Mirror Socks by Josiah Bain // The Sock Monkey
Mirror Socks by Josiah Bain // The Sock Monkey

Today my Mirror sock pattern was released in Knitty for the Deep Fall issue. I’m super excited (to say the least). This is my first “official” pattern, and I know that it won’t be the last. So, Mirror. The socks were inspired by the song, Mirror, by Ellie Goulding, from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. I’m a big Ellie fan, and although the song wasn’t as deep as most of her other music, this created the spark (sorry, that Hunger Games pun was really not intended!) that created the socks. Here’s the blurb from the beginning of the Knitty pattern:

Most of my sock-designing inspiration comes from certain songs that I really like. This one is no different. Inspired from the song Mirror by Ellie Goulding (from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack), these socks are, surprisingly, mirror images.

When I started knitting these I had some second thoughts, because they’re so asymmetrical and it looked a little awkward. But as it grew, and I started to get a feel for the pattern and placement, I suddenly realized that what this sock needed was its other half. We are not complete without our reflections, right?

Along the insides of the socks is a strip of garter stitch. There is a surprising lack of socks with this versatile stitch, so I decided to remedy it. With garter stitch as my base, I knew I wanted something lace to go with it, partially because I needed practice designing it, and also because garter and lace look so nice together. Even with those two things down and ready, I still needed something to fill the outside edges with. At first I shoved twisted traveling stitches out of my mind; I do way too many of them and I had decided to take a little of a break; but without my mind, I sort of snuck them in there somehow. I didn’t have much debate as what I was to do with the gusset. The Cat Bordhi sockitecture just fit in this design, and it looks quite nice slipped under the foot.

What you see here doesn’t have to be what your sock looks like, though. Mix things up a bit: shift the columns, work the single knit stitch up the instep through the back loop to add another layer of sophistication, or add a purl column instead of having the garter stitch collide with the lace panel; the possibilities are yours to explore.

And I have to say something about the model: Thanks Miss Juliet Poe, my sister (Miss Juliet Poe’s Emporium), for twisting your feet into precarious positions while I snap away! I greatly appreciate it!

Thank you to my fellow bloggers for your support with the blog!



15 thoughts on “mirror.

  1. Hi,
    I’d like to thank you for your beautiful pattern: I’m going to knit them for my sister (she’s my “sock victim” and gets two pairs per year. well… up to now she enjoys them.)
    I like the intro text, because it is interesting to read – for example – why you implemented garter stitches into your pattern.
    Reading your blog shows, that you are quite successful and I wish you tons of success in your future designer’s way!
    Last but not least: your sister is a perfect sock model, the photos are great!
    Greetings from Germany,
    (Mimaro on Ravelry)


  2. These are lovely!
    I’m not a sock knitter – I can never get gauge (that’s a lie, i’m making DK boot socks right now. But I digress). I may have to make these as fingerless mitts!


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