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Anne McCaffrey's Pern books were the first “grown-up” novels I read. In Grade 5 the librarian showed us a variety of novels that might pique the interest of kids in our age bracket. She included Dragonsong set on the world of Pern. Our librarian was perhaps more clever than I gave credit for her at the time, she said the book was likely above our reading level but she was going to mention it anyways, of course that was a huge incentive for me to read the book. The cover showed a young woman surrounded by tiny dragons known as fire lizards. I was entranced. These socks are inspired by the deadly rain of Thread (an organism that rains down on the surface from an errant planet that swings near Pern in a predictable pattern), and the fire produced by Dragons from chewing a phosphine bearing rock. The cuff is the destructive Thread raining down, the cable motif is the Dragon flame that chars the destructive organism to ash.

The Pern Socks are a top down heel flap sock with a twisted rib cuff and a twisted cable motif on a reverse stockinette background. The heel, bottom of the foot and toe are knit in stockinette. This pattern is suitable for tonals, speckled, and low and mid contrast variegated yarns.

Sizes 1 (2, 3, 4) 5
Finished foot circumference: 6”/15cm (7”/18cm, 8”/20cm,
9”/23cm,) 10”/25.5cm) and 9”/23cm (10.5”/27cm,
12”/30.5cm, 13.5”/34cm) 15”/38cm stretched.

Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Socks That Rocks Lightweight
(100% Superwash Merino; 405 yds/370m
in each 5.15oz/146g skein).
Shown in colourway Heckley Speckley.
Actual yardage per size is difficult to calculate in socks because
everyone knits them different lengths and widths. Sample shown is
size 3 for a size “Women's” US10/EU41 foot and used
310 yds/283m.

One set size US2/2.5mm DPNs,
or size to achieve gauge.
Note: magic loop could be used, however you will
need to make some modifications to the pattern
instructions after the heel; stitch markers could be
used to mark where each DPN would be.
Cable Needle
Stitch Marker
Tapestry Needle

32 sts/44 rnds = 4”/10cm in Stockinette/
Reverse Stockinette.
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