Baby Knits – Socks


With a baby gift to make, I decided to stay on the knit socks roll. I started with a search of Ravelry’s pattern database and found a great simple (and free) pattern by Judy Kaethler called Cozy Little Toes. I like that this pattern was created and tested by a mom making socks for her baby. It includes sizing for 3 months & 6 months with very easy and complete directions to follow. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for quick baby gift. It took me two days to complete the set. I used a beautifully dyed sock yarn from Spartickes Dyes called Tootsie’s (inspired by the Nashville cultural landmark of the same name) on Will & Grace Sock base.

Knit Progress: Socks & gloves


Summer is time for me to start looking forward to end of year presents and our local arts festival. After finishing up my new sock patterns, I decided to make two more pairs of the Twists and Braids socks with some newly acquired Madelinetosh Tosh Sock yarn. I love the vibrancy of the yarns and it was fun to see how the pattern looks in Flashdance versus Antique Lace.

The sock patterns translate nicely into simple fingerless gloves, my most popular item at the Cherokee Heights Arts Festival in November. I have a bunch of stashed yarn, so I’ll be working through some of it to create items for the fall. I enjoy working within the constraints of the yarn colors and textures I have available to create combinations I wouldn’t have paired otherwise. Look for lots of glove updates soon!

Knit Pattern: Twists & Braids Socks

These highly textured socks use slip-stitch cabling to create flat twists and braids that are mirrored on front and back of the sock from the center. When worn the sock stretches to reveal the beautiful detail of the ribs.

Size: Women’s 5-9.

Pattern repeat: 31 sts and 12 rows.

Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) double pointed needles, set of 4.

Gauge: 15 stitches and 22 rows = 2 inches (5 cm) stockinette worked in the round (unblocked).

Yarn: Sock weight yarn. Approximately 296 yards. Sample knit in a fingering 4-ply – 175yds/50g

Instructions include full written directions, charts and unstretched sock measurements.

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Knit Pattern: His Simple Socks

This is a simple ribbed sock pattern knit from the top down and is designed to easily keep count of rows without becoming too monotonous. The ribs have a twisted knit stitch in the middle to help define the line of the ribs in the sock.

Size: Men’s Size 8-10.
Pattern repeat is 5 stitches and can be easily adjusted by increasing or decreasing repeats or rows.

Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) double pointed needles, set of 4.

Gauge: 8 stitches and 11 rows = 1 inch (2.5 cm) stockinette worked in the round (unblocked).

Yarn: Sock weight yarn. Approximately 325 yards. Sample knit in a fine sock weight – 230yds/50g

Pattern includes written instructions, pattern chart and finished measurements.

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Knit progress: simple socks

Over the holiday break, I finally got around to knitting a pair of socks for my husband and had enough time left over to make a pair for myself! I bought a skein of Schoppel-Wolle Zauberwolle in a combination of navy, orange and purple to make something for him and decided to pair it with a skein of Lionbrand Sock-ease in orange to make the color transition throughout the pair more subtle. I alternated the yarns every other row and really like how it turned out.

I also experimented with some self-striping Patons Kroy Socks 4 Ply in Rust stripes for a pair of socks for myself. Instead of using it as-is, I knit the socks with two skeins, switching the yarn every row. I also started the skeins at different points in the repeat with the striping order reversed in one skein to create as much variety as possible.  It created a more textural stripe that I really like.

I went out on a limb and created my own simple pattern for these which I will probably release as a pattern. It includes a subtle basket weave texture over the ribs using an alternating 6-row garter stitch on every other rib. I’ll have to knit a solid pair of socks to make it more visible, but I like the little extra texture it adds to the socks.

Knits: Post Festival Round-up


A few weeks ago we participated in our local Annual Arts Festival and had a great turnout! A lot of the knits made over the last year found new homes as well as some of the new prints created this fall. My favorite experience of the day was when a woman came up to the booth a pulled out a fingerless glove from her purse. She’d bought the pair from me at the festival a few years ago but had lost one. She liked them so much she wanted to see if I could make her another one and I was happy to accommodate the request–the gloves picture above are the result. It was fun to knit up one of the old patterns and I was even able to use a few new tricks I’ve learned since then to make them a bit better.

In addition the the gloves, the great sock race continues. Another two pairs are complete with another on the needles. The pair on the right is another pair of  Cadence Socks by Very Busy Monkey, this time in the festive Vanna’s Glamour in onyx. The other pair is the pattern Brigit by Monkey Toes in Premier Yarns Serenity Sock in Woodsy Green. This pattern is simple  but with twist that makes it special and the color turned out to be a nice match for the pattern.

