Monthly Archives: February 2016

Frost Flowers Socks – updated

Frost Flowers Socks

I have updated my Frost Flowers Socks pattern, originally published in 2008 to better reflect my current style of pattern writing. It is still free, and only one-size, but is a great sock and only uses 6 stitches to complete (knit, purl, yarnover, ssk, k2tog and slip 1). It is also now available on ravelry, so can be stored in your library there forever.

Socks require:

  • 320-360 yards of 4ply/fingering weight/sock yarn
  • 2.5mm circular needle/DPNs (or size required to achieve gauge)
  • Gauge: 32 by 42 stitches over 10cm/4 inches (in stocking stitch)
  • tapestry needle to weave in ends
  • sized to fit average adult ladies foot.

Download it directly from ravelry here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/frost-flowers-socks

Dragonskin and Diagonal iDevice covers – updated

The second set of patterns to be revamped include one of the first patterns I ever published, my Dragonskin iTouch cover. Both covers have been updated to include more explanations of the abbreviations, making them even more suitable for beginners. They have also had their instructions charted so are available in written and charted versions.

IMG025 Full Dragon

Protect your iDevices and use up those leftover scraps of sock yarn with these protective covers.

These quick knits have both written and charted instructions. The ebook contains four parts: a high-res and printer friendly version of each of the two patterns.

Fits iDevices (phones and iPods) up to iPhone 5.

for £1.50 plus VAT.

IMG025 Diagonal

Cold Sheep 2016 – January progress

The year of cold sheep started well with no yarn or fibre purchases in the month of January.

I managed to use up 162 yards of commercial yarn in a pair of mittens

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/ladybird-mittens

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/ladybird-mittens

and another 1,248 yards of handspun yarn in a short-sleeved dress

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/laneway

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/laneway

I also spun 200g of fibre into 766 yards of fingering weight yarn.

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/jane-seymour-2

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/jane-seymour-2

Total yarn out: 1,410 yards
Total yarn in: 766 yards

Net yarn reduction: 644 yards

Fibre stash reduction: 200g.

It’s a start.

Ladybird mittens

A playful pair of mittens that mimic ladybirds. Keep your fingers warm and a smile on your (and everyone else’s) face while we await the return of these aphid-loving creatures from their winter hibernation.

Click on image for more photos

Click on image for more photos

The colourwork pattern is fully charted and adaptable for longer or shorter hands, narrower or wider thumbs. Written instructions accompany the colourwork chart, explaining how to work the cuff, top and thumb gusset.

The pattern is sized for average adult hands (circumference 6.5”/16cm, length 7”/18cm) but it can be adjusted by altering your gauge.

Yarn requirements:

  • 135-160 yards fingering weight/4-ply/sock yarn in main colour
  • 25-50 yards fingering weight/4-ply/sock yarn in contrast colour

You don’t even have to stick to red and black.

Available in high-res format only, no printer friendly version as contains colourwork charts.

Available on ravelry for £2.50 (for customers within the EU – VAT added at checkout).