These quirky, colourful childrens’ socks are a deceptively easy project as they are knitted entirely in simple stocking stitch. All the design details are applied with Swiss darning (duplicate stitch) after knitting. The text reads ‘Never tickle a sleeping dragon’, an English translation of ‘Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus’, the Hogwarts school motto.
The socks are knitted in the round on 2.5mm/US1½ needles at a tension of 8 stitches to 2.5cm/1″. The pattern provides sizing options for children aged 5-7, 8-10, and 11-14. Clear guidance is also given for knitting a custom-fit sock to a child’s actual measurements. Full instructions are given for each element of the socks for both sizing options. A chart shows the colour banding, the text, and the crest.
Required yardage of the nine colours used in the socks varies, but is less than 50g in any one of them. Specific yardages are given in the pattern for each size. An appendix in the pattern suggests appropriate sock yarn brands and colours available in Europe and the US.
Although this original design is inspired by the fiction of J.K. Rowling, it is not official or licensed merchandise, and is not intended to be perceived as such.