New Pattern Alert: Ginger Snap Edition!

Ginger Snap Socks has been released into the world…

This sock design is inspired by the gorgeous Ginger Snap yarn that was used for the sample. I love that the colours are festive and seasonal, yet not the traditional red and green that are usually associated with the Christmas season.

Also, I love all things ginger-flavoured, so this is a great season for my taste buds!

Ginger Snap Socks are worked toe-up and feature a simple yet impressive dip stitch pattern on the top of the foot and front and back of the leg. This sock features a modified flap and gusset heel construction.

The stitch pattern is both written and charted, and the pattern includes a link to a video demonstration of the stitch used in the pattern.

Instructions are included for 5 circumferences and foot length is customizable. Instructions are needle neutral so you can use your preferred method of knitting in the round.

You can download Ginger Snap Socks with a 20% discount (no coupon code required) until Monday October 14th, 2019. You can find the Ginger Snap Socks pattern here.

New Pattern Alert! Serene & Calm Edition

Ataraxy has been released into the world…

When you’re focussed on a beautiful pattern, and using yarn you love to create something beautiful and unique, it’s easy to lose track of time and not notice when exactly the day’s irritations faded away to nothing.

At this moment there is only you, the satisfying click…click…click of your needles while your hands mindlessly create one stitch after another, row after row, while the soft fibre warms your soul as it slides between your fingers, being guided gently from skein to needle. This feeling is called Ataraxy.

Ataraxy is an elegant, fitted slipper featuring unique construction that allows each slipper to be seamless. This pattern uses a seamless cast on. I used Judy’s magic cast on, though you should use whichever cast on you would normally use for toe up socks. You can also use a provisional cast on with scrap yarn. A link to a video demonstrating the cast-on method used in the sample, and the unique slipper construction is included in the pattern.

Instructions are included for 5 circumferences and foot length is customizable. The stitch pattern is both written and charted. The pattern is needle-neutral to accommodate your preferred method of working small circumference in the round.

You can download Ataraxy with a 20% discount until Monday September 16th, 2019. No coupon code is required, the discount is automatic.

New Pattern Alert!

Loretto has been released into the world…

After several people told me this stitch pattern reminds them of a spiral staircase, I decided to name it, Loretto, in honour of the famous Loretto Staircase found in the Loretto Chapel in New Mexico, USA.

Loretto is a surprisingly fast, fun knit that’s worked cuff-down and is just simple enough to work on in front of the TV, or in a social setting. This sock features an Eye-of-Partridge heel flap and half handkerchief heel. The stitch pattern starts at the top of the outer leg and continues along the top of the outer foot, ending at the toe. The stitch pattern mirrors itself on the opposite sock.

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 Loretto with a 20% discount until Monday August 26th, 2019 (no coupon code required).


In honour of 2019 being the 7th (!) anniversary of my first published pattern, I'm hosting monthly pattern sales for the rest of the year.  The August Anniversary Sale is now live. 11 patterns (including 1 ebook) that are celebrating anniversaries this month are 20% off (no coupon code required).  You can find the bundle of August Anniversary Sale Patterns here.

New Pattern Release! Shortie Edition

Tailgate has been released into the world…

Tailgate is an experiment in sock construction. These shortie-socks are worked from the cuff down and feature unique heel and gusset construction designed to highlight self-striping yarn.

This unique construction results in very roomy gussets that may not accommodate all feet (if you have a high instep, you might love these socks). Instructions are included to modify the gussets to fit your feet.

This pattern includes optional arch shaping and a star-toe. The pattern has been tech edited and test knit. Instructions are included for 5 circumferences, and foot length is customizable. The instructions are written only and are needle-neutral so you can use your preferred needle style and method of working small circumference in the round.

You can download Tailgate with a 20% discount (no coupon code required) until Monday May 13th, 2019. You can find the pattern here.

Are You A Patternfish User?

Sadly, Patternfish has announced that they’ll be closing down at the end of May. If you have patterns in your Patternfish library, you should download them onto your computer or cloud storage service before the end of June. After that, they’ll be gone for good. If Patternfish was your preferred platform for purchasing patterns, you can still find hundreds of thousands of patterns (including mine!) on Ravelry and Loveknitting. I’m also in the process of making my patterns available in the Kindle store on Amazon, and I’ll let you know when that’s set up and ready to go!

