The Seaward Flow Socks were designed in collaboration with the wonderful team over at Biscotte Yarns, and for the last six months, they’ve been exclusive to Biscotte. Now, though, they’re available to everybody! Read on for links to buy the pattern on various platforms, pattern specs and details, an easy shopping list, and lots of photos.
About the Seaward Flow Socks
Seaward flow is one of the factors that contributes to the mixing of fresh and salt water in tidal estuaries. We’re lucky enough to have two estuaries here in Ventura, one at the mouth of the Ventura River and one at the mouth of the Santa Clara River. They’re ecologically sensitive habitats, but if you follow the posted signage and stay on marked pathways, you can visit and watch all sorts of wildlife. We’re big fans of the egrets and herons.
The tiny overlapping cables on these socks remind me of the way the water in the estuaries ripples as the wind blows across its surface. They’re also meant to mimic the mixing of water in the estuaries, where heavier salt water flows into the river mouth below the fresh water flowing out from the river. The German short-row heel is not one I use often, but it felt right for this project. I hope you enjoy it.
Easy Shopping List
In case you want to knit these mitts using the exact materials I did, here is a shopping list with easy links for you. Some of these are affiliate links, which means if you choose to buy something through those links, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I will always identify affiliate links for you. Thanks for supporting my work!
Chiaogoo US Size 1.5 (2.5 mm) short circular needles (affiliate link)
The DPNs I’ve used since 2009 (affiliate link)
Stitch markers (budget option) (affiliate link)
Seward Flow Socks Details and Specs
Here are all the nitty gritty details about the Seward Flow Socks, including their dimensions, materials, gauge, needles, and more.
|SIZES||S, M, L Finished sock dimensions: 7.5” (19 cm), 8.75” (22 cm), 10” (25.5 cm) circumference (Note: most people like their socks snug, so choose a finished sock size that is slightly smaller than your actual foot)|
|MATERIALS||Fingering weight yarn, 300-380 yds (274-348 m) Sample shown knit in Louise Robert Designs Super Sock, 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon, 437 yds (400 m) per 3.5 oz (100 g)|
|GAUGE||4” (10 cm) square = 32 stitches x 40 rows in stockinette|
|NEEDLES||One set of needles for your preferred style of small-circumference knitting in a size to match gauge listed above Suggested needle size: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)|
|TOOLS||One stitch marker for beginning of round; optional additional markers between pattern repeatsTapestry needle for weaving in ends|
|SKILL LEVEL||Intermediate Techniques: decreases, knitting in the round, cabling, Kitchener stitch grafting|
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