Autumn Twist Mitts
Autumn Twist Mitts. Using about 50g of 4ply/fingering weight yarn, these mitts are a good alternative to use that gorgeous skein of 4ply yarn that you were worried might not be hard wearing enough for socks!
This is a simple rib design with a twist – literally! My husband and I prefer socks that cling to our feet and so I don’t often knit vanilla socks, there has to be some sort of pattern which will make it more fitted. Of course, the best pattern is a ribbed sock, but I don’t know many knitters who would willingly knit lots of pairs of plain ribbed socks – I would collapse in a petulant, frustrated and bored heap! So I added in this easy cable design just to keep it interesting for the knitter (i.e. me) and in the process I discovered that it made a good looking sock! And so here you have it.
The design takes less than a 100g skein of my sock yarn (400m/437yds) unless you are knitting for very very large feet! My UK size 6 feet require about 70g, as an illustration.
For further details please visit the Ravelry pattern page. There you will see gauge requirements, yarn suggestions and pictures of the pattern knitted up by other knitters.
Christmas Bauble Mitts
This pattern was designed to go with the Christmas 2018 Owl About Yarn bauble.
The mitts are a reasonably relaxed fit, and come in two sizes, adult small and medium. Almost every keen knitter has a stash of odds and ends of balls of 4ply or fingering weight yarn, and so most people can shop in their stash to knit this pattern rather than needing to go and deliberately buy lots more. The mitts would make a perfect festive gift for someone knitworthy! Link to Ravelry pattern page.
Raining Sideways Hat and Raining Sideways Mitts
These patterns were designed using DK yarn and a modified herringbone stitch. If you buy them together on Ravelry, you will get the second pattern at half price automatically at the Ravelry checkout. Buy the Raining Sideways Hat and Mitts here.
Insole Court Cowl
This cowl was inspired by the architecture at Insole Court. Together with my friend Zoë, I am organising knitting retreats in this gorgeous venue in Llandaff, near Cardiff. In the design of this cowl you can find elements of the windows, gables and balconies of Insole Court house. It is a very simple knit, in the round and only using knit and purl stitches and so would be suitable for all knitters from beginner level up. It is in one size (adult) and requires less than 100g of DK yarn.
These socks feature a simple one stitch cable design which creates the spiral effect around the body of the socks. I designed these because I had some difficulty finding sock patterns that didn’t get lost when knit in a variegated yarn. The beauty of this pattern is that the stitch pattern can be stopped at any point and so it is fully customisable for any length of foot. The spiralling single stitch almost has the same effect as slipped stitches in highlighting the different colours in a yarn. However, it would look equally effective in a solid or in a self-striping yarn. I use a slipped stitch heel for greater durability, and a rounded toe so there is no grafting.
Avon Ripple Socks
These socks were designed for the Knit-Tea Retreat in Stratford-upon-Avon in June 2019. They are designed to use 20g miniskeins in five colours, although I think they would be perfect for using up the leftovers from previous sock projects. I wanted to create a stripy sock which was interesting both to knit and to look at. I have named them Avon Ripple socks because the pattern makes me think of the waves you see on a river, and the Avon river runs right by the Knit-Tea Retreat venue in Stratford.