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Sea Forest - Socks

Underwater, forests of algae grow and work just like forests on land, creating ecosystems around them made up of other plants, fish and microscopic creatures. The beauty of those kelp forests swaying with the ocean currents inspired me to design this pair of socks.

These socks are knitted toe-up. At first, only the top of the foot is knitted with lace, while the sole is worked in garter stitch, simulating the movement of the ocean currents. Once the heel is done, the lace covers the entire leg. The final length of the socks can be adjusted as desired.


Isabel Ale


Right now, Sea Forest is only available as part of our Issue 7! You can get Issue 7 here.


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  • Sizes

    1 (2, 3, 4, 5)

    Finished foot circumference: 18.5 (20, 21.25, 22.5, 24) cm / 7.25 (7.75, 8.25, 8.75, 9.5)” – recommended to be worn with approx 1.5 cm / 0.5” of negative ease.


    Garthenor Organic Snowdonia Sock (95% Romney, 5% Hebridean; 200 metres / 219 yards per 50 g)

    270 (285, 305, 320, 335) metres / 295 (310, 335, 350, 365) yards

    More or less yarn may be needed if changing the foot and / or leg length. Foot length in sample shown is 21 cm / 8.25”.

    Sample shown is knit in colourway Moel Hebog. Davina wears a size 3 with 0.75 cm / 0.25" of negative ease.


    2 mm / US 0 circular needle with a cable length of at least 80 cm / 32” (or needle size to obtain gauge)

    This pattern uses the magic loop technique. The top of the foot is worked across the first needle (N1) and the sole of the foot is worked across the second needle (N2).


    34 sts x 46 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4” (in the round, in stockinette stitch, after blocking)

    30 sts x 48 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4” (in the round, in charted lace pattern, after blocking)

    30 sts x 48 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4” (in the round, in garter stitch, after blocking)


    • Blocking tools (sock blockers or t-pins)
    • Crochet hook, 2 mm / US B1
    • Darning needle
    • Removable stitch markers (optional)
    • Tape measure

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