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!

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! 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. 

New Pattern(s) Alert!

Westney & Meandering are now available for download on Ravelry. 

Previously available exclusively in the book, Artful ArchesWestney & Meandering are both available in my Ravelry store as of today. 

It’s amazing what a few strategically placed slipped stitches can do when they’re combined with variegated yarn.  Slipped stitches have a magical way of showing off the colour variegations without getting lost or competing with the yarn. 

Slipped stitches and variegated yarn are a knitterly symphony; on their own they’re each lovely, but together they both become even more beautiful. 

I think most of us have at least one gorgeous skein of variegated yarn in our stash that needs just the right pattern to do it justice, and both of these patterns were designed with that special skein in mind.

You can download Westney and/or Meandering with a 20% discount (no coupon code required, the discount will appear automagically at checkout) until Monday July 2nd, 2018. 

Toe-rrific Toe Construction

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Much like heels, (you can find the heel version of today’s post here) toes are a personal preference.  The type of toe you prefer will depend on the anatomy of your individual foot. The good news is that (most of the time) toes are easy to modify without having to do very much math or rework an entire pattern stitch.  They’re also fairly easy to re-engineer to accommodate toe up or cuff down construction.

My advice is always to try all the things (pertaining to knitting) so you can decide for yourself which toes fit you and which ones don’t and which toes you love to knit and which toes you hope you never have to knit again.  Ever.

Here is a summary of some of the most popular toe constructions, their advantages and disadvantages, and when you might use them.

WEDGE TOE

Heliotrope is an example of a sock with a wedge toe

Heliotrope is an example of a sock with a wedge toe

Advantages:

  • Very common heel in hand knit socks

  • Easy to memorize construction

  • Easily adaptable for either toe up or cuff down construction

  • Toe stitches are grafted closed so there is no annoying seam to rub against the tips of your toes

  • The math for this toe is pretty easy if you’re substituting it for another toe in a pattern

  • Does not result in left and right specific socks

Disadvantages:

  • The wedge shape doesn’t accommodate all toe shapes

  • Some knitters think the shape when off the foot is pointy and unattractive

  • Lines of decreases/increases on the sides of the toes can be uncomfortable for sensitive feet

  • Requires Kitchener stitch if you want a seamless toe

ROUNDED TOE

Lerwick is an example of a sock with a rounded toe

Lerwick is an example of a sock with a rounded toe

Advantages

  • Tends to accommodate a wider variety of toe anatomies than the wedge toe

  • Easy to memorize construction

  • Easily adaptable for either toe up or cuff down construction

  • Toe stitches are grafted so there is no annoying seam to rub against the tip of your toes

  • Does not result in left and right specific socks

  • The shape is similar to the toe on most commercially sold socks

Disadvantages

  • Consumes more yarn than a wedge toe

  • Requires Kitchener stitch if you want a seamless toe

  • The math is slightly more difficult than for the wedge toe

  • Lines of decreases/increases on the sides of the toes can be uncomfortable for sensitive feet

STAR TOE

Ahlie is an example of a sock with a star toe

Ahlie is an example of a sock with a star toe

Advantages

  • Easily adaptable for both toe up and cuff down construction

  • Kitchener stitch is not required

  • Decreases are spread throughout the toe so there are no lines of decreases on the outer edges of the toes

  • It’s an attractive looking toe (especially with variegated yarn)

  • Does not result in left and right specific socks

Disadvantages

  • The small opening at the tip of the toe where the stitches are pulled closed may be uncomfortable for sensitive toes

  • Math is a bit more difficult depending on the stitch count used

ANATOMICAL TOE

Advantages

  • Results in socks that are left and right foot specific

  • Very comfortable for feet that have very long first toes

Disadvantages

  • Math is more difficult

  • Depending on your gait, you may wear out one sock before the other since they aren’t interchangeable

  • Kitchener stitch is required for a seamless toe

  • Decreases/increases creates a seam on the outer edge of the toe

There are other toe constructions out there, but these are the ones I come across most often when designing and tech editing sock patterns.  Do you you have a favourite type of toe construction?

Help Me Choose My Next Sock Design!

Which one of these 2 swatches needs to be released as a sock pattern on July 12th?

