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Laine 13: Usnea (Winter 2021/2022)

In issue 13, Laine showcases gender-neutral designs that work as the foundation for any wardrobe. The 11 designs featured in the winter collection are classic and long-lasting; ones that could be borrowed from your spouse’s, friend’s or parent’s closet.

Pattern previews will go live on the Laine website and on Ravelry on December 3.

Magazine is available on Dec 10, 2021 (pending delivery)

Laine 13, Usnea, includes:

  • 148 pages
  • 10 knitting patterns & 1 crochet pattern, beautifully photographed and illustrated
  • an interview with Danish knitwear designer Lærke Bagger
  • an article about June Cashmere
  • an article about ChiaoGoo
  • an article about the importance of crafting and creativity by our regular writer Päivi Kankaro
  • seasonal recipes
  • book reviews
  • Laine Favourites section.
  • Print only. No digital download code available.

Designers featured in this issue:

  • Susan Chin
  • Susan Crawford
  • Sidsel Grau Petersen
  • Midori Hirose
  • Susanna Kaartinen
  • Inyoung Kim
  • Hanna Maciejewska
  • Mariya Matveeva
  • Paula Pereira
  • Maiju Räsänen
  • Griselda Zárate

On Gifting

Some Thoughts on Gifting

I’m sorry it’s been so long … this post has been in the works for a while. I don’t like to send things out that aren’t rooted in love, so if I’m in a cranky place my work ends up substantially edited (or it just ends up the victim of the garbage icon).

This month’s insight section delves into some challenging subject matter, so I’d like to start by 1. letting you know that it has a happy ending, and 2. I’ve included cute bird pics between the paragraphs. Cute bird pics are VERY healing.

I’ve been thinking lately about the largest challenges my clients face when they come to the store, and I’ve come to the conclusion that one of the biggest blocks comes up when people are choosing materials to make something for someone else. The giving narrative is that giving is good, and that it’s going to make you feel good, but sometimes the process seems to drive people a little nuts. The truth is that generosity and altruism can also be accompanied by a lot of subconscious people-pleasing behaviour; a lot of insecurity, inadequacy, fear of being rejected, and at the core, beliefs about not being (good) enough, or being unlovable. These are really sensitive nerves, and when you brush up against them people fall out of the flow and life gets a lot more frustrating really fast.

Gratuitous cute bird shot

It manifests in all kinds of ways that trip us up. Our negative beliefs about ourselves can make a big mess in our relationships and undermine our own happiness. I see it all the time; it comes out as fear, perfectionism, indecisiveness, anxiety, etc. It disconnects us from ourselves and makes us emotionally unavailable. Now, please don’t assume that I’m somehow above it all, I’m not your omniscient narrator, I’m as deep in the muck as anyone else – working retail for a long time has just given me a more comprehensive view of the field (the crane shot, so to speak).

Helpful Insight #1: You are loved

It doesn’t matter what you make, or how it looks or fits or how much the receiver loves it. When you make something for someone else, regardless of its reception, you will always be loved. This is because you are loved because you are you. That’s it, it doesn’t matter how they feel about your gift, you will always, always, always be loved. And if the people in your life don’t have the capacity to love or to express love, that’s ok too, because you are still loved. And if you don’t believe that you are loved, or lovable – that’s ok, because beliefs aren’t real, they’re just arbitrary rules made up buy the human mind.

If you’re holding on to some old stories like these, are they serving you well? Do they make the experience that is your life fun, joyful, happy? If the answer is no, then they are no longer useful for you and you can give yourself permission to release them and move on. (If you can’t do that for yourself, then I give you blanket permission to let go of anything holding you down). Onward and upward!

After the photoshoot is when the real fun begins!

Helpful Insight #2: Let go of the Outcome

I feel like this applies to everything in life, but it works well in this context. At the start of a yoga class, a good instructor will remind you to ‘let go of the outcome’. For us, that means working on letting go of all your expectations that are invested in your project … which really means your expectations for yourself and for other people. This certainly falls into the ‘easier said than done’ department; recognizing and releasing this stuff is an ongoing project and a process. I used to have a boyfriend who when we fought would accuse me, saying “You have expectations!”, and I would reply, “I accept that, but I don’t know what they are!”. (He was kind of a putz, I leveled up). For me, recognizing my expectations for myself is a bit easier than my expectations for others, but I don’t think it really matters where you dive in, as long as you get wet.

