Vintage Tinsel – WYS Christmas 2021 yarn

Psst!  I know it’s a bit early to be talking about Christmas, but would you like to see something new?

You would?  I thought so!

A pair of green, blue, pink, red and purple sparkly socks modelled on feet. The model is surrounded by tinsel, baubles and rolls of gift ribbon.

Source: West Yorkshire Spinners

Ta dah!

These socks are called Twinkle Toes and they are knitted in Vintage Tinsel yarn, the new sparkly colourway from West Yorkshire Spinners for this year’s festive season.

Yes, thank you for asking, I did design the pattern and I was delighted not only to be asked to design for WYS at Christmas again, but also with how the socks turned out in this lovely yarn.  The idea behind this year’s colours is vintage tinsel, evoking memories of Christmasses gone by and I’m sure I’m not the only one who was immediately transported back to a time when Christmas truly was all about the magic and all we had to do was make sure that we told Father Christmas what we really really wanted!

Close up of the Twinkle Toes socks to show the colours at the toes. The socks are lying on a white wooden board. At the top of the photo are small red glass baubles, a brass snowflake tree ornament and gold tinsel

What do these colours say to you?  Do they remind you of times gone past?  I know that not everyone celebrates Christmas but whatever this time of year means to you, and whatever season it is where you live, there may be something that you recognise in these bright stripes.  You can see the sparkles in this photo too, and just like last year when the Signature Sparkle yarns made their first appearance, the addition of the sparkle thread doesn’t make the yarn scratchy at all – a relief to those of us who can’t be doing with uncomfortable socks!

As usual, I wanted these socks to be as accessible to knit as possible, so if you have got to grips with a basic sock then you should be able to manage this pattern.  It’s based on my Basic 4ply Socks pattern so if you know that one, you’ll recognise the shape of this one, and if you’re brand new to sock knitting but this pattern really sings to you, there’s no reason at all why you can’t launch in and have a go as the Sockalong tutorials for beginners will help you through if you get stuck.

A pair of blue, pink, green, red and purple striped socks on a white wooden board with brass Christmas tree ornaments and gold tinsel

The pattern consists of twisted stitches – you’ll probably have noticed by now that I’m a fan of twisted stitches! – and I chose the central panel particularly as I liked the way that it looked like a length of tinsel and the way that it feathers out from a central cord.  Let me show you a close up!

Close up of twisted stitch tinsel pattern on Twinkle Toes socks

Twisted stitches are really easy to get the hang of and I think they are a lovely way to make your knitting look more complicated than it actually is – it never hurts for us to look like knitting experts when we’re talking to people who don’t know how easy it really is! 🙂

The heel is a heel flap and gusset heel – yes, I know I always design those but I really do think that they are the easiest for beginners to get their head around, and also the most flexible in terms of fit, especially if you’re going to be gifting your socks.  It’s not the usual slip stitch heel – as it’s Christmas (or will be, in a few months 😉 ), I decided that something a little more fancy was in order so these are slip stitches to give that cushioned heel that feels a bit special in hand knitted socks, just not in the usual rib lines!

A close up of the heel on the Twinkle Toes socks

Oh those stripes across the sole – they’re delicious!

What else can I tell you about these socks?  The pattern is written in 4 sizes from 8″ to 9.5″ (20-24cm) ball of foot circumference (60-72sts) so you should be able to knit them for most people and because West Yorkshire Spinners are such lovely, generous people, the pattern is free!  Hooray!  Don’t we all love a free pattern?!  In fact there are two versions as there’s a crochet version designed by Anna Nikipirowicz as well so nobody leaves to be left out of the festive sock creation.

You can get a free printed copy of the knitted sock pattern with every ball of yarn sold whilst stocks last, and the yarn should be in most UK yarn shops by the time you read this.  If you live further afield, rest assured that the yarn is on it’s way to your local stockist – one of the reasons WYS decided to launch in August this year was to make sure that it would arrive in plenty of time for gift knitting (I’ve been looking back to last year’s blog post and the Christmas yarns launched in October in 2020) – so do check with your nearest WYS stockist.  If you’re not sure who that is, you can have a look at the WYS stockists page and see if there’s anywhere close to you, or who might offer an online service.

A ball of sparkly yarn in stripes of blue, green, pink, red and purple surrounded by a festive wreath of greenery and coloured baubles.

If you’d like a PDF copy of the pattern to download and print out yourself, you can have one of those too!  The patterns for both the knit and crochet versions of the socks are available from the WYS website:

Click here for Twinkle Toes hand knit sock pattern

Click here for Tinsel Toes crochet sock pattern


If you’re not a sock knitter, I think this yarn would look stunning as a hat, scarf or cowl, and all of those knit up quickly for gifts – don’t forget that there are some shawl and cowl patterns on the blog which you might think would work well – and even if you’re not celebrating Christmas, I think these colours would make a perfect addition to anyone’s Winter wardrobe.