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The winning swatch will be turned into a pattern and released on July 12th 

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

Knitting Socks To Accommodate Bunions

Bunions can be sensitive and tender.  They also artificially enlarge the circumference of a foot if the foot measurement includes the bunion which can result in a sock that fits the bunion well, but is loose and baggy on the rest of the foot.  Here are some tips and tricks for knitting socks to fit feet with bunions:

  • Use very soft yarn.  Bunions can be sensitive and tender and benefit from some extra softness and cushioning.  

  • Use a thicker yarn to provide extra cushioning around the bunion.  This can be a bit tricky because if the yarn is too thick the wearer’s shoes might not fit properly, so it will take some trial and error.  

  • Work increases around the bunion.  Warning: math ahead!  If the foot circumference before the bunion is 8 inches and the foot circumference including the bunion is 9 inches and your stitch gauge is 8 stitches per inch, you can increase an extra 8 stitches (4 stitches on either side of the toe) leading up to the bunion and then decrease those extra stitches after the bunion. This becomes tricky if you’re working a stitch pattern and may mean either stopping the stitch pattern early (if you're knitting cuff down) or starting it a bit late (if you’re knitting toe up).

  • Create a small gusset for the bunion.  This is my favourite option, because I love short rows, but it will result in anatomical socks (socks that have specific left and right feet that aren’t interchangeable).  When you reach the bunion-part of the sock, you create a tiny short row heel where the bunion is to cushion and accommodate the bunion.  Again, you’ll need to know the circumference of the foot with and without the bunion and again, this will disrupt any pattern stitch that you’re knitting on the sock.

Do you have experience knitting socks to accommodate bunions?  I'd love to know what tips and tricks you use.  

Happy Knitting! 

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! 

Knitter, Heel Thyself!

See what I did there? I made a heel pun! 

There are a lot of heel construction options for sock knitters.  I'm often asked 'which heel is best?' or 'which heel has the best fit?' or 'What heel do you recommend?'  Truth is, feet are like snowflakes and everyone's are different.  The heel construction that fits my feet won't necessarily work well for your feet.  Or your spouse's feet.  Or your kids' feet.  Or your neighbour's feet.  Or whoever the lucky, knitworthy recipient of your hand knit socks will be.  

I urge all sock knitters to try as many different heel constructions as possible to determine what works best for them fit-wise and knit-wise (not only does a heel need to fit you properly, you should enjoy knitting it).  

Here's a summary of some of the most popular heel constructions and their advantages and disadvantages:

Afterthought Heel

Rainbow Dash is an example of a sock with an afterthought heel

Rainbow Dash is an example of a sock with an afterthought heel

Advantages

  • Great on-the-go knitting because you don't have to stop to turn the heel

  • Doesn’t interrupt self striping or self patterning yarn

  • Tends to fit feet that are flatter (low instep)

  • Can easily be worked in a contrasting or complementary colour

  • Construction is the same whether worked toe up or cuff down

Disadvantages

  • Doesn’t tend to fit higher insteps or wider heels (tends to slip off)

  • Can result in holes in the corners where the heel stitches are picked up

  • Requires picking up stitches

Short Row Heel

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey is an example of a sock with a short row heel 

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey is an example of a sock with a short row heel 

Advantages

  • Most popular heel construction

  • Found on commercially made socks

  • Fits flat feet better than feet with a high instep

  • Many variations to choose from (FLK, german short row, wrap and turn, japanese short row, etc.)

  • Less disruptive to self patterning yarn than a heel flap

  • Easy to use a contrasting or complementary yarn

  • Construction is the same whether worked toe up or cuff down

Disadvantages

  • Doesn’t tend to fit high insteps or narrow/wide heels very well (although modifications can be made to accommodate differing foot anatomies)

  • Can be hole-y depending on the short row method used

  • Can result in holes at the corners of the heel

Heel Flap

Sassenach is an example of a sock that uses heel flap construction

Sassenach is an example of a sock that uses heel flap construction

Advantages

  • Fits most foot anatomies (especially higher insteps)

  • Sturdiest construction

  • Easy to reinforce using double knitting or eye of partridge stitch patterns

  • Is the classic hand knit sock heel

Disadvantages

  • Disrupts the flow of self-patterning yarn

  • Requires picking up stitches for the gussets

  • Uses the most yarn when compared to short row and afterthought heels

  • More difficult to use a contrasting or complementary yarn

  • Construction differs between toe up and cuff down

Strong Heel or Fleegle Heel

Caffeine is an example of a sock that uses Strong/Fleegle heel construction

Caffeine is an example of a sock that uses Strong/Fleegle heel construction

Advantages

  • No gusset stitches to pick up

  • Less disruptive to self patterning yarn than a traditional heel flap

  • Accommodates wide heels and high insteps

  • Sturdier construction than afterthought or short row heels

  • Construction is very similar for toe up and cuff down

Disadvantages

  • It’s not very intuitive for a new sock knitter as the gussets, heel flap, and instep are worked simultaneously which can be confusing

  • Results in a triangular shaped heel flap (this could be an advantage or a disadvantage depending on your preference)

Do you have a favourite heel construction?  What is it and why?

