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  1. I have a new sock pattern release! These are the River Fleet Socks, a simple adult sock pattern, knit from the top down with a pretty lace panel running down the front of the sock.

    River Fleet Socks

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

    About this Pattern

    The River Fleet socks were inspired by London’s lost underground river which has been flowing under the streets of the City for over 250 years. Once a prominent river, the Fleet served as a major highway which was used for transporting goods through London. However, as the City grew, the river gradually became entombed underground and by 1870 it was completely covered over.
    The source of the Fleet were two springs at Hampstead Heath, one on the east and one on the west. These springs feed a line of ponds on either side and eventually join together before reaching the Thames. This pattern uses a pretty lace pattern to follow the path of those springs and ponds as they join together to make up the lost river.
    Following on from the theme of the Guildhall Yard socks, River Fleet is a another 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 Dusty Rose 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 James Bartley and was tested by a fantastic group of test knitters too! 

    Thank you Bonny, Denise, Anna, Clau and Teresa!

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

     Get this pattern for FREE!

    This pattern is available for free on purchase of a River Fleet sock kit. Buy the yarn and get the pattern for free! Click HERE for more details.

    River Fleet Socks (1)

  2. My new shawl pattern 'Straight and Arrow' is now available on Ravelry and on the website pattern page


    About this Pattern

    Everyone loves to misbehave just a little sometimes, but nobody likes insubordinate knitting! This shawl will set you on the right path.

    Straight and Arrow is a long crescent shawl worked from the top down. To achieve vertical stripes like this, most shawls are worked sideways or use stranded colourwork. But in this case, vertical stripes play nicely thanks to the use of slipped stitches. Only one strand of yarn is used on each row, and the technique creates a doubled fabric—perfectly squishy and cosy. The vertical stripes then transition to a horizontally striped chevron border that is light and airy. 

    Two skeins of 4-ply (fingering) yarn in two colours make this shawl large and luxurious. Choose two solids or a solid and a variegated. With simple slipped-stitch stripes and easy-to-read lace chevrons, there is little chance of your knitting being naughty. What you do while wearing it is all up to you!*

    *I can assume no liability for any acts of mischief while wearing this shawl ;) 

    I had a fantastic group of testers for this shawl. Thank you Carron, Holly, Angela, Jaynie, Dari and Clau for bringing the pattern to life and for all of your help and feedback along the way. Here are some of the shawls from the test knit.

    Straight and Arrow Tests (1)

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


    Customisable kits are available for this pattern! Choose 2 x 100g skeins of 4 ply yarn and get the pattern for FREE! Click HERE for more details.

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