Posts Tagged ‘toe-up socks’

Later this month, I’ll be turning another year older. And to celebrate, I’m offering a coupon code for 50% off my just-released Ziggity Socks pattern! Just use coupon code BDAY50 at checkout on Ravelry. (Sale ends 8/19/15!)



Originally available as part of Patternworks’ new Toe-Up Sock of the Month™ Club, the Ziggity Socks pattern is now available to purchase separately through Ravelry! These socks feature a zigzagging pattern on the foot and leg, and an afterthought heel to maintain the pattern in self-striping yarn.

Size: Ladies Small (Medium, Large); 6.75 (7.5, 8.25)” circumference, unstretched and approx. 11.5 (13, 14.25)” circumference, fully stretched

Stretch Socks by Patons, 2 balls
(This yarn is discontinued, so substitute 100 grams of any fingering-weight sock yarn. Great for self-striping yarns!)
32” to 40” circular U.S. #1 (2.25mm) or #2 (2.75mm), or substitute dps if desired, or size needed for gauge

8.25 sts x 12.5 rounds = 1” in stockinette

Pattern price: $5.00 (save 50% through August 19th, 2015 with coupon code BDAY50 on Ravelry!)

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I have a new sock design in the Patternworks Toe-Up Sock of the Month Club – the fourth installment, a kit including my Trellis and Cable Socks pattern and a skein of Cascade Heritage Paints yarn, just began shipping this month. (If you just recently joined the club, you’ll have to wait a little while for this kit – but just until the fourth month of your membership!) This sock design features columns of mesh-like trellis lace flanked by cables. On the back of the sock, the cables begin at the bottom of the heel and flow smoothly up the back of the leg. The construction is toe-up (of course), with a slip-stitch heel. Sample shown is the medium size and used just a little more than 3/4 of the skein. Color shown is #9876 Olympic Forest; however, the colorway in the actual club kits may vary.


Trellis & Cable Socks

This pattern is now available for purchase on Ravelry!

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First off, I finished 2 pairs of socks recently.

Hopped Up On Catnip Socks

  • Pattern: Catnip Socks by Wendy D. Johnson
  • Yarn: Cascade Heritage Paints #9824
  • Needles: U.S. 0 (2.0mm) Addi Turbo 40″ circular (magic loop 2-at-a-time)
  • Started 5/27/10, finished 6/13/10
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

I had been waiting a while to make these! They were part of the Socks from the Toe Up KAL on Ravelry; since it’s one of Wendy’s free patterns, it took more than a year for it to get enough votes to be the free pattern of the month for the KAL. (And yes, I voted for it EVERY. FREAKIN’. MONTH.) And they worked up pretty quickly, too — just a little over two weeks. Not too shabby. I chose an all-too-appropriate green yarn… and it reminds me that I miss the catnip plant I had when we lived in PA. Hopefully our former neighbors’ cat is enjoying it (or maybe their dogs have eaten it by now?!).

Everyday Gecko Socks

(Well, look at that… more green socks.) I spotted this pattern several months ago, right around the same time Carin of Round the Twist started knitting it. I was looking for something simple, but with just a little bit of texture. Some of the handknit socks in my drawer are a little too “3-D” and I needed something a bit flatter. The yarn is one of my purchases from the 2010 NH Sheep & Wool Festival. The photo on the Holiday Yarns website appears to be slightly different than the skein I got — on the website, it seems to have more contrast between a darker green and a yellow shade. Mine appears to have some more subtle shading and an overall lime-green tone — which I like better than Holiday Yarns’ photo. Since this pattern is worked cuff-down, I broke from my usual 2-at-a-time method and knitted these one at a time on double points. These were so quick to knit (less than 2 weeks! woohoo!) that there was no risk of second sock syndrome (which is something I don’t normally have a problem with anyway). I’m very happy with how they turned out.

Also recently finished is the Firefly fringed scarf… but I really need to wash and block it first before taking photos. Right now it’s just a hot mess with the whole unraveled fringe thing going on.

So, those are the socks (and mention of the scarf). What about the secrets? Well, I also recently finished test-knitting 2 hats. “And that’s all I have to say about that” (for now). Pictures and info to come later this fall. Oh, and the other secret is gift knitting for a friend… which I really need to pick back up and work on once I finish the other pair of socks I’m a little more than 75% done with.

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Since I’m lacking in new FOs to show at the moment, here’s an update on some WIPs…

Sock Yarn Blankie in progress:
Yarn mostly leftovers from socks I’ve made for myself, for friends, and for family. Also leftover yarn from my nephew’s sweater (which was made from sock yarn), supplemented with little bits of Koigu given to me by a friend at work. I’m at the point where I really need to make some more socks to get some more sock yarn leftovers. The Koigu is gorgeous, but concentrated all in one area of the blankie it’s not a good thing. I also really need to start weaving in some of those loose ends. When it’s eventually finished (which is still a loooooong way off), the plan is to do a simple crochet edging in a single neutral color around the whole thing. The original tutorial for the blankie is on Shelly Kang’s blog.

Lace & Cable Socks in progress:
Pattern is from Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy D. Johnson. I’m using Jojoland Melody Superwash (100% superwash merino wool) in colorway MS20, which is a blend of burgundy and purplish-blue in varying amounts — in some areas it looks more reddish, some areas more bluish. You can sort of tell in the photo that the two toes look a little different in color.

And this is the yarny goodness, purchased at Patternworks over my lunch break today.
Clockwise from upper left: Jojoland Cashmere, C251 Turquoise; Classic Elite Yarns Firefly, 7739 Cyprus; Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino, 532 greens; Plymouth Sockotta, 5618 blue & green stripes. Yes, I bought everything in twos. And yes, everything is either blue or green… or both. Hey, I’m consistent.

Oh… I guess I do have one FO to show, although it’s not that recent. I finished these socks a little over a month ago, but just got around to taking a photo…

Toe-up Striped Anklets

  • Pattern: My own, I guess… just toe-up, stockinette stitch, short-row heel and some 2×2 ribbing for the cuff.
  • Yarn: ONline Supersocke Cotton Summer Color (leftovers from the fingerless gloves I made for my friend Terri)
  • Needles: US 0 (2.0mm), 40″ circular (magic loop 2 at a time)
  • Started 2/23/10, finished 3/8/10.
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

They came out a little looser than they should have, but I’m still happy with them. Good, basic socks. Fit is OK when I first put them on, but as the day goes by they tend to stretch out. I’m just thrilled that I could get both a pair of socks and a pair of fingerless gloves out of one ball of yarn… plus I have enough left over for a square in the sock yarn blankie!

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