Gray Code Socks by Rachel Gibbs

Gray Code Socks

March 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
33 stitches and 46 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
300 - 450 yards (274 - 411 m)
To fit 7.5 (8.5, 9.5)”/19 (21.5, 24) cm circumference
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Binary code is usually comprised of 1’s and 0’s, in these socks it’s right and left cables. With four bits (or columns), you can make 16 different binary words. The cables on these socks cycle through every option, without repeating, and with only one cable (bit) different between each round, which can be seen as a cable changing direction. In computing, this is called a Gray code, although you can make the socks in any colour you like!

These socks are top down with a reinforced flap and gusset heel, which can be easily adapted for a higher instep and comes in three sizes, to fit all the geeks in your family. They are designed to be worn with 0.75” negative ease.

The pattern contains written and charted instructions, whichever you prefer to work from. The digital version also contains bookmarks at strategic points to help you navigate the pattern.