New Pattern Alert!

Say hello to Pretty On the Inside!

Pretty On The Inside is a completely reversible sock. Even the heel and toe are reversible. You knit one pair of socks, but have two pair when you’re done! The colourwork effect is achieved with slipped stitches, so only one colour is used each round. There are no floats and no stranded colourwork. 

Pretty On The Inside is worked cuff-down and is just simple enough that you can binge watch your favourite show while bringing them to life. This sock features a reversible, garter-stitch, short-row heel and reversible,  garter-stitch, star toe. Instructions are included for 5 circumferences and the foot length is customizable.

The stitch pattern is both written and charted, and the instructions are needle-neutral so you can use your preferred method for working in the round.

You can download Pretty On The Inside with a 20% discount until Monday August 12th, 2019 (no coupon code required, the discount will be applied automagically at checkout).

Say Hello To Circumvent!

Circumvent has been released into the world…

Circumvent is an experiment in sock construction that challenges the idea that socks have to be either cuff-down or toe-up. This pattern is designed to complement self-striping, self-patterning, or heavily variegated yarn, though it’s just as interesting in a solid or tonal.

The heel is worked first, and is round with evenly distributed increases. This heel is most comfortable for feet with narrow ankles and insteps.

Because our bodies are all so beautifully different from each other, and we have so many wonderfully diverse foot anatomies, there is an alternate heel option that may accommodate a wider instep and ankle. Have fun trying them both to see which one works for your foot.

After the heel, the leg is worked as it would be for a toe-up sock, then the foot and toe are worked as they would be for a cuff-down sock.

This is an advanced-intermediate pattern. Knowledge of sock and foot anatomies as well as the ability to read stitches is required.

You can download Circumvent with a 20% discount until Wednesday July 31st, 2019 (no coupon code required, the discount will be applied automagically at checkout).

Let’s Have A Pattern Sale!

In honour of my upcoming 7th anniversary as a knitwear designer, I'm having monthly anniversary sales. Right now, 6 of the patterns that are celebrating anniversaries this month are 20% off until Wednesday July 31st, 2019 (no coupon code required). You can find the bundle of July Anniversary Sale Patterns on Ravelry by clicking here, or on my website by clicking here.

Name This Pattern & Win This Pattern!

This pattern will be released on July 25th and needs a good name! Currently it's affectionately referred to as 'July 25th' which is a sad name for a sock pattern.

Suggest a name, and if I choose it, I will give you this pattern and one other pattern of your choice from my back catalogue.

To enter, leave your suggestion(s) in the comments on either the Instagram post, Facebook post, or #SockStar Facebook group post. The winner will be announced on all three platforms on Friday July 19th, 2019 and again in my Newsletter on July 25th, 2019.

Happy Knitting!

Say Hello To Ex Animo!

Ex Animo has been released into the world!

Ex Animo (pronounced: X-on-ee-moh) is Latin for ‘from the heart’. These socks are intended to be a knitted hug for your feet, a woolly expression of love and support. The all-over ribbing is designed to accommodate every part of your foot, and the arch shaping provides a little bit of extra structure and support through the instep.

Ex Animo is worked from the cuff down and features a non-euclidian heel that doesn’t required any gusset stitches to be picked up, arch shaping immediately after the heel turn, and a rounded toe. The entire sock is worked in 2x2 ribbing, including the toe which is grafted closed.

Instructions are included for 5 circumferences and the foot length is customizable. The shaping instructions are both written and charted, and the instructions are needle neutral so you can use your preferred needle style and method for working in the round.

You can download Ex Animo with a 20% discount until Monday July 1st, 2019 (no coupon required)!

New Pattern Alert!

Rain-Streaked Windows has been released into the world…

This stitch pattern combined with the colour of this yarn reminds me of the long, diagonal streaks created by raindrops landing on the side windows of a car in motion.

Rain-Streaked Windows is worked cuff down and features a dip stitch pattern that is mirrored on the other sock. If you’ve never worked dip stitches before, the pattern includes a link to a video of me demonstrating the technique.

Rain-Streaked Windows features heel flap and gusset construction, with the stitch pattern continuing on the heel flap of the sock. The dip stitches continue on the top of the foot, and the sock ends with a rounded toe that is grafted closed.

This pattern has been tech edited and test knit. Instructions are included for 5 circumferences, and foot length is customizable. Instructions for the stitch pattern are both written and charted and are needle-neutral so you can use your preferred needle style and method of knitting in the round.

You can download Rain-Streaked Windows with a 20% discount until Monday May 27th, 2019. You can find the pattern here.  

In Other News…

The covers for my book, Footnotes have been revealed! I'm so excited to release this book into the world!  

You can find a lookbook with photos of all the socks in the book here.  If you'd like to sign up to be notified when the ebook and paperback are available for pre-order and release, you can sign up here. 

I'm in the final stages of checking proofs from various printers, making last minutes edits, and figuring out the logistics of getting wholesale orders to the LYSs around the world who want to stock them. 

Producing 1 pattern is a much different process than producing a book of 11 patterns. One thing I've learned is that shipping proof copies from anywhere outside Canada to anywhere inside Canada is a longer-than-expected process. For this reason, I've moved the release date from June 1st to June 13th.  I really want to ensure the best quality possible before it's released.   

New Pattern Alert: Hat & Cowl Set!

