Shadow Fade Socks

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Striping two gradient sets against each other, lightening in opposite directions, makes for a very rewarding and cheerful knit. Shifting colors do all the work in these dazzling but simple socks—no fancy footwork required.

In this sock pattern, a pair of helix spirals wind themselves around the sock without ever crossing one another’s paths. Helix knitting is a jogless method of working single round stripes in the round. Each stripe of colour is essentially a separate spiral, like mashing two slinky toys together.



Helix stripes ensure magically jogless stripes as the colors spiral around together, with a band (square) heel flap construction, cuffs, and toes worked in a solid color. Instructions are given for top-down socks in nine sizes.

What's Included

This knitting pattern includes detailed written directions, modification notes, spit splicing directions, and front, side, and back images.

Sizes + Finished Measurements

Sizes: Baby (Child, Preteen, Adult S, M)(Adult L, 1X, 2X, 3X)
Finished foot circumference: 4 (5, 6, 7, 8)(9, 10, 11, 12)” / 10 (12.5, 15, 18, 20.5)(23, 25.5, 28, 30.5) cm.
Finished foot length: 4 ½ (5 ½, 6 ¾, 7 ¾, 9)(10, 11, 12 ¼, 13 ½)” / 11.5 (14, 17, 19.5, 23)(25.5, 28, 31, 34.5) cm.


Fingering weight or sock yarn;
Two sets of mini skeins, five colours each totalling approximately 105 (180, 275, 360, 450, 570, 675, 810, 945) yd / 95 (165, 250, 330, 415, 520, 620, 740, 860) m.

Shown in Knit Picks Stroll Fingering Tonal Mini Packs (75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon; 462 yards/100g) in Coastal and Sunset, 1 mini pack each.

Substitution Notes

Choose two sets of five contrasting/coordinating colours and arrange one set from light to dark and the second set from dark to light. This can be a fun stash busting project using yarns from different brands, being sure they are all sock weight. Look for wool blends with some nylon, mohair or silk for strength and a tight twist and multiple plies for a sock that will last.


32 sts and 47 rnds = 4″ (10 cm) in Stockinette Stitch in the round, blocked.

Needles + Notions

2.25 mm (US 1) DPNs or two circular needles for two circulars technique or 32″ (80 cm) or longer circular needles for Magic Loop technique;
Stitch Markers;
Locking Stitch Markers;
Yarn Needle.


Knitting in the round, increases/decreases, basic cuff down sock construction, band heel, heel flap, heel turn, picking up stitches.

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