The Periwinkle Dragon

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Fire Rainbow Socks

The Fire Rainbow Socks are inspired by the rare weather phenomenon of a circumhorizontal arc, which is caused by sunlight refracting through ice crystals suspended in high-altitude cirrus clouds. Though the term “fire rainbow” may be inaccurate (since this is neither fire nor a true rainbow), it is certainly a poetic description of this unusual phenomenon!

Back view of grey socks with rainbow oval sections and textured cuffs and heels. Side view of grey socks with rainbow oval sections and textured cuffs and heels. Front view of grey socks with rainbow oval sections and textured cuffs and heels.

Calibrated specifically for yarn with a short pop of colour at one end of the skein, these socks use short row sequences to draw out the narrow sections of colour into triangular shapes, much like the clouds that form these unique apparitions in the sky. Worked toe up, they have a reinforced spiral afterthought heel and a twisted-rib cuff. The foot length and leg height are completely adjustable for a comfortable custom fit.

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 required, including yarn over short rows.

These socks were designed with the popular “rainbow pop” colourways in mind, but any yarn with a short repeating section (less than 1/4 of the skein) of contrasting colour will work. Since the resulting pooling depends entirely on the length of the “rainbow” sections, every sock made with this pattern will be unique!

Originally designed for Operation Social Justice Warrior 2020, 40% of the proceeds of all purchases of this pattern (and 100% of anything you might choose to add above the base price at checkout) go to Kind Space, which is an organization by and for 2SLGBTQ+ individuals in my community. It provides support, resources, and a space for rest, care, connection, and education that is safe and welcoming to people of all sexualities and gender identities.

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