Sock patterns ahoy!
Ahoy there! Ooh, this is an exciting day and a bit of a departure for me as I’m releasing not one but FIVE patterns today!
This is how I’m getting on with one of them – Carousel – I showed you the yarn the other day when I was out in the sunshine and about to get stuck in. It’s been so lovely to knit this pattern again and I am so happy that I have finally got this one and the others up on the blog!
They were originally published in Let’s Knit and Knit Now magazines in 2017 and 2019, and I have had all good intentions of releasing them since then but … ah, you know how it is! I got distracted with other patterns, other yarns, time ticked on and it just didn’t happen.
Fast forward quite a few years and it’s definitely time for them to be out in the world again! You might have seen them more recently on Yarn Lane TV but as a kit with yarn – and many of us have more than enough yarn so I wanted to be able to offer the patterns on their own as another option.
The patterns are all ideal next-step patterns for people who have knitted the Basic 4ply Socks and are ready for something new.
You can find all of the patterns on Ravelry and Payhip. If you’re a Winwick Mum blog subscriber (thank you for signing up!) then there will be a special discount code winging it’s way to you in today’s email which will be valid until the end of the month.
Would you like to see more photos? It’s not always so easy to see on a small collage picture!
Boxy Rib is the easiest for someone who wants to dip the tiniest of toes in the water of new patterns. The pattern is ribbed with textured purl lines that split the ribs into boxes – simple enough for TV knitting, or waiting around knitting, but with enough about them to lift them above the ordinary. The pattern is written instructions only so if you’re not ready to embrace charts just yet, this one might be for you! The yarn shown here is Brightside from the West Yorkshire Spinners Winwick Mum Collection.
Another simple but effective pattern is Magic Diamond – so called because you can make the diamonds appear or disappear by choosing to knit them or not! The diamonds can be on the front, the back and the foot of the socks – or not as you choose!
There is a chart and written instructions for these socks. They’re knitted in Stylecraft Head over Heels in shade Eiger which I thought was the loveliest of the gradient yarns they produced in that range. I’m not sure if it’s still available but I expect there is plenty of it in stashes around the world!
Next up are the Impressive Socks. I am quite sure that most of us have experienced the “what are you knitting socks for?” questions and for those of us who wear said knitted socks, the answer is obvious. For those not in the know, I think that even as novice sock knitters we have a duty to impress them with our skills and I think this pattern is ideal for that!
Now don’t those lines of twisted stitches look impressive? Ha! Even back in 2017, I was pretty obsessed with twisted stitches but I just love the way that they are so simple to work once you’ve got the hang of them but they make such an intricate pattern that makes you look like an expert, even from your first pairs of socks! This yarn is West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in Blackcurrant Bomb.
Carousel Socks next. Ah, I love these! In my mind’s eye, I could see those horses spinning on the fairground ride, the organ pipes playing and I was five again, choosing my favourite horse as it whirled past and ready to run to get on it as soon as the ride stopped.
The lace panel at the top is the carousel canopy and the lines of eyelets represent those twisted golden poles that hold up the roof. I can see my favourite horse even now!
This pattern is ideal for those just venturing into lace knitting. There’s a chart and written instructions, but don’t worry if that’s new to you as you can use my Easy Lace Socks tutorial for help with reading the chart (it’s a wonderful knitting-life skill to cultivate, honestly!) and once you’re past the top section, the eyelet pattern is just two rows all the way down to the toes. These socks are knitted in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in Bubblegum, but as you can see from the photo at the top of the post, it works beautifully with other yarns too!
Last but not least by any means, are the Love Spoon Socks. It’s no secret that I love a cable and I really love these ones! They reminded me of the Welsh wooden love spoons that were carved with secret meanings in the symbols. I particularly loved the way that the cables form hearts – perfect for a gift for your beloved or yourself!
This pattern is also charted with written instructions and if that’s something new to you then my Easy Cable Socks tutorial might be a useful place to look to help you out. This yarn is Seascape, one of the West Yorkshire Spinners Winwick Mum colours, and I think it’s very fitting that it should be used for a Welsh love spoon-inspired pattern as it was childhood holidays in Wales that inspired the yarn!
So what do you think? All of the patterns are written for four sizes and come as a PDF download. They would be perfect for gift knitting (you’ve still got a couple of months before the end of the year ) and I am sure they would all fit very well in your sock drawer! Thank you again for all your support of my patterns, I really appreciate it! Oh, and if you want to share your projects on Ravelry, please do link to the pattern pages, and if you want to share on social media the hashtag #winwickmumsocks is just perfect!
A quick reminder not to forget to use your discount code before the end of the month, and there’s a choice of Ravelry and Payhip so that nobody feels they have to use a website that they don’t like. There are also plenty more patterns to choose from over on my Patterns and Printables page (including the free IOU gift knitting download!) so do take a look there too if you’re in the mood for pattern browsing!