NEW PATTERN: VELVET WREATH SOCKS

Well folks - the holiday season is well and truly upon us here. Now that Thanksgiving is over, I’m finding more and more homes decorated with wilder and wilder Christmas decorations. Every shop I walk into is playing Christmas music (yep, even the LYSs) and all I can think about is watching holiday movies while I knit myself into oblivion. I’m not 100% sure if it’s my favorite time of year but it’s definitely up there!

So, to celebrate the coming of another holiday season, I’ve partnered with Ewe Ewe Yarns and PostStitch to bring you a fabulous holiday sock pattern to keep your fingers working throughout the season!

VELVET WREATH SOCKS


These socks take a page from the mosaic colorwork book. Each row of colorwork is only worked once (which modifies the standard 2-row pattern) and, my favorite part of mosaic colorwork: each rnd only uses 1 color so you’re not having to carry two colors around.

And if these socks happen to make your “gotta make ‘em” list, now through this Sunday, December 9th at 11:59 pm PST, you can save $1 at checkout, no coupon code needed.

HERE'S THE DETAILS ABOUT THE SOCKS TO GET YOU GOING:

No matter how you celebrate the holidays, I hope you’ll do one thing: MAKE! Make these socks. Make good food. Make time to celebrate your friends and family. Just make!

THE STORY

Modified mosaic knitting and lacework to match put me in mind of the holiday wreaths that adorn so many doors during the holiday season. And the rippled toes mimic the mounds of snow on a winters eve... the quintessential holiday socks!

MATERIALS

  • Ewe Ewe Yarns Fluffy Fingering (fingering weight; 100% superwash merino; 200 yds/ 183 m per 50g / 1.7 oz), 3 skeins:

    • MC: 2 skeins (23, Red Velvet)

    • CC: 1 skein (90, Vanilla)

  • US 1.5 (2.5mm) 32” / 80 cm circular needle

  • Ring stitch markers (2)

  • Row counter (optional, recommended)

  • Tapestry needle

FINISHED SIZES

1 (2, 3): 7 (8, 9)” / 18 (20, 23) cm circumference at the widest part of the foot.

Recommended Fit: 1” / 2.5 cm negative ease in circumference, measured at widest part of the foot (while standing), and 10% 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 written for the Magic Loop technique and are worked from the cuff-down. These socks are mirrors of one another; please be sure to follow charts and written instructions for the Left and Right sock.

  • Instructions are given for smallest size with additional sizes in parentheses. When only one set of instructions is given, it applies to all sizes.

  • Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge.

  • In the Colorwork portions of the socks, carry the colors loosely up the inside of the sock to avoid multiple ends to weave in and to save on yardage.

Thank you for taking the time to check out my latest design. I hope you’ll find some time to make a pair for yourself or a loved one during this holiday season. Happiest of holidays to you!

NEW TRIO OF PATTERNS: FOR THE LOVE OF GARTER SHAWLS

This trio of shawls, much less a single one of these shawls, were never really supposed to happen.

This summer when my Mum came to visit we decided to take a trip to a cute LYS down the road from me. the Knotty Lamb, since my Mum is now an avid knitter and wanted to see what my shops have to offer (she lives up in Canada).

I spied some lovely Tot le Matin Tot Sport yarn and decided to treat myself to 3 skeins - enough to make a really lovely-sized shawl. My intent was mindless garter knitting - something to throw over my shoulders every day, all day, during the damp Oregonian winters. And then I asked a question about my color choices on Instagram. The rest is, as they say, history!

For the Love of Garter - a Trio of Shawls

Version 1.0 - 1 color, triangular, NO purl stitches

Version 1.0 is, as you might guess, the original inspiration for the collection. I had originally considered working this shawl in 3 colors, shifting from lightest to darkest across the shawl, but felt that it didn’t do the stitch pattern and shape any justice. When I took to Instagram, I received a ton of wonderful feedback that led the creation of the remainder of the collection.

My favorite part about this first shawl is the use of a new (to me) bind off, the Icelandic Bind Off, which is ridiculously garter-friendly. I’ve even created a new video tutorial showing you how to work the bind off: check out my new Icelandic Bind Off tutorial.

Version 2.0 - 2 color, triangular with a picot bind off

V2.0 seemed like a natural progression for me - I loved the shape and wearability of V1.0 but wanted to add a pop: not just to the border of the shawl but highlighting the columns of lacework. This embroidered column effect adds some wow-factor. And, of course, I created a new video tutorial for this beauty, too: check out the Highlighted Ladders video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

Version 3.0 - 3 color, circular with a shawl collar

V3.0 allowed me to realize my desire to shift colors across a fall-like palette, while adding a new shape to the collection that seemed more appropriate for a change of colors like this.

The added collar allows you to keep your neck warm as you drape the shawl over your shoulders, or wrap it entirely like a cape-let.

Big Savings THROUGH this Week

I’m so excited about this little collection - it’s my first real collection that shows a range of my ideas and I’m quite proud of it. Working with the Tot le Matin yarns was a true joy and I think you’ll find that a variety of her colors work very well for either color a 2-color or 3-color shawl. It’s pretty easy (in my humble opinion) to select one color for Version 1.0 - ANY of her colors!

To celebrate the release of this collection, I’m doing a pretty exciting little sale over on Ravelry (unfortunately, not yet on my website as there appears to be an issue on the developer end and I can’t load my new patterns there… sniff).

Here’s the discounts:

Until Sunday, November 18th, purchase any of these patterns on Ravelry and get these savings automatically (no coupon code required, YAY!): 

  • Buy 1 shawl and save 10% 

  • Buy two shawls and save 15% 

  • Buy all three shawls and save 30%

Seems to me you could get a lot of holiday knitting done… just sayin’!

Thank you so much for coming by to check out my latest creations. I love them so much and I hope you, do, too!

Happy knitting!