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Solimar Socks

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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.

Just north of Ventura, there is a pretty little beach with a wide strip of sand and a good view of the islands. It’s called Solimar, a mashup of “sol y mar,” or “sun and sea.” I like to take my daughter there and let her play in the sand while I get some stitching done.

I’ve named these socks for that pretty beach and designed them so that the rippling lace looks like the sunlight sparkling on the ocean on a calm day. They feature an easily memorized four-row repeat that looks much more complicated than it is. These socks are great for some peaceful knitting at the beach, on a long road trip, or any time you just need a little peace and quiet.


S, M, L

Finished sock dimensions: 7.5” (19 cm), 9” (23 cm), 10.5” (26.5 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 Knit Picks Stroll, 75% Fine Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon, 231 yds (211 m) per 1.8 oz (50 g)


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


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)


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



Techniques: decreases, knitting in the round, Kitchener stitch grafting
You will get the following files:
  • PDF (1MB)
  • PDF (766KB)