Partridge & Twisted Rib Socks
[pinit] It is serendipity that I desired to rework these two children's sock designs in doubled Cascade Yarns Eco+ yarn, on the 10th anniversary of their conception, for their publication in the Fall 2002 (#8) issue of my Heels and Toes Gazette. I designed them for charity knitting, but they also make great last-minute holiday gifts - thick for quick knitting and warmth, colorful so that kids will want to wear them. The twisted rib stitch pattern pops out, like elongated popcorns. It stands up well, on its own and requires no ribbing, unless you desire one. The Eye of Partridge stitch pattern is enhanced by adding a second color, which brings out its almost houndstooth appearance.
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Scrumptious Shagged Slipper Socks
Scrumptious Shagged Slipper Socks
[pinit] Shagging is a hundreds-of-years old technique, used by hand knitters in New England and Canada, to make hand knit mittens warmer. Robin Hansen described this technique well in Homespun Handknit and in Flying Geese and Partridge Feet and shows mitten patterns using the technique. I haven't seen the technique used on slippers or slipper socks, though, and thought it was ideally suited to the purpose. The shagging adds a cushy, inner layer to the slipper sock, further protecting the feet from any cold drafts. The socks are easy to knit and the shagging is fun and quick to do, after the socks are knit. I've worked up this pattern in 6 sizes, covering children through men's sizes.
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Scrumptious Slip Stitch Slipper Socks
Scrumptious Slip Stitch Slipper Socks
[pinit] This slipper sock pattern is in 7 sizes and is a quick-to-knit project. By knitting with 2 strands of yarn, when they are done being knit, they are done! Which brings me to what makes these slipper socks scrumptious. The yarn - Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted, used double - is so soft and cozy. As the woman's medium size only needs 2 skeins, the project has a reasonable price, and are quick to knit, warm and comforting. The design employs the use of Heel Stitch, not just in the heel flap, but, also in the Dutch (or square) heel turning and along the entire sole of the sock. This stitch pattern adds some needed thickness and cushiness to the sock, for extra wear and comfort. You can knit the instep in stockinette or continue the rib, that began at the leg. I've set up the sole/instep so that there will be a balanced rib on the instep, if you choose to do the rib. I've used 2 colors together in each of the samples, for a marled effect - some are bright, especially the children's socks, others are muted and earthy. Lamb's Pride comes in a wide array of colors, so choose the two colors you like best!
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Fulled Family Booties
(new) Fulled Family Booties
[pinit] I've reworked this classic pattern in doubled Peace Fleece yarn. Peace Fleece is now a merino wool blend, which means it felts more easily than the doubled Bartlettyarns 2-ply used in the original pattern, and makes a softer, cozier fabric. Work them in any of the lovely Peace Fleece heathers or tweeds, or mix 2 colors together for a marled effect. The pattern is still available in 7 sizes, for all family members. And, of course, attach slipper bottoms if they are to be worn on slippery flooring.
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Cabled Family Socks
(new) Cabled Family Socks
[pinit] I've reworked this classic design in Peace Fleece. I am SO pleased with the new Peace Fleece merino wool blend. It is so soft and cozy to knit with - I enjoyed every stitch, and that's not only due to the soft merino blend, but also the resilience of the yarn. If you plan on using these socks in boots, I'd recommend reinforcing the heels and toes, with a sock reinforcement, like Fortissima Socka, which comes on cards, or Jawoll reinforcement, which comes on spools. Or wear them indoors, inside slippers or slipper socks.
