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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(ISH) PATTERN: STUBBLY HUBBLY SOCKS

On Monday I released what SHOULD have been the fifth pattern of socks designed especially for my main man: the Heisenberg Socks. However, they were teeeeeeeechnically the fourth. Today's new release were knit and gifted last June to celebrate our 9th anniversary but, well, LIFE happened and, as a result, they're just getting published now! 

STUBBLY HUBBLY

The Hubband is a bearded wonder and I thought "what better way than to honor this feature that I love so much about him than by knitting some stubbly socks to celebrate his oft-stubbly cheeks"? His face cheeks, not his other cheeks, just in case you were going there. Tho those are spectacular, also! ;) 

Whether it's the gorgeous blue Yummy Fingering yarn from Candy Skein (her Poppyseed colorway has long been a favorite of mine), or the subtlety of the stitch pattern, I can't tell, but I freaking LOVE these socks. Trust me when I say "they're super stubbly". It's a modified argyll pattern designed in 4 sizes to maximize the design over each size of sock. 

THE STORY

In 2014, I released my very first knitting pattern - The Hubband Socks. On each consecutive wedding anniversary since that day, the Hubbs has received a new pair of socks designed just for him. These were designed for my bearded man and presented to him for our 9th anniversary in 2017.

Never mind that I didn’t publish them for a year...

MATERIALS

  • Candy Skein Yummy Fingering (fingering/sock weight; 75% superwash USA merino wool, 25% nylon; 463 yds / 423 m per 3.5 oz / 100 g), 1 skein: ‘Poppyseed’

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

  • Fixed stitch markers (2)

  • Locking stitch marker (1, optional)

  • Row counter (optional, recommended)

  • Tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)

FINISHED SIZES

  • 1 (2, 3, 4): 6.75 (7.75, 8.75, 9.75)” / 17 (19.5, 22, 24.5) 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 48 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 a Fleegle Heel (no pick ups!) and are bound off using Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. Written instructions or links to tutorials are provided for each technique.

  • These socks are identical to one another; knit 2 to complete a pair. 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.

  • Written and charted instructions are provided for these socks. The written instructions and charts are broken down by size; you may not need to print every page of this pattern.

  • Charts are found on pages 7 and 8.

MORE SOCKS PLEASE!!!

I'm a firm believer that one can NEVER have too many  knitted socks. I have more pairs than I can count and the Hubband is racking up a pretty good collection himself. And because I want YOU to keep knitting socks, I'm gonna give you a discount on this here pair o' socks! 

You can purchase the Stubbly Hubbly pattern either on Ravelry, or right here on my website and get to knitting yourself some new socks! Until end of day Sunday, June 24th, save 15% using code "STUBBLY" at checkout. 

Happy sock-ing!!!