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I am a working mom of 2 boys. I am a crocheter, knitter, spinner, cross stitcher, latch hooker, stitch marker maker, and I am learning embroidery all in what little spare time I have. I design to ...

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Clarinet

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit in the round
  • basic sock skills
  • intarsia
  • special stitch, embossing, explained in pattern
  • bobbles

Pattern Description:

Clarinet is inspired by its namesake, the Clarinet. It is a single reed woodwind and is dear to me because it was what I played when in school. This sock is thigh high (approx 22 inches tall) and available in 3 sizes. This sock is worked cuff down and uses color work using intarsia, embossing, bobbles and eyelets to achieve the appearance of a clarinet.

There is a special stitch, Embossing, it is explained in the pattern.

Materials: Black fingering and Silver fingering

Notions: US2 (3.0 mm)
Or needle needed to obtain gauge
Bobbin(s) to hold second color (optional)
Stitch marker

Gauge: 8sts and 12 rounds =1 inch in Stockinette

Stitch counts are shown as sm(med, lg). Also, due to differences in foot/leg/thigh measurements, you may find you need to work a small thigh (top of the clarinet) but a medium leg and foot, or another combination to get the best fit possible for you. The Thumb Key and Hole chart is worked at the back of the sock, while Upper Joint and Lower Joint charts are the front of the sock.
Small: Thigh: 10 in unstretched and 16.5 in super stretched
Knee: 7 in unstretched and 12 in super stretched

Even when tempted to just use a vertical line bobbin for a horizontal line, don't do it! Just start a new bobbin. Wherever I did that, it pulls significantly and breaks the nice vertical lines by pulling sideways and making a squiggle. You won't know it until you put the sock on!

When doing the key holes... you will need to do 1 of 2 things... either cut the yarn so your hole is clear and nice, or embroider around the hole after the sock is done to have a nice neat hole.

For a shorter sock, makre the "Mouth Piece" and "Barrel" shorter.


8sts and 12 rounds =1 inch in Stockinette

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • thigh high
  • small, medium, and large


  • 800-900 yards main color
  • 100-200 yards contrast color

You Will Also Need:

  • US 2 needles
  • bobbins
  • stitch markers
  • needle for grafting

Suggested yarn:

1000 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Cascade Heritage


black and silver