anatomical toe


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: 


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:

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!


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.

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


  • 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: 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!