Dragain Ceangailte Socks
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(Draig-dan Socks, Dragain Mara Socks and Dragain Ceangailte Socks and Draig Clymwaith Socks)
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This is the third of my four Celtic Dragon sock designs. Dragain Ceangailte means “entwined dragons” in Scottish Gaelic and this design was inspired by the Celtic knotwork found in carved panels and illuminated manuscript borders. The twists and turns of these patterns fascinated me as a youngster, and I still love tracing their paths and working out how they connect!
You can find my Draig-dan Socks here and my Dragain Mara Socks here and there is a discount for buying all three patterns as a set.
Method: These stranded colorwork socks are knit in the round from the cuff down with a round heel and the option to customise the depth of the gusset. This will enable you to knit socks for a greater range of foot shapes (i.e., high or low insteps, high arches, fallen arches/flat feet.). The pattern also contains instructions for altering the length of both the leg and the foot making it highly customisable despite the all over colorwork pattern!
This pattern contains five pdfs, the main pdf, a pdf with written instructions on customising your gusset, and three pdfs of additional charts (one for each size).
These socks can be knitted on dpns, by magic loop, or on a short circular (in which case you will still need dpns for the heel and toe decreases).
Size: This pattern is written in 3 sizes. All instructions that differ depending on the size you are knitting are indicated with parentheses and color coded.
Size - Sock Circumference - Approx. UK Sizes
S - 7” (18 cm) - Children’s 13-4, Ladies 1-4
M - 8” (20.5 cm) - Ladies 5-8
L - 9 1/4” (23.5 cm) - Men’s 9-11
Yarn: You can use any 4 ply (fingering) sock yarn that you like and with which you can get tension/ gauge.
Please note I do not recommend using yarns with a high cotton content as cotton doesn’t stretch as much as other fibers and this will affect the fit of your socks.
This pattern works well with either a solid and a long gradient yarn (as in the pair pictured) or two (or more) solid colors. Be creative, have fun, but keep in mind changes will affect yardage and number of ends to weave in. The amounts of each color required will depend on how many colors you pick, where you choose to use them in the sock, and which size you are knitting. As a guide for the pair pictured (size M in two colors) I used the following:
MC – West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply 333 Blue Raspberry approx. 200 metres (220 yards)
CC1 – Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball 1536 Fuchsienbeet approx. 130 metres, (142 yards)
Gauge: 9 stitches and 10 rows per inch over colorwork pattern.
Needles: 3mm dpns
2.5mm dpns / short circular or size needed for gauge.
Other Materials Required: 2 Stitch Markers
Darning needle to sew in ends.
If making alterations to the main pattern you will also need waste yarn or dental floss for lifelines