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.
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)
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
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Techniques: cabling, decreases, knitting in the round, stockinette grafting
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