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


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.


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)


One stitch marker for beginning of round; optional additional markers between pattern repeats Cable needle Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Skill Level

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

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