Happy Feet – brand new sock patterns!

What makes for happy feet?  New socks, of course! 🙂

Oh, this has been one BIG secret to keep because not only are there new sock patterns to tell you about, but there’s new yarn as well!

A model wearing a yellow short sleeved t-shirt and a pink checked skirt sits on a wire-framed chair and is admiring a pair of orange and yellow colourwork socks on her feet. Her expression is happy surprise

Source: West Yorkshire Spinners

As part of their mission to offer what knitters want to buy, West Yorkshire Spinners review the colours that they have in their ranges and even the ranges themselves on a regular basis to make sure that they are keeping up with consumer demand and also fashion trends.  It was the turn of the Signature 4ply solid colours to be reviewed and as a result, some of the less popular shades have been taken out of the range.  It’s always a little sad to see colours being discontinued but what it does mean is that there is space for new colours, and I probably don’t have to tell you how excited I was when I was chatting to my friends at WYS and they told me that there were going to be EIGHT new shades being dyed.  Eight shades!  (And yes, you are absolutely right if you thought that I might have checked whether one of them is purple, and phew – it is! 🙂 )

Eight shades of yarn are stacked on a pink chair and an orange and white footstool

Source: West Yorkshire Spinners

Aren’t they beautiful?  They are jewel-bright colours, and I am sure they are going to be very popular.  The new shades on the top chair are Pacific (top), Cobalt (left) and Spruce, and on the bottom stool, Amethyst (top left) and Amber (top right), Fuchsia (bottom left), Rouge (centre) and Sunflower (bottom right).

There are no prizes for guessing that right after checking whether there was a purple in the new colours, my next question was “How soon can I get my mitts on them?”!

“We’re going to put them all in the post to you,” said my WYS friends, “and would you like to design some socks with them?”

I don’t know why they even ask me this question!

The brief was to create socks that would bring an explosion of colour to anyone’s sock drawer.  Colourwork was the order of the day, making a change from lace or cables, and there were so many ideas buzzing around my mind that I am surprised I got any sleep for days!

There are always lots of things for me to consider with new patterns, first and foremost of which for me is that the pattern must be suitable for as many people to knit as possible.  By that, I mean that I always try to write patterns that anybody could have a go at, whether they’ve knitted socks before or not.  I’ve got so many tutorials on the blog now from knitting a basic sock to reading charts to knitting with more than one yarn that if anybody got stuck on a pattern that I have written for West Yorkshire Spinners (or anybody else), there will be help online as I always base my patterns on the same Basic 4ply Socks pattern.  Even if you’ve never knitted a sock before but really wanted to start with one that wasn’t the Basic 4ply Socks, then I would say to go for it because you are much more likely to finish a pattern that shouts loudly to you – and there’s plenty of backup on the blog.

Would you like to see what I came up with?

The collection is called Happy Feet and the designs are called Hive (top left), Maze, Roar (bottom left) and Zoom.

Source: West Yorkshire Spinners

Hive and Zoom are colourwork, Maze and Roar are mosaic.  And it just so happens that there is an Easy Colourwork Socks tutorial and an Easy Mosaic Socks tutorial on my blog so there is no reason at all why you couldn’t knit these socks.  I’ve thought of everything! 🙂

These next photos show the patterns a bit more clearly, and I’ll talk about them in more detail below.  The socks are shown in eight colourways so that you can see how the new yarns work with the existing Signature 4ply solids range.

Source: West Yorkshire Spinners

 

Oh, they were such fun to create!  Would you like to take a closer look?

Let’s start with HIVE.  It got it’s name from the hexagon shapes which look like honeycomb, and I’m sure you’ll be buzzing with excitement just like I was when you make yourself a pair of these!

Source: West Yorkshire Spinners

Hive is a colourwork sock which uses four colours but only two at any one time.  It does look complicated but I do like to design a pattern that looks harder than it is! 🙂  There are stripes of colour that run across the pattern, and you’ll be pleased to know that the patterned heel is very easy – no complicated stitches at all!

The colours used are Amber, Sunflower, Fuchsia and Rouge for the left colourway and Cobalt, Pacific, Amber and Sunflower for the right colourway.  I love the way the socks look different just by changing the base colour and one other – both socks use Amber and Sunflower but yet they look so different!

 

The next pattern is MAZE.  I’m quite sure you can see how it got it’s name!  I was originally inspired by the idea of Minotaurs and Greek mythology, but whilst I was knitting the socks, I was also reminded of a little handheld maze game that came in a Christmas cracker one year – I’m sure you’ve seen something similar.  I could imagine trying to roll a tiny ball between the black or red “walls” and it amused me no end 🙂

Source: West Yorkshire Spinners

Maze is a mosaic pattern so if you’ve already knitted my Easy Mosaic Socks then you’ll know that this pattern is created from slip stitches and only uses one colour at a time – I love the way that mosaic patterns work out; these definitely make you look like a sock knitting superstar!

This pattern has a short row heel so that the mosaic can continue underneath the foot.  The colours here are Spruce and Liquorice on the left, Rouge and Marshmallow on the right.

 

Come on, let me hear you ROAR!  It’s time to let out your inner tiger with this fun pair which looked to me like the markings of a big cat.  OK, perhaps not quite so much on the berry-coloured pair, but don’t they look fabulous in the blues and pinks?

Source: West Yorkshire Spinners

Roar are another mosaic pair of socks so those complicated-looking shapes are simply slip stitches created by knitting with one colour at a time.  Clever, eh?

