Goneril & Regan
Updated July 2011! New charts, easier to read font, smaller file size, and printer-friendly format.
Both socks come in multiple sizes, with each sock having its own charts and set of instructions. This stitch pattern is very stretchy, and I have provided photos of the socks on both blockers and feet so you may better select a size.
Note: the PDF includes two patterns in 3 sizes each.
Goneril is the eldest daughter of King Lear and the Duchess of Albany. While many of you probably know her from your encounters with William Shakepeare’s play King Lear, this pattern is not inspired by that Goneril. No, in fact, this pattern was inspired by a different Goneril: the Goneril in Christopher Moore’s Fool. She’s a little bit naughty, and quite a bit greedy. If Goneril could knit, she’s the kind of woman who’d definitely keep these socks for herself.
Regan^ is the second daughter of the same King Lear, and is Duchess of Cornwall. This Regan is also not the Regan you are familiar with from Shakespeare’s grand production. The Regan from Christopher Moore’s Fool is a cruel, sadistic, and selfish woman. If Regan could knit… well, let’s be honest, Regan would never knit. But she wouldn’t be shy about using knitting needles to stab her enemies or in some other illicit manner.
In honor of these two wicked women, I present to you sister socks. Somewhat similar but not identical, these socks are like any set of sisters: built from the same cloth, but different and unique in their own way.
^ Originally released as Reagan because I stupidly spell checked a knitting pattern.