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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Sonic Texture Socks

The Sonic Texture Socks are inspired by layers of sound coming together to form a composition with depth and feeling that could not be achieved by a single sound alone. Like a piece of music with multiple instruments, these socks have a layered effect with multiple colours to show the whole set off to its best advantage.

Close up of zigzag texture on blue, purple, and pink knitted socks. Side view of feet wearing pink, purple, and blue knitted socks with grey heels, toes, and cuffs; they have an overlapping zigzag surface texture. Feet wearing pink, purple, and blue knitted socks with grey heels, toes, and cuffs; they have an overlapping zigzag surface texture.

These toe-up socks use slipped stitches and simple cables to create the effect of one colour flowing over the other as two colours are alternated every row using the jogless helix method. These sections alternate with single-colour sections in which one of the wave patterns continues. Elongating the stitches to be slipped helps keep the socks stretchy and comfortable. They also feature a contrast Chinstrap heel, toe, and twisted-rib cuff.

These socks are available in three foot circumferences and are adjustable in length and height. This pattern requires the knitter to be able to knit a small circumference in the round (the instructions are method-neutral) and clearly explains all techniques such as no-cable-needle cables and elongated stitches. Corresponding written instructions are provided for the chart. Links to some of my video tutorials are also provided, so the pattern is accessible to an intermediate sock knitter.

This pattern is designed for two or more colours. The texture on the single-colour sections is great for yarn in any colourway, since the slipped elongated stitches stand out well on the fabric. Each section uses less than 10g of yarn, so this is a perfect pattern for mini-skein sets or leftovers. No need to make both socks the same!

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