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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

To the Ocean socks

To the Ocean socks, in Artesano Definition Sock
Pattern by Helena Callum, published in Knit Now magazine, May 2016


My latest pattern, for a pair of cuff-down socks, is to be published in Issue 60 (May 2016) of Knit Now magazine. The issue will be on sale in supermarkets, newsagents and craft stores. And you can subscribe, or buy a single issue from the shop, via the publisher's sales website. There's an offer in the magazine to get the yarn and a project bag at a special price until 9 June 2016.

These socks are worked top down with a heel flap and gusset. The sideways toe is worked in the same way as the more familiar wedge toe, but here the decreases straddle the centres of the top of foot and sole, instead of being at the sides. Make two identical socks.

The socks are worked in the round, from cuff to toe. There are three sizes in the pattern, designed to fit shoe sizes from 35 to 43 with negative ease.

SIZES
Small (Medium, Large)

TENSION / GAUGE
32 sts × 45 rows = 10cm measured over St st

YARN
Artesano Definition Sock 400m per 100g skein (75% wool, 25% polyamide)
1 (1, 1) skein in Azure (6705)

NOTIONS
  • 2.25 mm (US 1) dpns or two circulars, or size needed to obtain correct tension / gauge
  • Stitch markers
  • Darning needle

HINTS AND TIPS
  • You don’t need a cable needle to work this stitch pattern, the wavy lines of stocking stitch on a garter stitch background are achieved using twist stitches.
  • If you prefer a shorter leg, omit one 16-round repeat on the leg.

I like to knit socks with a repetitive stitch pattern, so was attracted by this pattern that makes me think of a mighty river, meandering across its flood plain to the ocean. Or maybe it is a tiny stream, running over a vast sandy beach under an azure sky.

This is the link for the To the Ocean Socks ravelry pattern page (no login required to view). Enjoy!!

Monday, 24 August 2015

Siccar Point socks

Siccar Point socks, in Sirdar Heart and Sole
Pattern by Helena Callum, published in Knit Now magazine, August 2015


My latest pattern, for a pair of cuff-down socks, is to be published in Issue 51 (August 2015) of Knit Now magazine. The issue will be on sale in supermarkets, newsagents and craft stores. And you can subscribe, or buy a single issue from the shop, via the publisher's sales website

These are are, in essence, simple top-down 2 × 2 ribbed socks, with the ribbing all around the leg and on the top of the foot. The difference is that here six alternative versions of the 2 × 2 rib pattern are included. One of the six patterns is chosen at each colour change in the self-striping yarn - the decision about which one of the six to use is made by rolling a die.

The socks are worked in the round, from cuff to toe. There are three sizes in the pattern, designed to fit shoe sizes from 35 to 43 with negative ease.

SIZES
Small (Medium, Large)

TENSION / GAUGE
32 sts × 48 rows = 10cm measured over St st

YARN
Sirdar Heart and Sole 410m per 100g ball (75% wool, 25% nylon)
1 (1, 1) ball in Skippy (0050)

NOTIONS
  • 2.25 mm (US 1) dpns or two circulars, or size needed to obtain correct tension / gauge
  • Stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle
  • Six sided die or dice-roller app

HINTS AND TIPS
  • The socks shown are in the largest size, the stripes will be wider on the smaller sizes.
  • The sequence of patterns used in the socks shown here is:
    3,2,5,3,6,6,5,2,3,4,1,1,5,1,4,6,3,2,4,6,6,1,5,4.
  • If the stitch and working yarn are different colours and you find yourself working anything other than a knit st, stop and check, as something has probably gone wrong.
  • In pattern Rib 4, strand the working yarn very loosely across the slipped stitches so that the rib remains stretchy. Keeping the stitches on the RH needle well-spaced will help to keep the strands loose.

Roll again!
  • If the result would give more than two consecutive stripes in same rib pattern - roll again!
  • If you just don’t feel like working the selected rib pattern - roll again!


I first read about random knitting in 1987, in an article in New Scientist, which I tore out of the magazine and saved carefully for 25 years.

This is the link for the Siccar Point Socks ravelry pattern page (login required). Enjoy!!

Friday, 15 May 2015

Indie Designer Month on Love Knitting

LoveKnitting Independent Designers
May is Indie Designer Month on LoveKnitting. Throughout the month, they’ll be offering 10% off yarn to customers who buy an indie designer pattern on the site.

Click on the image above to check out my patterns first, or to search all the indie patterns, click on the smaller LoveKnitting badge below.
LoveKnitting Independent Designers

My bestseller on LoveKnitting is my Cragside Gloves pattern (below). Worked in the round, starting at the cuff, the gloves can be made in any standard 4-ply weight yarn.

