Nutty Creations

A Sock Sniper Pattern

I meant to post this on September 1, but, as tends to happen to me, time flew by.  However, it is still relevant!

A little while ago, I talked about doing a pattern for the Tour-de-Sock.  Sarah runs a second sock knitting competition called Sock Sniper that also raises money for Doctors Without Borders.  You know what that means, don’t you?  It means I did another pattern to donate to the competition of course!

These are the Moss Rock Socks.  Both the fancy cuff and the honeycomb-style cable pattern down the side are worked without a cable needle and surprisingly easy to memorize.  Don’t you just love stitch patterns like that?  The yarn is Sunshine Yarns Classic (have you checked out Dani’s new site?) in Olive You.  As always, you can’t go wrong with Sunshine Yarns.

The socks are knit from the cuff down.  The heel flap has a slight variation on the traditional heel stitch pattern, and the cable pattern continues into the foot.  The pattern is written up in 4 sizes, with gauge suggestions to get even more size options!

Currently, the pattern is exclusive to Sock Sniper participants.  I will make it widely available later this fall.  Hope you love it!



Have you seen the preview for the new Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2012?  These holiday issues are always jam-packed with fun stuff!  I have a blanket design included in the issue — written up in four sizes from baby blanket to bed blanket.  It’s the Dots Blanket.

It is a super fun knit made up of garter stitch mitered squares.  While there are quite a few ends to weave in at the end (I recommend weaving as you go!), there is no sewing at all.  Everything is picked up and knit.  The sample is shown in 3 colors of Cascade 220 Superwash, but imagine all the fun you could have with this pattern and playing with color.

Photo copyright Interweave Knits.

A Loopy Anniversary!

Many of you are familiar with The Loopy Ewe, a wonderful on-line (and local) yarn shop owned by my friend Sheri.  This month they have turned 6!  I can hardly believe it.  And every year for the anniversary, I have had the honor of designing a special anniversary sock pattern for the shop.  This year’s design is the Loopy Love socks.  The pattern comes as part of a kit, which also includes the awesome new specialty line of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn, cute stitch markers from Lantern Moon (heart shaped — and I didn’t even know until the pattern was long done!), and a Loopy project bag.  Fun stuff!

The sock pattern itself is knit from the cuff down, with a contrasting heel and toe.

As you can see, the sock is a combination of cables and ribbing.  Even the ribs themselves have random smatterings of baby cables throughout.

My goal with this year’s pattern was to come up with something more  unisex.  My past anniversary patterns have been decidedly feminine.  However, this colorway and the fact that Shepherd Sock (while soft and lovely) is a durable sock yarn with great yardage just screamed to me to create something for everyone.  Hope I have succeeded!


While we are on the topic of using Sunshine Yarns…

You all probably have figured out by now that I love Sunshine Yarns.  Amazing colors, great yarn bases, and, of course, Dani is one of my very best friends.  How could I go wrong?  The Saint-Michel socks turned out great!  Well, it turns out the Aibreann socks turned out great, too.  The Aibreann socks, you ask?  Why, those are another design done up in Sunshine Yarns Classic, this time in the Glendalough colorway.

I am a little in love with the spiraling lace combined with the stair-stepping texture pattern.  And the color?  Well, I am definitely in love with it.

The socks are knit from the top down.  The pattern is easy to memorize since it is so linear.  You can pretty much intuit where it is going next.

Happy sock knitting!

Saint-Michel Socks

For the past couple of years, my friend SarahBess over on Ravelry has sponsored a sock knitting competition called the Tour de Sock.  The goal of this competition is to raise money for Doctors Without Borders.  Of course, she needs designers to contribute sock patterns for the competitors to knit, so once I again, I was more than happy to donate my efforts.

This year, I created a new sock design using Sunshine Yarns Classic in Ice Castle.  I love, love, love this colorway — kind of a gray with pinkish tones, perfect for the lace motif I wanted to use.  That lace motif?  Well, it reminded me of fancy fountains, say in a French garden.  Combine the stonework-like color, and the fountain motif, and I was thinking of castles, palaces, chateaus…  So, the new socks?  They became the Saint-Michel Socks.

The socks are knit from the top down, starting with a twisted rib and moving into a lace pattern with twisted stitches.

You can see that the lace pattern flows into the heel flap and down the toe.

Originally, this pattern was available only to Tour participants.  I have just made it available for everyone.  Hope you enjoy it!

Cover Shot!

Yay me!  My first magazine cover shot!  Check out the cover of the Fall 2012 issue of Knit Simple magazine.  My Grid Stitch Cowl is featured on the cover.  I am pretty excited!


The Grid Stitch Cowl is a great beginner project or quick knit for the more experienced knitter.  It is shown in Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe, which is a lovely dk/light worsted weight merino.  The cowl is knit in the round, so it is just cast on, knit a bunch, bind off, and weave in ends!  No finishing involved!  The pattern stitch is easy to memorize and fun to knit.

I hope you enjoy this cozy fall project.

Photos by Paul Amato ( from Knit Simple Fall 2012


I’m back!

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

Continuing to work backwards…

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!


Kenzie Tee

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!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day — a few days early!

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.