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New Pattern: the Upwelling Socks

The Upwelling Socks were originally published in Cast On, and for the last year, they’ve been exclusive to the magazine. 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.

A flatlay photo of a pair of light gray handknit socks. The socks are laid flat on a gray surface with the toes pointing to the right. They're covered in tiny cables and eyelets, and surrounded by dusty miller, a blue and white teacup full of coffee, and a blue and white place with several croissants on it.


Here’s where you’ll find the Upwelling Socks on Etsy.


Here’s where you’ll find the Upwelling Socks on Ravelry.

About the Upwelling Socks

Upwelling is a natural phenomenon that occurs in the ocean, where deep, cold water rises to the surface. The colder water contains more nutrients, which help replenish the water at the surface and lead to more abundant animal life. Upwelling is common near some of the Channel Islands and helps sustain the vibrant sea life here in the waters around Ventura.

The cables in these socks are meant to mimic the intermingling of water and currents, while the alternating eyelets remind me of bubbles rising to the surface. These socks are graded to three sizes and knit from the cuff down with a heel flap and gusset. They’re finished with a wedge toe.

Easy Shopping List

In case you want to knit these socks 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!

Madelinetosh Tosh Sock yarn (affiliate link)

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)

Stitch markers (fancy option) (affiliate link)

A detail shot of a pair of light gray handknit socks with lots of tiny cables and eyelets. The photo focuses on the slipped stitch heels and the delicate cables on the legs. You can see how the ribbing of the cuffs flows into the cables.

Upwelling Socks Details and Specs

Here are all the nitty gritty details about the Upwelling Socks, including their dimensions, materials, gauge, needles, and more.


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)


Fingering weight yarn, 300-380 yds (274-348 m)

Sample shown knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Sock, 100% superwash wool, 2-ply construction, 395 yds (361 m) per 3.5 oz (100 g)


4” (10 cm) square = 32 stitches x 40 rows in stockinette


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)


One stitch marker for beginning of round; optional additional markers between pattern repeats

Cable needle

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends



Techniques: cabling, decreases, knitting in the round, stockinette grafting

A detail shot of a pair of light gray handknit socks with lots of cables and eyelets. This photo focuses on the toe of one of the socks, so you can see its wedge construction.

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Saturday 29th of April 2023

I really enjoy reading your blog, and definitely love all your socks! They seem to be made to pamper one's feet. You make me want to make all my pairs of socks. Store bought ones are really boring.

Lauren Rad

Monday 1st of May 2023

That is so kind of you to say! I definitely enjoy wearing pretty socks that make me feel fancy.

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