Happy Knitting!

New Pattern Alert: Chrysalis Edition

Chrysalis has been released into the world…

I love this stitch pattern because it's reminiscent of small cocoons, and cocoons are symbols of change, growth, rebirth, and springtime!  Hence the pattern name, Chrysalis.

This pattern is delicate, pretty, texturally interesting, and like most of my favourite stitch patterns, it's easier than it looks. 

It’s really just several rows of stockinette stitch with an occasional row of knitting trickery thrown in to keep it interesting. The pattern includes links to video tutorials demonstrating the pattern stitch, and the cast-on method used in the pattern.

Instructions are included for 5 circumferences and foot length is customizable.  The stitch pattern is both written and charted (and also has a link to a video tutorial), and the pattern is needle-neutral to accommodate your preferred style for working small circumference in the round. 

You can download Chrysalis with a 20% discount until Monday April 15th, 2019, no coupon code required. The discount will be automagically applied at checkout. You can find Chrysalis here. 

Spring has arrived, and Easter is just around the corner, so to celebrate Speckled Eggs is 20% off until Monday April 22, 2019 (no coupon code required) and I’ve added 3 spring/Easter-themed printable sock wrappers to the pattern. You don’t have to use them for socks, they’re also great for wrapping washcloths, mitts, slippers, and other small knitted gifts. You can find the pattern here.

New Pattern Alert!

Lenity has been released into the world...

I love words; I’m a logophile. One of my favourite words (I have many) is lenity. Lenity is derived from latin. It’s a noun and is defined as ‘gentleness; kindness’. I love that it’s a noun; instead of describing something or someone as expressing gentleness or kindness, it is gentleness and kindness. It somehow sounds more permanent and tangible when it’s a noun. 

I also love knitting fabric that is on a bias, like this stitch pattern. It plays well with solid, tonal, variegated, and patterned yarns. The stitch pattern is much easier than it looks. There is a little bit of trickery in Round 16, but it’s literally just moving a marker and yet it makes the entire stitch pattern flow seamlessly along as you knit. 

Lenity is worked from the cuff down and cable pattern on the bias on the front & back of the leg, and top of the foot. This sock features an afterthought star heel with optional gussets, and a star toe. 

Lenity is available with a $1 discount until Monday August 13th, 2018 (no coupon code required).  You can find it here.  

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. 

A New Pattern Collection!

The Ahlie collection has been released into the world...

Wrapping myself in cozy, warm stitches on a chilly day is one of the most comforting feelings in the world and actually makes me look forward to the chilly mornings of fall and the frosty days of winter.  When I’m wrapped in the warmth of a comfy hand knit hat, a cozy hand knit cowl, and toasty hand knit mitts, I like them to match, or complement each other. When my knitted accessories complement each other, either by colour, or stitch pattern, it allows each piece to stand out without competing with the other accessories that I’m wearing.  Matching accessories make me look more polished and put together, even on days when I might not feel very polished or put together. So, I’m on a mission to create sets of matching knitwear accessories in my favourite colours using my favourite yarns and stitch patterns.

The Ahlie collection includes socks, a cowl, hat and fingerless mitts.  I chose this specific yarn because though I love all colours, I’m especially attracted to greens.  Most shades of green resonate with me on a deep level. This attraction caused me to immediately fall in love with Tree Moss by LakeKnit Yarns.  I was also totally intrigued by the fibre (Polworth) as I’d never worked with it before.  It’s soft, durable, and has a bit of stretch. It feels wonderful to work with and the tonal green with black speckles that are almost donegal-like really help make the Ahlie stitch pattern stand out.  I found that this yarn both stretched a bit and became even softer with blocking.

You can download the Ahlie collection for $14 (the regular price is $18) until Monday May 28th.  If you've previously purchased Ahlie Socks, the price will be discounted automagically at checkout to reflect the previous purchase.  If you'd like to download just 1 Ahlie pattern, each pattern is available with a 20% discount until Monday May 28th.  


In Other News...

