Got leftover sock yarn to use up? How small are those scraps in your scrappy socks bag? I mean, probably not actually “yoctometre” small — as the third-smallest named SI unit in the metric system, one ym is 10^(-24) m (meaning, you would write zero-decimal-23-zeros, then the one), which is so small that around eight hundred fifty million of them make up the width of a proton! — but these socks can definitely help you use up relatively short lengths of yarn that only have a few rounds left in them. With an emergent spiralling effect from a short stitch-pattern repeat, these socks are great for a quick but impressive-looking project!
These socks feature fun and intuitive patterning with alternating rounds of colourwork and solid colours, making it possible to use each individual colour for as few as three rounds before moving on to the next scrap. The left and right charts are mirror images, and corresponding written instructions are provided. They feature a contrast toe, cuff, and comfortable rounded Chinstrap heel.
This pattern is method-neutral and suitable for any sock-knitting technique you prefer, and it provides links to lots of video tutorials. Since there are no long floats and only half of the rounds have colourwork, this pattern is easily accessible to an intermediate sock knitter who is brand-new to stranded knitting for socks. It's an easy, intuitive project that is great practice for your colourwork tension for socks!
Go wild with your colours for these socks! They look good in almost any combination — one solid and lots of scraps, all scraps, or even just two alternating colours — but the effect of the stitch pattern is easiest to see if you alternate between colours that contrast well when you are choosing your colour order. You can see a variety of colour pairings in the sample pair to see what both higher-contrast and lower-contrast combinations look like when the sock is finished. No need to stick with solids, either!
This pattern is compatible with the knitCompanion app! You can purchase a version prepared specifically for the app by clicking on the white t-shirt icon buying option.