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Oblique Reflex Socks

The Oblique Reflex Socks are inspired by geometry, angles, and bending light through refraction. In mathematics, “oblique” means an angle is not a right angle or a flat line, and “reflex” means an angle that is more than 180 degrees. I have to admit that physics was my worst subject in my university science program — I never got the hang of more complex force diagrams, which are a pretty fundamental part of the subject — but I always enjoyed playing with light, lasers, lenses, mirrors, and refraction mediums, which were all about the angles!

Left-side view of grey and blue socks with stripes that are distorted on the sides. Right-side view of grey and blue socks with stripes that are distorted on the sides. Front view of grey and blue socks with stripes that are distorted on the sides.

These toe-up socks with an afterthought heel use bias sections to make a self-striping yarn shift at various angles. The right and left socks are mirror images.

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. Within the pattern you will find links to useful video tutorials as well, so the pattern is easily accessible to an intermediate knitter who is just getting started knitting socks.

This pattern works best for self-striping yarns with many narrower stripes of varying widths, and “micro-striping” variegated yarns (i.e., variegated yarns with a maximum of three distinct sections of colour) may work as well, depending on how they pool in a given size.

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