Helical Knitting ebook giveaway

The giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who has entered, I’ll let you know who’s won as soon as I can! 


Hello, hello, it’s Friday already!  I hope you’ve had a lovely week.

Thank you so much for all your comments on my last couple of posts and, of course, the Amory Socks which went live on Monday to help with the fundraising contribution for the Flower Power Fund.   It still feels very strange to me to put a pattern out for sale so I have appreciated your support!

In a change from the post that I had planned (I am sure you can wait for more photos of my tomato plants 🙂 ), I’m going to write instead about helical knitting.  When I first showed you the socks that I was making using the helical knitting technique that I found on the AC Knitwear website, I had no idea that they would cause so much interest!

I finished my socks the other day and I am so very pleased with them!  The two colours blend together as if they were made for each other, and there is no way at all that you can spot where one colour round starts and the other ends – it’s as if you have one ball of striped yarn!

A pair of feet wearing purple striped hand knitted socks. The background is stone flags.

Here’s where I started back in the middle of May.  The two yarns that I’m using are a purple hand-dyed sock yarn from The Knitting Goddess which I bought at Yarndale way back in 2014, and a ball of Regia Mosaik Color 4ply in shade 05560.  I hadn’t quite found the pattern I wanted to use for either of them, so I decided that I would make the most of the enforced time at home to learn something new and blend them together in helical stripes.

A partially-knitted sock with two balls of yarn. One ball is purple and the other is multi-coloured

Helical knitting (also known as helix knitting) is a technique that allows you to work completely jogless stripes into your knitting.  This makes it perfect for stripey socks like mine where I’m working with two balls of yarn but don’t want to carry a float up the inside of the sock, and also for stash-busting where you might have smaller lengths of yarn that you want to include but don’t quite have enough to create a full project of stripes (there are the ends to deal with in that case, of course, but I’m going to conveniently ignore those today 🙂 )

It’s something that I’ve seen quite a lot of in various projects on social media but have never had time to really investigate.  There’s plenty about the technique online and no shortage of tutorials, but I chose to use the one by Jen from Arnall-Culliford Knitwear.  Jen works with her husband Jim and is a knitting tech editor and designer who has written many articles for magazines that I have read over the years, so the decision to use her tutorial out of the extensive choice that we’re always faced with online was an easy one for me.

Jen has produced several helical technique videos including one on how to knit with more than two yarns to create your stripes (I think that one is next on my list!) – and there’s an ebook to accompany her helical knitting tutorials called Something New to Learn about Helical Knitting which has different projects in it.  I hadn’t thought any further than socks (no surprises there, I don’t often think any further than socks!) but of course this technique lends itself to hats, cowls, mittens … I definitely had one of those “Wow, why did I wait so long?!” moments!

Jen has very kindly offered two copies of her ebook for me to give away to you so that you can learn more about the technique and try out the projects if you’d like to.

A book cover showing rainbow-coloured balls of yarn arranged in a circle around the book title which is "Something New to Learn about Helical Knitting"

Source: www.acknitwear.co.uk     Photo credit: Jesse Wild

The ebook contains photo tutorials and there are video tutorials to accompany them on the website.  There are four chapters covering basic helical stripes (including working them in garter stitch), adding shaping and working muti-round stripes.  That’s definitely something for you to get your teeth into whilst we’re waiting to get back out into the world again!

A pile of multi-coloured knitting resting on a wooden table next to a pair of hand-knitted mittens

Source: www.acknitwear.co.uk     Photo credit: Jesse Wild

If you can’t wait to see if you win, Jen’s set up a 20% off discount code for the ebook – it’s WINWICK20 – CLICK HERE to go to her website or HERE to go to the Ravelry page.  This code is valid until 30 June 2020 and can’t be used with any other offer.  This is not an affiliate link.

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is tell me how many patterns (not bonus patterns) there are in the book.  You can find that information on the book website by clicking HERE, and then put that number in the comments.  Don’t forget that you’ll need to add your name as well (no other personal details though!) in case your comment lists you as anonymous, and don’t worry that your comment won’t show straight away as they are all moderated to reduce spam – they sit safely on a list until I can check them!  The giveaway closes at 8pm BST on Sunday 7 June 2020 and I’ll draw two winners as soon as I can after that using the Random.org widget. Jen will then arrange to get your ebook to you if you win.

Close up of helical stripes on a pair of socks

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148 Responses

  1. SuzB says:

    Ooo, i took Jen's class on helical knitting a couple of years ago at eyf, but have yet to use the technique! Maybe having the book will inspire me! There are 7 patterns and my name is Susie Burdett

  2. Julie Lewis says:

    7 Julie Lewis

  3. Brenda says:

    This sounds like a fascinating technique,
    Seven patterns,

  4. Jo says:

    There are 7 patterns in the book 🙂 not heard of this technique before I seen your socks, what a lovely giveaway

  5. Gina says:

    Seven patterns! Gina

  6. Carolyn says:

    7 patterns 🙂

  7. Sarah D says:

    7 patterns… beautiful socks!