Father's Day Finest Socks is 20% off (no coupon code required) until Monday May 28th.  You can find the pattern here. A free scarf pattern is included with the sock pattern. 

Father's Day Finest Socks

Father's Day Finest Socks

New Sock Pattern Alert!!

Halcyon has been released into the world...

In the depths of winter when Carolien (the dyer at Colourful Creativity) and I were brainstorming ideas for a spring sock design, we were both inspired by the first flush of spring. That magical time when the world wakes up from its long winter nap and trees are re-born from brown and barren to lush with foliage in bright shades of green. That time when the sun is so bright and warm that it makes everything it shines on look a little brighter. When the first blooms of the season open and their burst of colour changes not only the landscape but everyone’s mood; even the birds seem to sing more loudly and happily. The first word that came to mind for me was halcyon.

Halcyon is an adjective that is defined as:
Denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful.

This pattern and this yarn are designed to remind you of the halcyon days of spring when the world feels (if only for a moment) idyllically happy and peaceful. The yarn is called 'Spring Fling' and it's a limited edition yarn that's being released at the same time as this pattern.  You can find 'Spring Fling' here.  (The rainbow donegal specks are really cool - this was my first time working with them and I'll definitely be knitting with this yarn again).

Halcyon is worked from the toe up and features ribbing across the top of the toe and foot. Gusset increases are moved from the sides of the foot to the instep to accommodate the emerging floral stitchthat starts on the top of the foot and continues up the front of the leg. The sock ends with a ribbed cuff.

The pattern is graded for 4 circumferences and foot length is customizable. Halcyon is available with a 20% introductory discount until Monday May 14th (no coupon code required, the discount will be applied automagically at checkout). 


In Other News...

Thanks to your support of Dolores 2 weeks ago, I was able to make a donation to the Centre For Addiction and Mental Health.  Thank you.  This proves once again that the fibre community is awesome and that knitting really does make the world a better place! 

What Do April Showers Bring?

April showers bring Greynbows...

A Greynbow is what happens when you combine grey yarn with rainbow yarn!

These were really fun socks to knit!  The stitch pattern looks so great in so many different yarn combinations, that it was difficult to decide on colours for the sample.   

Greynbow is worked toe up and features an easy-to-remember yet slightly addictive slip stitch pattern across the top of the foot and the front and back of the leg. Only one colour is used at a time so there are no floats to carry along the back of your work. (disclaimer: colourwork with no floats is my favourite kind of colourwork) The  heel flap, gussets, and intsep stitches are worked simultaneously in the round (so there are no gusset stitches to pick  up!) and the leg ends with a ribbed cuff.  The stitch pattern is both written and charted. 

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

You can purchase Greynbow with a 20% discount (no coupon code required!) until Monday April 16, 2018.  

A New Pattern And A Recipe!

Ahlie has been released into the world...

Ahlie socks are quirky and fun!  The socks mirror each other with an easy to memorize 2 round stitch pattern on the front and back of both legs and on the top of the foot.  The sock is worked from the cuff down with an eye of partridge heel flap, french heel, and finishes with a star toe that doesn’t fight with the bias of the fabric.

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

The sample is knit with Seawall Fibres Quartz Socks in 'Apatite'.  

I'm also releasing Sock By Numbers today! 

Sock By Numbers isn’t a pattern, it’s a recipe to create a cuff down sock using any yarn, any needles, any gauge.  This pattern starts with a ribbed cuff, features a heel flap and gussets and ends with a wedge toe that is grafted closed using Kitchener stitch.

This is not a beginner recipe.  Some knowledge of sock anatomy is required and spoiler alert: this recipe has a lot of math!

If doing math old school (longhand) isn’t your thing, the pattern includes access to a soooper seeekrit spreadsheet on my website to help you with the math. 

Ahlie and Sock By Numbers are both available with a 20% discount (no coupon code required) OR if you purchase Ahlie and Sock By Numbers together you will receive a 30% discount on both patterns with the coupon code: socks

The Caffeine Collection is now available for pre-order!  This is my first accessory collection, and I'm super excited! If you purchase the collection before March 1st, you’ll get all 4 patterns for $14! The Caffeine sock pattern will be added to your library immediately and then Caffeine Hat, Caffeine Mitts, and Caffeine Cowl will automagically be added to your library as they are released on March 1st, 8th, and 15th. The ebook price will increase as each pattern is released. You can find more information by clicking here. 

