Denature

Now you can demonstrate your love of biology and sock knitting at the same time!

These socks feature a DNA double-helix twisting down each side of the leg, then denaturing at the ankle so that one DNA strand travels down the heel flap and the other travels down the side of the foot. The minor and major grooves in the double-helix (the distance between the two strands in the helix, and between turns in the helix) are appropriately proportioned, and there are a nearly-accurate 10 bases per full turn of the helix.

The socks are knit top-down with a somewhat tricky heel flap (requiring cabling on right- and wrong-side rows, and following different chart rows on the two sides of the flap) but otherwise standard construction.

Measurements: Leg circumference: 8.5 (9.5)”
Foot circumference: 8.5 (9.5)”

Yarn: any plain- or heathered-colored yarn that knits to the correct gauge; roughly 400 (600) yds
I’ve used Panda Cotton, Lana Grossa Meilenweit, and Fortissima Socka — all with great results.

Gauge: 32 sts/48 rows = 4” in stocking stitch
Be sure to test your gauge in the round!

Needles and notions: Size US 2 (2.75 mm) in your favorite sock-knitting needle style; cable needle (optional); darning needle; four stitch markers

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