Saltwater Tides Socks
How could these socks not be inspired by the ocean when they’re made from such a lovely mermaid-themed colorway from Rising Tide Fiber Company?! Chevrons mimic the waves lapping at the shore and if you look closely, you can spot the mythical mermaids waving their tails at you between the crests.
Depending on if you knit them cuff-down or toe-up, the mermaids will either be swimming up your legs (cuff-down) or diving down towards your toes (toe-up). The pattern includes variations for both options and uses a short-row heel along with a standard wedge toe, but feel free to substitute your favorites as needed.
This pattern is written for 3 sizes: Child – Adult XXLarge. It is a bit stretchy though, so you can adjust the length to add additional sizes.
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Child, (Adult S, Adult XXL)
Finished Foot Length
7.5, (9.5, 11.5)“
19, (24, 29) cm
6, (8, 10)”
15 (20.5, 25.5) cm
MC: 178, (348, 503) yds
MC: 163, (318, 460) m
CC: 20g mini-skein x 1 (Optional)
Rising Tide Fiber Co
75/25 SW Merino/Nylon
415 yds / 100 g
In the Colorways:
MC: Simply Mermaizing
US 1 (2.25 mm) Double Points
or size and preferred needle type to obtain gauge
- Cable Needle
- Measuring Tape
- Stitch Markers
- Tapestry Needle
32 sts x 48 rnds / 4” (10 cm) in Stockinette, blocked
Pattern includes links to relevant tutorials. Tutorials are also posted to the the YumiYarns Tutorials page.
The needle size listed is the needle size I regularly use, but I am a very loose knitter so you may need to go up 1-2 needle sizes to get a fabric that you like. Most knitters do well with US size 2 (2.75 mm) & if you are a tight or newer knitter you may want to try a US size 3 (3.25 mm). If you know your standard needle size for sock knitting, use that instead of what I have listed (the size that gives you gauge).
Make sure that your beginning of round marker is different from your other markers so you can tell the difference. Locking markers are recommended .
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As of 3/13/21 I have updated the pattern with clarification in the written instructions for the instep patterning. Any downloads after this date will have the updated pattern.