Full Fathom Five

Full Fathom Five

Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
Hark! now I hear them,—ding-dong, bell.

William Shakespeare – The Tempest

You’re going to want to make sure that people get see your wiggling feet in this one. There are mysterious creatures in the depths. Crashing wave and sea monsters on a sock. What more could a knitter want?

This is a stranded colourwork sock that merges two patterns together to create something very special. I was inspired by a lovely ancient Greek coin discovered in a shipwreck. I wanted a sock that was an interesting but not taxing colourwork pattern with a surprise on the sole of the foot. Full Fathom Five is the result.

You will need 2 colours of sock yarn and I recommend using some reinforcing yarn for the heel and toe to ensure that the socks feel evenly thick and comfortable throughout. These are top down socks with a grafted toe. My knitting philosophy is that no pattern is too challenging, no matter your skill level, but some patterns will take more time, sometimes a lot more time, if you are unsure of things. If you are an experienced sock knitter but haven’t done stranded knitting before then this would be a great project to try it out. If you have done the stranded knitting but not socks, again a perfect match. If you haven’t done either then I have complete faith in your abilities, but you might need to look some things up on youtube or reach out to me or a knitting friend for some help.

The other inspiration was a song by Kiwi band The Muttonbirds.