The Periwinkle Dragon

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Vanilla Bean Cupcake Socks

The Vanilla Bean Cupcake Socks are inspired by one of my other creative loves — baking! And like in knitting, I'm terrible at sticking to someone else's recipe; why have a plain vanilla cupcake when you can have a vanilla BEAN cupcake? And who can resist also adding a rainbow flair to the batter? I definitely can't, so I often gently stir in an embarrassingly-large amount of sprinkles at the last minute before they go in the oven as well. Why not?

Wide view of rainbow speckled socks on sock blockers beside a plate of rainbow cupakes. Close view of rainbow speckled socks on sock blockers beside a plate of rainbow-speckled cupcakes. Crossed child feet wearing bright orange knee socks.

This pattern is also a recipe — for well-fitted toe-up socks! They have a gusset and heel flap heel using German short rows and a unisex 2x2-rib cuff. They are available in five foot circumferences and the pattern provides formulas to assist you in figuring out exactly when to start the gussets to ensure a perfect fit, no matter what your row gauge or foot size. It also provides guidelines for calculating calf increases to accommodate any leg shape or sock height.

This pattern requires the knitter to be able to knit a small circumference in the round and is method-neutral, so it is easy to use whichever sock knitting technique you prefer. It clearly explains all techniques required and provides links to useful video tutorials, so the pattern is easily accessible to a beginner sock knitter.

Since it is a plain sock, this pattern can accommodate a wide variety of colourway types. Because of the heel style, however, note that a self-striping yarn or smooth gradient will lose its continuity across the gusset and around the heel.

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