New Pattern Alert! It's a Twofer!

Dolores has been released into the world...

This design is inspired by the late Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries. Her haunting voice and angst-filled lyrics were part of the soundtrack of my life in the 1990s. She was unabashedly authentic and honest and stood apart from artists who were carefully constructed by music studios to project a corporately curated physical look and musical sound.

In the days following Dolores’ death, I came across a social media post by Melanie (the dyer behind Baad Mom Yarns ), and she had been inspired to create a custom colourway in tribute to Dolores; I immediately ordered a skein of ‘Monog’ (which happens to be Celtic for ‘cranberry’) and designed this sock.

Dolores is worked from the cuff down and features a unique wrap/drop stitch pattern down the centre of the front and back of the leg. The design continues onto the heel flap. The heel is constructed using a unique centre gusset design and has no gusset stitches to pick up. The stitch design continues on the top of the foot and toe. The toe is grafted closed with Kitchener stitch. The pattern is graded for 4 circumferences, and foot length is customizable. A link to a video tutorial demonstrating the stitch pattern is included in the pattern. 

You can download Dolores with a 20% discount (no coupon code required) until Monday April 30, 2018.  In addition, $1 from each copy of Dolores sold will be donated to CAMH until Monday April 30, 2018.

 


Sock By Numbers Toe Up was also released into the world this week. 

Sock By Numbers isn’t a pattern, it’s a recipe to create a toe up sock using any yarn, any needles, any gauge, for any foot size. This pattern starts with a wedge toe, features a Strong heel (no gusset stitches to pick up!)  and ends with a ribbed cuff. 

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, access to a spreadsheet to help is included in the pattern.

You can download Sock By Numbers Toe Up with a 50% discount with the purchase of any other pattern.  Put both patterns in your cart and use the coupon code: Toes

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.  

Why Socks Are The Perfect Knitting Project

Chances are if you're reading my blog you're already a keen sock knitter, and if that's the case, pass this post on to a knitter who hasn't discovered the joy of socks yet.  On the off chance that you aren’t already an avid sock knitter who always has at least one sock project on the go, today I’m going to convince you!

 

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Socks are portable

Socks are small and fit in most bags and purses which makes them the perfect project for knitting on the go. 

They're easy to keep track of

It's so easy to pick up a sock and knit a couple of rows or even just a few stitches and then put it down again and not lose your place.  This makes socks ideal for knitting in social situations, in the car (when you're not the driver), or in a waiting room. 

Socks are (relatively) inexpensive

Socks are (usually) a one skein project, which makes them less of an investment than a multi-skein project.  Sock yarns are available in many price points which means there is usually an affordable sock yarn for most knitters. 

All feet need socks

Chances are if you have feet you will need socks at some point.  Even in warmer climates people like to wear socks around the house, on chilly evenings, or when they travel to cooler climates.  At some point in their lives, all feet need socks. 

Learn new techniques

Socks provide a great opportunity to learn new techniques on a small scale.  If you want to try a technique for the first time, socks are a great way to learn it, and figure out how you feel about it without making a sweater size commitment to the new technique.  

Minimal purling

Socks are worked in the round, so there are no purl rows to create the stockinette fabric.  I personally don't mind purling, but I know some knitters would rather avoid it and socks are a great way to minimize purl rows.  

Instant gratification

Socks aren't instant (the average mid-calf single sock takes 10-15 hours to complete depending on pattern stitch, foot length, and gauge), but progress is quick enough that there are definitely satisfying moments: cuffs are quick, heel turns will always make you feel like you've done something slightly magical, and toes are pretty fast.  

Socks are customizable

Sock patterns can be modified to accommodate almost any sensitivity or foot issue.  I wrote a post about it here.  

They make great gifts

Who doesn't love a pair of lovingly crafted, customized, hand knit socks?  With personalized sock wrappers?  You can find some gift wrappers for socks here.  

