my own patterns

I like my own patterns. It’s true! I’m really proud of them all and even though there’s only a few, I like to call it my collection of patterns.

Anyway, I’ve been knitting one of my own patterns the past few days.

Zigzag Mitts

Zigzag Mitts. They are officially named Zigzag Study Hall: Fingerless Mitts. Sometimes I kick myself for giving them such a mouthful of a name but what can you do? I will keep the name and call them Zigzag Mitts in my head.

As I knit them I also thought about all the things I would do differently if I were designing them now. Might make things more complex…add a few more garter stitch ridges…play with the cast on…

But I really do think they’re great and I’m pleased with my design from so long ago, even if I would do things differently now.

I borrowed Cindy’s hands for a photo shoot yesterday. Being a designer, she knows that it takes a couple hundred pictures to get one or two shots that are “pattern worthy.” We got the shots I was looking for.

Zigzag Mitts

Zigzag Mitts

The yarn is Reynolds Whiskey and you could probably get two pairs out of two balls if you switch the MC with the CC for the second pair.

Announcement time!

I have updated all my pattern pages so that you can “buy now” or “add to cart” for all the for-sale patterns. You need not worry about being a Ravelry member or being logged into your Ravelry account to make your purchase.

Additionally, free downloads are available to everyone (whereas before they were only free to Ravelry members). So if you don’t have a Ravelry account, fear not! Just click on the pattern in the sidebar over there and you will go to the pattern page.  At the bottom of the pattern page is a  “free Ravelry download” button that will take you directly to the PDF without having the sign into Ravelry.

I hope all these little behind-the-scenes changes make it easier for you! Let me know if anything doesn’t work – I’ve tested my links like crazy, but something could have slipped through the cracks.

Facebook, anyone?

If I’m not on Ravelry, then I’m most definitely on Facebook. Are you?  I decided that it was about time to start a Fan Page for zigzagstitch! Part of me thinks that it’s just silly, but I did it anyway! If you would like to become a fan, there’s a widget in the side bar, or you can click this link. As of press time, most of my fans are related to me and I would like to change that. And if you’re in a “become a fan” mood, why not become a fan of paper plates? I did.

celery

celery socks

I’m not a fan of the celery. I used to, with great caution, pick every bit of it out of my food. I’ve mellowed somewhat and will eat celery when it appears as it should (cooked – as in a mirepoix) but still, I just don’t like the taste very much.

But the color of celery is pretty, no? These socks I knit, in a color of Lorna’s Laces called Carol Green, are very celery-ish. So when I wrote the pattern up and it came time to give it a name, they screamed CELERY!

celery socks

I also like that when you say “celery socks” it sounds like “celery stalks.” Yes, I can be easily amused. I’ve been walking around saying it to myself, or sometimes out loud, “socks…stalks…socks…stalks” and pondering the similarities. If you say celery socks fast enough it sounds like celery stalks. Go try it now. See?

I’ve been working on this pattern for! ever! It was such a long time ago that I worked out how to make the short-row garter stitch toe. I’ve knit a bunch of these toes since and I’m in love with this construction. The best part of the garter stitch toe (and heel) is it’s inherent stretchiness, and there is a roomy and comfortable quality to the sock. You really have to knit this for yourself and try it on to see what I’m talking about. You really must.

And now you can!  The pattern is up for sale and you can buy it on Ravelry or click the button on the bottom of the post to get your very own copy of the Celery Socks pattern. The socks are knit toe-up beginning with a crochet provisional cast on that is explained in detail in the pattern. The zigzaggy stitch pattern on the leg really sings with solid or semi-solid yarns.

You can use any fingering weight sock yarn for this pattern, and depending on your gauge, achieve a wide range of sizes. Click the Celery Socks pattern page for more details, or find similar info on the Ravelry pattern page for Celery Socks.

Thank you! (And thanks to Lisa for being a patient and professional foot model; and for putting celery in that salad the other day.)

socks

socks on the ground

These are a pair of socks I just finished a week or so ago, using Socks That Rock Mediumweight in an enchanting and bloody shade of red they call Brick. This was my first time using this yarn, and I think I’ll be back for more. Here it is shortly after I bought it, from Knitch in Atlanta.

Socks that Rock Mediumweight

The pattern, Double-Quick Toe Up Socks, is something I co-designed with my friend Cindy. She was very generous to call me co-designer, since the concept of the pattern was well established when I came aboard. Nonetheless, it’s an honor to call this design partially my own. There’s not too many ways to knit a handknit sock that haven’t been thought up, but the pattern has some unique construction to it and the result is very wearable. Heck, it’s practically 90 degrees HOT outside and I’ve got these suckers on my feet.

This picture better shows the construction of the sock, with the garter stitch toe and heel flap, leading up to a short garter stitch cuff.

Talk about double quick.  I just started these!

The pattern includes two versions of the same short-cuffed sock. I knit the Garter Stitch Heels and Toes version; the other is the Eye of Partridge Cuff version. If you are so inclined, the pattern is available as a $5.00 download on Ravelry.

I wish I had  modeled pictures of my bloody socks, but gosh, it is so damn hard for me to take pictures of my own feet and make them look good. I would call that, hands down, one of the worst parts of having a knitting blog: Taking crappy pictures of your own feet in an attempt to show off a great hand knitted sock. FAIL every time.