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Tana Socks

The Tana Socks are inspired by Furcifer lateralis, the Carpet Chameleon, a species of chameleon from Madagascar. “Tana” is the word for “chameleon” in the local Malagasy language. Like all chameleons, they are famous for their ability to change colour in intense patterns, and in general, chameleons are very unusual-looking creatures. These socks were designed to honour that fine line between bizarre and beautiful by encouraging a multicoloured yarn to pool in as many different ways as possible in a single sock.

Back view of rainbow socks with shifting and pooling colour patterns and surface texture. Side view of blue and red socks with shifting and pooling colour patterns and subtle surface texture. Front view of rainbow socks with shifting and pooling colour patterns and surface texture.

These socks use both slipped stitches and short rows to really make a variegated yarn shine as the pooling patterns shift throughout the socks. They feature a gusset and heel flap short-row heel and a garter rib cuff for additional visual interest. Elongating the stitches to be slipped helps keep the socks stretchy and comfortable and provides more variation in the colour patterning.

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 for increases, decreases, German short rows, and elongated stitches. Within the pattern you will find links to useful video tutorials as well, so the pattern is accessible to an intermediate sock knitter.

Variegated yarns with regular repeating colour sequences and self-striping yarns with narrow, irregular-width stripes offer the best results for this pattern.

Note that there are two files included with this pattern; one contains chart-based instructions and the other is fully written with no charts. Both produce the same final product.

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