Tag Archives: patterns

Aims and Goals

I’ve decided to try and finish the socks on the my needles this month. I have 3 and currently they look like this:

3 Socks on the Needles

The orange socks are my Rick socks.
The purple and black are my Gothic Anastasia Delight socks.
The grey pair are my Bootiful socks (aka Rhiannon Socks.)

It might be a bit amibitious as I’ll need to finish a sock every 4.3 days but it’s doable and by rotating which pair I’m working on I’ll stave off Second Sock Syndrome. I may make it even more doable by frogging the Rhiannon socks. It turns out the yarn (Zettl Sockenwolle Treviso) is not superwash like it says on the label and apparently felts easily. I don’t mind have a pair of handwash socks, but if they’re going to felt quickly with normal wear then I’d rather make socks that aren’t as time consuming and pretty as Rhiannon. I’ll see how a small swatch fairs and let you know.

I’ve also been reassessing my New Years Resolutions. I set myself Eight Knitting Resolutions which works out to two every three months, so I’ve picked out two to finish by the end of March:

1. Write up and publish a pattern for sale. Also, spend more time writing up patterns in general.
I’ve spent more time writing up patterns. I’ve got a pattern test knitted and almost ready for release. So I think I will be able to tick this one off by the end of March.

3. Blog regularly(ish).
There’s been a couple of ‘ish’ spots since January but on the whole I think I’ve already achieved this one. :)

Advertisements

Gothic Anastasia Delight

4ply Gothic Delight 80/20 is a combination of 20g of black yarn and 80g of violet streaked with black. I had no pattern in mind when I bought a skein but that was fine because 100g is plenty for a pair of socks. However, as I sat fondling admiring the yarn I realised that I didn’t want to make a regular pair of socks, I wanted to knit knee-high socks.

So one skein wouldn’t be enough. And it was sold out. And different hand-dye lots are never the same.

*headdesk*

So I bought another two skeins when it came back in stock. You can’t have too much of a good thing, right?

Gothic Delight

And look! I photographed purple yarn and it actually looks purple!

Since then I’ve been having fun trying to decide what exactly to do. I did some stockinette knee-highs last year and I’ve also started Rhiannon, a cabled knee-high. The stockinette pair shows off colours while the Rhiannon pair are very much about showing off the pattern. In this case I want to show off the colours more than a pattern but I don’t want the socks to be entirely plain.

I thought about having a small detail, a cable twisting up the back of the leg, or a zigzag or small lace panel. Then I remembered Anastasia. Anastasia is pattern with a simple lace stitch that spirals around the sock and is very adaptable to changing sizes. I can easily do wide repeats for the calf and narrower repeats for the foot. There’s a fair bit of stockinette so they’ll knit up quickly and show off the colour nicely.

Anastasia was also the first sock pattern I ever attempted, and unfortunately it really didn’t go so well. I used the wrong size needle for the yarn, I didn’t realise the sole of the sock should be stockinette and I didn’t notice the cream flecked stripes in the yarn before I started (I didn’t like them). Eventually I frogged, changed needles and knitted them up for my mum instead. Although it didn’t go well, it was great in some respects because I learned so much from them.

However, now that I’m at the swatching and planning stage I’m not entirely sure I will be knitting an Anastasia sock. The pattern is for toe up but I want to knit cuff down, it has a wrap and turn heel and I’m going to do either a heel flap or an afterthought heel, I’ll have to include decreases down the calf and I want to do a different cuff. So in construction terms it’ll be virtually unrecognisable when compared to the pattern but the finished sock will still look almost the same. I’m not sure whether to link to the pattern on Ravelry or just acknowledging where my inspiration came from.

Either way, I won’t be casting on immediately no matter how much I want to. In an attempt to get some WIP’s out the way I’m not letting myself cast on until I finish the second of my Popped sock. I only have the foot to go, I really really want to cast on for these socks! :)

Sock Innovation Revelation

Last week I visited my local library to pick up some books on teaching (I’m looking into teacher training) but of course I couldn’t resist looking in the knitting section as well. To my surprise, I found Cookie A’s Sock Innovation, which I quickly grabbed off the shelf.

I was expecting it to be good.

However, after reading just a couple of sections I’ve realised it’s not good at all, nope, it’s really, really good. The first section on sock construction and designing is fantastic. There is so much information and inspiration here. Right at the start Cookie A writes “I hope this book will enable knitters to take more control of their knitting.” and I think the first part of the book achieves exactly that.

Two patterns have jumped out at me as MUST KNIT. Firstly, Kai-Mei. I love how the pretty stitch pattern loops around from the side of the heel and when I read that the pattern’s namesake was also a physicist like me, well how could I resist? I haven’t got a suitable yarn at the moment though, so this one is going to have to wait in my queue.

The second pattern I really want to knit is Rick. A very neat and bold pattern which I think calls for a bright and bold yarn. Happily, I already have a yarn that fits that description and I’m sure it will be perfect for this:

4ply, BFL, semi solid orange

I also got this yarn last week:

4ply, BFL, Semi solid blue

It’s such a gorgeous colour and will also solve the problem of no blue socks in my drawer. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it yet (other than make socks!) but I’m thinking after reading through Cookie A’s section on sock designing I’ll be more than inspired to find something to do with the yarn. :)

Testing… testing… 1,2,3

My new sock design:

Pair of socks

Is now in the hands of the test knitters. :)

Also, I’m working on writing up the pattern for this:

Sock On and Off

Sizing this for anyone with less than wide feet is a challenge due to the width of the design, but I think I’ve worked it out. I’ll be looking for test knitters for this one soon, probably sometime next week but I don’t want to promise anything. I still need to figure out how to do cabled charts…

And I’m nearly finished with the pattern for my hot water bottle cover (which needs a better and shorter name than that one). I’m on a writing streak! Which also means a testing streak… any volunteers? :)