The Periwinkle Dragon

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Walk Without Rhythm Socks

The Walk Without Rhythm Socks are inspired by the novel Dune by Frank Herbert. In this story, moving in tune with the natural sounds of the desert sands, or “walking without rhythm”, is the way that people from the planet Arrakis avoid attracting the monstrous “sandworm” creatures that live there. Roll the die and make your stitches also form a pattern without rhythm!

Close up of grey socks with rainbow speckles that have lines of diagonal elongated stitches. Toe up view of feet wearing grey socks with rainbow speckles that have lines of diagonal elongated stitches in two columns. Crossed feet wearing grey socks with rainbow speckles that have lines of diagonal elongated stitches in two columns.

These socks use elongated slipped stitches and no-cable-needle cables to create a stitch pattern that will be unique to every sock you make. They have an afterthought heel and a twisted-rib cuff. There are no charts for this pattern, since you make the pattern yourself! They are available in three unisex adult foot circumferences and the foot length and leg height are completely adjustable.

This pattern is sock-knitting-method-neutral in its instructions and clearly explains all techniques required. All cables are done without a cable needle. 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.

This pattern works well with most dye styles and colourways. To highlight the texture, stick with solids, tonals, gradients, and semi-solids; to highlight the colour distortions caused by the slipped stitches, try a speckled, variegated, or self-striping colourway.

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