So I didn't tell you all of it the other day, because I have not only the Teetering Socks but also a second pattern in the newest Knit Picks Collection Rockin' Socks: Hashtag Socks! Or as I call them: #socks ;-)
The socks are knitted from the cuff down. They are worked in mosaic pattern, which means the pattern is worked with one color at a time while the motif is created with slipped stitches. The socks are worked with a heel flap and gusset.
The inspiration for these socks is explained easily: in the past few years, social media has grown in importance, and the hashtag is one of the most-used symbol these days. The stitch pattern used in these socks is reminiscent of the hashtag symbol.
The pattern for Hashtag Socks is available as individual download or as part of the Rockin' Socks collection from the Knit Picks website, here.
Knit Picks' latest collection of patterns launched this week: Rockin' Socks. And since socks are my all time favourite object to knit, I'm very happy to have contributed to this collection. These are my Teetering Socks.
Inspired by optical illusions in which the placement of colors seems to bend straight lines, the stitch pattern used in these socks seems to tilt the squares from left to right.
The socks are knit from the cuff down. The stitch pattern combines small squares in Stockinette Stitch with squares in the lace pattern and the way the decreases and increases are worked pull the squares in the desired direction. The heel is worked with German Short Rows using double stitches.
The pattern is available as individual download or as part of the Rockin' Socks collection from the Knit Picks website, here.
Hm, I can't remember, have I ever told you that I particpated in the Malabrigo Shawl Knitalong in April? Well, I did, and I absolutely love the shawl I knitted in my all time favourite Malabrigo Sock. It's acutally a shawl I'm quite sure I'll wear (as you all know, I enjoy knitting shawls much more than wearing them), because I like the clean look of the stitch patterns and of course, I used some of my favourite colourway. :)
The Temperance Shawl, pattern available for free from Ravelry, here, calls for three skeins of fingering weight yarn. I had quite a bit left of the three skeins (about 60 g in total) and well, not only do I like to wear fingerless mitts, I also wanted to avoid that my bag with leftover yarn will fill up again right after I had knit up so many of my scraps. So... ta-dah!
I picked up design elements from the shawl and used the colours in reversed order on the second mitt to get these done. And I really like them! And in case somebody else needs a quick pattern for small amounts of yarn: Temperance Mitts is available as a free download from my Ravelry pattern store or here on my website.
I admit, in April I almost lost momentum with my wonderful plan to knit all the patterns from the ornament club gifted to me by a Ravelry friend. But there was a reason for it - because I wasn't happy at all with the April bunny pattern. Cute, that's for sure, but really, to me (and it was the same for everyone I asked) there was hardly a difference to the llama pattern from March. Hm... So in the end I decided to knit a bunny, but I changed the pattern around quite a bit (made the body wider but not as long, added length to the ears, made a scarf instead of yet another cowl) and I think it turned out quite okay.
Anyway, I was a bit worried about the May pattern, because I knew I'd quit the ornment project if the new pattern isn't to my liking - so I was very happy to see that this time I received a fox pattern that I really said 'fox' to me. No need to say that I knit my foxy friend up right away. ;-)
Mind you, my ornaments will never look perfect because this tiny fiddly stuff isn't something I particularly enjoy, but at least I stuck to my plan and the fifth woodland friend got finished.
I received a lovely surprise in the mail today: The latest issue of Interweave Knits magazine, Summer 2021, is now available. Not only is the rainy afternoon sorted, but I am also thrilled to tell you that I contributed to this issues: these are my Peregrinate Socks.
The socks are knitted top down with a folded ribbed cuff which transisitons into meandering columns of fisherman's rib. The brioche stitch makes the socks extra thick and cosy, so they are a perfect companion no matter whether you take them on a camping trip to wear during cooler summer nights or whether you make yourself comfortable snuggling up on the sofa on a rainy day.
The pattern, written for three sizes for foot circumferences of approximately 16 - 20 cm (6-8"), is included in the summer issue of Interweave Knits magazine, which is available for purchase from the Interweave website, here.
There's still a huge pile of patterns on my desk, which were previously published in some magazine, I'd like to rewrite and republish - but it's going slow. So I'm happy that every once in a while I have a success message for you. As of today the Black Forest Hat and Cowl Set is available from my Ravelry store, here.
Hat and cowl are worked in illusion knitting (also known as shadow knitting), a technique which changes the look of the knit depending on the viewer’s perspective. The effect of the diagonal stripes which appear when looking at the fabric from the right angle, is created by the clever placement of knit and purl stitches. Illusion knitting is worked with one colour at a time and there is a minimum of two contrasting colours required. The samples were worked with one main colour (black) and three background colours in different shades of grey.
Honestly, there's nothing good to be said about this year's spring: cold, rain, even snow, more cold... sigh. I am so done with this awful weather. It's bad enough we can't go anywhere thanks to the darn virus, so it shouldn't be too much to ask for some sunshine mid of April...
Well, at least I won't suffer from cold feet - because look what got finish yesterday:
My Crazy Dots socks. Absolutely love how they turned out - so there is at least one thing, that makes me smile - and I cast on another pair in different colours right away. I think I'll have to turn the design into a pattern eventually... :)
Winter's back in Germany and for almost a week we had to deal with temperatures around freezing point, lots of snow and rain showers and really nasty weather. So it's good I knitted like the wind, isn't it? Because look, my scarf version of my 'Do you speak Knit?' pattern is ready.
I pefer to wear scarves to cowls, so this was an absolutely selfish project in my favourite colours. And just because I added a tiny pompom fringe as the finishing touch. And I love, love, love how it turned out - but I guess you can tell that from my face. :)
I included all information about the abbreviations and words I used, the yarn colours and also some extra charts in an extra files, which you receive with the cowl pattern.
Do you speak knit is available for download, here: Do you speak Knit?