NEW PATTERN: WHITE HART SOCKS

Oooh doggie it's hot here! We've had 90+ degree (that's 32+ degrees to everyone not living in the US) heat for 2 weeks in a row and I feel like I'm melting. The only good to come of it is that my tomatoes are HUGE, my pepper plants are exploding and my hand knits block dry in about 2 hours. 

So, when it's this hot, the only thing I want to knit is socks. Without futher ado - my latest sock-tastic offering: 

WHITE HART SOCKS

This amazing pair of socks is the result of a collaboration match made in heaven. I worked with Blue Moon Fiber Arts to design a new pattern for their Rockin' Sock Club 2018: Magical Mystery Sock Tour. The inspiration was Mists of Avalon -  one of my favorite books! Which is convenient because these are, hands-down, my favorite toe-up socks I've ever designed and knit. 

Wanna get yourself a pair? You can purchase the pattern here on my website, or on Ravelry.

This weekend only, save 10% at checkout using code SocksOfAvalon (ends at 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, August 5th)

Here's the details about the socks to get you going:

THE STORY 
Inspired by the White Stag of Arthurian legends, also known as the White Hart, the traveling stitches in this sock make me think of antlers, perhaps those worn by the White Stag himself!

MATERIALS

FINISHED SIZES 
1 (2, 3): 7 (8, 9)” / 18 (20, 23) cm circumference at the widest part of the foot; length of foot is customizable

  • Recommended Fit: 1” / 2.5 cm negative ease in circumference, measured at widest part of the foot (while standing), and 15% negative ease in length when measured from the tip of the longest toe to the back of the heel.

PROJECT GAUGE 
32 sts and 46 rnds = 4” in stockinette stitch knit in the round, taken after blocking

NOTES

  • These socks are worked from the toe-up, using the Magic Loop method, beginning with Judy’s Magic Cast On technique. These socks also feature an anatomical toe shape, a Fleegle Heel (no pick ups!) and are bound o using Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. Written instructions or links to tutorials are provided for each technique.
  • These socks are mirrors of one another, and the pattern section varies in size based on the size of sock being knit. Be diligent in following sizing to ensure you are using the instructions/chart for the size of sock being knit. Each chart and written set of instructions indicates size.
  • Instructions are provided for the smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only 1 set of instructions is provided, it applies to all sizes.
  • Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge.

SPECIAL TECHNIQUES (tutorials provided in pattern):

  • Judy’s Magic Cast-On
  • Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off

NEW PATTERN: THANOS THEORY SHAWL

I'm always totally honored when a company asks me to design something for them in collaboration with an amazing dyer. I'm even MORE excited when that collaboration goes out into the world as a kit to their loyal subscribers. So today's offering is something I've had in the works since February and I'm so excited to finally share it with you! 

THANOS THEORY

This lovely little single-skein fingering weight shawl is a simple crescent shape, knit from the top-center, out. It features a repeating lace center-panel and the cutest eyelet/picot bind off that you ever did see! This is the first time I've ever designed with a gradient skein and I don't think it will be the last. 
And the yarn! it's absolutely lovely - Copper Sock from Apple Tree Knits is 86% merino and 14% copper-infused nylon. This yarn is so resilient and light weight - its the perfect summer knit! 

THE STORY

There are many theories linking the name THANOS to that of the Infinity Stones in the Marvel-verse. My favorite: Tesseract (Space Stone), Head of Vision (Mind Stone), Aether (Reality Stone), Necklace of Agamotto (Time Stone), Orb (Power Stone), Sacrifice (Soul Stone). Whatever your theory, this shawl is my interpretation of all the pieces of the Thanos puzzle coming together in Infinity Wars!

MATERIALS

  • A copy of the Thanos Theory Shawlette pattern available here on my website or on Ravelry
  • Apple Tree Knits Copper Sock (sock weight; 88% superwash merino wool, 12% copper-infused nylon; 435 yds / 397 m per 3.5 oz / 100g), 1 skein: ‘Infinity Wars Gradient’
  • US 7 (4.5 mm) 40” / 81 cm circular needle
  • Stitch markers (2)
  • Row counter
  • Blocking wires and/or T-pins

FINISHED SIZE

48” / 122 cm wingspan, 13½” / 34.5 cm depth, after blocking

PROJECT GAUGE

21 sts and 32 rows = 4” / 10 cm over stockinette stitch, worked flat, taken after blocking

NOTES

  • This shawlette is worked from the top-center, out. The cast-on is a double-overhand knot (tutorial provided) and the final bind-off is worked as a picot edge.
  • Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge.
  • Written and charted instructions are provided for the body of the shawl.
  • Please note that this shawl is designed to use up almost all of one skein. A gauge different than that noted may result in the use of more yardage. I recommend doing an un-blocked swatch and aiming for a gauge of 25 sts and 34 rows over 4” / 10 cm to ensure you won’t run out of yarn. You can then unravel your unblocked swatch and cast-on once you have achieved this pre-blocked gauge.

SPECIAL TECHNIQUES

  • Picot Bind Off
  • Cable Cast-On

Grab that special skein and cast on!

I'm always itching to cast on the latest and greatest and the heat of the summer isn't enough of a deterrent for me. So get your needles, your super special skein of fingering weight yarn and cast-on this lovely, light weight shawl!