The Periwinkle Dragon

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Star-Studded Socks

The Star-Studded Socks are inspired by Nidorellia armata, the Chocolate Chip Star, a species of starfish native to the warmer waters of Pacific Coast of Central and South America. They get their name from the large dark horns on their light-coloured bodies that look just like chocolate chips on the surface of a cookie. They can grow up to 25 cm in diameter and are a striking sight on a visit to a reef!

Back view of feet wearing dark pink knitted socks with spiralling star motif in texture and eyelets. Close up of feet wearing dark pink knitted socks with star motif in texture and eyelets. Feet wearing dark pink knitted socks with spiralling star motif in texture and eyelets.

These socks feature a graphic, garter-texture star-shaped motif with lace accents. The placement of the stars — winding around the foot and the leg — is mirrored on the left and right socks. They are knit toe-up, with traditional gusset and heel flap construction; the heel flap is worked in garter stitch. Corresponding written instructions are provided for the chart.

This pattern requires the knitter to be able to knit a small circumference in the round (the pattern is method-neutral to suit your preferred technique for socks) and clearly explains all necessary techniques. 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.

Because of the combination of texture and lace, this pattern can accommodate some subtle colour variation in the yarn, such as in a hand-dyed semisolid colourway.

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