holiday knitting

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 PATTERN: CABIN ROSE COWL

OK, October… enough with you!

I spent what felt like the entire month on the sofa knitting away on various new designs, unable to share many of them until now. But oh baby am I sharing! I’m so excited to be sharing today’s new release, designed in collaboration with Blue Moon Fiber Art’s Plushy - a super squishy heavy worsted weight superwash merino that feels like a hug when it’s around your neck!

CABIN ROSE COWL

This luscious no-so-little cowl checks a lot of boxes for me as a rather picky knitwear wearer. It’s heavy so it feels like it’s doing it’s job of giving me some warmth. It’s tapered so it’s sits non-fussily around my neck and creates a collar-like look. AND?! It’s mostly stockinette in the round which is definitely my jam.

Now through Sunday, November 11th, 2018 at 11:59pm PST (oh yeah, you’ve got 5 days to get your savings on), you can save 10% at checkout here on my website, or over on Ravelry using code CABINROSE at checkout. And what’s more? When you purchase the pattern on Ravelry, you’ll receive a discount code to use on the yarn. WHAT?! YES! Tina is amazing (she’s the owner and creative spirit behind BMFA) and has generously offered a discount on a skein of Plushy to make this delightful cowl when you purchase a copy of this pattern.**

**Caveat about this yarn discount: it can only be applied to the yarn order at the time of purchase - there is no post-purchase request for the discount on the yarn so please be sure to have the code ready at checkout!

Here’s the details about this cowl to get you going:


THE STORY

My favorite style of cowl is a tapered cowl that slouches comfortably for a nice warm pile of wool around my neck, but also flares out a bit for a collar-effect. This cowl checks all those boxes - and looks lovely, to boot!

MATERIALS

  • Blue Moon Fiber Arts Plushy (worsted weight; 100% superwash merino; approx. 330 yds/ 301 m per 270 g / 9.5 oz skein), 1 skein: ‘Figgy Pudding’; OR 330 yds of heavy worsted / light aran weight yarn

  • US 8 (5 mm) 16, 24 and 32” / 40, 60 and 80 cm circular needles (see Notes)

  • Fixed stitch markers (15; 1 distinct for BOR M)

  • Locking stitch marker (1, optional)

  • Row counter (optional)

  • Cable needle

  • Tapestry needle

FINISHED SIZE

  • 22” / 56 cm neck circumference

  • 34“ / 86.5 cm shoulder circumference

  • 12.5” / 31.5 cm tall

PROJECT GAUGE

17 sts and 27 rows = 4” / 10 cm over stockinette in the round (unstretched), taken after blocking

NOTES

  • This cowl is worked in the round from the top-down, with increases worked at even intervals to create the tapered shape.

  • Written instructions are provided for the entirety of the cowl. Charted instructions are provided for the Cowl Body.

  • Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge.

  • Note that the length of needle cable used will change as you work the cowl. The shortest, 16” / 40 cm length, was used for the cast on, the Top Band and the first section before the first set of increases is worked. The longer cables were used as the circumference of the cowl increased. Use the length that feels most comfortable.

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Save on the pattern. Save on the yarn. Make a ton of gifts for your loved ones for this upcoming holiday season and just ROCK YOUR CABIN ROSE!