern has some unusual techniques, so it is best-suited to an experienced sock knitter who is comfortable with cables.

This pattern is written for one size; however, changing the gauge allows for three adult foot sizes. Note that in all sizes, it is easy to make the foot length longer or shorter than the lengths listed in the pattern.

These socks are best suited for a solid or semi-solid colourway of yarn. Because of the heel style, I do not recommend self-striping or continuous gradient yarns.

This pattern was originally released as the Round 4 Bonus Pattern for Sock Madness 15.

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