Sweet Chestnut Socks – Enabling Alert

Autumn has well and truly arrived in my corner of the UK.  I love the autumn, the colours, the smell, the lack of sun cream and need for knitwear…….

If you are taking part in Socktober and looking for a little bit of a sock challenge can I tempt you with my latest pattern in The Knitter Magazine (issue 89)?  These pretties are worked from the cuff down with some cable detail and a little beading.  The heel is an afterthought heel, which works beautifully, not interrupting the flow of the Zauberball yarn and it’s gently transitioning colours.


The pattern is written for two sizes, to fit foot circumference 23.5 (25) cm.


  • Beading with a crochet hook
  • Cabling
  • Twisted ribbing
  • k2tog
  • ssk
  • yo
  • s2kpo

Shopping list:

  • Zauberball 4ply sock yarn
  • 2.75mm needles (or size to obtain gauge)
  • 0.6mm crochet hook
  • size 6/0 seed beads
  • cable needle
  • stitch markers

Oh So Sweet Socks

Sweeeeeeeeet feet!  I designed these butterscotch coloured socks using West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply yarn from their Sweet Shop Collection.oh so sweet socks jane burns knit

The cable and lace design will keep those of you who have a little sock knitting experience entertained, whilst those sock veterans amongst you will whip through this intuitive pattern with great gusto.

The pattern is written in two sizes, with instructions for adjusting the foot length, with out disrupting the elegant patterning on the foot.

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You can find the pattern for these pretty socks inside issue 136 of Simply Knitting Magazine.

Nine to Five Cabled Pencil Skirt

Something a little different from me on the blog today….. yes a skirt.

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I designed this skirt for Simply Knitting magazine (issue 131) and I loved every minute of the process.  The designing, the playing with cables so that they would form the faux ties at the base of the skirt.  I even enjoyed all the grading maths.

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The skirt is knitted using West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley Aran yarn (there are some gorgeous colours to choose from, including a lovely deep deep purple).  It is written for sizes 8 – 26, so there are no excuses for not getting your needles busy…..

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Happy Knitting,  Jane x


Squishy Hat & Cowl in gorgeous Eden Cottage Yarn

The second design featured on the cover of Let’s Knit Magazine issue 84, was my snuggly hat and cowl set.  Knit using the most gorgeously squishy Langdale Superwash Aran, from Eden Cottage it is lovely to knit and luxurious to wear.

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Keeping Cosy

Images Courtesy of Let’s Knit Magazine

 This is a clever little stitch, it uses a simple technique to create a stunning mock cable effect which is so on trend this season, (and no pesky cable needle needed).

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This big cosy cowl can easily be adapted to any length desired.

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You can get your hands on the pattern here….

As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page and on Ravelry.

Happy Knitting X

Introducing Acquiesce

Allow me to introduce ‘Acquiesce’; she may look complex but I will let you into a little secret. It is a great project for cable beginners!  ‘Acquiesce’ is available to download from my Ravelry Store.

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The all over cable fabric is worked in the round using only two basic cable stitches.

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The pattern is charted and includes, as always in my patterns, links to handy tutorial videos to get you knitting with confidence.

James C Brett Pure Merino Wool DK has great stitch definition and comes in a range of beautiful shades. Other yarns that I would recommend are Rowan Pure Silk Merino or if you feel like splashing out why not invest in some Fyberspates Scrumptious DK.

A word of warning though, avoid variegated shades, your beautiful cables will be difficult to see”.

To knit this hat you will need the following skills;

  • knit
  • purl
  • k2tog
  • C6F
  • C6B
  • working from a chart
  • knitting in the round

As always links are included to video tutorials that will get you knitting with confidence.


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Modelled beautifully by Little Miss Katie


As always I would love to see your finished creations on my Facebook Page.  Happy Knitting!


Introducing Rowena & How to sew on kilt buckles tutorial

Rowena, this pretty cable Kilt cape is a delight to knit, worked in Rowan All Seasons Chunky yarn, it knits up super quick.  With its kilt strap fastening it is very on trend this season.  Rowena appears in issue 75 of Let’s Knit magazine which goes on sale on 20th December. You can download the magazine here via the Let’s Knit App.

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How to add your own personal touch to my latest iPad Cover, 'For your eyes only'

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Have you seen my cable gadget cover in this issue of Simply Knitting?  It is just perfect for an iPad and will make a great gift for the geek in your life! Would you like to personalise it?  Then I … Continue reading

WTF, what next?

Sometimes, just sometimes I take things a little too personally. I have been working on a large project for a magazine. Chunky yarn and a lot of stitches (by chunky knit standards). Picture this….182sts on my needles, I have worked 54 heavy going rows when things suddenly felt very light!


The cable had come away from the locking mechanism.

I thought at first it had come unscrewed, but no, a clean break! I sat for a while perfectly still, as the weight of the project pulled lots of stitches into my lap, unravelling as they went, me chanting ‘oh no, Oh No, OH NO!********** What next?’

Thank goodness for lifelines, see previous post Bleedin’ yarn.

*********** for the purposes of decency, let’s just say what followed wasn’t, gosh, darn this, one is mildly irate.