Cragside Gloves by Helena Callum.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Brollied socks

Brollied socks, in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-Ply
Pattern by Helena Callum, published in Knit Now magazine, April 2015


My latest pattern, for a pair of toe-up socks, is to be published in Issue 46 (April 2015) of Knit Now magazine. The issue will be on sale in supermarkets, newsagents and craft stores. And you can subscribe, or buy a single issue from the shop, via the publisher's website

Cheerful umbrellas can brighten a rainy day. My aim with these joyfully coloured socks, featuring a stack of brollies, was to brighten any day, rainy or not! The toe-up socks are surprisingly quick to make because every second round of the ribbing pattern is a knit round.

The socks are worked in the round, from toe to cuff. There are three sizes in the pattern, designed to fit shoe sizes from 35 to 43 with negative ease.

SIZES
Small (Medium, Large)

TENSION / GAUGE
32 sts × 44 rows = 10cm measured over St st

YARN
West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-Ply 400m per 100g ball (75% wool, 25% nylon)
1 (1, 1) ball in Bubblegum

NOTIONS
  • 2.25 mm (US 1) dpns or two circulars, or size needed to obtain correct tension / gauge
  • Stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle

This is the link for the Brollied Socks ravelry pattern page (login required). Enjoy!!

Friday, 28 November 2014

Paxton Rose Hat

Paxton Rose Hat, in New Lanark Donegal Silk Tweed DK
Pattern by Helena Callum


My latest pattern, Paxton Rose Hat, is now available as a a pdf download - Buy now!

A fun hat featuring a traditional Scandinavian-style rose pattern. Wear as a beanie by folding the brim to achieve the desired degree of ear coverage, or get the slouchy look by leaving the brim unfolded.

The hat is worked in the round, from brim to crown. Instructions for the stranded colourwork pattern and crown shaping are given in a chart.

The long ribbed brim is very stretchy, meaning the hat will fit a range of head sizes (20-22 in or 51-56 cm).

SIZES
Adult

TENSION / GAUGE
25 stitches × 25 rows = 10cm measured over St st in colourwork

YARN
New Lanark Donegal Silk Tweed DK, 90% Wool, 10% silk, 121 m, 50 g ball.
2 balls in Blue Lovage
New Lanark Pure Wool DK, 100% Wool, 121 m, 50 g ball.
1 ball in Ecru

NOTIONS
  • 3.25 mm (US 3) circular needle, 40 cm / 16 in long; or size needed to obtain correct tension / gauge
  • Set of 3.25 mm (US 3) double pointed needles; or size needed to obtain correct tension / gauge
  • 2.75 mm (US 2) circular needle, 40 cm / 16 in long; or size needed to obtain correct tension / gauge
  • Tapestry needle
  • One stitch marker
  • Optional: Four stitch markers to mark pattern repeats

This is the link for the Paxton Rose Hat ravelry pattern page (login required). Enjoy!!

Or use this button to buy now, no login required.
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Paxton Rose Hat, in New Lanark Donegal Silk Tweed DK
Pattern by Helena Callum

Monday, 17 November 2014

So just what is the 2014 Indie Design Gift-A-Long?

This collage illustrates my Gift-A-Long Bundle. Read on to find out what a bundle is, or visit this link to see lots more collages from other designers!


The 2014 Indie Design Gift-A-Long (GAL) is an event hosted on Ravelry. The idea is to provide an online venue for people to share their knitting and crocheting projects, especially those destined to be presents. The event continues to 31 December 2014 (midnight US-EST). But there's a little more to it:
  • For the first week of the GAL, 293 "Indie" Designers (these are people who self-publish patterns on Ravelry) are offering 25% off the purchase price of between 4 and 20 of their patterns (this comes to 3822 patterns!). The code to enter at the checkout is giftalong2014, which is valid from 8 pm (US-EST) on 13 November 2014 to 11.59 pm (US-EST) on 21 November 2014.
  • The set of each designer's patterns for which the discount is available is called a "bundle". If you visit a participating designer's page (here's my designer page) on Ravelry, you'll see an image near the top of the page, above the array of individual pattern pictures, named something like Gift-A-Long 2014. Clicking on this shows you the patterns from that designer with a discount.
  • There are two ways of seeing all the patterns that are on offer: (1) Work your way through this thread on Ravelry, which has links to all the participating designer pages and/or (2) Visit IndieDesignGAL on Pinterest, where you can get a visual feel for the patterns, neatly divided into categories (e.g. Hats and head, Feet and legs)
  • There are incentives for participating in the KAL and CAL threads - join the group, read up on the rules, post your project and be eligible to win prizes. There are even some games to take part in.
  • Importantly, while the projects that qualify for the KAL and CALs should use a pattern from one of the participating designers, the pattern does not need to be one of their discounted patterns. The total number of eligible patterns on 15 November was 11 562 and the number is growing all the time as designers release new patterns.
And for those who like statistics, just look at this: