. . . fruit socks . . .

Harvest time …

fruit salad

What is your favorite flavor?

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fruit socks

Bananas ?

Blueberries ?

Carrots ? not really a fruit, but sweet anyway

Cherries, maybe ?

with a slice of lemon ?

raspeberries or strawberries

Pick out your favorite fruit and yarn and knit a pair of socks.

If you really can’t make up your mind, why not wear a strawberry sock with a banana sock, or a raspberry sock with a cherry sock?

rasp + straw berries-

lemon + bananas
If you have an excellent cook or a foodie in your family or friends, it might just be the perfect gift…

The socks are worked toe up with a heel flap and a short row heel.

detail 2+ text fruity socks

This pattern is only available in the e-book ‘fruit socks’. It contains a basic sock pattern and 7 fruity charts in 3 sizes (very possible that there will be other fruits added)
The fruits are charted only.

A photo tutorial is also included showing the special increases and decreases that are used to shape the fruits.

Sizes
S/M/L to fit foot circumference: 19.5 / 22 / 25 cm
7½ / 8¾ / 10 “
Finished height = ± 16 to 22 cm / 6 to 8½” as desired

What you’ll need
fingering / 4 ply
± 280 to 320 m / 300 to 350 yards

2.25 mm (US 1) circular needle or 5 double pointed needles or size to obtain gauge
cable needle
tapestry needle

Gauge
32 sts and 45 rows in stockinette stitch = 10 x 10 cm (4”x 4”)

 

Find out more here.

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. . . greenhouse knits #7 and #8 . . .

# 7 is a large, asymmetrical shawl with a triangular shape.

greenhouse shawl 3+

It is worked sideways and starts with an I-cord 4 stitches wide. The body is worked in garter stitch with delicate lacey leaves shaping the bottom edges.
The scalloped edge is formed by leaf tips that stick out. They are worked using German short rows aka double stitches.


The lace and the garter stitch body make it an easy project, but it needs your attention because of the increases and decreases that shape the shawl and the leaves.

greenhouse shawl 4

Sizes
one size easily adaptable. It can be made as a large wrap or a smaller shawlette.
As pictured after blocking:
wingspan : 210 cm / 83”
depth: 70 cm / 27½”

What you’ll need
fingering / 4 ply
as pictured (large shawl)
± 900 m / 990 yards

3.5 mm (US 4) straight needles or circular needle
marker
tapestry needle

Gauge
is not important but will affect the size of your shawl. As the sample: 23 sts and 44 rows (= 22 ridges) in garter stitch (blocked) = 10 x 10 cm (4”x 4”)

More info hereleaves.jpg

#8 are individual leaves. Make the leaves in all kinds of little rests in different colors to finish off a hat or embellish your knitwear. Make a whole bunch of leaves and sew them together into a spring garland to decorate a wall. The possibilities are endless. The size of a leaf using fingering weight and 3 mm (US 2½) needles is 7 x 3.5 cm (2¾ x 1¼”) and it uses only 5 to 6 m / 5½ to 6½ yards.

leaves in pot

What you’ll need
any yarn weight: little rests in different colors.
One leaf in fingering weight uses about 5 m / 5½ yards. In heavier yarn weights it is a little more.

straight needles or double pointed needles in a size to match your yarn

tapestry needle

Gauge is not important

Check it out here

And the e-book: greenhouse knits is now complete 🙂

greenhouse leaves montage

. . . greenhouse knits #5 . . .

#5 of the greenhouse knits collection: another hat but with a completely different construction.

greenhouse hat B+text

The hat is first worked back and forth and sideways to form a headband with the leaf stitch pattern. Short rows are worked to form an arch that goes upwards to the crown. Stitches are picked up along the headband to work the crown in the round. Lastly, the two sides of the headband are closed by sewing them together at the inside.

one adaptable size
adaptable for head circumference of 53 to 60 cm / 21” to 23¾ “
Finished height = ± 20 cm (8”)

What you’ll need
worsted / 9 ply
± 140 m / 155 yards
4 mm (US 6) circular needle

tapestry needle
6 markers

Gauge
20 sts and 30 rows in stockinette stitch = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

 

I made another hat based on this pattern but in two colors and with a few changes.

2color hat 1
What I altered: worked the decreases from the left and right twists with CC (contrasting colors, also the 2 middle stitches of each leaf are done in CC.
I changed the background purl stitches in knit stitches.
I worked the crown in the round but that gives an extra problem with the leafs in CC. It is like working intarsia in the round. I think it is a better idea to continue to work flat and seam the crown as the headband.

Check it out here

. . . Stripeology . . .

Today a collection of 2 large shawls has been published.

Stripeology is a collection of 2 large garter shawls with a generous size … and jazzy feel. As a jazz player would pick a ‘Jazz standard’ and improvise on the melody, this modular shawl gives you the fun and opportunity to play with rhythm (the stripes) and improvise the colors.

octo boissy

Stripeology #1 has a circular spiral shape (diameter ± 90 cm / 35½” and a depth going from ± 32 to 44 cm / 12½ to 17¼”.
It is a very easy and fun project, ideal for mindless TV or travel knitting and a great way to use up stash yarns and combine colors. All the fun comes from choosing the next color and striping sequence. Completely worked in garter stitch with an incorporated I-cord edging worked at the same time. Only 5 purl stitches ^^ The first section is shaped using kfb increases. The next sections are worked using the easiest way of wrap and turn (no picking up any wraps)

octo 2-

 

Size of the sample
at the given gauge, diameter = ± 90 cm / 35½”
and a depth going from ± 32 to 44 cm / 12½ to 17¼”

 

#2 11

Stripeology #2 has a crescent shape with a wingspan of ± 130 cm / 51” and it involves more techniques than stripeology #1: stitches will be picked up & knitted along an I-cord and it also makes use of a 3 needle bind off. Completely worked in garter stitch with an incorporated I-cord edging worked at the same time. Only 5 purl stitches ^^ The first section is shaped using kfb increases. The second section involves picking up stitches from the I-cord and the following sections are worked using the easiest way of wrap and turn (no picking up any wraps). Finally the shawl is bound off using a 3 needle bind off.

Size of the sample
at the given gauge, wingspan = ± 130 cm / 51”
depth ± 62 cm / 24½

What you’ll need per shawl
fingering / 4 ply
Different colors of single skeins and rests
Total yardage (as pictured)
± 1400 m / 1550 yards

3.5 mm (US 4) straight needles
3.5 mm (US 4) double pointed needles for the cast on
tapestry needle

Gauge
The gauge is not important but will affect the width of your shawl
gauge of the sample
24 sts and 26 ridges (or 52 rows) in garter stitch unblocked
= 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

octo boissy 2

 

Stripeology #1 and Stripeology #2 are bundled in one e-book: Stripeology

Check them out here and here