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October 12, 2011 / whirlingneedles

Distant Future Socks


I am pleased to announce my first pattern – the Distant Future Robotic Socks!

These socks were inspired by Franklin Habit’s Knitted Tessellations class at Sock Summit. A tessellation, for anyone who is not familiar with the term, is a pattern that repeats and interlocks with itself perfectly. Think MC Escher, or a tiled floor. There are a number of ways to create tessellations, and Franklin’s class was a great introduction to the subject. (The best part of the class was playing with the wooden tiles – about the size of Scrabble tiles – that could stand in for stitches. Much easier and less messy than drawing on graph paper and erasing mistakes.) If anyone gets a chance to take his class, I highly recommend it.

I swatched a bit, and ended up showing off the first sock on Ravelry, and several people expressed an interest in the pattern. So I wrote it up and shared it out to a couple of test knitters. A few minor modifcations from one of the test knitters, and the pattern is now available for purchase on Ravelry.

Pattern: Distant Future Robotic Socks

Yarn: Miss Bab’s “Yummy” Sock & Baby Yarn – 2 ply superwash (fingering weight); 1 skein “Pewter” (dark grey) and 1 skein “Oyster” (light grey)

Gauge: 8 stitches per inch; 9 rows per inch in stranded colowork

Needle: Size US 1, long enough for the Magic Loop.

Size: Medium: 9.5 inch foot length, 8.5 inch circumference (leg and foot, unstretched); Large: 11 inch foot length, 10 inch circumference (leg and foot, unstretched)

Robots marching up and down the leg:

And a binary sole-o!

If you want to create your own binary pattern, you can PM me your email on Ravelry and I’ll send you an excel spreadsheet to create your own. (The binary arrangement in the pattern is random.)

To buy the Distant Future Robotic Socks, click below!

I would love to hear what you think and see what you make.

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