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  1. I have a new sock pattern out in the wild! The Guildhall Yard socks are a basic adult sock pattern, knit from the top down with a simple lace panel running down the front of the sock.

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    Suitable for a beginner sock knitter, the pattern is supported with links to video tutorials for the techniques used. The pattern is available HERE

    About this Pattern

    The Guildhall Yard socks were inspired by the pretty geometric-patterned pavements of Guildhall Yard in London. A place steeped in history, Guildhall has stood in London for over 800 years and has survived both the Great Fire of London and the Blitz. But it’s story goes even further back as, in the 1980’s a long-lost Roman amphitheatre was discovered underneath what is now Guildhall Yard!

    Guildhall Yard is a pattern to celebrate the histories that lie under our feet. 

    The socks are knit from the top down and feature a simple lace panel running down the front of the sock. The pattern is written for 3 adult sizes and video tutorials are provided for the stitches and techniques used to make the socks.

    Skills / Techniques Used – Knit, purl, slip stitch, short rows, decreases

    Sizes and Measurements

    Hand knit socks are designed to be slightly smaller than the foot length to give a small amount of negative ease. This means that they will hug the foot and leg and stay in place. The sizes given are a ‘to fit’ size. The actual socks will be slightly smaller to allow a little stretch for a snug fit.

    The sizes given in this pattern are for adult sizes in small, medium and large. 


    •    Small Adult - 8” / 20.5cm foot circumference and 8.5” / 21.5cm length from tip of toe to back of heel
    •    Medium Adult - 9” / 23cm foot circumference and 9.25” / 23.5cm length from tip of toe to back of heel
    •    Large Adult - 9.75” / 25cm foot circumference and 10” / 25.5cm length from tip of toe to back of heel


    Full details on how to take the correct measurements to determine your size are given in the pattern. 

    The size shown in the pattern photographs is for the small adult.

    Materials Used

    When choosing the yarn for your socks you want to be looking for a yarn with nylon content or a high twist as this adds extra durability and strength.

    •    1 x 3.5oz / 100g, 440 yd / 400m skein of 4ply sock yarn. The yarn used in the pattern is the Under the Olive Tree 75% superwash merino / 25% nylon Chora 4ply yarn in the Green Tea colourway 
    •    1 set of 2.5mm double pointed needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
    •    3 Stitch Markers
    •    1 Tapestry Needle

    Gauge

    32 stitches and 44 rnds to 4” / 10cm in stockinette stitch after blocking.

    The pattern has been professionally tech edited by Allison of Kniterations and was tested by a fantastic group of test knitters too! 

    Thank you Bonny, Jo, Wendy, Anna and Ros!

    To view more testers photo's take a look at the project pages on Ravelry.

    Kits are available for these socks - if you buy the yarn, you get the pattern for free! Check out the Kits page for more details!

    Until next time, happy knitting! x

  2. My new shawl pattern 'Paper Lanterns' is now available on Ravelry and on the website Here

    About this Pattern

    Even the greyest day becomes a celebration when you wear your Paper Lanterns shawl! The asymmetric triangle features stripes of tiny lanterns dancing across it. The shawl can be worked in just two colours or as many as you’d like. Choose a bright and bold or soft and subtle colour palette to suit your style. This is also a great chance to use up bits of leftover yarn. 

    The shawl is worked by alternating colours every 4 rows, so you are only dealing with one colour at a time. The easy-to-work, easy-to-memorize dip stitch is fun to work and you don’t have to worry about weaving in the ends for each stripe; they each get their own bit of fringe along the edge!

    Video tutorials are provided for all stitches used, including working the 4 rows of the Dip Stitch pattern and for making the tassels at the end.

    I had some fantastic testers for this shawl and we had lot's of fun choosing colours and combinations for the pattern. Tests were knit in a range of 2 colours to too many to count! Thank you Anna, Christina, Clau, Dari, Debbie, Denise, Jo and Frauke for bringing the pattern to life. Here are some of the shawls from the test knit.

     

    To view more tester photo's take a look at the Project pages on Ravelry

    Kits

    Customisable kits are available for this pattern! Choose 1 x 100g skein for the main colour and 4 x 20g mini skeins for each of the contrast colors. Click HERE for more details.

    Full details of the pattern and more photo's can be found on the Ravelry page HERE or by visiting the pattern page HERE 

    Thanks for stopping by and until next time, happy knitting! x