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Deimatic Socks

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This pattern has been tech edited and test knit. It includes a second PDF accessible for knitters with low vision, following guidelines from Ravelry's Accessible Patterns group.

Some species of octopus, when frightened, will exhibit a sudden change in coloration to confuse or distract a predator. This allows the octopus time to escape. When an animal uses this technique to protect itself, it’s called deimatic behavior.

The Deimatic Socks are inspired by the majestic octopus, which also happens to be the emblem of Sea Change Fibers, who provided the yarn for this design. These socks are knit from the cuff down with a 1x1 twisted rib cuff. They feature front and back panels of cabled coin lace that twists back and forth. There are two columns of coin lace and two panels on each sock, for a total of eight columns per pair of socks--just like the eight tentacles of an octopus. The heel is constructed with a classic heel flap and gusset for the snuggest and most customizable fit, and the socks end with a wedge toe.


S, M, L

Finished sock dimensions: 7” (18 cm), 8” (20 cm), 9” (23 cm) circumference (Note: most people like their socks snug, so choose a finished sock size that is slightly smaller than your actual foot)


Fingering weight yarn, 300-400 yds (274-366 m)

Sample shown knit in Sea Change Fibers Littoral Merino Fingering, 100% Falklands merino wool, 435 yds (398 m) per 3.5 oz (100g), colorway Lunar Eclipse


4” (10 cm) square = 34 stitches x 41 rows in stockinette


One set of needles for your preferred style of small-circumference knitting in a size to match gauge listed above

Suggested needle size: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)


One stitch marker for beginning of round; optional additional markers between pattern repeats
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends



Techniques: cables, increases, decreases, knitting in the round, Kitchener stitch grafting
You will get the following files:
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