I was going to resist doing the knitting olympics this round… but I decided that a swatch a day should be doable (and easy enough to “work ahead” – which I guess is like I’m doping, but don’t tell!) and so… we’ll have a swatch a day… but probably only occasionally on this blog. I’ll post them each day to the WTP blog, however.
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash
Needles: US #8
Gauge: 5 st/inch after blocking
Pattern: Barred Knit Pattern
Stitch Count Repeat: Multiple of 6 stitches
Book: A Treasury of Knitting Patterns
Comments: easy and pretty fun.
Published July 27, 2008
Fully Finished Objects , Knitting Updates , patterns for sale , Socks , Things I Love
Tags: brightgreen, catbordhi, green, handknit, knit, nicolehindes, pattern, popsicle, sock, summer, summersock
I’m pleased to be able to announce one of my secret projects!
Here we have Popsicle (Rav link), a new sock pattern that features a mirrored patterning across the foot. I designed this for Three Irish Girls yarn company and their Sock Yarnista sock club.
I’m incredibly proud of this design and the way it turned out. It’s pretty easy/simple… and the swooshing off the foot makes me hope that people will be able to avoid some second sock syndrome. Just doing my duty, you know…
One of the design challenges in this sock was that I had to figure out how to do the gusset decreases (since the instep had it’s own party going on, I didn’t want to crowd it with your typical gusset decreases). I knew that as Cat Bordhi explains, I could place the decreases where ever I wanted in the gusset section, just so long as they existed… I tried a few options and finally found a perfect solution… along the bottom of the heel. You can see a photo here that illustrates this.
Um, so yay! I love this pattern and I hope you do too!
Here are some specifics:
Popsicle, Designed by Nicole Hindes
Gauge: 30 sts over 4 inches (36 rows over 4 inches)
Yarn: Three Irish Girls Kells Sport Merin
Needles: US 2 (But use what gets YOU gauge)
Download available: at the Three Irish Girls Website ($5.95)
The inspiration: This sock is an homage to the summers of my childhood. It’s a fairly simple, top-down sock with a heel flap. The interesting element to keep you out of the heat is the way the pattern melts off the top of your foot like a popsicle during the dog days of summer.
Published September 28, 2007
Fully Finished Objects , Knitting Updates , Socks
Tags: cable, craft, crafts, design, foot, green, heel, hobbies, hobby, knit, knitting, paid, pattern, purl, Socks, toe, twisted, wool
I designed some socks for Robyn’s Nest Sock club. She was my secret pal hostess in the past two secret pal swaps that I’ve done. She emailed me a few weeks ago and wanted to know if I could design something – and of course, I did! It’s my first commissioned/paid design!
I hope you like it… but because I’m a tease, I can only give you photos right now! I’ll be making the pattern available on January 2nd! In the meantime, you just have to be excited that I’m now a paid knitwear designer!
Published July 6, 2007
2007 resolutions , Free Patterns , Fully Finished Objects , Knitting Updates
Tags: charity, free, free pattern, hand knit, knit, knitting, lace, random act of kindness, RAOK, scarf, sea silk, wool, yarn