Sophie Madeleine – The Knitting Song (Tabs and Chords)

<a href="">The Knitting Song by Sophie Madeleine</a>

Sophie Madeleine – The Knitting Song (Chords)

There seems to be a natural synergy between the ukulele and knitting. Both much maligned, both newly hip and both excellent, low-key ways for people to be creative. There are certainly a lot of people who do both. And I’m very much in favour of it. Perhaps I should take up knitting. Anyone offering lessons?

Suggested Strumming

For the Em and D chords:

d – d u – u d u
– u d u – u d –

For the shorter chords after that:

d – d u – u d –

And the same patterns for the middle.

Twiddly Bits

Sophie Madeleine – Knitting Song (Solo Tab)

The solo uses the same chords as the middle. It’s a tricky progression to solo over and she’s gone for the smart (and easy) way of dealing with F# chord: play notes from the chord itself.

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  1. CharlesHugh January 26th, 2010 6:06 pm

    Knitting Hunt…?

  2. Armelle January 26th, 2010 6:12 pm

    Knitting ha ha. Can’t wait to see a vid of you knitting on YouTube.
    You wouldn’t even have to talk so no excuses :)

  3. Acilius January 26th, 2010 8:19 pm

    Love that song, Al. Noticed some young hipsters knitting just a couple of hours ago, should have recommended it to them.

  4. Herman Vandecauter January 26th, 2010 8:57 pm

    Very nice! A never ending story “Sophie Madeleine”

  5. Ron Hale January 26th, 2010 10:38 pm

    In my pre-uke days, the book store where I worked hosted a monthly
    Stitch ‘n’ Bitch session. SnB is an organization that promotes knitting
    and the social benefits of group sessions, like ukulele clubs. Very
    popular, too. As they say in Stitch ‘n’ Bitch nation – Knit Happens…

  6. cardboardfrog January 27th, 2010 12:54 am

    i hate singing sophie madeleine songs.
    They always sound much better when she sings them for some reason. its not that i can’t sing….

  7. Jeff / HumbleUker January 27th, 2010 7:53 am

    Sophie has a sweet, sweet, voice. My mom is from Sweden and she was a small scale fashion designer and even had a yarn shop here in California for a while. Now she knits and sometimes makes amazing knitted purses and the occassional original knitted puppet for a grand child.

    @Ron — like the SnB reference.

  8. Joseph Hoh January 27th, 2010 8:00 am

    oh…! are those strumming patterns? No wonder my knits look odd…

  9. George January 27th, 2010 4:24 pm

    You can call it Uke Can Knit, think of the book tie-ins. The sequel can be “Uke Can Knit, Too!”
    I picked up knitting because I couldn’t afford to buy a Doctor Who scarf. Learning seemed the logical thing. It’s rather relaxing, quite like uke-ing in a way. Although, knitting a Doctor Who scarf would have been much more interesting if I could play uke while knitting…

    If you decide to do it, go here:
    Learn by video, most helpful.

  10. Molly F January 27th, 2010 8:06 pm

    All my friends mock me for my twin love of knitting and ukulele-ing, but I know that deep, deep, deep, deep down they envy me….

    Also, I didn’t know that knitting is in again! It means I can join the rank of other trendy young folk…

    So when will Daniel O’Donnell and scones be in vogue, cos then I’d really be rocking!!!!!

  11. Fatty Fudge January 27th, 2010 11:14 pm

    Sophie Madeline’s song is wonderful. I featured her on Stackridge’s Knitting Special Podcast – Lummy Days along with Judy Dyble and Daevid Allen from Gong. For a free listen click on the link below

  12. Woodshed January 28th, 2010 5:21 pm

    Charles: Knit Nurse?

    Armelle: I think that would be the dullest video ever made (possibly second dullest after 2001 A Space Odyssey).

    Acilius: Just thought of another trend that could belong in this category: Scrabble.

    Herman: I hope it never ends.

    Ron: There’s another connection: a love of puns.

    cbf: I can’t sing any songs, so it doesn’t make much difference to me.

    Jeff: I knew I could trust you to mention Sweden ;)

    Joseph: Knit one, pearl one. And erm that’s the only knitting reference I’ve got.

    George: Thanks for the link.

    Molly: Ignore your friends, you’re far too cool for them.

    Fatty Fudge: Nice feature!

  13. Herman Vandecauter January 28th, 2010 8:31 pm

    Ha! Nice Woodshed!! 10/10

  14. Howlin' Hobbit January 30th, 2010 6:39 pm

    For uke/knitting connections there’s always LynnH who runs the lovely and its attendant blog and who’s hubby is the vastly under-appreciated ukulele wizard, Mr. Brian Hefferan.

  15. NetEditrix February 5th, 2010 5:39 am

    Ha! I’m one of at least 5 uking knitters I know… We’re also all obsessive swing dancers, go figure.

  16. NetEditrix February 5th, 2010 5:39 am

    Also, I would be happy to teach you to knit.

  17. Woodshed February 5th, 2010 12:18 pm

    NetEditrix: I hadn’t heard the swing dance connection before. I shall investigate. And thanks for the offer – I’ll take you up on it if I’m ever in your neck of the woods.

  18. Knitting Out Loud February 8th, 2010 11:42 am


  19. Jazzmataz39 May 5th, 2010 4:30 am

    THIS IS AMAZING! i am a knitter and play the Uke and i have never connected the two before. if you are in LA i offer lessons! hahah

  20. LilB. October 23rd, 2010 2:13 pm

    this song completes my life. Thank you!

  21. Woodshed October 24th, 2010 12:07 pm

    LilB.: Wow! Glad to help you attain a complete life.

  22. Brenna November 14th, 2010 3:55 am

    I love knitting. I love ukulele. I love this. However, knitting isn’t low key in some places, I’m starting up roller derby with my knitting group…

  23. Woodshed November 15th, 2010 3:22 pm

    Brenna: Thanks! Good luck with the roller derby knitting group. Don’t break anything I wouldn’t break.

  24. Amanda March 17th, 2011 10:59 pm

    Every night, when I get home from work, I have to make a terrible decision: to knit or uke…

    At the moment uke is winning as I’m so new to it!

  25. Phil June 26th, 2012 10:43 pm

    It’s lovely but I’d be more impressed if she could knit a ukulele.

  26. Sunshine January 13th, 2014 1:09 am

    As a knitter and ukulele player, this song makes me quite happy. And Al, I’d love to teach you how to knit. :D Consider it a thanks for the great tabs and content.

  27. Woodshed January 13th, 2014 9:33 pm

    Sunshine: Thanks for the offer!

  28. TexasSal June 8th, 2016 3:54 am

    @Phil LOL! Thanks for the laugh:)
    I am a mom of 4 littles, just trying to find time to uke–i’m new at it. Can’t say i’ve had the desire to knit yet, but I do love swing dance. And rollerskating :)

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