This pair has a heel flap and gusset heel so the animal theme continues under the foot with stripes … oh, I know they’re not much like tiger stripes but let me show a little creative license here!  You’ll also see that there are blocks of colour and this pattern uses four yarns – Poppy Seed, Sunflower, Amber and Nutmeg for the pair on the left, and Milk Bottle, Fuchsia, Blackcurrant Bomb and Blue Raspberry for the pair on the right.  These Roar socks are a lovely example of how the new colours blend with the existing Signature 4ply solid colours – they are made for each other!

 

Last but not least, allow me to introduce ZOOM.  These were inspired by the black and white chevron “sharp bend” road signs that you see on our roads, and I wanted to play with the colours so that they worked their way down the patterned section.

Source: West Yorkshire Spinners

These are colourwork socks, again using no more than two colours per round, and once you get into the pattern, they are very easy to knit.  Zoom has a heel flap and gusset heel and the only patterned section is on the leg so once you get past the heel, they’re a very quick knit too!

The two colourways are Milk Bottle, Pennyroyal, Fuchsia and Amethyst on the left, and Milk Bottle, Cornflower, Chocolate Lime and Cobalt on the right.

 

And there we have it – four new sock patterns for you to get your teeth and your knitting needles into! 🙂  I hope you’ll agree that these patterns would suit anybody’s feet so hopefully there will be something here that you would like to knit for yourself or for someone else.

“Where can I buy the yarn and the patterns?”  Ah, I knew you were going to ask me that!  The new yarn colours and the pattern book were officially launched on Monday 20 June and have been making their way to WYS stockists both here in the UK and further afield this week – if they’ve not reached your local yarn shop yet, they won’t be long in arriving so don’t worry!  The book is also available from the WYS website.

All of the four patterns are available in the Happy Feet book but also as separate PDF downloads; again, ask at your local yarn shop or you can find them in the West Yorkshire Spinners Ravelry store (Ravelry link).

I am certain that you will find a reason to knit at least one of the new WYS colours, and I’d love it if you used them to knit a pair of Happy Feet socks too!  Do let me know how you get on! xx

 

 

You may also like...

21 Responses

  1. Maria Wilding says:

    All very pretty!

  2. Anne-Mette Nordahl says:

    Yet another beautiful patterns and Lovely colours 💗. Some of them will be at my to knit list!

  3. jane says:

    So many socks. so little time!!

  4. Lenore says:

    Fabulous Christine, you are a super star creating these beautiful patterns. The new yarn colours are gorgeous. ❤️🌺

  5. Donna says:

    Those are great colors and wonderful designs.

  6. Hannah says:

    The maze socks are gorgeous! I’m looking forward to trying that pattern. I can’t believe that I could knit something that looks that complicated, but your patterns have never let me down before.

  7. Anne says:

    Love them !!

  8. Anna says:

    Oh, I need to make all of them! Starting with a his and hers pair of Zoom, I think! (If my husband wanted all-over colourwork socks, he shouldn’t have let his feet grow to a size 12.)

  9. Joy says:

    Great patterns and wonderful patterns. Can wait to make a pair.

  10. Bridget Jarvis says:

    O Christine they are all beautiful. Winter project here I hope. I have not been able to knit for a little while as a bad shoulder and arm. but having treatment and hope to be back up and running very soon. I love them all but think the Zoom ones might be my first. Purple is one of my favourite colours so will be searching out this wool very soon. Thank You for all the hard work you put into heating these lovely patterns for all us addicted sock knitters. x

  11. Sarah Murray says:

    Thank you Christine. Absolutely stunning sock patterns as always 🙂 I would have to go with the zoom socks first in purple as that is my favourite colour. xxx

  12. Susan Rayner says:

    They look just beautiful – my Happy Feet book arrived promptly this week and I can’t wait to choose a pattern! Might have to be Zoom as I love it!!
    Thank you so much for continuing to inspire us!

  13. Julie says:

    Well that explains something! I saw the pattern book on the Yarn N Yarn website a few days ago and was a bit puzzled, as I felt sure you would have a a BIG announcement of any new patterns!
    Well done on your creative pattern imaginings; Zoom is definitely calling to me (I think I’m all mosaiced out after the KAL earlier in the year!).
    Best wishes and happy knitting to all, J x.

    • winwickmum says:

      Yes, with the launch being on the Monday, there were still days during that week when the yarn and books were being delivered so I thought I would wait until Friday to post as I usually do as I hoped it would all be in stock by then! 🙂 xx

  14. Gillian says:

    Oh wow. They are fabulous. Thankyou Christine. Lots to keep us all busy there.
    Happy knitting to you all x

  15. Selina says:

    absolutely wonderful patterns yet again! love the Hive in those bright colours, almost looks like a real honeycomb!
    i haven’t attempted any colour works yet, still getting through all your other patterns (plus a few not yours) my bad hands make for slow knitting these days & being winter here i’ve had to get back into a little of my ‘charity’ knitting for our markets…
    i will definitely keep an eye out for the new book of sock patterns
    thanx for sharing

    • winwickmum says:

      Ah, colourwork can involved moving your hands in different ways so if yours are causing you trouble, I can see why you’d want to consider carefully before casting on! Hope you’re keeping warm and I am sure your charity knitting will be much appreciated 🙂 xx

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

error: Content is protected !!