Have I convinced you yet?  I can keep going with all the reasons that socks are the perfect knitting project.  Let me know why you think socks are the perfect knitting project.  

Happy Knitting

 

How To Knit Socks For Sensitive Feet

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and this post is not intended to replace medical advice.  If you require medical advice seek the advice of a medical professional.  

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One of the benefits of hand knit socks is the ability to customize them to accommodate the wearer's taste, size and sensitivities.  Nothing feels better than a pair of socks made especially for your unique feet.  Once you've knit a few pairs of socks and you're comfortable with sock knitting, you'll be ready to modify patterns to get just the right socks for the feet you're knitting for.  Here are the most common modifications I find myself recommending to knitters who are knitting for sensitive feet:

The Cuff and Leg

  • Use a ribbing pattern on the cuff as well as the front and back of the leg.  Ribbing is stretchy and will accommodate swelling in the calf and upper ankle area. My personal preference is 2x2 or 3x2 ribbing but any ribbing that fits your stitch count will work.  
  • If socks on the leg are uncomfortable, skip the leg and make ankle socks; start the heel immediately after the cuff. 

The Heel

  • A heel flap and gussets is the most accommodating heel construction for a high instep (in fact it accommodates most foot anatomies well). 
  • A short row heel is comfortable for flatter feet.  
  • If swelling in the heel and ankle area is an issue, a roomy heel like the fleegle/strong heel is slightly less structured than a traditional heel flap and gussets and will allow for some swelling without becoming too snug. 
  • Short rows can be added to the sides of a short row heel to make the heel a bit roomier and allow for swelling. 
  • If the bottom of the heel (the part that touches the floor) is sensitive, consider working the heel turn in reverse stockinette so that the purl bumps are on the outside of the sock and the smooth knit side is against the skin. 

Instep

  • Continue the ribbing pattern from the leg onto the top of the foot to allow for swelling throughout the day. 

Sole

  • Some people are sensitive to purl bumps on the bottom of their feet.  The easiest way to solve this is to work the sole of the foot in reverse stockinette (purl every round) so that the purl bumps are on the outside of the sock and the smooth knit side is against the skin.  

  • For feet that are sensitive to purl bumps and/or require more cushion, work the sole of the foot in slip stitch stockinette (see chart below) this will eliminate the purl bumps and create a double knit, squishy fabric.  The row gauge on the sole of the foot will be shorter than the row gauge on the top of the foot, but this can be overcome by using a few carefully placed short rows.  My talented friend, Jo Torr has a great post about using short rows on the sole of the foot.  You can find it here.  

Slip Stitch Stockinette is great for a squishy sole or to avoid the discomfort of purl bumps against the skin.

Slip Stitch Stockinette is great for a squishy sole or to avoid the discomfort of purl bumps against the skin.

Toe

  • For wide toes, a rounded toe is best
  • For narrow toes, a wedge toe is best
  • For toes that are sensitive to seams, ending with Kitchener stitch eliminates the seam and so does working toe up.
  • For toes that are sensitive to the lines of increases/decreases along either edge of the toe, a star toe eliminates these lines and spreads the increases/decreases throughout the toe. 
  • Anatomical toes (working the increases/decreases all on one side) are comfortable for toes that have a very prominent angle from the big toe to the little toe.  

I hope this gives you some ideas of ways to modify socks when you're knitting for sensitive feet.  Are there any modifications that you find helpful that I've missed?  Let us know in the comments. 

 

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! 

To Match Or Not To Match?

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Several weeks ago I posted in my Facebook Group and on Instagram asking sock knitters if they prefer hand knit socks to be identical twins or fraternal twins?

They’re sisters, not twins (or fraternal twins, as some knitters like to call their slightly mismatched socks). This doesn’t bother me at all. Having each sock be slightly different, yet at the same time feel the same makes them interesting to me. Also, I learned a long time ago that striving for perfection in life isn’t great for my mental health. How do you feel about matching socks? Do you prefer them identical or fraternal?

These socks are sisters, not twins (or fraternal twins, as some knitters like to call their slightly mismatched socks). This doesn’t bother me at all. Having each sock be slightly different, yet at the same time feel the same makes them interesting to me, and gives them character. Also, I learned a long time ago that striving for perfection in life isn’t great for my mental health. How do you feel about matching socks? Do you prefer them identical or fraternal?