Tana Socks by Carolyn Lisle

Tana Socks

January 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 0 - 2.0 mm
301 - 355 yards (275 - 325 m)
Adult Small (Medium, Large)
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The Tana Socks are inspired by Furcifer lateralis, the Carpet Chameleon, a species of chameleon from Madagascar. “Tana” is the word for “chameleon” in the local Malagasy language. Like all chameleons, they are famous for their ability to change colour in intense patterns, and in general, chameleons are very unusual-looking creatures. These socks were designed to honour that fine line between bizarre and beautiful by encouraging a multicoloured yarn to pool in as many different ways as possible in a single sock.

Pattern Description

These socks use both slipped stitches and short rows to really make a variegated yarn shine as the pooling patterns shift throughout the socks. They feature a gusset and heel flap short-row heel and a garter rib cuff for additional visual interest. Elongating the stitches to be slipped helps keep the socks stretchy and comfortable and provides more variation in the colour patterning.

These socks are knit toe-up. 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, German short rows, and elongated stitches. Within the pattern you will find links to useful video tutorials as well, so the pattern is accessible to an intermediate sock knitter.

Yarn Requirements and Sizing

These socks are available in three adult foot circumferences: 18 (20.5, 23) cm / 7 (8, 9) inches — 56 (64, 72) st — and are adjustable in length and height. They require approximately 275 (300, 325) m / 300 (325, 350) yards of fingering or light fingering weight yarn for average foot lengths.

Variegated yarns with regular repeating colour sequences and self-striping yarns with very narrow, irregular-width stripes offer the best results for this pattern.

These socks are rated 5/5 — Challenging — on my sock pattern difficulty scale. This is because they have extensive short-row shaping in the construction, texture worked on both sides of the fabric, and wide charts.

Note that there are two files included with this pattern; one contains chart-based instructions and the other is fully written with no charts. Both produce the same final product.