  8. 7 patterns in total in the book. Trying this method out on some socks right now and would love to learn more �� Val Newell

  9. lilac73 says:

    7 patterns. Alison L

  10. Sarah says:

    7 patterns
    I'm Sarah Gamson or lilangel_sg2 on Instagram

  11. Anonymous says:


    This is a wonderful giveaway! There are 7 patterns in the ebook.

    Good luck everyone!

    Eve McGovern

  12. Caroline says:

    7 patterns
    Caroline Mayson

  13. Trish says:

    There are 7 patterns 😊

  14. Kath says:

    7 Kath Brown

  15. Jane in Mid-Wales says:

    I love your socks. There are seven patterns. My name is Jane Collins.

  16. Leigh says:

    Beautiful socks, there are 7 patterns. Leigh Mitchell

  17. Gem says:

    7!Gemma G

  18. Unknown says:

    7 patterns. Love the socks. Karen Stoner

  19. Creativelyhappy says:

    7 patterns
    Catherine Marshall

  20. Unknown says:

    7 patterns Tina Samways

  21. Unknown says:

    7 Patterns…..Mandy M.

  22. Betsy says:

    4 patterns Betsy Grizzard

  23. Caro Bates says:

    There are 7 patterns. Can't wait to have a go at helical knitting! Caro Bates

  24. jojo1205 says:

    7 patterns in the book. All looks very exciting! Jo R

  25. Jane says:

    7 patterns

    Lovely socks. Fun technique

    Jane Barrett

  26. Jan says:

    Seven (said in the voice of Len Goodman) patterns in the book. Jan Burke

  27. Unknown says:

    7 patterns.

  28. Unknown says:

    7 patterns

  29. mbgmonkey says:

    There are seven patterns. Marie

  30. Anonymous says:

    7 patterns
    Marilyn Sackman

  31. Linda Smith says:

    Lovely socks! Just finished a pair of scrappy socks using helical stripes, it's fun isn't it!

  32. Linda Smith says:

    Forgot to add the number of patterns, which is 7.

  33. Knitty knit says:

    7 patterns Elaine Pepperman

  34. Morag says:

    7 patterns. Love helical socks!

  35. Alison says:

    What a clever technique and seven gorgeous patterns. Alison Rashbrook.

  36. CMott says:

    Seven! Thank you.

  37. Charlotte Pochin says:

    7 patterns (all of which I reckon I could find a use/recipient for, and heaven knows I already have plenty of yarn to practise with!).

  38. Christina F says:

    7 patterns .. Christina Ford

  39. lovetoscrap says:

    7 patterns plus bonuses on ravelry

  40. Helen S says:

    How wonderfully generous! I want to knit all 7 patterns!!
    Helen Stephens

  41. This mum knits ( Carolyn) says:

    7 patterns. I’ve seen socks done like this…. they look fabulous. I’d love this. ❤️🧶❤️

  42. Lisa B says:

    Love new techniques! There are 7 patterns in the book

  43. Anna Ridley says:

    7 patterns. Beautiful socks, and great giveaway. Thanks!

  44. Jeannie says:

    There is 7 patterns but it says that there's a couple of bonus that will be on raverly. This looks like it's going to be a lovely book.

  45. fizzyknits says:

    There are 7 patterns. Your socks look amazing.

  46. MarshIsleFiberArts says:

    Seven patterns – love to learn new techniques! – Jennifer Ley

  47. Jane Hansen says:

    7 patterns. Jane Knight

  48. Mickey says:

    Seven patterns. What lovely things to knit up in a new method.
    Mickey Reid

  49. Sally Cowling says:

    There are 7 patterns in the ebook 🙂

  50. Jackie says:

    Seven pattern. Jackie D

  51. Debs says:

    7 patterns…..never heard of this method but would love to learn ��
    Debbie Crabbe

  52. Wendy Z says:

    7 patterns.

  53. F Lam says:

    7 patterns. Thanks.

  54. JanaP says:

    7 patterns, would love to try!

  55. Mairi Hughes says:

    7, really like thsez socks always keen to learn something new.

  56. Unknown says:

    Seven patterns. New technique to me but looks interesting.

  57. Tracey O'Craig says:

    7 patterns in this book what a lovely giveaway Christine. Such pretty colours In your socks would love to give this technique a try.

