Text: The Periwinkle Dragon Purple dragon eye with yarn ball and text: Original knitting patterns by Carolyn Lisle Text: The Periwinkle Dragon Purple dragon eye with yarn ball and text: Original knitting patterns by Carolyn Lisle
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Nicobar Socks

The Nicobar Socks are inspired by Caloenas nicobarica, the Nicobar Pigeon, a brilliantly-coloured pigeon found on islands in the eastern Indian and western Pacific Oceans from India to Palau. Its iridescent feathers make the Nicobar Pigeon a truly striking and unusual bird, and it is believed to be the closest living relative of the infamously-extinct Dodo Bird. Add some flair to your plumage with these striking socks!

Back view of blue socks with panel of subtle chevron slipped-stitch texture. Crossed feet wearing blue socks with rainbow diagonal surface texture. Wide view of tall blue socks with rainbow diagonal surface texture.

These toe-up socks use angled elongated stitches in one or more contrasting colours to create surface texture on top of the fabric. This is achieved with a combination of elongated slipped stitches and small sections of pseudo-stranded knitting, and it is a lot easier than it sounds! All cables can be done without a cable needle. The back of the leg has subtle elongated-stitch patterning in the main colour. They feature a Chinstrap rounded short row heel and a twisted rib cuff.

This pattern requires the knitter to be able to knit a small circumference in the round (the pattern is method-neutral to suit your preferred technique for socks — double-pointed needles, magic loop/one circular needle, two circular needles, short circular needle, etc. — and it is possible to work the socks two-at-a-time) and clearly explains all techniques required. Within the pattern you will find links to useful video tutorials as well, so the pattern is easily accessible to an intermediate sock knitter.

Only a very small amount of contrast colour is used to make each pattern repeat on these socks, making them perfect for yarns you loved using so much that you just couldn’t bring yourself to throw away the tiny amount left over. Each chart repeat only requires approximately 1-2 m/yards of Contrast Colour yarn; that's it!

Note that the pattern is written for mid-calf socks; calf shaping in the sample pair was calculated using the guidelines in the Vanilla Bean Cupcake Socks pattern.

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