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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Notebook Doodles

Nostalgia time! When I was in middle school, multicoloured gel pens were all the rage. Neon ink and “milk pens” with pastel colours were a must-have school supply! These socks are an homage to the things we used to draw in the margins of our school notebooks with the pen colours we weren’t allowed to use for assignments. Have fun with these colourwork socks that your inner 12-year-old will adore!

Close up of toes of grey knitted socks with spiral colourwork motif on the foot. Grey knitted socks with spiral, 3-D box frame, super S, and heart outline colourwork motifs. Grey knitted socks with 3-D box frame, super S, and heart outline colourwork motifs on the leg.

These socks feature four different doodle-inspired colourwork motifs — the spiral, the heart, the “super S”, and the 3-D box — each in their own bright colour. They have a rounded Chinstrap wedge short-row heel that is worked in the fifth contrast colour. Knit toe-up, the pattern is graded for three adult foot circumferences and the socks are adjustable in length. Corresponding written instructions are provided for the charts, and video resources are linked for all important techniques.

This pattern requires the knitter to be able to knit with two colours at once on a small circumference in the round (the pattern is method-neutral to suit your preferred sock-knitting technique). It clearly explains all techniques for increases, decreases, and short rows. With assistance from the resources provided, it is accessible to an intermediate sock knitter who is still relatively new to stranded knitting.

These socks are designed for one Main Colour and a set of five Contrast Colours: one for the heel and four for the colourwork motifs. Make the second sock fraternal for a little extra doodle-improv flair!

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