  58. suskwatch says:

    7 patterns. Patricia Rayner

  59. Yorkshire Quilter says:

    There are 7 patterns in the book! I'd love to have a go with this technique!
    Thanks for the chance to win 😁

  60. The Puddle Stone says:

    There are 7 patterns, I’ve made one pair of helical socks but would love to learn some new patterns….
    Lissie Wales x x

  61. Tracey says:

    There are 7 patterns. I have been wanting to try this technique for some time, thanks for the opportunity of the giveaway.

  62. Anne says:

    Sorry, I forgot to write my name. Anne Dearle. There are 7 patterns. Looking forward to trying this technique.

  63. Alison Frech says:

    7 patterns. It's always great to try new techniques.

  64. Unknown says:

    7 patterns, this looks VERY interesting, I have never tried it…. Mary Murphy, Tipperary.

  65. Marie B says:

    There are 7 patterns in the book that I would love to try �� Marie B

  66. sitnknit says:

    I’ve knitted many scrappy socks with this technique, be careful, it’s addictive �� I count 11 patterns in the book �� Judy Gee

  67. Gui Trigo says:

    Seven 7 patterns, what a lovely choice for a few more socks!
    My name is Gui Trigo and would like to try it

  68. Mel Benson says:

    There are seven and this is very exciting! ����

  69. Alison says:

    7 Fabulous socks Alison Moors

  70. Helle Vouzi says:

    7 patterns. I have to try this!
    Helle Vouzi

  71. Unknown says:

    7 patterns
    Julia Woodward

  72. Jennifer says:

    7 patterns.

  73. Christine says:

    There are 7 patterns.
    Love your Web site. Christine.

  74. Julia says:

    7 patterns. I'm having 'a why did I wait so long' moment too

  75. Geeha says:

    I'd love to try this as a lockdown project with my stash. 7 patterns in the book

  76. Raelene says:

    A new technique to try, hopefully with 7 patterns! Thank you both.🥰

  77. Clothcat says:

    Those sock colours are really gorgeous, not a technique I’d heard of before. There are seven patterns in the book. Lindsay Rendall.

  78. eclectichomelife says:

    There are seven (7) patterns ~ Selma Halsall

  79. Kelly Jackson says:

    7 amazing socks and I'd love to learn a new technique.

  80. susyb65 says:

    7 patterns. Sue Banks
    I'm definitely going to give this a go!

  81. Pj says:

    7 patterns this is an interesting challenge for a novice sock knitter yes please

  82. Anonymous says:

    Lucky number 7!! Chris T in the Midlands

  83. Sarah Price says:

    There are 7 patterns in the book. Thank you for sharing this technique. Sarah Price

  84. Rochelle Gordon says:

    There are 7 patterns in the ebook, looks amazing.
    Rochelle Gordon

  85. Rachel King says:

    Ooh something I quite fancy trying, helical knitting!
    There's 7 patterns in the book 🙂
    Rachel King

  86. Deirdre says:

    There are Severn patterns in the book x

  87. Cathy Davidson says:

    There are 7 patterns, would love to learn this new technique

  88. Chris Knowler says:

    There are 7 patterns in the book!

  89. Joanne says:

    7 patterns �� joanne Vernon

  90. Pollyt says:

    Oh I love those socks! There are 7 patterns x

  91. Susan Rayner says:

    I am loving doing the helical technique on my stripey jumper! 7 patterns in the e book and I am Susan Rayner.

  92. Viv Estill says:

    Fantastic! 7 patterns

  93. Angela M - Garden Tea Cakes and Me says:

    7 patterns


  94. Kirsten says:

    There are 7 patterns. That sounds like a really interesting technique to try.

  95. Jan says:

    Seven. Jan Burke

  96. tink says:

    wow awesome socks, there are 7 patterns in the book, thank you, my name is Judith

  97. Mandy says:

    I found Helix knitting by accident last year and used it to knit charity hats from scraps in my stash. Great idea and I have used it since to alternate skeins of hand dyed yarn.
    The e book looks like a great addition to my library so before I buy I will take a chance on winning. 7 patterns.

  98. michelle says:

    thanks for the chance to win there are 7 patterns

  99. Lynda says:

    There are 7 patterns. Lynda Wainwright

  100. Rosa says:

    There are 7 patterns x

  101. Shedmansmrs says:

    Helical socks are on my ‘to do’ list! Seven patterns
    Sarah Hicks

  102. eb65 says:

    There are 7 patterns in the book Emma Brady

  103. Gill C says:

    7 patterns, not heard of this knitting technique before so interested in giving it a try

  104. Alcea Rosea 31 says:

    There are seven patterns. It looks like an interesting technique.