Action shot

Helpful Insight #3: Fall Fast, Fall Forwards

The phrase is really “Fail fast, fail forwards”, but the term fail is REALLY loaded , and I feel in our culture falling is a better description. We all know that life on this planet isn’t about smooth sailing, and some endeavours are going to feel like belly-flops in one way or another.

1. When you fall you want to fall fast, pick yourself up, don’t sit in the mud ruminating on it. You’re wasting your life, you could be doing other things, learning new things. Moreover, sitting around feeling sorry for yourself because gravity expressed itself is going to make the experience into a bigger thing than it actually was, and increase the likelihood that it’s going to be harder to get out of the mud later. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, try to find the humour in it. After all, it’s only gravity, it’s only physics.

2. When you fall try to learn what you can from the experience and move on. Life is learning, all of the parts, even the uncomfortable experiences. If you learn from your experience you’ll have a better chance of not having to repeat it. So, when your project is a flop (as sometimes happens) – move on to the next, don’t spend the next 6 years trying to reinvent the wheel. Learn what you can, let it go, and move on.

Happiness is a plastic bag

Helpful Insight #4: Set Abstract Goals

Setting goals is very useful because it focuses you, it gets you moving and it gives you direction. People talk about setting ‘small, achievable goals’ (SAGs) – you know, the low hanging fruit, something that you can accomplish really easily and have a win in your pocket – they’re self-esteem candy. It is also important to set ‘Big Fat Hairy Goals’ (BFHGs), the ones you think are out of reach, the scary ones you’re resistant to. I believe the BFHGs are really important, they help you transcend your present and level up.

Now, nobody really talks about the quality of the goals people set. Concrete goals for things in the material world are great (for example “my goal is to wash the dishes”, “my goal is to get a better job”, etc), but the abstract, less tangible ones are just as important. Abstract goals include the really big asks that don’t have any grounding in the physical world, things that affect your paradigm, your worldview. I’m talking about goals like “my goal is to release scarcity and to live in abundance”, “my goal is to change my baseline to happiness”, “my goal is to release suffering and have a thriving, nurturing outlook.” I’m talking about *Seriously* Big Fat Hairy Goals, the things people rarely think to dream of, because they can’t even conceptualize that kind of change. These are the goals that are most neglected, but they’re also the stuff of miracles.

The abstract goal isn’t something you can draw up a five-point plan to accomplish within X amount of time, they are the stuff you have to let percolate (or marinate, or ferment), and let life bring the work to you. But, in this sense, they can be some of the easiest goals to achieve, because you don’t have to figure out how to do it or how it works, the opportunities will present themselves, you just have to go along with the flow and say YES to them.

I was at someone’s house, flipping through the book Conversations with God, and I came across the very astute statement that “change happens on the level of ‘believing’, not ‘doing'” (I’m paraphrasing). Or, if you want to get your metaphysics on, in Duality, Jeffrey Allen mentions that change is much faster and easier on the energy/conceptual level than it is in the physical/concrete world. This means that if you’re trying to execute all of your life changes exclusively on the concrete level, you’re going to have A LOT of heavy lifting to do, and it’s going to take a lot longer to accomplish much less. Move to the abstract level, and you can dump the heavy lifting.

So where does this fit in with the challenges of gifting? Well, changing your relationship with yourself is a pretty abstract concept. Most of you are probably going to have to file this advice under “listen now, believe later” (it’s a busy season in retail and I don’t have the time to pull out a bunch of science/Oprah Winfrey videos to back up my argument … but feel free to google “benefits of setting goals“… or “Oprah & setting goals“). That said, setting goals is basically a thought, which means it’s free, it’s easy, and you have absolutely nothing to lose. If, on the other hand, it works … well then, you have everything to gain, don’t you?

