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Sea Inspired Socks

December 15, 2015

On the second day of Christmas, Tin Can Knits gave to me…

Sea Wall Socks by Tin Can Knits

sea inspired socks,

and cabled mittens for under the tree!

architectural details

Alexa has conquered cables yet again with the lovely Sea Wall socks. But cables aside, the detail I love most from these socks is the crisp architectural quality of the twisted rib at the cuff and heels.

The Sea Wall socks are knit in Sweet Fiber Cashmerino Sock in ‘tea leaves’, a delicate colourway that brings to mind translucent seaweed swaying gently in shallow teal waters.

Tea leaves is clearly one of Alexa’s favourite Sweet Fiber colourways; she also used it for Malt, the free baby blanket pattern from The Simple Collection!  This earthy and complex colourway has subtle variegation which doesn’t overwhelm a pattern stitch.

Sea Wall Socks Project Details

Sea Wall by Tin Can Knitspattern: Sea Wall Socks
sizing: adult small (medium, large)
yarn: 350 (370, 400) yds sock / fingering weight yarn (sample shown in Sweet Fiber Cashmerino Sock in ‘tea leaves’)
needles: US #1 / 2.25mm & US #2 / 2.75mm (or as required to meet gauge)
gauge: 28 sts & 40 rounds / 4” in stockinette on larger needles
notions: stitch markers, darning needle


If you love the cables on these socks, we’ve also designed a cowl that features the same pattern: Lions Gate from our second book, Pacific Knits. The cable itself was inspired by the structure of the Lion’s Gate bridge in Stanley Park in Vancouver, where both designs were photographed. If you have visited this beautiful park, you may recognize the iconic bridge and beautiful landscapes.

Socks on sand… cue eye roll!

We often photograph our knits at the beach, as it’s a beautiful spot with good light, great neutrally backgrounds and atmosphere… but really!? Socks on sand! Yup. This is not the first or the last time that you will see this from TCK, and while you may be sniggering and rolling your eyes, we’re not apologizing!

Sea Wall Socks by Tin Can Knits

Struggling with a technique?

While the pattern is clear and straightforward, the Sea Wall socks are an intermediate knit. If you are casting on for your very first pair of socks, we’d suggest you try the Rye Socks from The Simple Collection first, and follow along with our step-by-step tutorial ‘Let’s Knit Socks’. But maybe you’re looking to expand your skills, learn to read knitting charts, or learning to cable? We’ve got these tutorials, and an extensive list of resources on our HELP! page.

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Other TCK socks:

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29 Comments leave one →
  1. Patricia permalink
    December 15, 2015 8:33 pm

    Thank you!!! Merry Christmas

  2. jatshaw permalink
    December 15, 2015 8:29 pm

    Thanks a bunch! Can’t wait to try them.

  3. Shelley permalink
    December 15, 2015 7:18 pm

    Thank you TCKs! I’m gonna give socks a go for the first time! Merry Christmas.

  4. December 15, 2015 7:03 pm

    I love the socks on the sand! Thanks for this wonderful freebie!

  5. Angela Z permalink
    December 15, 2015 5:07 pm

    Thank you! Beautiful socks.

  6. Coco permalink
    December 15, 2015 4:57 pm

    Thank you so much for the generous gift.

  7. Coco permalink
    December 15, 2015 4:46 pm

    Very generous. Thank you so much and Happy Holidays

  8. Mary Jefferson permalink
    December 15, 2015 3:44 pm

    Really like this stunningly simple pattern for socks…Thank you so much!

  9. Michelle permalink
    December 15, 2015 2:37 pm

    Thank you!!!

  10. Florence permalink
    December 15, 2015 12:55 pm

    They are beautiful! Thank you so much!

  11. Marcia Pierson permalink
    December 15, 2015 11:56 am

    I am so excited to see what pattern is waiting for me from you every day! Thank you, tis very generous of YOU!

  12. rainbowgoblin permalink
    December 15, 2015 11:48 am

    The FAQ is hilarious! I admit to experiencing a little “but… but… I missed a free pattern! What can I do about this?” Answer: a) pay a few bucks and get the pattern you missed, and b) don’t miss any more freebies, dummy. You guys are amazing, thanks!

    • December 15, 2015 12:11 pm

      Whew, we thought it was pretty funny when we wrote it, glad you get us!

  13. knittedblissjc permalink
    December 15, 2015 10:17 am

    gorgeous socks!!! those cables look amazing.

  14. Penny185 permalink
    December 15, 2015 9:50 am

    Just want to say a huge thank you for your Twelve Days of Christmas generosity to knitters.

  15. December 15, 2015 9:23 am

    Happily I own this pattern already! Good luck with your 12 days of Christmas!

  16. Diane permalink
    December 15, 2015 9:12 am

    Thank you! Love the socks.

  17. December 15, 2015 8:58 am

    Lovely, thank you! I agree that Tea Leaves is one of the prettiest colourways. I’m making a sweater in it, right now. It’s the perfect choice for your Seawall, as well.

  18. leslieileen permalink
    December 15, 2015 8:29 am


  19. Lori permalink
    December 15, 2015 6:36 am

    Love these! Thank you so much.

  20. Jen C permalink
    December 15, 2015 6:34 am

    Thank you so much. Merry Christmas!

  21. December 15, 2015 6:07 am

    I’ve always admired these socks. And what’s wrong with photographing socks in sand!? They look quite nice there.

  22. JodyJohnson permalink
    December 15, 2015 6:01 am

    Thank You TCK!!!!!!!!

  23. December 15, 2015 5:13 am

    Thanks so much for all these great patterns! I love your stuff.

  24. December 15, 2015 4:57 am

    Oops I didn’t read the FAQ. I followed the instructions and did get the free pattern. Guess I should have read that first, duh! LOL!!! Thank you so much for the pattern! Happy Holidays.

  25. December 15, 2015 2:08 am

    These are lovely. Thank you so much😊

  26. Estrellademadera permalink
    December 15, 2015 12:49 am

    Merci beaucoup pour ces beaux cadeaux!

  27. December 15, 2015 12:16 am

    Thank you so much! You are very generous! Happy holidays!

  28. Cindy c permalink
    December 15, 2015 12:05 am

    Again thank you for the wonderful pattern.

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