Instant Gratification Cowl & Hat have been released into the world…

Previously available exclusively in the book "Knits In A Day", Instant Gratification Cowl is now available for download together with Instant Gratification Hat. This is a quick, gratifying knit that makes a great last minute gift or a well-deserved indulgence for yourself. This thick, squishy fabric feels so soft and warm against the skin.

The cowl and hat each use 1 skein of bulky weight yarn. A simple two row repeat makes this a great beginner project, an ideal last minute knit or a quick stash buster for more experienced knitters. This is a very quick knit, the sample took me about an hour to make on 10mm (US 6) needles.  Since making the sample in 2016, I've made several of these as teacher gifts, holiday gifts, for myself and even to keep the dogs' ears warm on very cold days.

You can download Instant Gratification Cowl & Hat with a 50% discount until Monday March 4th, 2019, when you purchase any other pattern from my Ravelry store. Simply put both patterns in your cart and the discount will be applied automatically at checkout. You can find Instant Gratification Cowl & Hat here.

New Pattern Release: Advanced Edition!

Equanimity has been released into the world…

Equanimity is the ability to remain calm and composed while under stress.

Manifesting this design from a picture in my head to a finished pair of socks with a pattern has tested my equanimity more than any other sock I’ve designed.

Equanimity was originally written as a stranded colour work pattern, but the test knitters and myself really weren't enjoying catching floats on the purl rows and the sample knitter became so frustrated that she packed up and delivered a ½ finished sock to my doorstep late on a cold November night. As one test knitter gently said, "This pattern is not for the faint of heart." It was widely agreed that the design was great and a pattern needed to exist for it, but it wasn't working as written.  

So, since Equanimity was not achieving my goals which are to always create designs and write patterns that you love, allow you to express your creativity, help you to relax with a hobby that soothes your soul, and results in a beautiful, finished pair of socks, I halted the test knit and went back to the drawing board (in this case the drawing board is graph paper). I re-worked the pattern to use mosaic knitting because more slipped stitches means fewer long floats (and the frustration they can cause) on purl rows, and working with one colour on each round is more relaxing than working with 2 colours on each round, and the pattern still results in a beautiful finished pair of socks. 

You can download Equanimity with a 20% discount until Monday January 28th, 2019 - no coupon code required. You can find the pattern here.

In Other News…

If you're a fan of the Outlander (the books, the seires, or both), then you'll love this blog post by The Loopy Ewe that features Outlander inspired knits.  I'm proud and honoured that Sassenach was chosen as one of the featured patterns.  The patterns are lovely, and Sassenach is in great company.  

My friend and fellow designer, Lindsay, featured an interview with me on her blog recently.  Lindsay is the super talented, environmentally conscious knitwear designer behind the Knit Eco Chic brand and I'm thrilled to make an appearance on her website.  If you'd like to learn more about me and see some photos of my pets, you can find the blog post here. Those 2 troublemakers kitties in the above photo are our cats, Sammy and Dean.  

New Pattern Alert! With Arch Shaping!

Neta has been released into the world...

This design is very personal and special to me. This sock is inspired by, and named for my Grandmother, Neta.

Neta is my paternal grandmother, and aside from being the kindest, most nurturing soul I’ve ever known she also taught me to knit and to make socks. She even managed to remain patient while teaching pre-teen me how to execute a successful Kitchener stitch, which speaks volumes about her capacity for patience and understanding. She was a finesse knitter, and she and her knitting have inspired every stitch I’ve ever knit. 

Neta is worked from the cuff down and features an easy to memorize stitch pattern on the front and back of the leg. This pattern features an Eye Of Partridge heel flap, and arch shaping through the gusset and instep stiches. The stitch pattern continues on the top of the foot until the pattern stitches are consumed and replaced by stockinette stitches. The sock ends with a wedge toe that is grafted closed using Kitchener stitch. 

This is the first pattern I've written that includes arch shaping.  Many of you with high insteps have been asking for arch shaping, and when you ask I try to deliver! 

Instructions are included for 4 circumferences and foot length is customizable.  The stitch pattern is both written and charted. 

You can download Neta with a 20% discount until Monday July 16th (no coupon code required).  You can find the pattern here. 

A Pattern For Caffeinated Knitters

Caffeine has been  released into the world...

This sock design named itself; watching the stitch pattern form and the ease with which it knits up is totally addictive so it was named for my addiction of choice, caffeine. The name seems especially appropriate when working with this beautiful tonal blend of rich, gorgeous browns (which also reminds me of my morning cup of caffeine) by Mon Sheep Shop.

It also seemed fitting to give this design a name that is pronounced the same in both French and English since the pattern was designed by an English speaking designer (me!) and the yarn was dyed by a French dyer (Cindy!).

I hope you find this pattern as addictive as the test knitters and I do.

Caffeine is worked from the toe up starting with a rounded toe and features a simple to memorize stitch pattern that uses dipped stitches along the top of the foot. The heel flap, gussets, and instep are worked together with no pesky gusset stitches to pick up and the stitch pattern continues on the front and back of the leg to the ribbed cuff.

The pattern is graded for 4 circumferences and the foot length is customizable.  

You can download Caffeine with a 20% discount, no coupon code required, until Monday October 30, 2017.  

It's hard to believe that we're already in the final stretch of 2017!  I'm starting to plan my pattern releases and online course offerings for 2018 and I'd love your opinion.  Your opinion will help me to tailor the content that I provide so that it's relevant and interesting to you!  Would you please fill out my survey?  I promise it won't take very long and it's anonymous.  I want to keep offering designs and courses and content that you like.   You can find my survey here. 

Happy Knitting!