I am a mass consumer when it comes to popular culture. I love taking it in, critiquing it, and, well, mocking it endlessly. Rock of Love Bus, anyone?
But more to the point: I get inspired by the characters I read about, or watch on film and television, and I decided to knit things that I think would suit them.
Most recently, I read a “revision” of King Lear and portrayed his already wicked daughters, Goneril and Reagan, in an even more amusing and delightfully dastardly light. In honor of these two wicked women, I present to you sister socks. Somewhat similar but not identical, these socks are like any set of sisters: built from the same cloth, but different and unique in their own way.
Both socks come in three sizes, with each sock having its own charts and set of instructions. This stitch pattern is very stretchy, and I have provided photos of the socks on both blockers and feet so you may better select a size.
You can purchase the set of sister socks together on Ravelry for $6 – that’s right, two patterns for $6.
The stitch pattern used in both Goneril and Reagan is a heavily modified version of Barbara Walker�s Scroll Pattern from her first Treasury of Knitting Patterns. Not only has it been modified for knitting in the round action, but I switched it around so it would better fit people with different size needs.
Goneril is the eldest daughter of King Lear and the Duchess of Albany. While many of you probably know her from your encounters with William Shakepeare�s play King Lear, this pattern is not inspired by that Goneril. No, in fact, this pattern was inspired by a different Goneril: the Goneril in Christopher Moore�s Fool. She�s a little bit naughty, and quite a bit greedy. If Goneril could knit, she�s the kind of woman who�d definitely keep these socks for herself.
Materials: dkknits technicolor dream toes (75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon; 450 yd per 125 g skein), shown in Orchid Obsession. Available for purchase at dkknits.etsy.com.
Recommended needle size: 2 16″ US #1 /2.25mm circular needle.
Gauge: 8 sts/inch in stocking stitch (32 sts = 4 inch/10 cm)
Sizes: Foot circumference, unstretched: 7.6�, 8.2�, 8.8� (A, B, C).� Shown in size A.
Reagan is the second daughter of the same King Lear, and is Duchess of Cornwall. This Reagan is also not the Reagan you are familiar with from Shakespeare�s grand production. The Reagan from Christopher Moore�s Fool is a cruel, sadistic, and selfish woman. If Reagan could knit… well, let�s be honest, Reagan would never knit. But she wouldn�t be shy about using knitting needles to stab her enemies or in some other illicit manner.
Materials: dkknits technicolor bounce (90% Superwash Extrafine Merino Wool, 10% Nylon; 398 yd per 100 g skein), shown in Destination Dublin. Available for purchase at dkknits.etsy.com.
Recommended needle size: 2 16″ US #1.5 /2.5mm circular needle.
Gauge: 7.5 sts/inch in stocking stitch (30 sts = 4 inch/10 cm)
Sizes: Foot circumference, unstretched: 7.6�, 8�, 8.4� (A, B, C). Shown in size A.