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New Pattern Release: The Deimatic Socks

The Deimatic Socks, a pair of light blue, cabled socks are laid flat on a white marble countertop. Surrounding them are white roses, antique paper ephemera, old books, and a blue and white coffee cup.


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About the Deimatic Socks

Some species of octopus, when frightened, will exhibit a sudden change in coloration to confuse or distract a predator. This allows the octopus time to escape. When an animal uses this technique to protect itself, it’s called deimatic behavior.

The Deimatic Socks are inspired by the majestic octopus, which also happens to be the emblem of Sea Change Fibers, who provided the yarn for this design. These socks are knit from the cuff down with a 1×1 twisted rib cuff. They feature front and back panels of cabled coin lace that twists back and forth. There are two columns of coin lace and two panels on each sock, for a total of eight columns per pair of socks–just like the eight tentacles of an octopus. The heel is constructed with a classic heel flap and gusset for the snuggest and most customizable fit, and the socks end with a wedge toe.

The Deimatic Socks, a pair of light blue, cabled socks. They are worn on two feet standing slightly on tiptoe. Next to them are some antique books.

Easy Shopping List

In case you want to knit these socks using the exact materials I did, here is a shopping list with easy links for you. Some of these are affiliate links, which means if you choose to buy something through those links, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I will always identify affiliate links for you. Thanks for supporting my work!

The Dye Project Littoral Merino Fingering Yarn

Chiaogoo US Size 1.5 (2.5 mm) short circular needles (affiliate link)

The DPNs I’ve used since 2009 (affiliate link)

Stitch markers (budget option) (affiliate link)

Stitch markers (fancy option) (affiliate link)

The Deimatic Socks, a pair of light blue, cabled socks on feet that are crossed at the ankle. Next to them are some antique books.

Deimatic Socks Details and Specs

Here are all the nitty gritty details about the Deimatic Socks including their dimensions, materials, needles, gauge, and more.


Finished sock dimensions: 7” (18 cm), 8” (20 cm), 9” (23 cm) circumference (Note: most people like their socks snug, so choose a finished sock size that is slightly smaller than your actual foot)  
MATERIALSFingering weight yarn, 300-400 yds (274-366 m)  

Sample shown knit in Sea Change Fibers Littoral Merino Fingering, 100% Falklands merino wool, 435 yds (398 m) per 3.5 oz (100g), colorway Lunar Eclipse  
GAUGE4” (10 cm) square = 34 stitches x 41 rows in stockinette  
NEEDLESOne set of needles for your preferred style of small-circumference knitting in a size to match gauge listed above  

Suggested needle size: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)  
TOOLSOne stitch marker for beginning of round; optional additional markers between pattern repeats
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends  
SKILL LEVELIntermediate  

Techniques: cables, increases, decreases, knitting in the round, Kitchener stitch grafting  

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