spiral socks by Lori Versaci

spiral socks

September 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 60 rows = 4 inches
in spiral pattern
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
325 - 375 yards (297 - 343 m)
Small (Large)
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Spiral: a curve which emanates from a central point, getting progressively farther away as it revolves around the point.

Spiral socks are beautiful 2 color slip-stitch op-art socks that can be knit in 2 sizes. The technique used to create the fabric, slip-stitch knitting, is a wonderful way to produce beautiful colorwork patterns while still working with only one yarn at a time. The Spiral Pattern purposefully varies the location of the slipped stitches in order to produce a combination of vertical, slanted and curved lines. This creates the “optical illusion” reminiscent of the Op-Art movement from the 1960’s.

Spiral is one in a collection of 4 different op-art patterned socks based on geometric shapes each of which has a different border treatment.

SIZES Small (Large)

HEEL-TO-TOE LENGTH: 9 (10)“/23 (25.5)cm
CIRCUMFERENCE: 8 (9)”/20.5 (23)cm

Sock is worked cuff-to-toe. Then, HEEL is worked from live stitches created by Afterthought Heel.


  • Yarn on the House Little Brother 80% Superwash Merino Wool, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon; 435 yds/ 100g per skein: 1 skein MC and 1 skein CC or
  • Fingering weight yarn: Approx 200 yds/225m MC and 125 yds/150m for CC
  • Plus waste yarn, preferably a smooth cotton in highly contrasting color.

32 sts and 60 rnds = 4”/10cm in Spiral Pattern, on larger DPNs after blocking.
While exact gauge is not critical, variation in gauge will alter final measurements.

Size 1 and 2 US (2.25 and 2.75mm) DPNs or size needed to obtain gauge and one size smaller