From the pattern description on the Soxie.com website
These socks were so-named because the design resembles artichoke leaves, as depicted in the two insert pictures. The top insert shows how the design looks knitted with a mult-colored yarn.
Also, don’t let the thin snake-like appearance of the sock pictured discourage you from trying out this pattern. When you put the sock on, it really looks beautiful on your foot and your ankle.
1 skein of Opal sock yarn (or other sock yarn of your choice)