Shiver of Sharks Socks by Laura Cunitz

Shiver of Sharks Socks

July 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
8 stitches and 10 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
400 - 450 yards (366 - 411 m)
6 sizes, 6.75 to 9.25" circumference
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This pattern is available for $3.95 USD
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Ready for an annual summer event?

These toe-up, German Short Row (GSR) socks were designed for Jimmy Beans Wool to celebrate Discovery Channel’s upcoming Shark Week 2019.

Their kit includes this beautiful yarn by Valkyrie Fibers; a full skein of MC Shallow Waters, 25% of CC Open Ocean and a code to download this pattern.

Link here to the Jimmy Beans Wool kit for this project.

You can, also just buy the pattern here and use any sock yarn that knits to a gauge of 8 sts per 1” / 2.5 cm. If it is a multi make sure it is light-colored and not too varied or the raised shark and wave rib patterns will not show as well.

As with all Knitting Nuance patterns, you’ll find a number of new ideas or techniques:

  • New rounded toe that was tested by over 60 Knitting Nuance blog readers with almost universal approval.
  • A step-by-step method to prevent a hold in the corner of the GSR heel
  • The Showy Decrease used to create raised shark patterns on the front and back of the sock.
  • Written instructions for the charts that are read bottom to top (vs. the traditional top to bottom) so tracking your location and verifying instructions is easy.

The 10-page Pattern Includes:

  • 6 sizes: women’s small, 6.75”/17.1 cm to men’s XL, 9.25” / 23.5 cm and also includes a standard foot length chart
  • Charts and line-by-line written instructions for the shark shapes
  • Links to extra online help including a 25-minute project tutorial video

Skill Level:
A clear understanding of various decreases is a must. Knowing how to read charts helps but line-by-line instructions for the sharks are included as well. There is some slip-stitch colorwork at the toe, but the part you need to pay attention to is on the leg after you’ve worked the heel.

Mostly it is about your ability to read your knitting. Can you spot where you are by looking at the sock vs. looking at the pattern? The Showy Decreases really do show on the knitting and will guide you as you progress.

There’s a lot more on the blog announcement at