I know it has been awhile. Some times life gets unavoidably in the way, and things fall off the plate, but I am back! I have just drafted up 5-6 posts, so, yes, there is plenty to fill you in on. First, though, I will just make a quick public service announcement. I added some sock patterns to my Ravelry pattern store today. I know there have been questions about when some of these would be available.
And one last note… I may have missed responding to some comments. For that I apologize. I will spend some time reviewing them and getting in touch with appropriate people soon.
And the new sock patterns are:
All in a Row
Chutes and Ladders
Riding the Rails
Bear with me. I am so behind on unveiling designs it is a little embarrassing. And I started to write this post 2 weeks ago. Sigh.
Today I will continue to step backward to the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Knit Simple Magazine. I did this little lacy scarf for that issue.
It is knit up in Cascade Pima Cotton, which is a treat to work with. A lot of times, cotton yarns feel stringy and hard on the hands. I didn’t find that to be true of this yarn at all. I may even have a sweater planned using it for this summer… I also love this lace pattern. It is very geometric, and I can envision it in all sorts of yarns and projects.
We’ll continue to step backwards through designs in the next day or so. Promise!
Boy! I had better get back into the posting habit. I am several designs behind! I think I am going to work my way backwards from the newest…
That means today I will tell you about the Kenzie Tee. It appears in the Summer 2012 issue of Knitscene. What I love most about this sweater is its simplicity.
As you can see, this is a basic oversized tee shirt with a couple of special details — an asymmetric neckline and a twisted rib hem that slants up at the side seams. The little cap sleeves are created with the ribbing.
It is knit in pieces, then seamed together. However, the pieces are basically rectangles, so this is a perfect beginner sweater project. The yarn used is O-Wool balance, which is a 50/50 cotton and wool blend. This makes the cotton nice and easy to work with.
I think I will be knitting one of these up for myself!
Why am I wishing you a happy St. Patrick’s Day a few days early? Well, if my track record for the past couple of months continues, I will run out of time for posting before Saturday. But, the real reason is that it is the perfect time of year to tell you that the Ceili Socks pattern is now available for sale!
Really, though, aren’t this the perfect socks for celebrating a day when everyone gets to be at least a little bit Irish?
And next, it is time to get through the design backlog! I think I have 4 (yes, 4!) sock designs to tell you about, plus a couple of other accessories patterns to unveil.
Good grief! Where does the time go? I could swear 2 days have past, then I look at the calendar, and it is closer to 2 weeks. Hope everyone had a happy Valentine’s Day!
Anyway, one of the things I wanted to tell you about is the latest issue of Sockupied. Sockupied is a eMagazine put out by Interweave Press that focuses on, well, socks. I highly recommend it. Anne does a lovely job putting it together. One of the regular features is one sock knit two ways — in a solid colored yarn and again in a variegated yarn. Now, I know a lot of us regular sock knitters are always looking at patterns and wondering if they would work in variegated yarns, or looking at the variegated yarn in our stash wondering what pattern might work well with it. This feature is nice because it helps to answer that question! I did the design for this latest issue.
The Leapfrog Socks are so named because the stitches sort of leap frog over each other. If you have much experience with variegated yarn, you know that stitch patterns that break up the colors tend to work well.
The socks are knit from the cuff down using Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock. (Oh the vibrancy of Felicia’s colors!) You’ll notice if you look closely that the pattern presents you with two options for the instep. You can do some fancy mirrored angling of the stitches, or you can just work the pattern right down to the toe.
Let’s leave with a side-by-side look at the two colorways. It is amazing to me how just changing up the yarn makes it look like an almost entirely new pattern some times.
Well, gee. It seems I keep forgetting to make patterns available when I say they will be available. Sigh.
The Chutes and Ladders pattern is available for sale now!
This is way overdue, but wanted to let you all know that the Flutterby Socks pattern and the Tempt Me Not Stole pattern are both now available for sale. I do have some other things to talk about, but I will get to those later!
Tempt Me Not Stole
Just a quick note to let you know that the Mudslide Socks pattern is now available!
I have so much more to talk about, but no time this evening! I promise to be back soon…
So where were we? Oh yes, I was going to tell you about some more designs, then make some patterns available for sale. Today, I’ll focus on a sock design This sock was for theKnitter.com’s sock of the month club. I don’t normally make socks with heavier weights of yarn (these are worked up in Cascade 220), but I will say it is almost instant gratification! Meet the Riding the Rails Socks!
These socks are worked from the cuff down. The cuff and leg are worked in a twisted stitch ribbing pattern with occasional cable crosses — a motif I find to be both elegant and unisex. Because, though, that pattern is textured and the yarn is heavy, I thought it might be a little uncomfortable inside a shoe, so the pattern transitions into a more traditional ribbing pattern for the instep.
Oh yeah, the twisted stitches do run down the heel flap, though!
The pattern is written up in several sizes, so you can knit it for anyone in your family or use several weights of yarn. Gotta love that versatility! Currently it is only available through theKnitter.com, but I will start selling it as a stand-alone pattern later this spring.
Well, got a little behind again there with the holidays and all. I absolutely love the holiday season, but I consistently overestimate what I can get accomplished. Now it is time to get back into my routine. And what a great way to do so! The preview for the Spring 2012 issue of Knitscene was posted this week. As always, it is an amazing collection of designs. I am super lucky to have a sweater in the mix!
The Brindle Pullover
This sweater is a season-spanning pullover knit up in Creatively Dyed Voodoo 2 yarn. The slipped stitch textured pattern works well with the variegated yarn — neither the yarn nor the stitch dominate.
The sweater itself is knit flat, then seamed. This is my preferred construction for this style of garment. It is close fitting and can easily be layered.
Then you go and add Interweave’s styling and photography, and magic happens. (Yep. Photos copyright Interweave Press.)
I encourage everyone to go buy a copy of the magazine. Knit this sweater and several other projects. You won’t regret it!
Coming soon… A couple of sock designs and some club exclusive designs now widely available!