Not much time left, but I have a few more pairs of socks I am hoping to finish by mid-December, then I plan to start working on some new patterns of my own in the new year.

Knit Progress: Socks and more socks!

I kind of got obsessed with socks and decided that was what everyone was going to get for Christmas this year – or at least as many as I can make in the short window of time left. I’ve made pretty good progress so far and have bought most of the yarn I’ll need.

I found a number of free patterns on Ravelry that I’ve really liked. The first shown above is  Paraphernalia by Taina Anttila. I’ve knit this pattern twice – they make a nice long stretchy socks with an impressive looking cable pattern that is easy to knit. I used Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Fingering in the color Catholic Girls. The picture doesn’t do the yarn justice – it is a beautiful combination of deep jewel tones in blue, teal, purple, green and black. The second pair is in classic black Premier Yarns Serenity Sock Weight Solids.

I also wanted to make some manly socks and found this pattern Escalator Socks by Sara Amoroso. It creates an interesting pattern and a thick fabric, great for socks to wear around the house in winter. I’ve taken a break and moved on to some other socks because I have more time to get those done than some of the others I want to do. I think they are coming along nicely.

The most recent pair completed is Effervesce by Purrlescent in Vanna’s Glamour in gold. This is a fun pair of socks that I decided to make with yarn that would match another piece I knit for the friend who will receive them. She has the personality to pull off some sparkly socks! These turned out great and weren’t too bad to knit despite all of the cable work. The fact that it changed over the course of the sock kept it from becoming too tedious.

Just a few more pairs to go!

Knit Progress: Short Socks & Sweater Jacket

Its been a while since I posted any knitting projects, part of the reason being that this summer has turned out to be busier than expected, and the other being that I took on my first full-fledged sweater project.

To back-track a bit, I finished up my summer sock diversion with the short Mermaid sock pattern by BarGie using some Austermann Murano Lace in the blacks/grays color way. I was able to get the color transitions to match on both socks, which was a pleasant surprise. I really enjoyed making these, so I decided to modify them with a different stitch pattern down the middle to use up the rest of the skein. After experimenting with several patterns, I ended up with this leaf motif. While I love the yarn, it isn’t the best choice to show off the stitch patterns. Lesson learned.

I wasn’t sure what to work on next, so with the encouragement of my friend and constant knitting companion Ashli, I decided it was time to tackle a garment that took more than one skein of yarn to make. Luckily it was also around my birthday, so I got the perfect book to get me started: Knit, Swirl! by Sandra McIver. I had admired the coat patterns and liked their relative simplicity.  I decided to go with Forest Fiesta because I liked the shape and the DK yarn weight which would let me use the Austermann Murano Lace to its best effect. I chose the red color way because it has a lot of beautiful variation when looked at in detail, but overall gives the impression of a solid color.

I was happy to find that it is an extremely easy pattern to knit – the only thing a bit challenging is moving the yarn around the large circular needle in the beginning. I also liked the fact that it knits up in one piece with just one large seam to sew together to finish the piece. The Murano Lace yarn created a light fabric that contrasts nicely with the voluminous nature of the sweater. There are some other beautiful variations in the book that I may try in the future.

My next few projects will be creating some new pieces to sell at our neighborhood arts festival in November. I’ll be glad to work on some quick pieces again.

Summer break knits: Socks!

After winning a great pattern called On Stranger Tides by Lara Smoot from the Peacefully Knitting blog (I highly recommend both), I have been inspired to explore socks! I’ve knit a few pairs in the past, but there is something especially inviting about the size of this type of project in these hot summer months. I also thought it would be the perfect opportunity to get a head start on some Christmas presents – who wouldn’t enjoy a beautiful pair of hand knit socks?

I’ve already knit the two patterns below and vouch for the beauty of the socks and the quality of the instructions:

On Strangers Tides by Lara Smoot – keep an eye out for another great pattern she has in the works too!
Cadence Socks by verybusymonkey

Here is a round up of a few more patterns I’ve found on Ravelry that I plan to give a try:

Treetop Socks by Heidi M. Scheppmann
Magic Mirror by Jeannie Cartmel
Mermaid by BarGie

Do you have a favorite sock pattern? Feel free to share it in the comments!

Ribbed Socks

With a pause in projects, I decided to make myself a pair of socks. I used the  the last pattern and simplified it by leaving off the twining cable pattern making it a simple rib. I also kept the modifications to the toe. I used Paton’s Kroy Socks FX yarn in the Copper Colors colorway. I like the variation of the color, it always looks different once its knit up.

Pattern: Modified Conwy Socks
Source: Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush
Yarn: 2 skeins Patons Krowy Socks FX, Copper Colors
Completed: January 20, 2011