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Pyrifera 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.

In the Santa Barbara Channel, a massive kelp forest sways in the current and provides habitats for a host of ocean creatures. The giant kelp that forms the bulk of this forest is known scientifically as macrocystis pyrifera. The leafy pattern on these socks reminded me of the leaves on the giant kelp that often wash up on the beaches here in Ventura.

These socks are knit from the cuff down with a 1x1 twisted rib cuff. They feature a center panel of lacy leaves and tiny cables. The panel runs down the front and back of the sock. 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, 300-380 yds (274-348 m)

Sample shown knit in Sugarplum Circus Divine Sock, 60% fine superwash merino, 20% superkid mohair, 20% mulberry silk, 383 yds (350 m) per 3.5 oz (100 g)


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:
  • PDF (470KB)
  • PDF (661KB)