Screen Burn Socks
The Screen Burn Socks are inspired by playing video games on old CRT monitors. Did your parents ever get annoyed with you for leaving Donkey Kong on pause for a long time on the family computer, because they were worried that the image would stay on the screen permanently? Well, if you did accidentally burn some of those 8-bit ladders into the monitor, maybe it looked a bit like these socks!
These toe-up socks use slipped elongated stitches to create this graphic geometric effect as one main colour is alternated every row with one of two contrast colours using the jogless helical stripes method. The pattern fills the instep and flows seamlessly around the leg. The spiralling single-round stripes extend to the toe, cuff, and afterthought heel as well, making these a truly unique addition to your sock drawer!
This pattern requires the knitter to be able to knit a small circumference in the round (the pattern is written in a method-neutral manner) and clearly explains all required stitches. Corresponding written instructions are provided for all charts. Within the pattern, you will find links to some of my video tutorials as well, so the pattern is accessible to an intermediate sock knitter. (It’s much more intuitive than it might appear!)
This pattern is designed for three colours that contrast well with each other. If they are too similar to each other, or they are variegated with colour overlap, the effect of the pattern may not be clear. To make fraternal socks like the sample pair, simply swap Colours B and C on the second sock.
This pattern was featured in the 2023 Supersock World Championship competition. Find more sock competition patterns here!