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Friday, April 02, 2010

Aether - Elements Sock Collection V

Pink Lemon Twist introduces the fifth and final pattern for the Elements Sock Collection Series. While the four elements of Earth, Fire, Water, and Air are the most traditional, a fifth element was added later- Aether, The Firmament, the Pure Essence where the gods lived. Like the other patterns in the series, this pattern includes two designs. Both designs in this particular set are easy to memorize and work, although the Celestial Socks appear to be more complex. Top down construction with stitch patterns in both charted and written out format and clear, step by step instructions make these sock designs easy to knit by all levels of knitter.

Celestial Socks are complex looking yet simple and fast to knit once you get a feel for the pattern. Large and small cable twists go up each side of the sock representing the Sun and Moon respectively as they rotate around the Earth (in early astronomy, the Earth was assumed to be the center of the Universe). An open, lacy stitch between the cabled sections represents the Stars. I purposely avoided any traditional symbols for the celestial bodies as many of these have multiple meanings in different philosophies and cultures. By using my own symbolism, I hoped to create a sock design that could be enjoyed by all (and potentially gifted to someone whose beliefs the knitter may or may not be familiar with). These socks work up quickly on US 1's (2.25mm) using standard fingering weight sock yarn. Shown in The Fiber Denn's Handdyed Sock Yarn, SW, N Quasi-Solido in Celestite colorway (8 stitches per inch in stockinette).

The Void Socks have a simpler look to them and the stitch pattern also fast to memorize, making both sock designs highly portable. Because the Aether element not only housed the heavenly bodies, but also was home to the gods and goddesses of ancient times, it was considered to be unfathomable by humans, hence the name The Void. As I looked at the stitch pattern used on these socks, it was hard to see exactly what was going on, even though the stitch pattern itself is very easy to work. It seemed to perfectly represent The Void and all it's mysteries. The stitch pattern tapers down to a point on the top of the foot and the foot continues in stockinette as the pattern is written, however the knitter could easily continue the stitch pattern all the way down the instep to the toe. These socks were also knit on US 1's (2.25mm) in fingering weight sock yarn. Shown in Madelinetosh Hand Dyed Sock in Logwood colorway (8 stitches per inch in stockinette).



Blogger thibeaux1369 said...

The socks are gorgeous. I am completely smitten with the Celestial pattern - beautiful!

12:37 PM  
Blogger HeatherinSF said...

Oh pretty, I just downloaded them, thank you! I have some great sock yarn and will be starting on them soon.

12:13 AM  

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