Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Rochester Socks

 Hi Sock Knitters! 

Are you ready for a new sock pattern from All Knit Up Designs?!? Perfect! I have a new one for you. Rochester is a simple design that looks sophisticated enough for anyone on your knitting list. Easy to memorize (with only two rows) you can pick almost any sock yarn from your stash and it will look fabulous. 

Rochester was named after my trip to Rochester Minnesota for the Zombie Knitpocalypse retreat. When I'm traveling I always want to have knitting with me for security as well as wait times. Rochester is the perfect take along project and I cannot wait to knit another pair. 

The yarn I used is Adorn Lux by Three Irish Girls and it's a 85/15 blend of Merino and Nylon, so as usual, pretty much any sock yarn in your stash will work. I enjoyed and laughed at the difference between the two sock legs in the photo below, same ball of yarn, just halfway through the ball. That's the nature and beauty of hand dyed yarn. Can't wait to see what colors you pick! 

Friday, February 12, 2021

Fringy Cowl

A fun new cowl that uses drop stitches for the fringe?!? Why yes, I did just publish that. Fringy was designed in 2020 with the idea of pulling together a collection of all my drop stitch pattens. My mom (Susan) and I had discussed the different shawl shapes and techniques I've used and brainstormed on how I could add a cowl to the collection. 

Fringy is a quick and easy knit that uses a few unique techniques to really elevate the project. I designed the cowl with only a single skein of sock yarn in mind and then I added just a little bit of a pop. Fringy uses a provisional cast on and is knit flat and then put together with a three needle bind off. Stitches are then dropped to make the fringe; so fun! 

The yarn I used is a 75/25 Merino/Nylon blend so any fingering weight will work! Using an alpaca or mohair blend may be a bit harder to drop your stitches but will still work. 

I hope you love knitting this new cowl! -Sierra 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Trellis Socks

A new pattern release is always exciting, it's doubly exciting when someone has asked you to design for them! Trellis Socks are my brand new sock pattern and I designed them for KnitCrate! 

KnitCrate is a monthly subscription service that sends out a yarn and pattern to knitters each month. I had previously designed for them in 2018, so I was beyond excited to be asked again. 

It's interesting working with others on my design process because I usually find my inspiration from the yarn but when working with a company they want to see plans ahead of time. KnitCrate sent me a mood board with the theme 'Romance/Romantic' so I brain stormed and got stuck on the idea of roses. 

Roses are seen as an ultimate romantic gesture (I prefer wildflowers but whatever...) so when I saw the stitch pattern inspired by the lattice work of a trellis I knew that this is what the socks needed to use. 

If you are interested in purchasing a subscription from KnitCrate you can do so here (this is an affiliate link and I receive a small payment at no cost to you, if you use this to sign up) if this is your first time signing up for KnitCrate you can receive 20% off with the code ALLKNITUP20 

Trellis features an all-over lace design on the front of the sock and 1x1 ribbing along the back. I like the idea of the ribbing because it allows the sock to fit a wider range of feet. The yarn used is a Merino/Silk/Nylon/Stellina blend so anything from 100% wool to wool/nylon would work great! 

The pattern available for individual purchase here on Ravelry if you are interested (I do not own the rights to this pattern so it does not use my Pay What Works system of payment.) Thanks for reading! Sierra 

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Christmas Socks

 I never made a stop into the blog and gave you a look at my Christmas socks for 2020! This year I was able to complete 1.5 pairs of socks (well 2.5 if you count my Bauble Extravaganza pattern). The pair I completely finished was from a swap package from 2019. 

I love this color named Nutcracker as it reminds me of performing in The Nutcracker when I was a kid. The nostalgia and the unusual color combinations made these socks so fun. 

This is the half pair that I finished, started these just a few days before Christmas and knew that I wouldn't finish them but I was still in the spirit. This yarn is Oh Christmas Tree from Leading Men Fiber Arts. This one is a BFL sock base which is a little bit woolier and so yummy. The sock and ball of yarn have been put away until the holiday season later this year! 

Happy Late Holidays!