Hexbin is a top-down, unisex sock pattern featuring stranded colorwork. It is a fun, geometric design that leaves a lot of room for experimentation with color and pattern. It is also a great stash-busting project for those self-striping, gradient or tonal colorways that can be difficult to do justice to.
Did You Know?
The colorwork motif was inspired by hexbin plots, also known as 2D density or 2D histogram plots.
How Does it Work?
In these graphs, large amounts of data points are grouped in hexagonal regions (the ‘bins’), with brightly colored regions representing more active areas. This gives a nice, high-level overview of the complex underlying data. Think, for example, of a plot of how much wine is produced in each village in France. Hexagons are used instead of squares or circles to remove some biases at the region edges, while also looking much cooler!
The first example shows a hexbin plot with the expected revenue of supermarkets in the Netherlands.
For more information about this hexbin map, see this link
This second example of a hexbin plot shows the number of bankruptcies filed per US state in a certain time frame.
For more information about this hexbin map, see this link.
Garnstudio Drops Fabel (75% Wool 25% Nylon; 224 yds [205 m]/50 gr): Color #400 Black (MC), 2 (2, 2) balls, Color #340 Lagoon (CC), 1 (1, 1) ball.
Size US 1 (2.25mm) needles, DPNs or 9″ (23cm) or 40” (100cm) circulars
Or size needed to obtain gauge
32 sts and 40 rows = 4″ [10cm] in stranded St st after blocking
32 sts and 44 rows = 4″ [10cm] in St st after blocking
S (M, L): 8.25 (9, 9.75)” [21 (23, 25) cm] circumference
Leg and foot length can be modified.
Tapestry needle, 8 stitch markers.
See our standard abbreviations.
About the Designer: Dots Dabbles
Dots Dabbles is a business analyst by day, knitwear designer by night. Knitting is her passion, and she has a particular fondness for socks and other knitted accessories. Her designer name was inspired by one of her pet ferrets.
While designing, she is often inspired by nature and her surroundings.
You can see all her designs on Ravelry.