Thursday, December 29, 2016

Sing a Song of Socks

Presenting Simple Melody Socks!

I mentioned earlier this week that I had been working, off and on, all year on a series of sock designs all based on ribbing and musical signature keys.  Today the first one debuts.

As you may have gathered, I like knitting socks.  Even better, my family likes wearing handmade socks and look forward to them as gifts for birthdays and holidays.

They love the feel of snug ribbing, that hugs their legs and feet, but...a plain ribbed sock is awfully boring to knit.  So I am always looking for a way to get the fit and feel of a nice ribbed sock with the interest of knitting something that is a little jazzier.

Knitting, and designing or adapting designs, has a lot to do with math, and math in turn has an awful lot in common with music. Counting, rhythm, scales, intervals, patterns, symbols, harmonies, time signatures, overtones, tone, pitch.



The notations of composers and sounds made by musicians are connected to mathematics. In my mind it wasn't a big leap to tie music and knitting together at all, especially if we look at time signatures as ribbing ( 4/4, 3/4, 2/4 can all be either knits and purls or beats and notes.) and cables, lace, and twisted stitches can be viewed as sharps or flats, moving the tones around a little.

Simple Melody Socks are a lively pair in 2/2 time (cut time or 2 knits and 2 purls for the ribbing).  The knit stitches are then made "sharp" by twisting them across the front of the leg and top of the foot, or the Key of D Major.

They include and afterthought heel and wedge toe, which makes them ideal for contrasting top ribbing, heels and toes if you want to maintain the stripes in your favorite self striping yarn, or if you are using an impossible to get your socks to match variegated one and want to make them appear more uniform. Of course, if you have a favorite heel or toe that you know fits you, feel free to substitute it and truly make these socks your own!


You can get the pattern in my Ravelry Store, even without being a member of Ravelry. And as my way of saying Happy New Year get the pattern at a discounted price of $3 until January 1, 2017, no coupon needed.

Officially this is my last pattern release of 2016, but stay tuned because there will be a peak at the first of the 2017 patterns coming very soon!

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