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.   

Do You Wear Your Heart On Your Feet? ❤️👣

Heart & Sole is 20% off until Thursday February 14th, 2019 (no coupon code required).

A knitterly alternative to wearing your heart on your sleeve, you can express your love for hand knit socks, yarn, and someone special with this cozy, fun sock pattern that uses mosaic knitting to create heart motifs along the front and back leg of the socks.

Slipped stitches are used to create the heart motifs, which means there is no stranded colour work and each row is knit using only one colour.

The heel is added after the rest of the sock is finished so the alternating stripe pattern is not interrupted. Instructions are included for 3 circumferences, and the foot length is customizable. You can find Heart & Sole here.



When you love a dog, you have a lot of very good days and one very bad day.
— W. Bruce Cameron

This past week has been a difficult one at chez Gervais, our sweet Maggie passed away on Saturday. I feel like I’ve lost a soul mate and the light in the world is a little bit dimmer right now. She was the best companion and an amazing friend. I felt the need to memorialize her on my website. Sleep well, Maggie. Rest in peace.

New Pattern Alert! Meraki Edition

Meraki has been released into the world...

Meraki is one of my favourite words (is it weird to have favourite words?). Meraki is Greek, originally derived from the Turkish word merak and means “to do something with passion, with absolute devotion, with undivided attention; to put something of yourself into whatever you’re doing."  I think this is one of the most beautiful words in the world and perfectly describes the joy I feel when I create something from nothing like this new sock design. 

The goal is to hang onto that feeling of meraki and carry it with us throughout the rest of our day as we we go about our every day business of tasks and errands.  Meraki is contagious and if we can insert a little bit of that feeling in everything we do, we can infect the world with joy.  The world can use more joy.  I hope you knit this sock with meraki and feel joy with every stitch, joy that you can hang on to for the rest of your day. 

Meraki is worked from the toe up and features a delicate cable pattern on the top of the foot.  After a Fleegle-style heel, the stitch pattern continues on the front of the leg to the ribbed cuff.  Instructions are included for 4 circumferences and the foot length is customizable.  The pattern stitch is both written and charted, and the pattern includes a schematic. 

You can download Meraki with a 20% discount (no coupon code required) until Monday July 30th.  You can find the pattern here. 

Bloom Where You're Planted

Bloom Where You're Planted has been released into the world...

The first time I saw this yarn I loved the delicate pink colour and the effect of the deeper flecks of pink speckled throughout the skein. My first thought was "this reminds me of cherry blossoms". When I contacted Emjay (the super talented dyer behind JOMA yarn) to tell her how gorgeous this yarn is, she told me that where she lives there isn't very much snow, but when the cherry trees release their blossoms and pink petals cascade through the air and gather in drifts on ground it's known as 'Pink Snow' which was the inspiration for this colourway. She captured it beautifully!

In addition to being good advice for life in general, "Bloom Where You're Planted" is inspired by cherry blossoms and growth so I wanted a pattern that would grow with the sock. 'Bloom Where You're Planted' is worked toe up and features a delicate, easy to memorize cable pattern that grows and 'blooms' as the sock grows and blooms. The sock features a sole flap and gussets and the stitch pattern continues on the front and back of the leg to the cuff. The pattern is graded for 5 circumferences and the foot length is customizable. 

You can download Bloom Where You're Planted with a 20% discount (no coupon code required) until Monday November 13th, 2017.  

 

In Other News...

I'm offering a new 5 day email challenge!  #SockGuru starts on Monday and will introduce you to new toe, heel, and cuff techniques for toe up socks! There will be fun and prizes and you can join the #SockStar Facebook group for fun and support (join the Facebook group anyway, we're an awesome bunch of sock knitters!)  You can sign up for the #SockGuru email challenge by clicking here.   This is my 4th email challenge, and might be my last for a while.  They are tons of fun, and super popular, but they are also lots of work and between design commitments, tech editing, and a book that I have in the works (yup, a book!),  I'll have to take a break from on-line teaching. 

Happy Knitting! 

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! 

Time For A Plot Twist

Plot Twist has been released into the world...

I had decided on a pattern for this yarn before it arrived on my doorstep.  I sketched it, charted it and I knew exactly what this sock was going to look like. Then something happened. There was a Plot Twist; the yarn had other ideas.

I wound it, cast on to swatch, and it didn't share my vision for what it was to become - it had it's own plan. I make it a point never to argue with yarn (especially when there is cashmere involved) so I listened to the yarn and we worked together. Several swatches later, what resulted is a different sock than I had envisioned, but a sock that makes both the yarn and I happy. Hopefully, it will make you happy, too!

Worked from the top down, Plot Twist features a cable panel on the inside front leg of the sock and foot. The front and back of the leg are ribbed, with the ribbing continuing on the top of the short row heel and onto the toe. The pattern is graded for 4 circumferences and the foot length is customizable. 

The very gorgeous green yarn is called 'Jungle Green' and it was dyed by the very talented, Jeanne at Destination Yarn.  It's the First Class MCN base and I highly recommend it - the yarn is squishy soft and the colours are super rich! 

You can download Plot Twist with a 20% discount (no coupon code required) until Monday September 18th, 2017!

Happy Knitting!