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This pattern has been tech edited and test knit. It includes a second PDF accessible for knitters with low vision, following guidelines from Ravelry's Accessible Patterns group.

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.


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)

MATERIALS Fingering weight yarn, 300-400 yds (274-366 m), sample shown knit in Universal Yarn Uni Merino, 75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon, 437 yds (400 m) per 3.5 oz (100 g)

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, stockinette grafting.
You will get the following files:
  • PDF (623KB)
  • PDF (739KB)