Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…
It was almost a year ago that I wrote up my first sock design pattern Charybdis and released it into the wild. It’s been great fun seeing what people have done with it over on Ravelry (login required) and how they’ve made it their own. (And, best of all, hearing about the times people have enjoyed knitting it.) It was always my intention that there would be a Scylla, and now, well, there is. Here they are, the finished Scylla socks! (The pattern is available for purchase on Etsy or Ravelry.)
Part of a deadly sea monster double act, ancient Greek legend has the gruesome Scylla lying opposite the whirlpool-belching Charybdis across a strait of water that gave sailors no end of trouble. The two sides of the strait were within an arrow’s range of each other- so sailors attempting to avoid Charybdis would pass too close to Scylla, and vice versa.
Accounts of Scylla’s appearance don’t quite match up as to her number of heads, tentacles, etc (perhaps no one stuck around long enough for a proper look?). But they all agree she had scales. And teeth. And lots of them. So these toe-up socks use slipstitch patterns to create teeth and scales a-plenty. Scylla continues my attempt to create patterns that showcase the colours in variegated yarns, rather than simply devouring them and barfing them back up again…
Poor Scylla. Rumour has it she was once a beautiful nymph who incurred the wrath of one of the Gods or perhaps Circe (never a good idea- always a shortcut to hideous transformation). But perhaps she’s nowhere near as fearsome as she looks?
(In Homer’s Odyssey, Circe warns legendary hero Odysseus to choose Scylla over Charybdis’s whirlpools:
“Hug Scylla’s crag—sail on past her—top speed! Better by far to lose six men and keep your ship than lose your entire crew…” Once you’ve mastered Scylla, why not tackle Charybdis?)
(One of the out-takes. These sea monsters just don’t know how to behave in front of the camera…)
p.s. Check out my Knit Designs page for all four of my monster sock patterns!