Can’t show you….

I am working on a twisted stitch design for top down socks. I started one sock and got half-way done using my standard needle size of 2.25mm. Since the design has a lot of stitches, I increased my stitch count from 64 to 72. HOWEVER….silly me, it “looked” like enough stitches to fit my foot. I bet you can guess what I am going to write next huh?  

Well, the sock doesn’t fit. Since my design is pretty set to use the entire front half of the sock, there really wasn’t any logical way to modify the pattern for additional stitches. Plus, I really liked the design as it was.  So, I started another sock using 2.5mm DPNs. The fabric that is created is less stiff and I’m pleased with it. 

I would show you, but my goal for this year is to submit the design to a magazine and I can’t have any pictures posted online so for now, you will have to wait to see!

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Latest sock pattern – Split Butterflies

It’s been a busy month at home with a son having tonsil surgery, him and I having respiratory infections, work, regular home stuff and me designing this latest sock pattern. Whew…..

These socks make me think of spring, which is on it’s way, but not getting here soon enough! I’m eager for fresh air, walks in the warm sun and time outside.

This sock pattern features a non-standard heel flap pattern. It’s basically a ribbing with the center stitches from the design carried down into the heel flap. I love the k2tog and ssk lines that form the “wings” and carefully placed yo’s make the body of the butterfly.

This pattern was test knit by fellow Ravelers and is free on Ravelry for all to enjoy!

Split Butterflies - top view

Split Butterflies – top view

Split Butterflies - side

Split Butterflies – side

I made it!

I’ve been working on a new design since the fall. I’m proud of it and it’s recently gone through a pattern test on Ravelry so I’m very confident in the pattern’s technical details. I published it last night and it’s free until February 1st. The pattern is called Hexylic Socks because there are six columns of cables on the leg of the sock. It was neat to watch the number of downloads increase through the night and I was secretly hoping to make it into the Top 20 Hot Designs in Ravelry.

When I woke up this morning, my pattern had been “favorited” by 106 people and made the Top 20 list! Happy dancing ensued and I’m smiling! It’s not the first pattern I’ve released, but it’s the first sock pattern so there were many more details in the pattern to get accurate. I included two different sizes as well.

Lace design on top

Lace design on top

Side view of sock

Side view of sock

There is a Ravelry thread about designer moments, which I can’t find right now, but seeing my pattern in the Top 20 is such a good feeling.

Hexylic sock pattern listed in Top 20

Hexylic sock pattern listed in Top 20

Another Botanical Scarf

One of my pattern testers posted their gorgeous blocked scarf they made for the pattern test I ran on Ravelry.

Here it is.
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One of the neat things about designing patterns is seeing how people use different types of yarn and how the projects turn out.

Keeping cozy with my new cowl

Boy, has this been a cold winter so far!  Brrrrrrrrrrr.

My latest design, Cozy Slanted Cowl, is free for the month of February.  Happy Valentine’s day!  Here is a link to download the pattern even if you aren’t a member of the fantastic Ravelry community.

cozy slanted cowl

Cozy Slanted Cowl

  
cozy slanted cowl being worn

Modeling Cozy Slanted cowl

I have made a few of these cowls and they are really nice to have around your neck and the softer the yarn the better!  While the cowl in the pattern was made using Loops & Threads Charisma yarn from Michael’s, any chunky yarn would make a nice cowl.  For me, there’s something relaxing about having a soft cowl rub up against my cheeks in the cold.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

I’ve just released a FREE dishcloth pattern on Ravelry called Hearts Galore.  It’s a textured dishcloth with alternating hearts and small squares which help with scrubbing.  The pattern is free and can be downloaded here. If you are not a member of the awesome Ravelry community, you can still get the pattern from this link.

Hearts Galore dishcloth

Hearts Galore