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Opposing Currents - PDF Knitting Pattern


The Story

Living as close to the ocean as I do, I find myself at the beach, staring endlessly into the water. I’m often mesmerized by the currents that meet one another and the mirror-like swathes they create across the water’s surface. These socks were inspired by these meeting currents that are visible between the waves.


  • Quince & Co. Finch (fingering weight, 100% American Wool; 221 yds/50g per skein): 2 skeins Birds Egg
  • US 2 (2.75mm) 32-inch circular needle (or preferred length)
  • Removable stitch markers
  • Fixed stitch markers
  • Cable needle

Finished Sizes

8 (8.5, 9) inch circumference (recommended fit: 1/2 inch neg. ease)


31 sts and 46 rows = 4 inches stockinette in the round.


  • These socks are worked from the cuff down and features a decorative heel flap and gusset. These socks are identical to one another; make two to complete a pair.
  • Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge.
  • This pattern includes written and charted instructions for the Magic Loop technique (charts can be found on page 4). Any sock technique can be substituted as preferred. In the case of using DPNs, the Front Needle is synonymous with Needles 1 & 2 and the Back Needle is synonymous with Needles 3 & 4.
  • Instructions are given for smallest size with additional sizes in parentheses. When only one set of instructions is given, it applies to all sizes.
  • For knitters familiar with the number of stitches required to make socks that fit your foot, you may consider going up a size for best fit to compensate for the cable work done. For example, when I knit socks on US 2’s, I typically cast-on 56 sts. To accommodate for the cables, I knit 64 sts on the US 2.
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