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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Patchwork Socks - free pattern and tutorial

Hello hello, it's great to see you back again!  Ooh, it's an exciting day ... are you ready to make a start on your Patchwork Socks?  Before we start, I need to warn you that there are lots of photos in this tutorial, plus video links!

This post follows on from yesterday's getting started post (which you can find here if you missed it) where I talked about the socks and tried to answer some of the questions you might have.

I created this pattern to show off mini-skeins of yarn, although you could just as easily use leftovers.  I like the idea that multi-coloured socks don't have to be striped or variegated and that we can create the blocks of colour for ourselves which works perfectly with the intarsia method of knitting. 

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Patchwork Socks - getting started

This tutorial has been a long time coming, but you'll be pleased to know that the latest in my series of "next step" patterns is finally here!  So far in the series have been the Easy Cable and Easy Lace socks, patterns written to help you feel more confident using these techniques and about moving on to try out other patterns.  It's been lovely to see how many people have been inspired to try cables and lace after I posted my tutorials - and to hear how many people haven't found them nearly as hard as they expected!

So, continuing with the theme of showing you techniques to give the basic Sockalong 4ply sock a bit of pizazz (don't you just love that word?!), this tutorial is all about using intarsia to incorporate different colours - it's perfect for leftovers and, as sock knitters, we know all about those, don't we? :)

Intarsia is a method of knitting where you use blocks of colour, wrapping the yarns around each other as you change them so that you don't get a hole.  You'll perhaps be more familiar with the idea of intarsia through projects like this ...

which is my Geometric Star jacket designed by Kaffe Fassett which I wore to a lecture given by him last year.  Or how about this? 

Friday, 18 May 2018

And there it was ...

Friday, just like that!  It seems like only minutes that it was Monday but then again, it has been a busy week!

Monday ... I went out for lunch with my husband.  This is a rare occurrence as he's always super-busy so you can forgive me for announcing it as an event of the week.  We sat outside a small cafe in the next village to ours eating the biggest ploughman's lunch I've ever seen and we caught up on all kinds of stuff that we don't often get chance to talk about at home.  It was so lovely - sunshine, good company, good food ...  it's not often that you can feel that time stops but every now and again with moments like these you feel that it just might be possible.

Tuesday ... I went to see my friend Lucy in Skipton - we walked in the woods at Bolton Abbey, relishing the last of the bluebells and noticing that the wild garlic is so close to blooming.  Every now and again we got a waft of garlicky air, along with that gorgeous woodlands-in-the-sunshine scent that makes you feel as if you never want to leave the place.