One of my favourite sayings is: Knitting is love made visible. Why, you ask? Well, because I think this sentence says all you need to know about handknitted gifts. I mean, just consider the time and all the handicraft that go into them. All this effort to treat someone else or yourself with something special... no wonder that for me, handknitted gifts are visible and touchable love.
So when pondering on a new design a while back I thought: why not take it a step further and include a typical symbol for love in the item? And what better match is there than a heart motif? And this is how my latest pattern was born: With Love Socks, available now in the latest issue of Knit Now magazine.
The socks are knitted from the cuff down and leg and foot are embellished with stripes with heart motifs in stranded knitting. An additional eye-catching feature is the integrated heel worked in intarsia in the round technique in a contrast colour.
The yarn used for my sample is Black Isle Yarns Killen Sock, a pleasant fingering weight BFL and Mohair blend, naturally dyed in soft and beautiful colours. If you like the lovely colour
combination just as much as I do: Julie has created some 'With Love' sets, each with 100g Indigo (indigo) plus 30g Undyed Cream and 30g Salmon (madder) and
each set has more than enough yarn to knit up these lovely socks. You can get the sets from the Black Isle Yarns website, here.
The pattern is written for two sizes with approximately 19 (22.5) cm 7.5 (8.75)“ circumference. The leg length to the heel is adjustable, the heel section needs to be worked in full and adds 7.5 (8.5) cm 3 (3.25)“ to the leg length.
So, do you want to show someone you care by gifting them these beautiful heart motif socks?
The pattern is included in Knit Now magazine issue 138, now available from newsagents, supermarkets, craft shops all over the UK and online from CraftStash (print issue) or Pocketmags (digital issue)