There’s just one more thing to keep in mind … people are really good at lying to themselves, we let our subconscious run the show and we don’t even know it. When you say to yourself “I want to be happy”, or “I want to be healthy”, really listen to the answer and try to assess how much of that is true. Our subconscious gets what it wants and it structures our lives around it’s beliefs. Listen to your body, it will tell you how you really feel about something. Right now, when I say to myself “I want my life to be joyful”, I do sincerely want that, but I also feel a heaviness in my chest, which is an insight that there’s still part of me that’s holding on to beliefs that block a joyful life. If I ask my intuition to put it into something concrete, I’m 89% positive on the subject, and 10% negative (I don’t know where the extra 1% went, the universe is weird, maybe it’s a remainder). So, I’m moving in the right direction, but I’ve still got some work to do – fair enough. I’ll set a goal to release whatever of it is ready to go.

Concluding thoughts

So where does this leave us with giving? Give freely, give generously, and give without expectation – for yourself or others. Sending your love and kindness out into the world is a gift for everyone, including yourself. And when you rub up against those sensitive spots, use it as an opportunity to release that stale old stuff. Those moments are telling you that you’re ready to move on to something new, to level up to something better – you just need to release the old to make room for marvelous new things to come!

Gru crashed the photo shoot

The bird pictures today are from this project, Hipster!

CYBER MONDAY SALE!

I just had a really nice morning and I feel especially loving, so I’m extending our sale and increasing the discount!

From Monday Nov 29 to Tuesday Nov. 30 (11:59pm) take 20% OFF a whack of yummy yarns (some already on sale), accessories, needle sets, kits, bags, notions and more! Sale is online and in-store. Discount is automatically applied at check-out, and can not be combined with any other offers or discount codes.

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Knitting Kits

Curbside Pick-up, shipping & same-day/next-day delivery available!

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BLACK FRIDAY SALE

From Thurs Nov. 25 (12am) to Monday Nov. 29 (11:59pm) take 15% off a whack of yarn, accessories, needle sets, kits, bags, notions and more! Sale is online and in store. Discount is automatically applied at check-out, and can not be combined with any other offers or discount codes.

Curbside Pick-up, shipping & same-day/next-day delivery available!

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PRE-ORDER New Books

Cocoknits Sweater Workshop

With over 30 years of knitting, designing, and teaching experience – Julie Weisenberger presents her first book: Cocoknits Sweater Workshop which includes eight new designs. The book expands on the simple, seamless, top-down styling we’ve come to expect from Cocoknits.

More than just a collection, however, this book explains the Cocoknits Method – a system of tracking knitting progress in your own easy to follow customized worksheet. Unlike most traditional patterns that create flat shapes, the tailored style of construction in these patterns creates truly three-dimensional garments that impart a great fit upon completion.

All designs are worked from the neckline down, so once the neck and yoke area are established, the knitter can just cruise through generating the sweater and not worry about counting or losing track of their place in the pattern. Another advantage of knitting top-down is the ability to try on your garment as you work, to ensure the fit is right.

In addition to all-new patterns, Julie has dedicated a section of the book to an in-depth guide to choosing the right patterns for your figure type with considerations for colourwork, textured stitches, and hemlines all working in concert to create the right silhouette for you.

Interpretations 8

This series follows the journey of two friends from opposite sides of the world combining their love of their countries (Argentina and Finland respectively) and beautiful knitwear.

Joji Locatelli and Veera Välimäki turn 6 meaningful themes into 12 design interpretations: a cornucopia of shawls, a cowl, a hat, cardigans, and pullovers. The 6 themes Joji and Veera have chosen for Volume 8 are: Challenge, Patience, Anticipation, Pace, Compassion, and Emphasis. The collection reflects a heartfelt approach to knitting that prioritises comfort and pleasurable making without sacrificing elegance. Look to Interpretations for wardrobe classics you’ll love to knit, right to the last stitch!

The Colours of Nature

This is the English language print edition of G-ULD’s popular Danish book about natural dyeing, En Farverig Verden (2015).

