New Pattern: Vanillus Interruptus

I love a vanilla sock as much as the next gal. But sometimes the pooling in a variegated yarn needs to be interrupted when the heel is worked. These socks fit the bill perfectly:


These awesome, almost-vanilla socks are designed to be knit cuff-down and feature a gusset heel and anatomical toes (so you always know which foot goes in which sock!). And the best part about them, in my maybe not so humble opinion, is that the maximum amount of interruption of the weird pooling that happens when we work a heel is hidden behind the stitch pattern. 

Spreading the knitting love to all - save 15% on the pattern here on my website or on Ravelry at checkout (no coupon code needed) until 11:59 pst on Wednesday, February 7th!



  • Vanillus Interruptus knitting pattern
  • House of A La Mode Fiber Goods House Fingering (2-ply fingering weight; 80% superwash merino wool, 20% nylon; 400 yds / 365 m per 3.5 oz / 100g), 1 skein: ‘Kilt’

    • And psssst... Heather is hosting a special dye-to-order shop update today and tomorrow (Feb 7th and 8th) - limited quantities are available, once they're gone, they're gone!

  • US 1.5 (2.5 mm) 32” / 81 cm circular needle

  • Fixed stitch markers (2); clip stitch marker (1)

  • Row counter (optional)

  • Tapestry needle

Finished Sizes

6.75 (7.5, 8.5, 9.25)” / 17 (19, 21.5, 23.5) cm circumference (unstretched). Fit: 1” / 2.5 cm of negative ease is recommended.

Project Gauge

34 sts and 48 rows = 4” / 10 cm over stockinette stitch in the round, taken after blocking.


  • These socks are worked from the cuff-down and feature a Gusset Heel. These socks are mirrors of one another.

  • 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.

  • This pattern includes charted instructions for the patterned section of the sock and is written for the Magic Loop technique.

  • In the case of using DPNs, the Front Needle is synonymous with Needles 1 & 2 and the Back Needle is synonymous with Needles 3 & 4.

Are you still here, reading? Go grab your yarn and your needles, a copy of the pattern (obvs!) and get casting on! You'll be glad you did!


I'm always honored when a collaboration is requested, either by a dyer or by a company, such as was the case with Jakku Jakku: The Yarnover Truck asked me to design a one-skein project for their yarn club featuring Apple Tree Knits. And when I pulled my skein of "Star Wars" out of the mail, I knew it had to be a squishy cowl: something fun and approachable to knit, but also something that will become a staple in the wardrobe. The soft grey's and blacks on the neutral white background make it easy to wear with everything in my closet. 


Ok, so maybe it's not the best thing to wear if you're a bandit... but it will keep your neck warm and cozy without awkward bunching. The back of the cowl is shorter than the front it's the perfect height to wear on it's own, inside a jacket, or even tucked into a popped collar (think Diane Keaton)!

Spreading the knitting love to all - save 15% on the hat here on my website or on Ravelry at checkout (no coupon code needed) until 11:59 pst on Friday, February 2nd!



Finished Dimensions
19¾” / 50 cm neck circumference, 8” / 20 cm side depth, 14¾” / 37.5 cm front depth

Project Gauge 
20 sts and 40 rows = 4” / 10 cm in garter stitch, knit in the round, after blocking


  • This cowl is worked both in the round, and flat. While a 16” circumference needle is needed for the work in the round, you may adjust needle length for the portion of the cowl worked flat, if desired.
  • The flat portion of this cowl is created using the Wrap and Turn (W&T) short row method. Instructions are provided to create a W&T.
  • As this cowl is worked in garter you won’t need to pick up the wrap when finishing the short row section. The garter stitch hides the wrap without holes.
  • Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge.
  • All sts will be slipped purlwise unless otherwise noted.
  • This cowl is designed to use up the majority of a 280 yd / 256 m skein of DK weight yarn. If you are using a DK weight skein with less yardage, reduce the number of rows repeated between each increase row by 1 repeat until you begin working flat.
  • When blocking this cowl, I recommend turning the cowl so that the EOR “seam” is facing up (you are looking at the WS of the short row section). Move the EOR seam o-center so that all 8 points are laid flat on the blocking mat. Pin each point out and allow the cowl to dry flat, off-center. When the cowl is completely dry, you may wish to steam out any fold lines that have occurred during the drying process.

SO? What are you waiting for? Grab your needles and your most scrumptious skein of DK and make a Jakku Jakku