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Toasty Toes Felted Slippers
Toasty Toes Felted Slippers
[pinit] These cuffed slippers are knit in a thick, roving type yarn, and then felted. The result is a warm, sturdy slipper. The cuff gives extra warmth to the ankles, and are large enough to be folded up, if need be. The cuff pattern has a clasped vesrion, for classic good looks! This pattern is in 6 sizes - so all the feet in the family can be warm this winter! One CAVEAT - I recommend the purchase of slipper bottoms, for the younger children and the elderly, as the slippers may be slippery on certain flooring. So, consider your home environment and decide accordingly. "Your Toasty Toes pattern has become a standard gift from my house! I've made the smallest for toddlers, and even made a pair for my doctor." -Ann
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Cabled Clog Socks
Cabled Clog Socks
The design features of these socks are at the rear of leg and heel flap, for the express purpose of being seen in clogs! I've worked them in a couple of Naturally DK wt. yarns, from New Zealand, to fit a medium size woman's foot. The alpaca blend yarn is especially yummy! The pattern is in written out, as well as, charted form. The subtle slipped cable pattern circles the cuff, but then drops down to a single cable at the center rear of leg, and then increases to 3 cables, then 5 cables at heel flap. [pinit]
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Interlocking Cable Socks
Interlocking Cables Socks
[pinit] After the knee sock was designed and knit, I decided a shorter sock would be very useful, especially with jeans or other winter slacks. I devised this interlocking pattern from the tunic's center panel pattern, adapting the sides of the motif to run them together. There are 3 repeats around the sock, with one at center front. Knit in Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride worsted with Handpaint Originals in a solid cream color used for reinforcing the heels and toes. This pattern is in charted (color!) and text forms.
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Cresting Waves Socks
Cresting Waves Socks
[pinit] These socks are worked in 2 Cascade Yarns - Cascade 220 and Cloud 9. But consider Cascade's Lana D'Oro or other worsted weight wool or wool blend yarn. The easy stitch pattern is a classic Faroe design and reminds me of waves coming into shore, then flowing back out again, so I chose sea and shore colors. The cables, too, add a seaside (rope) element. The pattern is in 3 sizes, with tips on adjusting fit.
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Winter Garden Socks
Winter Garden Socks
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These Bohus-inspired socks are worked in 2 Cascade Yarns - Cascade 220 and Cloud 9, a luscious angora/wool blend. Challenging (3-color) leg pattern rewards you with easy Stockinette feet. Slip stitch toes coordinate with slip stitch V-heel flaps and turns, creating a snug fit around the toes.
The pattern is in 3 women's sizes.
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Art Nouveau Rose Socks
Art Nouveau Rose Socks
[pinit] First published in Heels and Toes Gazette, Fall 2001, Issue #4 The inspiration for the Art Nouveau Rose Socks came from a motif in a book of circa 1900 corner and border designs, that were used by printers. The rose motif accentuates the heel flap, making the socks ideal for wearing with clogs. I used a diced pattern as the background for the heel motif, but you may just use a solid colored ground, like the olive, for a less cluttered look. This heel motif may be knit in or duplicate stitched later, your choice. You may also leave the rose off the heel flap, as in the Winter Roses above. I knit the 4 colorways in SandnesGarn's Peer Gynt, a great, DK wt. Norwegian wool yarn. These socks were originally designed in a DK wt. Perendale wool yarn, from New Zealand. I have reworked them in SandnesGarn Peer Gynt, a great DK wt. Norwegian wool yarn. Pattern has large color charts, for easy following. Left to Right: Americana (Summer) Roses, Winter Roses, Spring Roses, and Autumn Roses
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Honeycomb Tweed Socks
Honeycomb Tweed Socks
[pinit] The stitch pattern for these socks is more commonly referred to as "Eye of Partridge", and is used in a solid color on heels. It's actually a tweed stitch pattern, of French origin, according to Barbara Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. When used throughout the entire sock, the resultant fabric is plush and cozy. The slipped stitch pattern may be a little slow-going, but the result is worth it! I've worked this pattern in 2 weights of yarn, worsted and chunky, for warm and warmer-yet socks! I used Kraemer Yarns Naturally Nazareth and Mauch Chunky for the samples.
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Houndstooth Check Socks
Houndstooth Check Socks
[pinit] The houndstooth motif is a classic! I've joined small and large versions together in this colorful design, shown here in 2 colorways - lighter, springtime colors and deeper, autumn colors. The heel flap, heel turning and toe shaping are all in heel stitch pattern, both for extra durability and for the aesthetic of having a design element repeated elsewhere in a design, creating balance. Both colorways are knit in Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted, an all wool yarn with such wonderful yardage, it knits well as a DK.
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A Touch of Honey Clog Socks
A Touch of Honey Clog Socks
[pinit] The honeycomb stitch is a classic aran pattern. It is easy to work in a single color, and only slightly more difficult to work in 2 colors. Using 2 colors really shows off the recesses of the honeycomb, so I had to knit the 2 versions, as shown to the left! This pattern will suit the unsure, as well as the adventurous, aran knitter. The heel flap patterning continues through the heel turning, for cushioned comfort, as well as design balance. Both samples are knit in Halcyon Botanica, an all wool, worsted spun, worsted wt. yarn. This yarn has a lovely sheen, is VERY strong, and makes great cables!
