Corallinus Socks by Carolyn Lisle

Corallinus Socks

April 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
34 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 0 - 2.0 mm
273 - 328 yards (250 - 300 m)
Adult Small (Medium, Large)
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The Corallinus Socks are inspired by Marchandiomyces corallinus, which is a great example of the diverse and fascinating world of fungi. It parasitizes lichen, which consists of a different species of fungi that is in a symbiotic relationship with cyanobacteria. So, this fungus steals food from another fungus, which is getting that food from a third microorganism in a more cooperative way. It may look pretty, but it is part of a much more complex ecosystem than people may realize.

Pattern Description

These socks are designed for comfort, with ribbing throughout that contains spiralling elongated-stitch details. They are knit toe-up with a gusset and heel flap. The right and left socks are worked identically, and corresponding written instructions are provided for the chart.

This pattern requires the knitter to be able to knit a small circumference in the round (either on double-pointed needles or your preferred technique for socks) and clearly explains all techniques for increases, decreases, and German short rows. Within the pattern you will find links to useful video tutorials as well, so the pattern is easily accessible to an intermediate knitter who is just getting started knitting socks.

Yarn Requirements and Sizing

These socks are available in three sizes: Unisex Adult Small (Medium, Large) for foot circumferences of 18 (20.5, 23) cm / 7 (8, 9) inches — 56 (64, 72) st. You will need approximately 250 (275, 300) m / 275 (300, 325) yards for standard sizes, but the socks are completely adjustable in length and height for a perfect fit!

This pattern is designed to show off the subtleties of colour found in gorgeous hand-dyed yarns, and it also breaks up pooling with the visual prominence of the elongated-stitch texture.

These socks are rated 3/5 — Intermediate — on my sock pattern difficulty scale. This is because they have wide charts, though generally they are straightforward and intuitive to make.

This pattern was featured in the August 2021 Wool Interrupted Knit Socks Box.