Expecto Draconum by Elisabeth White

Expecto Draconum

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May 2018
Light Fingering ?
9 stitches and 10 rows = 1 inch
in stranded colorwork
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
380 - 460 yards (347 - 421 m)
M (L)
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Discontinued. This digital pattern is no longer available online.

Expecto Draconum = I await a dragon!

I have been eagerly awaiting a dragon since Sock Madness 10, and I know I’m not the only one. This year, I decided to take matters into my own hands. The title of this pattern will no doubt bring “Expecto Patronum” to mind for Harry Potter fans, and who wouldn’t want a dragon as their patronus?

This pattern is cuff down with a heel flap and gusset. The cuff, heel flap, and toe are worked with one color only, and the remainder of the socks are knit with two colors in stranded colorwork. I highly recommend using ladderback jacquard (LBJ) to anchor the long floats in the dragon pattern, but any method of catching floats will work fine. The pattern is charted.

SIZES: Medium, (Large)

Foot Circumference: 8 (9 1/3) inches
Foot Length: Customizable

GAUGE: 9 stitches and 10 rows per inch in stranded colorwork

NEEDLES: US 1.5 (2.50 mm) or size needed to get gauge. The designer used a 9 inch circular needle for the body of the sock and magic loop for the toe, but the pattern is suitable for any style of sock knitting.

YARN: One 100 g skein and one 50 g skein of fingering weight sock yarn for MC and CC, respectively. The designer used Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer in Chrome and Potion, but any fingering weight sock yarn will do.
Size medium will use up approximately 245 yards MC and 135 yards CC, and size large will use 290 yards MC and 160 yards CC.

OTHER MATERIALS: Cable needle (optional), stitch holder or waste yarn, darning needle