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

Voilà! 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!