The Periwinkle Dragon

Original Knitting Patterns by Carolyn Lisle
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X-pression Socks

The X-pression Socks are inspired by people who just can’t help X-pressing themselves and making striped socks do something un-X-pected! Why not add a smattering of little Xs here and there to the foot and leg of your socks to take that sock from ordinary to X-traordinary? (Is that enough bad X wordplay? Are you getting X-asperated with me?)

Back view of striped knitted socks with X stitch details on top of the stripes. Close up of striped knitted socks with X stitch details on top of the stripes. Feet turned so one is frontwards and one is backwards, wearing striped knitted socks with X stitch details on top of the stripes.

These socks use elongated slipped stitches and cables to manipulate stripes made either by a beautiful self-striping yarn or by making your own stripes with your sock yarn leftovers. They are knit toe-up with an afterthought heel and a twisted-rib cuff. The right and left socks are mirror images.

This pattern requires the knitter 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, and picking up an afterthought heel. 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 best for self-striping yarns with wide, consistent-width stripes or stripes you make yourself. The key to making this effect noticeable is having high contrast between stripes; so, if you are making your own stripes with multiple yarns, I recommend planning consistent-width stripes that are at least 6 rounds wide and placing dark colours beside light colours as much as possible.

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