More butterflies!

i wanted to share my next project with you. It is another pair of my latest design, Split Butterflies.  I gave my first pair away to my best friend, Michele, so I needed to have a pair to keep for me. The yarn I am using is Malabrigo in the “Color of Love”. 

  

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

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.

Tip for working gusset decreases

A typical top-down sock pattern will have you decrease every other row until you are back down to the same number of stitches you have for the top (instep) of the sock. I wanted to share my tips for knowing when to decrease because I don’t like stopping at the end of each row to make a tally mark on paper or use a row counter. Yes, this is a form of laziness but I knit faster this way!

The pattern I’m following is http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/simple-skyp-socks and you work from the center bottom of the sock across the gusset and at the end of the gusset you do a K2tog, K. You can see that the three stitches at the end of my needle are straight up and not leaning. This means that I need to decrease this round.

Straight up stitches so K2tog, K

Straight up stitches so K2tog, K

Once I’ve done the instep stitches I’m back to the other side of the sock and need to do a K, SSK. Again, you can see the stitches are straight up. Of course, I know that I did the decrease on the other side, but there are times that life gets in the way of my knitting and I put my work down only to pick it back up (even a few minutes later!) and I may not remember I need to decrease. That’s why I like being able to visually look at the stitches to know when I’m supposed to decrease or just work a knit row.

SSK side of sock

You need to do a K, SSK

So now you’ve completed your decrease row and the next row is all knit stitches. Your gusset stitches will now have a lean to the right so you know you have to work all knits here.

Picture of sock where you need to knit across

Work knit stitches

Work around the instep stitches and on the other side of the gusset you can see the stitches lean to the left. This means that you did the decrease on the previous row so here you just knit across!

Work knit stitches

Work knit stitches

I hope this post helps you with your decreases in the gusset of your sock. Please let me know if you like how I explained this with step by step instructions and pictures or if you would rather have a video.