For these socks, I interpreted the maple leaf of Canada in a textured lace stitch. Yarn over stitches loosely define the outer edges of the leaves. Twisted knit stitches and decreases define the stem and main veins. Knit-purl texture serves double-duty for further defining the interior of the leaves plus giving some resiliency to the fabric to enhance the elastic fit about the leg.
The socks begin at the cuff with a crown-like pointed bias-ribbed border, symbolizing the ties the self-governing country of Canada still retains to the British crown. The ribbed border then transitions into a field of overall maple leaves encircling the leg. As a nice feature for wearing with open-back sandals, I designed the heel to transition back into the bias-ribbed pattern. If you prefer a plain heel, feel free to substitute. The maple leaves are carried into the instep and taper to a point as the solid fabric of the foot takes over to complete the sock.
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