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Dorian Gray socks

Knitting
December 2010
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
34 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
400 - 500 yards (366 - 457 m)
S, M, L

Re-release expected in early 2012.

“When they entered they found, hanging upon the wall, a splendid portrait of their master as they had last seen him, in all the wonder of his exquisite youth and beauty. Lying on the floor was a dead man, in evening dress, with a knife in his heart. He was withered, wrinkled, and loathsome of visage. It was not till they had examined the rings that they recognized who it was.”

                       -Oscar Wilde "Picture of Dorian Gray"

Dorian Gray, a young man enamored of his physical beauty, wished that his looks would ever remain the same and his portrait would age instead. After breaking the heart of a young actress who then commits suicide, he discovers his wish has come true. With the knowledge that his actions will not be reflected upon his face, he lives a life of debauchery. He indulges freely in the hedonistic life of England’s upper class, treats other poorly, and obsessively studies all representations of beauty. As the years pass his portrait ages -- it becomes an ugly and virtually unrecognizable version of Dorian Gray while the man himself remains beautiful and unmarred.

These toe-up socks sport crisp, twisted stitch cables that flow up the sock framing Dorian’s portrait. The portrait is the negative of the cables used in the rest of the sock -- the same “person” but virtually unrecognizable. The construction of this sock takes to heart Cat Bordhi’s assertion that it matters not where the arch increases are placed. Here, the increases and decreases of the arch expansion form the edges of Dorian’s portrait.

The final picture shows the sock inside out so you may view the “portrait”.