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Malachiticus Socks

The Malachiticus Socks are inspired by Sceloporus malachiticus, the Emerald Swift Lizard, a brightly-coloured spiny lizard native to Central America from southern Mexico to Panama. Emerald Swifts are famous for the males’ bright yellow-green scales and blue underbellies, which help them attract a mate. They live in trees, eating insects and basking in the sun.

Close up view of bright blue heel on a yellow and green lace sock. Feet wearing yellow and green lace socks; one foot is turned sideways to reveal a bright blue sock heel. Front view of feet wearing black shoes and yellow and green lace socks.

These socks use a straightforward lace pattern that adds texture as well as openness. They are knit toe-up with a contrast rounded afterthought heel. The right and left socks are worked identically, and corresponding written instructions are provided for the chart.

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 for increases, decreases, and picking up an afterthought heel. Within the pattern you will find links to useful video tutorials as well, so the pattern is accessible to an intermediate knitter who is just getting started knitting socks.

This pattern works for both solid and multicoloured yarns, since the lace texture is relatively large and graphic.

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