If you’ve previously purchased Caffeine socks, the ebook price will be adjusted accordingly.

Happy Knitting! 

Say Hello To Pin Up Socks

Pin Up Socks has been released into the world...

Pin Up has been released! This design is inspired by the iconic 1943 pin up photo of Bettie Grable . This sock design looks just as gorgeous viewed from the back as it does from the front.

Pin Up is worked from the cuff down and features a unique yet deceptively simple split heel construction and star toe (read: no Kitchener stitch). Since most of the sock is stockinette, the pattern knits up remarkably quickly! The pattern is graded for 5 circumferences and the foot length is customizable. The pattern is both written and charted and includes a schematic. The yarn is by a local (to me) dyer called WN Yarns and the colourway is 'Deeper Desert Green'.

You can download Pin Up with a 20% discount (no coupon code required!) until Monday February 12th, 2018.  

Happy Knitting! 

New Pattern Alert: non-sock edition

Defunk has been released into the world...

Defunk (v): to change or improve a negative attitude, mindset or behaviour

Sometimes to change things up a bit (or hide a bad hair day...or keep my head warm) I like to put on a hat.  Something about a good hat makes me feel uplifted (literally: for whatever reason, hats make me feel taller so I think I stand a little straighter) and a little more confident.  I’ve been wanting a newsboy-style-hat for ages, and I finally have one - and you can, too! 

 

This cap is worked starting with the brim.  The brim is shaped using short rows and a piece of flimsy plastic is inserted part way through the process to stiffen the brim. (I used a placemat from my local dollar store) The hat is then worked from the brim to the crown with some shaping to give it a traditional newsboy-cap shape and fit.  Another piece of plastic is used to craft a small button for the very top of the hat.  This hat is way easier than it looks and people are super impressed that it’s hand knit!  I hope you feel awesome when you wear it. 

 

Happy Knitting! 

How About A Free Pattern? How About Several...

Abundance has been released into the world...

Can you believe summer is almost over?  In my part of the world, anyway.  I know my southern hemisphere friends are gearing up for spring, but where I live the days are starting to get shorter and the night air is a bit crisper - a portent of the new season to come.   

Fall is my favourite season and to celebrate it's imminent arrival and to help you bulk up your sock drawer for the cooler days ahead, I've teamed up with the amazing people at Knotions to release Abundance! 

I'm humbled to be in the company of some very talented designers in this issue, and I hope you'll find knitting inspiration from all the lovely designs they've contributed.  

This sock was actually designed late last year while I was reflecting, soul searching and contemplating on the feelings and experiences I want to manifest in the new year that was about to start.

I considered choosing a word of the year, but I couldn’t narrow it down to just one word. So I’ve decided to focus on a word each month.

The word for this month is abundance. I want to approach life from an abundance mindset. I want to focus on the abundance in my life and not the lack, I want to find opportunity when faced with an obstacle, and I want to share my abundant love, joy and happiness.

I hope you channel an abundance mindset while you knit this sock.  

Happy Knitting! 

 

Let's Throw Some Kindness Around Like It's Confetti

Throw Kindness Around Like It's Confetti has been released into the world.
This sock has 3 of my favourite things: cables, lace, and contrasting toes and heels. Designing it and knitting it made me happy. This yarn is beautiful and working with it makes me happy. Looking at the finished sock makes me happy and I hope when you knit them and wear them, they make you feel happy.
Worked in beautiful Perfect Stitch Fibre Co Deluxe Chief yarn in 'Shocking Seas' and 'Berry Blizzard', this sock worked from the top down. The cable/lace design starts at the very top of the sock and continues onto the top of the foot. The back of the leg features ribbing until the short row heel which is worked in a contrasting yarn. The toe is also worked in a contrasting colour and is grafted closed with Kitchener stitch.
You can download Throw Kindness Around Like It's Confetti with a 20% discount (no coupon code required) until Monday June 19th, 2017.  Click here to download it.

Happy Knitting!