My Pomatomus Socks – With A Fish-Scales Inspired Stitch Pattern

By Jodie Morgan

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The inspiration for knitting the Pomatomus Socks came from an Instagram post from knit designer Louise Crowthers. The stitch pattern of what resemble fish scales caught my eye. The design was for Pomatomus Socks by Cookie A. The pattern is available for free on

Finished Pomatomus Socks by designer Cookie A, knitted by Jodie of Knit Like Granny

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I reviewed, fact checked and updated this post on May 13, 2023.

Here’s Cookie A’s blurb about these socks – Step up the difficulty level of your socks a few notches by using a non-rectangular 12 stitch x 22 row repeat pattern combining yarn overs and texture on every row.

The yarn overs are fairly subtle, leaving the sock a little airy but not too lacy. The curved twisted stitch ribbing adds asymmetry and depth.

The twisted rib cuff and beginning of chartered fish scale pattern of my Pomatomus socks

The finished socks are reminiscent of blue-green fish scales hence the name Pomatomus, the genus of the blue fish. If you’re up for a challenge, this is for you.

The eponymous blue fish are somewhat vicious with sharp teeth, powerful jaws, and a cannibalistic tendency. Stay alert, and you should wade through these socks just fine.

Leg of Pomatomus socks in progress. The fish scale stitch pattern looking gorgeous

I adored the look of these socks and really wanted to knit them. I’m not an experienced sock knitter with only 4 pairs of socks which were basic patterns. The most basic being Hermione’s Everday socks and my striped pair. I knew these would be difficult but it didn’t perturb me.

The pattern is for double-pointed needles. I was determined to knit on my Chiaogoo circulars using the magic loop method. For more about these excellent tools see my article here. So I placed 36 stitches on each needle and used stitch markers to denote the 3 sets of 24 stitches.

Heel flap, heel turn and gusset of my Pomatomus sock

I had some difficulty understanding how to do some of the instructions. Thanks to the awesome members of Ravelry, I was able to work out the translation of the movement of stitches using circular needles/magic loop method instead of three DPNS and five DPNS for the gusset.

The yarn I chose was Fiber Lily’s Melon Hand Dyed Yarn.

Image from Fiber Lily Website
Image from Fiber Lily Website
The image I took of when I received the yarn
The image I took when I received the yarn

Yarn dyers always alert you to the fact the color depicted online may look different to the color of the yarn in reality due to lighting and how colors look on screens.

This certainly was the case for the Melon colorway I chose. Online it looked a brighter green but when I received the yarn it was much paler. I’ll admit I was disappointed in the actual pale green color but not in the feel of the fiber.

Fiber Lily’s Super Soft Sock base is 4 ply, fingering weight 75% Non-Mulesed Superfine Australian Merino superwash/25% nylon. 20.5 micron Australian merino. The wool felt exquisite. The cuff and heel flap are knit in 1×1 twisted rib and the result is visually pleasing.

My Pomatomus sock on right foot

The overall fish scale pattern is fabulous and although I had many challenges with this pattern, I was super happy with the finished socks. The sock is airy but still very warm thanks to Fiber Lily’s gorgeous yarn. I thoroughly enjoy wearing these socks and have had many compliments.

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About The Author

Jodie Morgan From Knit Like Granny

Jodie Morgan (Author & Founder) | Lives In: Regional Australia

Author: Jodie Morgan is a passionate knitter and blogger with 40+ years of experience currently living in regional Australia. Taught by her mother and wonderful grandmother “Mama”, she fell in love with crafting from a young age. When she’s not knitting, you’ll find her enjoying a cup of coffee with cream, or sharing helpful resources and tips with the online knitting community. Get to know Jodie and the team on our meet the team page.

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