The Periwinkle Dragon

Original Knitting Patterns by Carolyn Lisle
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Fade Out Socks

The Fade Out Socks are inspired by the joy of mixing sock yarn leftovers in a new and interesting way! These socks begin with a fade sequence travelling up from the heel of the sock, then they have divergent fade sequences going up the leg and down the foot. Watch these socks transform as you knit them from just a few stitches into something truly unique and beautiful!

Top-down view of feet wearing bright green, blue, and purple socks with a multicoloured stripe between the colours. Feet lying sole-to-sole wearing bright green, blue, and purple socks with a multicoloured stripe between the colours. Side view of feet wearing bright green, blue, and purple socks with a multicoloured stripe between the colours.

These socks are worked outwards from a reinforced heel. Although they are constructed unconventionally, they are surprisingly easy to make, and they are extremely adjustable in length and height. They are perfect for using mini-skeins or leftovers and letting your creativity run wild. No matter what fade you choose, these socks will be truly unlike anything else in your sock drawer!

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). There are links to video tutorials for many 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.

To set up your fade for these socks, you will need to choose a central colour that works with three other colours that “branch off” from it. You will need 10g of each colour per sock (so, 20g of each colour for your socks to match).

Do you like this kind of unconventional construction? Check out the Fade Out Mitts!

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