Worked in a cosy DK-weight Wensleydale, Smoke and Mirrors is not what it seems at first sight. The deceptively simple patterning is created using a form of mosaic knitting, in which just one colour is used in each round – the colourwork illusion results from alternating knitted and slipped stitches, as for a standard heel flap. The only difference here is that the yarn float is held on the right side, creating a pattern in texture as well as colour.

Smoke and Mirrors is knitted from the top down, with a traditional heel flap and a round toe.

  • Difficulty Intermediate - decreases, increases, knitting in the round, slipped stitches, heel flap and simple finishing

  • Measurements Finished foot and leg circumference 6 ¾ (7 ½, 8, 8 ½, 9 ¼) in / 17 (18.5, 20, 21.5, 23) cm Designed to be worn with 1 in / 2.5 cm of negative ease. Shown in size 7 ½ in / 18.5 cm with 1 in / 2.5 cm of negative ease.

  • Yarn Ginger Twist, Halo Honey DK (100% British Wensleydale; 100 g / 246 yards / 225 m): Dove (colour A) and Girl on Fire (colour B), 1 skein each Substitute with approximately 200 yards / 180 m of DK weight yarn in each colour that knits to the specified gauge.

  • Tension 26 sts and 31 rnds = 4 inches / 10 cm in St st

  • Needles & Notions Size 2.75 mm (US 2) set of double pointed needles Size 3 mm (US 3) set of double pointed needles Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

  • Stitch markers

  • Tapestry needle