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Abalone Socks

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Years ago, the waters around the Channel Islands were filled with abalone. They were a staple of local diets for centuries, but overfishing in the 20th century led to strict restrictions and periodic bans on abalone fishing in the area. The 2018 abalone fishing season was cancelled entirely after a sharp decline in abalone population.

I’ve named these socks after our precious abalone and their shimmering shells. The inside of an abalone shell has flashes of pink, white, silver, green, blue, and purple. It ripples and sparkles in the light, a sensory experience I’ve tried to replicate with the rows of eyelets and twisted stitches you’ll find in these socks.

SIZES
S, M, L
Dimensions: 7.5” (21.6 cm), 9.75” (23.5 cm), 10” (25.4 cm) circumference

MATERIALS
Fingering weight yarn, 400 yards

Suggested yarn: KnittyVet Naturally-Dyed Sock Yarn, 462 yards (423 m) per skein

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

NEEDLES
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)

TOOLS
One stitch marker
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

SKILL LEVEL
Adventurous beginner to intermediate
Techniques: increases, decreases, twisted stitches, knitting in the round
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