Friday, February 1, 2013

Designing Socks for Stannis in Game of Thrones...

I love the books.  I love the tv show.  I love the cookbook.  I think I might have a problem.  But it's a good one!

Ok, I'm nuts about A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin's brilliant fantasy book series.  It's so bad, that I seem to be designing lately by characters from the books.

Enter my first sock design ever, "Stannis."  Stannis Baratheon is the very serious, very hard brother of the "usurper" king.  He is bitter, he cannot suffer fools, and is tired of being the butt of every courtly joke.  He was key in helping his brother ascend to the throne but feels he wasn't compensated properly for his suffering.  He is a very hard, very unbending man.

So what stitch pattern comes to mind for me when I think of Stannis?  Diamonds, of course.  Not for there beauty or pizazz.  Nope.  It's for their sharp edges and hardness.  The beauty of this stitch pattern is that after studying the diamonds for a few minutes, you can see that the sharp lines don't actually meet; the diamonds are not complete.  Like Stannis and the personal/political goals that drive him.  He's just not there yet.

The fabric is frustrating me.  It has very little give to it.  Grrr.  I've had to frog and start anew, but I a determined to get this sock out of my sketchbook/mind and into reality.  Wish me luck!

After 2 froggings and a grumpy hubby testing gauge on the foot, I THINK (crossing fingers here) I've got it.  I'm halfway through the 2nd repeat of the pattern and I'm liking the results.



  1. Be still my heart! I love when someone takes a different spin at interpreting TV and film in their yarn creations! Plus it's Game of Thrones!? *swoon*

  2. Agreed! Definetly some of the best books i have ever read, and the tv-series is fatastic aswell, which is normally hard when the fan base for the books is so strong. The sock pattern very Stannis, i must agree.

  3. Thank you! :) I loved listening to the audio books while looking at stitch patterns and this one yelled "Stannis!"

  4. Ohhhhhh, I really like where that design is going. Pattern rush or pressure!

    (pressure, pressure, rush, rush!)