Friday, July 31, 2009

Sock KAL

For those of you that are interested in knitting the Summer Lovin Socks join our Summer Lovin Sock KAL on Ravelry.

These are the socks that Pam test knit for me with her beautiful hand-dyed yarn. Can you believe that she used Easter egg dye.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Summer Lovin Socks

Finally the pattern is ready for the Summer Lovin Socks. Thanks Andrea and Pam for test knitting. The pattern is available below or on Ravelry (link). I hope you enjoy.

Gauge: 8 stitches and 11 rounds = 1 inch

Materials: 1 hank Hazel Knits Artisan Sock (color Laguna)

US size 2 (2.25mm) double-pointed needles

Tapestry needle

Skill Level: Intermediate


K – knit K2tog – knit 2 together P- purl

P2tog – purl 2 together RS – right side

SSK – slip, slip, knit St(s) –stitch

WS – wrong side YO –yarn over


Cast on 64 stitches dividing them evenly onto 4 needles. (16 stitches on each needle)

Join in the round being careful not to twist the stitches. P1, K1 to the end of the round. Repeat for a total of 12 rows of ribbing.

Leg Pattern: (Chart A)

Begin knitting round 1 of Chart A.

Chart A:

Repeat each round of chart pattern 4 times per round.

Repeat round 1-20 of chart A 3 times for leg of sock.

Setup for Heel Flap:

Turn work so wrong side is facing you. You will be working the stitches that you just knit. Slip 1; purl next 31 stitches on to 1 needle. You should now have all stitches on three needles, 16 stitches on two needles and 32 stitches (heel) on one needle.

Heel Flap:

Row 1: (RS) Slip 1, K1, repeat to end.

Row 2: (WS) Slip 1, P1, repeat to end.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until your heel flap measures 2 inches, ending with a WS row.

Turn Heel:

Row 1: (RS) Slip 1, knit 18, ssk, k1. Turn.

Row 2: (WS) Slip 1 st, purl 7, p2tog, p1. Turn.

Row 3: Slip 1, knit 8, ssk, k1. Turn.

Row 4: Slip 1, purl 9, p2tog, p1. Turn.

Row 5: Slip 1, knit 10, ssk, k1. Turn.

Row 6: Slip 1, purl 11, p2tog, p1. Turn.

Row 7: Slip 1, knit 12, ssk, k1. Turn.

Row 8: Slip 1, purl 13, p2tog, p1. Turn.

Row 9: Slip 1, knit 14, ssk, k1. Turn.

Row 10: Slip 1, purl 15, p2tog, p1. Turn.

Row 11: Slip 1, knit 16, ssk, k1. Turn.

Row 12: Slip 1, purl 17, p2tog, p1. Turn.

Row 13: Knit row. (20 stitches)


Needle #1 - Slip the last 10 stitches that you worked onto a separate needle. Using the same needle pick up and knit 18 stitches along the edge of the heel flap (28 stitches).

Needle #2 & #3 (instep stitches) Begin row 1 of Chart A.

Needle #4 - Using a new needle pick up and knit 18 stitches along the edge of the heel flap and knit the last 10 stitches of the heel. (28 stitches) This will now mark the end of your round.

You should now be back to 4 needles

Needle #1 – 28 stitches.

Needle #2 – 16 stitches.

Needle #3 – 16 stitches.

Needle #4 – 28 stitches.

Gusset Decreases:

Round 1:

Needle #1 – Knit across to last 3 stitches, k2tog, knit 1.

Needle #2 & #3 – Continue in pattern following Chart A.

Needle #4 – Knit 1, ssk, knit to end.

Round 2: Knit all stitches.

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until you have 16 stitches on all four needles. (64 stitches)


Continue working in stockinette on needles 1 and 4 and in pattern on needles 2 and 3.

Knit until foot is 2 inches less than desired length. Be sure to end with an odd row on your instep or pattern stitches.

Toe Decreases:

Round 1:

Needle 1: Knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1.

Needle 2: K1, ssk, knit to end.

Needle 3: Knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1.

Needle 4: K1, ssk, knit to end.

Round 2 & 3: Knit.

Round 4: Repeat round 1.

Round 5 & 6: Knit.

Round 7: Repeat round 1.

Round 8: Knit

Round 9: Repeat round 1.

Round 10: Knit

Round 11: Repeat round 1.

Round 12: Knit.

Round 13: Repeat round 1.

Round 14: Knit.

Round 15: Repeat round 1.

Round 16: Knit.

Round 17: Repeat round 1.

Round 18: Knit

Round 19, 20 & 21: Repeat round 1.

(20 stitches)

Knit across needle #1 (5 stitches). Your yarn should now be at the side of the sock toe, on the right side. Using a yarn needle Kitchner stitch the sock toe closed. Hide your ends and block socks if desired.

Enjoy your Summer Lovin Socks!!!

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Monday, July 13, 2009


So last time I posted I was feeling uninspired and couldn't find anything that I just had to cast on. So of course I went hunting around on Ravelry and found one of my favorite designers Marnie MacLean. If you haven't had a chance to check out her designs you should. Her garments are beautifully constructed down to the smallest detail. I feel in love with two of her designs one was published through Twist Collective and is called Bijou (Ravelry link). I'm just waiting for my yarn to arrive in the next couple of days so I can cast on. The second design of Marnie's is her newest and it's a beautiful shawl called La Cumparsita (Ravelry link). I'm not much of a shawl girl but this design is so gorgeous I just have to make it.

I'm thinking of using my dream into color smooshy in Cocoa Kiss to make the shawl. I love the gray and brown combination in this yarn. Since the shawl requires 540 yards I'll probably need to order another skein.

The inspiration didn't stop there. I found two sweater patterns that I fell in love with also. The first one is called Buttercup (Ravelry link) and is a free pattern. I first fell in love with it when I saw Jessica's finished sweater. I love top-down seamless sweaters. Not much into finishing and I love that I can try them on as I go. Also easy to modify the pattern as I go.

The second pattern I had to have is called Moch Cardi (Ravelry link). This one is worked from the bottom up; sleeves are joined and eventually grafted at the underarms. I'm not ready to cast on this one yet but I think this will make a great fall sweater. I just love the yoke.

Now that my queue is full I just need to go through my stash and find the perfect yarn.