Socks and Fish

I've been making socks almost exclusively for over a year now and am looking forward to trying something new.
I want to try my hand at a more 3D venture specifically:knitting the common fish of lake superior. Has anyone here got any experience or advice in 3 dimensional pattern writing?
Fish are not as complex in form as say a moose head or even a raccoon as they are almost tube-like but I need to research some of the elements such as fin placement, colour subtlety, and texture.
I think if I knit from mouth to tail the shape of a stockinette stitches may naturally look a tiny bit scale like.
Some of the species I am considering are yellow perch, northern pike, rainbow and lake trout, whitefish and small mouth bass.
The attachment here is of a pair of socks I finished a couple of weeks ago made with some leftover donations of fingering weight commercially dyed wool.

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ronhuber's picture

I love them. They are so happy!

GOOD JOB !!!! Those are my kind of socks----there are so many happy yarns available, why would I want to use a plain, solid color.

MMario's picture

An ambitious project you are undertaking - I wish you the best of luck and looking forward to seeing your results...

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2manyhobbies's picture

Love the socks ... they do radiate a child-like happiness :) It looks like they have a dutch heel? I have just recently begun knitting socks, so I haven't actually done one with a dutch heel yet (the two pairs i've knitted use short row heels), although I just cast on for a new pattern this morning that will hopefully change that soon!

brenthaig's picture

I had to look up the term dutch heel as I tend not to follow patterns and am a bit ignorant of proper terms. But yes it is indeed a dutch heel and I tend to use them when I do socks- I like the shape of them when worn. Thanks for the nice words about the socks- it is so cheating to take credit for precoloured patterns while meanwhile I just knit some plain socks- but the changes in pattern do allow one to feel like something is being accomplished and easy to remember what was happening during each part. For example I remember the Vancouver-Boston game that I knit the blue-grey section in I was hoping it'd go to overtime (and then the section would be a bit longer).

pjmma's picture

Those socks are awesome!
Also, you might want to check out this pattern for some fishy ideas:

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very fun looking socks. Lots of luck on the fishing adventure. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

mr.cullen's picture

That's a very nice and colorful pair of socks. Great job and very inspiring for a knitter who is knitting his first pair of socks. Keep up the good work.

brenthaig's picture

I think I must warn you- once you finish making a pair of socks you may be hooked- They are usually quite simple and quick to make - and if you like trying different things out they allow for almost instant gratification. Oh and if they are ugly as sin they usually will still get worn.

jessemkahn's picture


depending on how committed you are to the fish versus the knitting, you might try crocheting them. it's a lot easier to work freeform in crochet than it is in knit. or you could do a combination of knitting and crocheting. love the idea! jesse