  105. Pat Williams says:

    Pat Williams
    Have had a rummage through my yarn cupboard and , as is to be expected! there is a small mountain of left over yarn that would work brilliantly as helical stripes (any excuse to knit more socks, and not have to spend any money, win, win!)
    There are 7 patterns.
    Regards Pat Williams

  106. Unknown says:

    Another technique I would like to have a go at. There are 7 patterns.
    Karen Climpson xx

  107. Judith says:

    7 patterns, looks interesting. JudithW

  108. Jools41 says:

    Your socks are very pretty, it is amazing how the look of a yarn can be altered by using this technique. There are 7 patterns I the book. Julie Axtell.

  109. Ruan Peat says:

    7 Patterns and My name is ruan peat

  110. Babyhippo says:

    There are 7 patterns . Would love to have a go at it

  111. Jane Winter says:

    There are seven patterns and my name is Jane Winter. Your socks are beautiful by the way.

  112. Unknown says:

    Gorgeous socks! There are 7 patterns. Would love to learn how to do this. Jill Ramage

  113. Janet says:

    There are 7 patterns and it looks very interesting.
    Janet McDermott

  114. Anonymous says:

    7 patterns. A technique I have heard of but not tried yet. Mardi Sergi

  115. elaine allerton says:

    7 patterns,from Elaine allerton

  116. JB says:

    This would be great to try! There are 7 patterns. Thanks, Jocelyn Blink

  117. Elaine Draper says:

    I would love to learn this new technique. There are 7 patterns in the book. My name is Elaine Draper and thanks to Winwickmum Mum I now love knitting socks. ��

  118. Pam H says:

    Seven patterns in the book. Beautiful socks! Pam Hancock

  119. Margaret Rhodes says:

    Seven patterns in the book. This technique sounds really interesting and my grandkids would love the rainbow design. Margaret Rhodes

  120. Unknown says:

    There are 7 patterns in the book.

    Jenny Fuller

  121. Lisa M says:

    This is wonderful. I'd love to learn about this, I often find colour changes offputting, so this may really help. There are 7 patterns in the book. Many thanks, Lisa Macmillan

  122. Sandra Hughes says:

    Severn lovely patterns. Sandra Hughes

  123. luluknitts says:

    Hi Christine – 7 patterns in the eBook. Can't wait to have a go at this as I have enough wool to maybe do a sweater! xxx

  124. Charlotte H. says:

    There are 7 patterns. I've always wanted to try this technique as it sounds so interesting. ��



  125. Anonymous says:

    A new technique to learn – and something to help use up the ends of balls of yarn! 7 patterns in the book, Jean Hurrell

  126. Jayne says:

    This looks really interesting. There are 7 patterns

  127. RuthWard says:

    7 Thank you for your inspiration 🙂
    Happy Knitting Everyone! R X

  128. Veganrocks says:

    7 patterns in total!! Yay! I hope I win!

  129. Maggieann says:

    7 Patterns I think I will have a try at this on my next sock 🧶🧶🧶

  130. Bellefleur45 says:

    There are 7 patterns in the book. I've never heard of helix knitting before it looks intriguing. Just goes to show there is always something new to in life. X

  131. jayne huck says:

    Seven patterns Jayne huck

  132. Unknown says:

    7 patterns. Karen

  133. Janet says:

    7 patterns. Looks really interesting. Thanks

  134. PatT says:

    7 patterns. Thanks Christime. Pat Taylor.

  135. Unknown says:

    This is a completely new technique to me. There are 7 patterns. Claire Moore

  136. Lenore says:

    Seven (7) patterns


  137. Unknown says:

    Your socks are lovely, this looks like a technique I'd like to try out.
    There are 7 patterns in the book.
    Heather M

  138. Unknown says:

    There are seven patterns. I'm looking forward to learning a new technique! Thank you for sharing. Nancy Carll

  139. Elizabeth Brown says:

    7 patterns. Elizabeth B

  140. Karen Whittaker says:

    7 patterns. Karen Whittaker

  141. Gretchen says:

    7 patterns. I'd love to learn this! Gretchen

  142. Lynne says:

    There are 7 patterns in the e-book. Another fascinating knitting technique, which I can't wait to try.


  143. Targanielle says:

    7 patterns in the book. And loving your helical socks too! Lillie G.

  144. Joanne says:

    7 Joanne Lockwood

  145. Ulsterknitgirl says:

    There are seven lovely patterns
    Hilary B

  146. Lizzie says:

    There are 7 patterns. A new technique for me, my todo list is getting longer! Liz

  147. josiekitten says:

    There are 7 patterns. Thanks for the chance to win, stripy socks are the best!

  148. Anonymous says:

    7 patterns and I can't wait to try this technique! Cutting it fine on the deadline! Thank you, Emma Tanser.

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