What do you think?  Do let me know in the comments what you would make with the yarn.  I’m so looking forward to seeing Twinkle Toes socks and so many other projects over the next months!


A model standing on tiptoe and wearing a pair of Twinkle Toes socks in WYS Vintage Tinsel yarn


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20 Responses

  1. Geeha says:

    The socks look gorgeous but this is a difficult time for me. I think concentration issues, several Christmas present Wisps and arthritic hands mean one of your shawls or cowls are more likely to be finished by Christmas

  2. Susan Rayner says:

    It is such pretty wool and I ordered mine the day it came out and now it is sitting there waiting for me to finish the current project!! I love it – love the purple especially!! I have just ordered some Blackcurrant Bomb to go with it and make it go further!
    Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend.

  3. Elaine says:

    This is a gorgeous pattern and yarn. I can’t get my hands on the yarn yet, but I’ve downloaded the pattern and I think I’ll knit it in Christmas Robin or Owl to begin with.

    Thank you for your beautiful patterns and thorough directions. I just started knitting in late December 2020. I saw your basic socks online and suddenly was on fire to knit socks. Since the first week of January, I’ve knitted 18 pairs of socks in 11 different patterns. Admittedly there was much screeching and cursing for the first few socks, but I persevered and it is now mostly easy. I’d encourage anyone who wants to knit socks just to give it a go. You’ll only learn to do it by actually jumping in and doing it.

    • winwickmum says:

      Oh wow, that’s a lot of pairs of socks, I’m delighted I was able to give you the push down the slippery slope! 🙂 The Twinkle Toes pattern would work really well with Christmas Robin or Owl, I think, and I hope you enjoy knitting it. Yes, the first pair can have more than a few swear words knitted in, but it’s always worth it 🙂 xx

      • ELAINE SMITH says:

        I didn’t think Owl worked well after all – I thought the ticking was messy, although stripes with no ticking obviously work well. I stopped and started over with a solid color and it is gorgeous. It really shows off the pattern and lets it shine. I especially like the way the leg pattern flows into the heel flap. Your designs are always so meticulously planned!

        • winwickmum says:

          Oh thanks for letting me know how you were getting on! I’m sorry that Owl didn’t work but you can’t go wrong with a solid colour so I’m glad that you’re enjoying the pattern now. Yes, I like to try to have everything work together on a pattern and I love a flowing heel flap! 🙂 xx

  4. Fiona says:

    Mine arrived today – so soft & squishy! I’ll be taking it on a break next month, once I know who my family Secret Santa recipient is to figure sizing.

  5. Bertha Mallard says:

    Thanks for the lovely patterns. I am trying to perfect my crochet skills and this will be my first crocheted socks.

    • winwickmum says:

      Oh do let me know what you think! Crocheted socks are definitely becoming more popular and I think it’s brilliant that WYS offer both versions of their patterns 🙂 xx

  6. Ruth Howard says:

    Lovely- they look enticing- might have to try them to get me back to sock knitting- feeling pleased with myself for finishing 2 x big projects- so ready for a new smaller challenge
    Thanks a million
    R x

  7. Jude says:

    Lovely easy but very attractive sock pattern, well done and thanks again Christine! I’m going for the Silent Night sparkle, really love it! and this pair will be for me this time once I’ve finished a wip and crochet yarn bombing bunting for our church.

    • winwickmum says:

      Ooh yes, I think this pattern would look lovely in Silent Night as well – I hope you enjoy knitting it, and good luck with your yarn bombing! 🙂 xx

  8. Gretchen says:

    They are adorable! Thank you for your generosity with the pattern. I think I’ll use one of the other WYS sparkle yarns I have in my stash while I wait to be able to order the new yarn–I love how the little bits of tinsel show themselves off!

    • winwickmum says:

      The generosity is all down to WYS; they always have a free pattern at Christmas to go with their new yarn – it’s a tradition now! I hope you enjoy knitting the socks, whichever yarn you choose! 🙂 xx

  9. Lucy@Attic24 says:

    I’ve not had socks on my needles for aaaaages, but this yarn is so delightful that I feel inspired to buy some and cast on. I think they’ll go really well with my Yuletide blanket 🙂

    • winwickmum says:

      They will be perfect with your Yuletide blanket! I was really excited to read that you’ve just about finished it – I can’t wait to see it! xxxxx

  10. Lyanne says:

    Ooh, vintage tinsel is so pretty! My brother asked me to make him socks for Christmas, but not ‘Christmas socks’ so I’ve got a different yarn to make them (and am planning to do 2 at a time magic loop socks for the first time! Scary stuff!) but think Twinkle Toes will be the perfect pattern. I can enjoy making ‘Christmas socks’ and my brother can enjoy wearing cosy socks 😁

    • winwickmum says:

      Ooh, good luck with your two at a time socks! Don’t forget I’ve got a TAAT tutorial on the blog based on the Basic 4ply Socks pattern and Twinkle Toes is also based on this same pattern so it might be useful if you get stuck 🙂 xx

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