Sibling Socks, aka Coriolis

I finished the second sock from my “”What I learned at Sock Summit” project.


Remember I said that I wanted to make the second sock different, so I wouldn’t have Second Sock Syndrome? The first sock was a spiraling Coriolis. On the second one, I decided to try Cat Bordhi’s Upstream sock architecture, and put the increases on the instep in the form of a diamond with lacy holes. Isn’t it funny how the pink/purple pooled in the diamond?


When I finished the diamond, I decided that I didn’t want lacy diamonds going all the way up the leg. I was curious what would happen if I took the spiraling line from the Coriolis sock and moved them in different directions. So I echoed the holey diamond with a snakey one.

diamond leg

I think I like the snakey diamond even better than the holey diamond! But I wasn’t going back to do it over again.

sibling legs

VoilĂ ! Two socks that read pretty much the same at first glance, but are different enough to make knitting two socks remain interesting. I wonder why knitting two socks the same is a challenge to me, but I can make the same baby sweater or baby hat several times without a second thought? Go figure. Probably because I can multi-task and watch a movie or read at the same time I’m knitting that baby sweater or baby hat. Aha!

The details:
Variations on Coriolis pattern by Cat Bordhi, New Pathways for Sock Knitters (I took the information from Cat’s class and ran with it)
Socks that Rock Mediumweight, Alley-Oop colorway
Size 2 Sox Stix by Lantern Moon (love these needles)

right heel

left heel

I love Cat’s heel turn, but I need to fine tune the fit. The back of the heel is a bit too tall and loose for me; I’ll try fewer increases over the arch expansion next time. But I love Judy’s Magic Cast On and Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off; these two techniques have made toe up socks a lot more attractive to me. Especially since I still don’t like to close toes with kitchener stitch. I can do it, but I don’t enjoy it!

16 responses to “Sibling Socks, aka Coriolis

  1. beautiful! I love the winding diamond. both are beautiful

  2. Those are really neat!

  3. What a great idea. A bored knitter is a dangerous knitter, they say. Heh!

  4. I really do like the snakey diamond pattern too. How fun to wear two different sock patterns. I may have to give this a try.

  5. Halfway Crafter

    Very impressed with your abilities! I’m excited I have gone from knitting and purling to increasing and decreasing and wildly exciting things like knit2tog and ssk!

    One day I may even try a sock!

  6. Love the fraternal twins!

  7. Gorgeous!

    I have got to get Cat’s book. I love the Coriolis look.

  8. if i am to ever make socks, i am sure i will never make two identical ones either. love these!!

  9. You have taken the fraternal twin socks to a new height. Love them!

  10. I like the variation!!!

  11. I love the matching snake diamond with the lace diamond. Awesome idea!

  12. This is taking a cure for SSS to another level! Great idea! And I’m lovin’ the snakey diamond!

  13. Such a great idea! Who says our socks have to be identical twins all the time, anyway?!

  14. Very cool! I love that you did the two different from each other! It’s a fantastic pair!

  15. How cool these are! And I love your Christmas stockings-they are so beautiful! You sure know how to crank stuff out. Seems like I’ve not completed anything lately. Still working on Cat Bordhi Treasure Forest bookmarks-gave some to nurses, sending one to JoAnn @ BMFA…

  16. Two great sock patterns!