The Iralai Socks are inspired by Antilope cervicapra, the Blackbuck (“iralai maan” in Tamil), a species of antelope from the Indian subcontinent. Its long corkscrew antlers are one of the most impressive features in the animal kingdom.
These socks use slipped stitches, crossed stitches, and small cables to create a twisted effect. Elongating the stitches to be slipped helps keep the socks stretchy while bringing out the subtle colour details we all love in hand-dyed yarns.
These socks are knit toe-up. They feature a rounded short-row heel and a twisted-rib cuff. The twisting slipped-stitch cables are mirrored on the left and right socks, though each only uses two different types of cables to create the effect.
The pattern explains all increases, decreases, German short row turns, cables, 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.