Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) was a physicist, mathematician and natural philosopher who was the father of the law of gravity and a key figure in the scientific revolution of the 17th century. A lot is known about the life of Newton from his letters and the papers and books that he published. Unfortunately, we don't have any evidence that he was a sock knitter.
|Sir Isaac Newton|
For centuries socks have been knit from the top down, and when I started knitting there was no other way to knit socks. Socks were always knit top down. Period. But there is nothing more frustrating than running out of yarn before you've quite finished the second toe, so today many knitters knit toe-up.
The advantage of toe-up socks is that you never have to estimate the amount of yarn for each sock. Just keep knitting both socks until you run out of yarn!
The Zero Gravity Socks defy gravity with a toe-up pattern - wouldn't Newton be horrified! They feature inverted staghorn cables up the front and back of the leg flanked by handsome columns of eyelets. On either side is a column of stretchy ribbing to provide the entire leg a bit of give. The overall construction of the sock is remarkably traditional including ample gussets and a basic turned heel with slipped-stitch reinforcement at the back of the heel. It's a great pattern for the first-time toe-upper, or anyone who likes a traditional sock with the security of knitting toe-up.
|Zero Gravity Socks|
Bonus: The pattern is free with the purchase of Claudia's Addiction yarn.
While we don't know if Isaac Newton was a sock knitter, we do know that he was interested in color. Newton designed and constructed a reflecting telescope in 1668 and used it to study light, optics and color. So we can assume that he would have been thrilled with the diverse palette of Claudia's colors. Claudia offers 38 awesome colorways of Addiction. It's not enough that this durable machine-washable merino yarn has a nice, tight twist and holds up extremely well after multiple washings, even in socks - it's pretty, too!
I normally don't advise people to break the law, but I encourage you to break the law of gravity with our Zero Gravity Socks!
Happy Knitting . . . . Amy