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Ferox Socks

The Ferox socks are inspired by Odontapsis ferox, the Smalltooth Sand Tiger Shark, which lives in the deep ocean all around the world. Although it is very large and has distinctive, multi-pointed teeth that look ferocious, this species of shark (like most sharks!) is actually docile and harmless to people.

Back view of feet wearing grey knitted socks with blue and purple speckles and an angular slipped-stitch surface texture. One foot flat and one on tiptoe wearing grey knitted socks with blue and purple speckles and an angular slipped-stitch surface texture. Front view of feet wearing grey knitted socks with blue and purple speckles and an angular slipped-stitch surface texture.

The toothlike slipped-stitch motif on these socks was designed with highly random variegated yarns in mind, especially those with a speckled effect. Elongating the stitches and working them in different rows draws out small color details in hand-dyed skeins that might not otherwise get highlighted in a finished project. These socks are knit toe-up, and they feature a reverse stockinette gusset and twisted-rib cuff. Corresponding written instructions are provided for the charts.

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) and clearly explains all techniques, including German short rows. Within the pattern you will find links to useful video tutorials as well, so the pattern is accessible to an intermediate sock knitter.

This pattern was originally published in the sock pattern book Outrageous Insteps. All sample photos are © 2019 Knit Picks.

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