The Quaviver Socks are inspired by Phycodurus eques, the Leafy Seadragon. This relative of seahorses is found in the waters surrounding southern and western Australia. Its beautiful and unusual leafy projections are not fins and cannot propel the seadragon through the water; instead, they are camouflage to suit the rich undersea vegetation in their natural environment. Seadragons are largely solitary and it is the male seadragons who care for and carry the eggs until they are ready to hatch.
These socks use alternating-width cables of long, elongated stitches to create a unique texture that is separated by columns of purl stitches. Those elongated stitches also highlight the subtle colour details we all love in handpainted yarns. The left and right socks are mirror images, and they have a rounded Chinstrap short-row heel and a twisted-rib cuff.
This pattern provides both toe-up and cuff-down instructions and is available in three adult foot circumferences with adjustable foot lengths and leg heights. The instructions are method-neutral to suit your preferred sock-knitting technique, and all non-basic techniques are fully explained. Links to useful video tutorials are also provided. With an intuitive, repetitive motif, the pattern is easily accessible to an intermediate sock knitter.
The texture on these socks stands out in many different colourways, but semisolid, randomly-multicoloured, and speckled yarns are most effective.
This pattern is compatible with the knitCompanion app! You can purchase a version prepared specifically for the app by clicking on the white t-shirt icon buying option.