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This pattern is no longer available for free, but can be purchased via Ravelry
I mentioned a while back that I have been busy working on a mini collection of sock patterns, well it is nearly here. You may have seen some of pictures of yarn and beads on my social media pages and the fun I have been having choosing which beads, for which yarn…..
In readiness for it’s release I have designed a FREE sock pattern to entice you try beading with a crochet hook for yourselves. These beautiful cable and bead socks are simple to knit yet stunning to look at! New to beading with a cable needle? Fear not there are tutorials included in the pattern. (Be warned though, once you start you will be adding beads to all your projects!)
Not a fan of beads? Simply omit the beads and you will still have yourself a pair of very pretty socks.
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To knit these socks, you will need to be familiar with top down socks construction with a heel flap.
Be able to;
sl 1 – slip next stitch purlwise
ktbl -knit next st through back loop, twisting stitch
ssk – slip 1, slip 1, knit these 2 slipped sts together
k2tog – knit next two stitches together to decrease one stitch
yo – yarn over
CDD – slip next two stitches together as if to knit, knit next stitch, pass slipped sts over
Bead (see ‘Knitting with beads’ instructions included in pattern)
Cascade Heritage Solids, shade 5649, Iris, (one 100g skein). 75% merino, 25% nylon. 100g/400m/436yds
Double pointed 2.5mm (US 1.5) US or circular needles for working in the round
0.75mm (USA 13) for beading only
Size 6 seed beads, Debbie Abrahams, Colour 337 (approx. 72 beads)
32 sts x 46 rows = 10cm x 10cm (4 in x 4 in) using 2.5mm needles and stocking stitch (blocked)
To save time, take time to check gauge.
The pattern uses the crochet hook method of apply beads. (Beads can easily be omitted from this design).
The large cables make the sock a snug fit, if you are between sizes in the chart below, I suggest you opt for the larger size.
To choose the best fit, measure the foot around the widest point of the foot and knit the size closest to the ‘to fit foot circumference’ size.
Finished foot circumference: 18.5 cm / 7.25 in (20 cm / 8 in, 21.5 cm / 8.5 in, 23 cm / 9 in)
To fit foot circumference: 20 cm / 8 in (21.5 cm / 8.5 in, 23 cm / 9 in, 24.5 cm / 9.5 in)
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I would love to see your finished projects on my Ravelry page…
The sculptural stitch pattern combined with the hand-painted yarn, creates these stunning socks. Curving lines of twisted stitches form the stylised flower heads on these pretty socks. The stitch pattern flows neatly down from the twisted rib cuff, and continues along the front of the foot.
The yarn from Old Maiden Aunt is a blend of superwash merino, cashmere and nylon and is dreamily soft.
The pattern is written for two sizes to fit foot circumference 22 (25) cm.
You can find Teasel inside issue 90 of The Knitter magazine. I would love to see pictures of your finished projects.
Silly Season was the perfect excuse to have some fun with this Donkey sweater. A stocking stitch body and moss stitch cuffs and collar means this cutie won’t take long to knit. The real magic is in the long flowing mane, created using tassels, and there’s a handy pouch pocket in the front for storing carrots. But my favourite element to this design, the ears, adorable!
This would make a great nativity costume for a little one, or just an extra funky Christmas sweater.
The pattern is written to fit chest sizes 53 – 73.5cm which is approx. 1-11 years old.
To knit this you will need:
- Stylecraft, Life DK (75% acrylic, 25% wool, 100g/298 m) in Grey, Silver Grey and Charcoal
- 3.25mm needles
- 4mm needles
- 4mm crochet hook (for mane)
- Locking stitch markers
- Tapestry needle
I look forward to seeing your finished projects.
Take a break from time-consuming, intricate gift knitting to make a speedy stocking filler that’s guaranteed to put smiles on your friends’ faces.
This might look like a simple stocking stitch mug hug, but it has a special secret on the bottom is a pink snout, so that as you drink, you’re transformed into a perfect piggy 🙂
You will get quite a few mug hugs out of one 100g ball (or you could stash bust).
To make this you will need:
- Stylecraft Life DK (75% acrylic, 25% wool) Rose
- 3.25mm DPN’s
- Mug (circumference approx. 27cm)
- Pink Felt
- Pink sewing thread and needle
I would love to see your finished projects,
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