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This design was inspired by the slinky, snake-like movements of one of my favorite dancers, whose style I aspire to emulate in my own dance practice. The picot hem crowns the undulating, serpentine lace columns of these cuff-down socks. Optional beads on the leg highlight the mesmerizing twists and turns of the serpent’s dance. The lace on the back of the leg merges seamlessly into a slipped stitch heel flap.
438 yd (400 m) / 100 g of fingering weight sock yarn. Actual yarn used will be less.
Gauge and Finished Measurements
8.5 stitches and 12 rows per 1 in / 2.5 cm in Stockinette stitch. S (M, L): 6.5 (7.5, 8.5) in / 16.7 (19.1, 21.5) cm foot and leg circumference.
Length and height are adjustable.
Choose a size that will fit with about 1 in / 2.5 cm of negative ease.
US 0 / 2 mm circular needles for small circumference knitting or set of DPNs (or size needed to obtain gauge).
Additional Materials / Notions
- 292 (244, 196) seed beads in size 8/0, or more if you desire a taller leg. Bead counts are given for a 7 in / 17.8 cm leg.
- Some of my testers used size 6/0 beads. 6/0 will work, but they will be less subtle. It’s all up to your personal preference.
- Small crochet hook or Super Floss, or your favorite tool for bead placement.
- Stitch markers.
- Tape measure.
- Tapestry/yarn needle.
These socks are knit from the cuff down with a seamless folded picot hem and a heel flap and gusset.
This pattern has been test knitted.