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Friday, 21 June 2019

Don't You Want Me Socks - free pattern

Have you ever heard of the online magazine called Knitty?  It's the longest-running free knitting magazine on the internet (it's been around since 2002) and each issue has some fantastic patterns by some fantastic designers, articles, knitting technique help and lots of other stuff too.  It's well worth a look!  It's funded through Patreon and I've been a supporter for several years now (you can see my Patron badges at the bottom of the right hand side bar) - I think it's amazing that we have free access to this information, and free patterns from designers that I've always admired too, and I am glad that my contribution will help it continue.

It's long been an ambition of mine to be able to write a pattern that I thought was good enough to submit to Knitty, and for Knitty to think that it was just the right sort of thing for them to publish.  I'm super-proud to tell you that a brand new free Winwick Mum pattern is available in the latest edition of Knitty - the link is here.  Called "Don't You Want Me", they are inspired by the bright colours of the 1980s (and yes, that is a song title as the sock name - you're going to be singing it for weeks as I have been!) and are intarsia socks similar to the Patchwork Socks and Flow Through Socks.





They're knitted with a ball of navy blue Opal Uni 4ply and a ball of West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply Rum Paradise to make the blocks; you could easily use leftovers if you have them instead.  They were good fun to knit, and I had a lovely time rootling through my old 45rpm singles for the photos too! 😀

The pattern that's published on Knitty is written in their house style so it's quite different to my usual wordy patterns - if you get stuck with making the sock you can find help on the Patchwork Sock tutorial as there are lots of photos to help create the wrap and turn join and there's video help for the Patchwork Socks on my YouTube channel too, but you shouldn't have too many problems as it's been very thoroughly edited to make sure that all the information you need is there, as well as good descriptions of how to work the joins in the Knitty abbreviations section.

You can either use the pattern online or there are printing options if you'd prefer to have a paper copy to work from - you can find those on the Knitty website.  You can find the listing on Ravelry too - please do link your project if you decide to have a go at making them!


Click HERE for the link to the pattern.


12 comments:

  1. Okay, so the song is in my head now for the next few hours, lol! What a fun pattern it is. I think those colourblocks are rather amazing. It looks like you took about 7 or 8 uni sock yarns and knitted blocks with them, but as I understand it, the colours are all on 1 ball of yarn?! So this was quiet some mathematics so get each block knitted in just 1 colour. WOW, good on you!

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    1. The length of colour in the yarn is actually quite long so it wasn't too difficult to make the blocks work in different colours. It does tell you on the pattern so that you can work out if you can use leftovers, which would be great for these socks too :) xx

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  2. Love these and I might have a go. I enjoyed making your patchwork socks and learnt a great deal - thank you.

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  3. Love the socks. And yes, I found myself singing "Don't you want me, baby?" Thanks for that! I usually only cast on 56 stitches for socks for me, so I'll have to have a look at the charts to see where I can "lose" those extra stitches. I'm sure it won't be too difficult, but that's a job for when my brain's in gear! xx

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    1. You might be able to do it by adjusting the spaces between the blocks, but it will take some working out - definitely a brain in gear type of job! :) You'll have that song in your head for weeks now! :) xx

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  4. Well done Christine for achieving your ambition. I'm sure your pattern will do you proud. As an owner of your orange Super Socks book, I'm confident they'll love them. Your photo shoot looks great, having worked on the record counter at Boots many, many years ago, it bought back fond memories of arranging the singles chart, Cathy x

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    1. Thank you! I am quite sure that some of those singles came from Boots - it was a Saturday afternoon ritual to trawl the record shops of our local town to find the best deal! :) xx

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  5. Congratulations on another achievement and thing crossed off the bucket list. I'm off to check out Knitty and see what else is on there.

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    1. Thank you! There are so many great patterns on Knitty, I'm sure you'll find something to catch your eye! :) xx

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  6. they are awesome!
    thanx for sharing

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