Sublimation Socks (8 x 12)

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Sublimation Socks (8 x 12) Pattern


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Knitting: Sublimation Socks (8 x 12)
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details






Women, Men



Skill Level:

small skill level requirement Beginner

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit and purl
  • make one
  • Judy's Magic Cast On (A link to a tutorial is provided in the pattern)
  • short rows (Links to tutorials are provided in the pattern)
  • Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off (A link to a tutorial is provided in the pattern)

Pattern Description:

These are stripey socks that match stripily in the ankle area, but are otherwise color-mirrored. They are addictively fun to knit and it is easy to keep track of rounds within the pattern---in fact, it is easy to put down your sock-in-progress at almost any point in the pattern and then pick them up again and see quickly where you are. There are also some convenient pausing points built into the pattern.

*Sublimation* is the process of moving from a solid state to a gaseous state without passing through a liquid state. (It's what you observe when dry ice creates a mist.) Passing from solid to gas is abrupt, like changing between stripes of different colors. Yet, the effect is continuous, as with the changing of one predominant stripe color to the other in these socks.

Any yarn that knits to 8 stitches and 12 rows to the inch will work well for these socks. The pattern is also available on Craftsy for yarn that knits to 7 stitches and 10 rows to the inch and for yarn that knits to 6 stitches and 8 rows to the inch. The collection of all three versions of the pattern is also available on Craftsy,

While instructions are given for toe-up socks, they can easily be modified to be cuff-down. The circumference can be modified easily. The only straightforward lengthwise sizing modification is changing the length of the foot.

There is a section in the pattern (totally optional reading) that explains the mathematics behind the design.


8 stitches to the inch and 12 rows to the inch.
The *row gauge* is important in this pattern; the stitch gauge, not so much.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Size S: foot circumference 7.5", foot length ~8.5", total length (toe to cuff) ~13".
  • Size M: foot circumference 8", foot length ~9.25", total length (toe to cuff) ~15".
  • Size L: foot circumference 9", foot length ~10.5", total length (toe to cuff) ~16".


  • Two 50g/2oz. skeins of sock yarn, one each in color 1 and color 2.
  • (Suggested Yarns: Kama Suutra Fiber Arts Shiva, and Valley Yarns Huntington)
  • At least one circular needle (for the cast on); for the remainder of the socks, use needles for your preferred technique (one circular needle, two circular needles, or a set of double-pointed needles).
  • Use whatever size needle(s) you need to use in order to get the appropriate gauge (usually in the 0--2 range).

You Will Also Need:

  • One (preferably locking) stitch marker to mark the start of rounds.
  • If you use japanese short rows, then you will also need a package of locking stitch markers.
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Suggested yarn:

350 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Kama Suutra Fiber Arts Shiva

About Designer

About Designer

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I'm a math professor by trade, and (unsurprisingly) my designs are informed by mathematical concepts. I co-edited the books Making Mathematics with Needlework: Ten Papers and Ten Projects and Crafting by Concepts: Fiber Arts and Mathematics with my colleague and friend Carolyn Yackel. You can find out more than you ever wanted to know about me and my way-too-many interests ...

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