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Lilacs at Night Socks
Lilacs at Night Socks
[pinit] First published in Heels and Toes Gazette, Spring 2002, Issue #6 These are soft, cozy socks that will chase winter's cold with remembrances of Spring! This design was inspired by "Lilac Time", a lace pattern in Marianne Kinzel's Second Book of Modern Lace Knitting. But, in looking at the lace pattern, I saw colorwork! And so, I charted the lilac-shaped motif and started to play with colors. I chose a dark navy ground color, to make the lilac colors pop. After working the navy socks, I chose a natural background, as not all knitters like to work with dark colored yarns – the lighter version feels like Daytime Lilacs! They are worked in Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted, a worsted that knits easily as a DK wt, thanks to its great yardage and comes in tons of great colors. This pattern has a large color chart, for easy following. And, though, it apears to be knit with 3 colors on some rounds, it is purely illusion! Those bits of ice blue color are duplicate stitched later - maximum impact with little extra effort!  
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Lily Blossoms II Socks
Lily Blossoms II Socks
[pinit] These socks were originally designed in a DK wt. Merino wool yarn. I have reworked them in Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted, for a thicker sock and Brown Sheep Top of The Lamb Sport, for a thinner sock, in colors that really sing, against the white and black backgrounds.
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Springtime Socks
Springtime Socks
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I look at all type of textiles for design inspiration. This motif was inspired by a lace pattern, called Springtime, in Marianne Kinzel's First Book of Modern Lace Knitting.
I kept the patterning to the cuff and leg, leaving the foot plain and using the heel stitch pattern on the heel flap, heel turning and the toe shaping! I knit all 3 colorways in Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted, an all wool yarn with such wonderful yardage, it knits well as a DK.
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Double Nine-Patch Clog Socks
Double Nine-Patch Clog Socks
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The inspiration for the "country" styled socks is the traditional Double Nine-Patch quilt block. It's a very simple graphic, that comes alive in color.The Bright Blue pair were the original colorway, based on Amish quilts, with their clear bright colors. These are playful colors! The Muted Plum colorway counters the brightness with a more subdued selection of colors.
I kept the patterning to the cuffs, heels and toes, with plain stockinette legs and feet to break up the more intense colorwork knitting, creating a backdrop for the patterning. Cuffs and toes are simple stranding with 2 colors per row. The heels can be knit in any of 4 methods - your choice.
I knit both versions in Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted, an all wool yarn with such wonderful yardage, it knits well as a DK.
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A Bevy of Baby Socks
A Bevy of Baby Socks
[pinit] This "Buttons" yarn is a very soft wool, made in New Zealand, and is machine washable! Playful, with it's bits of color, so that even plain garments are fun to look at and wear! These socks are great projects for baby showers or gifts, where you don't want to, or have the time to, knit an entire baby outfit. Whether classic cables and lace in pastels or brights in ribs and bobbles, they are sure to coordinate with baby's clothing. So, make several pairs to keep those little toes warm!
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Tree of Life Accessories
Tree of Life Accessories
[pinit] These accessories are ideal on which to learn the fair isle technique, as the Tree of Life motif is used as an accent, rather than an allover pattern, as in the sweater. I offer a headband pattern, as I don't wear hats, but do love earmuffs! Socks and mittens finish the set.
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Diamonds & Cables Knee Socks
Diamonds & Cables Knee Socks
[pinit] After I designed and knit the Zipped Up Aran Tunic, I immediately wanted accessories, either to be worn with the tunic or with other garments, as I so enjoyed knitting the aran patterns. I used the sleeve pattern on the knee socks, but, as there was no room to shape the leg without disturbing the pattern, so it is shaped with decreasing needle sizes! Knit in Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride worsted with a little Handpaint Originals in the solid cream color to reinforce the v-heel. The toe is my version of a star/rounded toe, as it has 6 decrease points instead of the usual 4 for the star toe and 8 for the rounded toe. This pattern is in charted (color!) and text forms.
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