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Stacks Socks

April23


My newest design – Stacks Socks – is now live!

Worked toe-up, the socks are offered in 6 sizes (XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL) to work for both men and women’s sizes and are best worked in a solid, tonal or semi-solid M/C/N sock yarn.

Read all about it here or head on over to Ravelry to buy it now!

Anna Perenna Shawlette

May16

Light Fingering Version, Tanis Fiber Arts Silver Label Mulberry Silk
My newest design – Anna Perenna Shawlette – is now live!

This shallow shawlette is worked from the bottom up, with crescent shaping produced using short rows in garter stitch. The upper edge is finished with an I-cord bindoff. The shawlette pattern includes instructions for five yarn weights and two sizes for the heavier weight yarns.

Read all about it here or head on over to Ravelry to buy it now!

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Don’t Ask Y Socks

February20

Don't Ask Y Socks
Toe up, unisex socks worked in medium to heavy fingering weight yarn. This Japanese stitch pattern has very minimal stretch and to compensate, extra stitches are added both during the heel turn and before working the heel flap.

Written to be worked on two circular needles, the pattern can easily be done on dpns or magic loop. The fourteen page pattern includes both charts and written instructions.

Price: $5.00

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Don't Ask Y Socks

Yarn: 375 (400, 400, 500) yards/ 343 (366, 366, 457) meters any MCN blend (Merino, Cashmere, Nylon) fingering weight yarn with 8 sts/inch.

Sample: Zen Yarn Garden ‘Serenity 20’, (400 yds/366 meters; 70% merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon; 4 oz/113 grams per skein) 1 (1, 1, 2) skein(s) in Toffee Crunch

Don't Ask Y socks

Finished Sizes (after blocking):
Small, (Medium, Large, X-Large)
Circumference of foot – 6 (7, 8, 9) inches/15 (17.5 , 20 23) cm, unstretched
Fits up to – 8.5 (9.5, 10.5, 11.5) inches/21.6 (24 , 26.7 , 29.2) cm, stretched
Leg Length – 5.5”/14 cm, measured from end of heel flap

Other possible yarns:
• Handmaiden Fine Yarns ‘Cashbah’, (355 yds/325 meters; 80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 4.06 oz/115 grams per skein).
* The Sanguine Gryphon ‘Bugga’, (412 yds/377 meters; 70% merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon; 4 oz/113 grams per skein).
• String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn ‘Caper Sock’, (400 yds/366 meters; 80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 4 oz/113 grams per skein).
• Indigodragonfly ‘MCN Sock’, (375 yds/343 meters; 80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 4.06 oz/115 grams per skein).
• Creatively Dyed Yarn ‘Luxury’, (360 yds/329 meters; 80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 4.44 oz, 126 grams per skein).
• Tanis Fiber Arts ‘Purple Label Cashmere Sock’, (400 yds/366 meters; 70% merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon; 4.06 oz/115 grams per skein).

Other Materials:
• Stitch markers (2)
• Glow line tape (to mark current row on chart – optional)
• Tapestry needle

Skills Required:
• Increasing and decreasing
• Knitting in the round
• Toe up sock construction
• Short rows/wrap & turn
• Lace
• Following charts
• Blocking


Hard (paper) copies of this pattern can be ordered from Shall We Knit?

Once payment has been received, you will receive a link to download a PDF of this pattern.

Taming of the Fox

December21

My first pattern published with a yarn company has been released! Taming of the Fox, a lace sock pattern, was released as part of the literary-themed Winter 2010 collection from Sanguine Gryphon.

When I first saw this colour (Between Good and Evil), the first thing that came to my mind was the image of a fox, and I knew the yarn called out for a design that somehow incorporated a fox. I soon found a stitch pattern that reminded me of sheaves of wheat, and the following passage from the inspirational story Le Petit Prince was instantly brought to mind.

My design is a tribute to friendship and the faith one fox placed in a little boy. The fox forever looks out over his wheat fields and listens to the wind.

Excerpt:

“Nothing is perfect,” sighed the fox.
But he came back to his idea.
“My life’s very monotonous,” he said. “I hunt chickens; men hunt me.
All chickens are just alike, and all the men are just alike.
And in consequence, I am a little bored.
But if you tame me, it’ll be as if the sun came to shine on my life.
I shall know the sound of a step that’ll be different from all the others.
Other steps send me hurrying back underneath the ground.
Yours will call me, like music out of my burrow.
And then look: you see the grain-fields down yonder?
I do not eat bread. Wheat is of no use to me.
The wheat fields have nothing to say to me. And that is sad.
But you have hair that is the color of gold.
Think how wonderful that will be when you have tamed me!
The grain, which is also golden, will bring me back the thought of you.
And I shall love to listen to the wind in the wheat…”

….

So the little prince tamed the fox.
And when the hour of his departure drew near—

“Ah,” said the fox, “I shall cry.”

“It’s your own fault,” said the little prince.
“I never wished you any sort of harm; but you wanted me to tame you…”

“Yes that is so”, said the fox.

“But now you’re going to cry!” said the little prince.

“Yes that is so” said the fox.

“Then it has done you no good at all!”

“It has done me good,” said the fox, “because of the color of the wheat fields.”

From Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


Price: $5.00

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Yarn:
• The Sanguine Gryphon ‘Eidos’, 4 oz/400 yds, 100% superwash merino, 1 skein, shown in Beyond Good and Evil
• The Verdant Grypon ‘Eidos’, (420 yds/384 meters; 100% merino; 3.74 oz, 106
grams per skein).
• Koigu ‘Painter’s Palette Premium Merino’, (175 yds/160 meters; 100% merino; 1.76 oz/50 grams per skein).
• Wollmeise ‘Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin’, (510 yds/466 meters; 80% merino, 20%
nylon; 5.29 oz/150 grams per skein).
• Socks that Rock ‘Lightweight’, (360 yds/329 meters; 100% merino; 4.48 oz/127
grams per skein).
• Indigodragonfly ‘Merino Sock’, (390 yds/357 meters; 100% merino; 3.53 oz/100
grams per skein)
• madelinetosh ‘tosh sock’, (395 yds/329 meters; 100% merino; 4.02 oz, 114 grams
per skein).
• Tanis Fiber Arts ‘Blue Label Fingering Weight’, (420 yds/384 meters; 80% merino, 20% nylon; 4.06 oz/115 grams per skein).


Needles: (2) US 1/2.25 mm, 16”/40 cm circular needles or size to obtain gauge

One set of four US 2/2.75 mm double-pointed needles for the cuff (or a needle two sizes larger than that used for main part of the sock)

Gauge: 34 sts and 46 rnds = 4”/10 cm in St st (unblocked)

Finished Measurements:

* Foot circumference (unstretched): 6.5 (7.5, 8.5)”/16 (19, 21) cm
* Foot circumference (stretched): 9.5 (10.5, 11.5)”/ 24 (26, 28) cm
* Foot length: Variable
* Leg Length: 5.5”/13.75 cm, measured from end of heel flap

Notions:

* Stitch Markers (2)
* Cable Needle
* Tapestry Needle

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