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New Pattern Release: The Pyrifera Socks

Earlier this year, Jensen Reyes at Sugarplum Circus asked if I’d be interested in designing a pair of socks with a new base she was launching. I jumped at the chance, and now those socks are ready. They’re a little bit lacy and a lot of fun.

Read on for more information about where to find the pattern for the Pyrifera Socks, the materials you’ll need, and more.

A top-down image of the Pyrifera Socks, a pair of pink socks with 1x1 twisted rib cuffs and lacy leaf panels down the front and back.


Here’s where you’ll find the Pyrifera Socks on Payhip.


Here’s where you’ll find the Pyrifera Socks on Etsy.


Here’s where you’ll find the Pyrifera Socks on Ravelry.

About the Pyrifera Socks

In the Santa Barbara Channel, a massive kelp forest sways in the current and provides habitats for a host of ocean creatures. The giant kelp that forms the bulk of this forest is known scientifically as macrocystis pyrifera. The leafy pattern on these socks reminded me of the leaves on the giant kelp that often wash up on the beaches here in Ventura.

These socks are knit from the cuff down with a 1×1 twisted rib cuff. They feature a center panel of lacy leaves and tiny cables. The panel runs down the front and back of the sock. 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.

A close-up image of the toes of the Pyrifera Socks. The toes are made using the wedge toe construction.

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!

Sugarplum Circus Yarn

Chiaogoo US Size 4 (3.5 mm) 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)

Pyrifera Socks Details and Specs

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

SIZESS, 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)  
MATERIALSFingering weight yarn, 300-380 yds (274-348 m)   Sample shown knit in Sugarplum Circus Divine Sock, 60% fine superwash merino, 20% superkid mohair, 20% mulberry silk, 383 yds (350 m) per 3.5 oz (100 g)  
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  
A close-up on a heel of a pair of pink socks. The heel is a reinforced heel flap and gusset.

If You Like the Pyrifera Socks, You’ll Also Like…

The Lucida Socks, which also have front and back lacy panels.

The Laurel Hat, which uses the same lacy leaf pattern in a larger scale.


Wednesday 11th of May 2022

This is such a beautiful design! I used to live on the coast near Santa Barbara so I know that seaweed! It used to give me the chills, but not so with your socks. I love your designs and got a little carried away, got another sock design plus a hat! Guess I should now get my needles and yarn together for a little fun.

Lauren Rad

Thursday 12th of May 2022

Thanks so much for supporting my work! I hope you have fun and that the socks help you remember happy times.

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