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.
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!
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)
Deimatic Socks Details and Specs
Here are all the nitty gritty details about the Deimatic Socks including their dimensions, materials, needles, gauge, and more.
|SIZES||S, M, L |
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)
|MATERIALS||Fingering 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
|GAUGE||4” (10 cm) square = 34 stitches x 41 rows in stockinette|
|NEEDLES||One 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)
|TOOLS||One stitch marker for beginning of round; optional additional markers between pattern repeats |
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
|SKILL LEVEL||Intermediate |
Techniques: cables, increases, decreases, knitting in the round, Kitchener stitch grafting