marie antoinette

Marie Antoinette

shown here in Woolen Rabbit Merino Sock, colorway tupelo honey.
kit available here.

to purchase pattern only, or for more pattern information, please view this product in the knitspot pattern shop.

The term queen bee is typically used to refer to an adult, mated female in a honey bee colony or hive; she is usually the mother of all the bees in the hive. The queens are developed from larvae selected by worker bees and specially fed in order to become sexually mature. There is normally only one adult, mated queen in a hive.

Since bees were likened to the divine and maintained a matriarchal (though some originally believed it was patriarchal) order, they were used to symbolize royalty. This is shown for instance, in Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s wide use of the honey bee. The Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte used the bee as a symbol of immortality and resurrection. Napoleon’s red cape is famous for its bee print. Some say the fleur-de-lis was actually a bee.

many thanks to kim, who urged me strongly to design this sock, provided the gorgeous yarn with which to do it, and then moved the process along by test knitting it, too. what a gem! and to the intrepid jocelyn who also jumped right in (with glee!) to test knit. and to my dear friend beckie for allowing her inner diva to shine through with her expressive modeling. thanks everyone!

24 Responses to “marie antoinette”

  1. Liz says:

    Holy Cow! That is one fancy sock; I think Marie would have liked it!

    Just lovely. =3

  2. LynnH says:

    This is spectacular! Great job, as usual.

  3. sarah says:

    Those are gorgeous. Fantastic work.

  4. Rachel says:

    Hmmmm,,,, bees,,,,OUTSTANDING!

  5. stacey says:

    another beautiful sock!!!!

  6. Anne, like me, I think you are a Time Lord. Either that or you do not sleep. Which is it?

    That pattern is fantastic!

    I’m waiting for Christmas knitting to finish so that I can cast on my bee shawl (that I had delivered in August!).

    I think this year, I’ll just have to start Christmas knitting in January! If I make it an all year long thing, maybe I can be doing some fun, for-me knitting in December.

    But for now, we’ll just have to bend Time.

  7. Ellene says:

    What a beautiful pattern! Just exquisite!

  8. Wendie says:

    Gorgeous! Love that stitch pattern up the back.

  9. To bee, or not to bee? that is the question…

  10. Karen says:

    Beautiful, absolutely beautiful…

    P.S. Finally found the perfect yarn for your *that little scarf* – must dash off and cast on!


  11. Carla says:

    That is one beautifull sock. Thank you for another breathtaking pattern.

  12. Marisol says:

    Wow that is gorgeous! I am sure it would have brought a smile to Marie’s face:)

    I just ordered the kit from Kim–thanks again for all your creativity!

  13. Laura says:

    Those are wonderful, Anne!

  14. Kat says:

    Anne, they are gorgeous. I am in love!! Now, to see if I can get my Christmas knitting done before the kit arrives from Kim!!

  15. Debbie says:

    Marie would have sold some jewels for these socks on her feet! I just received my kit a few minutes ago, and my stitch marker, and the yarn and the marker are gorgeous! Thanks to you and Kim! WoW!

  16. OMG, I think I saw Beckie outside swingin a feather boa around last night….you go girl, work that thang!!

  17. EricaLynn says:

    I’ll be casting these on when the Christmas knitting is over…

  18. Vicki says:

    It is very beautiful! I could never wear them with shoes.

  19. Katinka says:

    My heart’s a-flutter, Anne! A friend and I agreed that they look like Etruscan gold. So beautiful!

  20. Tonia says:

    Ooooooo they are so pretty!!! I got an email saying that my kit is being shipped!! I can’t wait. SQUEEEEEEE!!!!!!

  21. Josiane says:

    Pretty socks! The back detail is lovely, and I really like that it is repeated at the top all around the sock.

  22. Rosi G. says:

    Gorgeous! Question for you: how well does that cuff stay up? I have huge elephant legs!

  23. Diana says:

    That is absolutely gorgeous. I think it would be beautiful in a knee high length to go under long skirts… Either way, its going in my basket. Thanks you so much!