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I designed these socks to make the most out of variegated yarn by using a combination of slipped stitches that stretch across multiple rows and bands of purl stitches highlight the color changes without being too distracting. The resulting pattern looks like ripples of water flowing across a rough-surfaced rock or the wings of a gull soaring across the sky.
Approximately 200 (300, 400) yards fingering-weight yarn
Samples use Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock (80% superwash wool, 20% nylon) in Icehouse for child's socks and Classic Elite Alpaca Sox (60% alpaca, 20% wool, 20% nylon) in Pebbles for men's socks.
US1 (2.25mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Cable needle or locking stitch marker
8 stitches/11 rounds per inch in stockinette stitch
10.5 stitches/11.5 rounds per inch in wing stitch
Foot circumference = approximately 6 (7.5, 9)"