Hello my fellow sock knitting addicts. How is your Socktober going? I have been a busy girl working on some new sock designs with some gorgeous yarns. In the spirit of Socktober I have finally knitted my ever patient husband … Continue reading
I am fascinated with how Trailing ivy works its path around a wooden trellis panel, delicately entwining itself to become one with the structure. This was the inspiration for my Twisting Ivy sock pattern which is now available to buy … Continue reading
Fancy some festive socks? You have found some. My passion for beading continues with these fabulous beaded socks with a lace Christmas Tree motif. The Beads delicately highlight the pretty tree pattern that’s knitted into the fabric, and their metallic … Continue reading
Today marks the beginning of a new adventure in my designing career. I have been designing for over seven years now and have been very fortunate to have over 250 designs published in the UK knitting magazines. But today I am taking my first steps in the big wide world of self publishing. I have republished a number of patterns where the rights have reverted to me. But starting from scratch with a self published design, getting it ‘out there’ as they say is very much new to me.
I like to learn new skills and push myself, self publishing is proving to be a great driving force to learn new things, and learn new things at speed! Pattern layout, page design, photography, copy writing, test knitting, tech editing, promotion and mailing lists, yes they keep you busy. I have found that other designers are wonderful generous human beings who are happy to help and share their knowledge and I don’t think I could have got this far with out their help.
My first self published pattern is….. Lacy Leftovers.
These easy going cuff down socks are just perfect for using up those tiny balls of left over sock yarn, even those highly variegated ones, the ones that you are never quite sure what to do with! The simple two row repeating lace pattern, is both written and charted and the ‘ribbed’ nature of the fabric makes getting a good fit effortless.
The pattern is written in five sizes, to cater from older children to the man in your life. Dare I say these socks would make fantastic thrifty knitted gifts.
The pattern has been tech edited and test knit, please check out the other projects to see just how differently other people have used their leftovers. Some have used only one skein of variegated or striped yarn. Whilst others have combined a solid colour with variegated for stunning results.
Now you can truly indulge your sock knitting passion, using every last scrap of yarn (and not a sock yarn blanket in sight).
If you would like to sign up for my newsletter, you will receive a 50% off discount code which you can use against the purchase of any of my designs, including Lacy Leftovers!
I would love to see your finished sock over in my Ravelry Group
Hello, how are you? I am fine thank you 🙂 It has been a very busy few months with the lots of exciting things happening. I have received a lot of requests for my Owl Pyjama Case Pattern, some of … Continue reading
Christmas Glamour Knits are my best selling pattern by far, all year round I sell these little Christmas knits across the globe. I have been a busy bee adding a couple of new patterns to this collection, so you can add to yours.
New for this year are two pattern leaflets…
The aptly titled Christmas Glamour Bauble pattern (I know where did I come up with that name, right?)
This is knitted in the round on double pointed needles, with a small stranded colour work section (which is worked from a chart). If you are new to stranded colour work this is the project for you to dip your toe into the stranded knitting pool so to speak (because there is only a small section of colour work). The pattern includes as always full written instructions and video links to tutorials to get you started with any new techniques or offer a refresher should you need one.
Finally, a couple of small balls (too easy?) Christmas Glamour Mini Baubles
This pair are tiny, measuring a mere 11cm in circumference, you will be able to make these in no time at all. The beaded bauble uses a crochet hook to apply the beads. There is both written and video instructions for this technique. I can not recommend learning this skill enough, no more threading hundreds of beads onto your yarn!
I hope you enjoy the new additions to the family, I would love to see what you make.
Everybody likes a sweetie or seven at Christmas, don’t they?
This year I decided that I would rework my Christmas Glamour patterns range in a sugar loaded colour palette. I have chosen to use the gorgeous 4ply merino yarn from Wendy.
If you would like to make some of these cute Christmas treats, you will need a ball of each of the following yarns:
- Wendy Merino 4ply Seapray shade 2380
- Wendy Merino 4ply Birch shade 2365
- Peter Pan 4ply Sugar Plum shade 909
The patterns are available via my shop or on Ravelry, you can buy all six patterns for only £3 or if you would prefer to buy just one pattern it is yours for £1.50.
This is really a great stash busting project, each piece only uses approx. 10g of yarn. I would love to see your finished projects.
Have you fallen in love with this little chap?
Monty the Penguin has captured the hearts of the nation already this Christmas. I find penguins captivating, with their huge personalities and comedic ways, what is not to love? Last year I designed a penguin hat with a bit of a twist.
This cute Penguin hat can be customised to suit your taste in just three steps. The pattern includes a choice of earflap and mini top hat styles, simply follow the steps to make your hat, your way! Six variations of this hat are included in the pattern.
The hat is worked flat and includes an intarsia chart for the face.
To fit head circumference
xsmall (41cm) small (46cm) medium (51cm)
The yarn requirements are:
One 50g ball of DK weight year in the following colours; black, white, red and gold. The sample is knitted using
Rowan Pure Wool DK, (A) shade 004 Black, (B) shade 012 Snow, (C) shade 051 Gold, (D) shade 036 Kiss, one 50g ball of each
To knit this hat you will need the following skills:
sl1, k1, psso
sl1, k2tog, psso
Follow intarsia chart
Video links are included in the pattern for the above shaping techniques.
To make your hat a little more Monty like, why not knit the ear flaps in black?
Happy Knitting, Jane
Well the spooky season is well upon us now, the world seems to have taken on a distinctly orange and green hue. If like me you are a fan of skullies I have not one but two great offers for you, My Not Just for Halloween socks pattern is only £1.50!
These cute socks are designed to be slightly slouchy for maximum comfort, the pattern is written for sizes:
Small – shoe size 1-4, ankle circumference 19cm
Medium – shoe size 4-7, ankle circumference 23cm
Large – shoe size 8-11, ankle circumference 28cm
The skully motif is applied using a crochet hook to knit the beads into the fabric as you go, no spending hours threading beads on to your yarn!! There is of course a link to a fantastic video tutorial on applying beads with a crochet hook included in the pattern. There is also a link to get you started knitting socks (just in case you need it).
You will need:
YARN: opal 4ply pullover and sock yarn in Orange, shade 5181
CROCHET HOOK: 0.75mm
BEADS: Size 8 seed beads (I recommend, Debbie Abrahams, shade 605). One pack.
You can download the pattern here.
Please feel free to message me if you have any queries regarding this pattern.
Not inspired by the socks, then why not take a look at my Halloween eBook collections:
I said there were two offers….
I am running a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE OFFER, no coupon or voucher required, simply purchase Frightful Knits Volume Two and you will get Volume One for FREE.
Frightful Knits Volume Two, a collection of six patterns, including one crochet bunting pattern.
Available to download here for only £4.95
The link will provide you with full pattern information.
Frightful Knits Volume One, a collection of six knitting patterns.
This collection is available to download here for only £4.50
The link will provide you with full pattern information.
I hope I have inspired you to pick up your needles, as always I would love to see what you have been making on my Facebook page.
As I have mentioned before, it is always a challenge to keep things a secret from you. Early in the year I was desperate to tell you all about my next steps into book publishing.
Stitch Craft, Create approached me and asked if I would like to contribute to their Crochet Infinity Scarves book, I jumped at the chance! I designed three scarves for the collection…
Day Dream in Lace
Floaty and delicious
Just perfect for guys as well as gals!
Gothic Inspired piece in contemporary colours.
All three scarves can easily be adapted to which every length you prefer.
I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page.
Images courtesy of Stitch, Craft Create