The book is a simple, easy-to-follow guide to getting started with natural dyeing, introducing and giving an overview of colours, plants, fibres and tools along with basic recipes for lasting colours.

The primary focus of the book is dyeing on wool but it also briefly introduces other fibres and woven fabrics.

CONTENT:

  • A short history of natural dyeing with plants in Nordic culture.
  • A beginner’s guide on how to get started with natural dyeing and collecting plants in nature.
  • An overview of colours and fibres suitable for natural dyeing.
  • Recipes for dyeing with fresh and dried plant material.
  • An overview of plant materials to collect in Nordic nature and which to buy such as madder root, cochineal and indigo.
  • A guide to preparing yarn and fabric for dyeing that lasts.
  • A guide to tools used in the various processes of dyeing.
  • 8 recipes covering mordanting, dyeing with fresh and dried plants as well as historic dyes such as indigo, madder root and cochineal.

Information about the book:

  • 160 pages
  • Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Format: 17 x 24 cm
  • Weight: 615 g
  • Printed in Denmark.

The Yarn Winding Manifesto

The Yarn Winding Manifesto is an inspirational work intended to share the joy of craftsmanship, materials, and colours. With thread, cardboard, and attention, you are invited into yarn winding’s artistic space of colours and textures.

So that together, we can contribute a bit of creative counterbalance to an efficient, results-oriented society. There’s a need for it!

With a flow of inspiring images in a wealth of colours, textures, and compositions, this photo series of nearly 200 works is introduced with beautiful and intelligent framing texts, an illustrated guide to the method, and a yarn winding manifesto of tangible simplicity.

Content:

  • 4 short essays on creativity and colour.
  • 10 illustrations and a written guide on how to make your own yarn windings.
  • Nearly 200 photographs of artworks for inspiration.

Collaboration:

  • The Danish Arts Foundation
  • G-uld I/S: Several of the artworks in the book were created with beautiful plant dyed yarn from G-uld. They have given new life and a new perception of the traditional craft of natural dyes.
  • Bruunshåb Olde Cardboard Factory: A museum for the early cardboard industry in Denmark. The colours cardboards that are the base of the artworks come from here.

Crochet Crush

Release Date: December 3, 2021

Timeless fashion and modern practicality are the starting points for Molla Mills’ Crochet Crush. The 23 crochet patterns include both home decor and accessories, making everyday aesthetics accessible to everyone. The designs have been inspired by the colours of flowers, the moods of past summers, as well as Brooklyn’s neighbourhoods. Crochet’s compact and sturdy fabric is best suited for wear-intensive things such as carpets and bags. This book is a collection, so you can combine patterns and vary the colours to your liking. Instead of ready-to-buy, Molla encourages her readers to make their own pieces with quality materials and enjoy the slow process. The mind calms down as soon as the first chain loop is crocheted.

Molla Mills (born 1979) is an internationally known Finnish designer who learned how to crochet from her mother as a little girl in Kurikka, Finland. She has studied fashion, marketing and art and has written several crochet books that have been published for instance in Brazil and in South Korea. Molla also designs pattern collections for different yarn brands and travels around the world teaching crochet workshops.

  • 224 pages
  • 23 crochet patterns
  • Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Weight: Approx. 1.1 kg / 2.4 lb
  • Dimensions: 210 x 270 x 23 mm
  • ISBN: 978-952-7468-06-7
  • Print only, no digital download code available
  • Printed in Latvia

PROJECT Hipster

This book has absolutely nothing to do with the hat, it’s just something I’m reading.

Hipster

What can you do with one 50g skein of really nice yarn? You can make a really nice beanie! Hipster is a great little pattern from Tin Can Knits that spans sizes from baby to adult large and can be used with either DK or Aran weight yarn (for this project we went with the former). For any size, you only need 1 skein of delicious Fibre Co Acadia. Acadia has a slightly rustic look, but don’t be fooled, it’s made with 100% sexy stuff: Silk Noil, Baby Alpaca, and Merino Wool. Think of it as a city dweller’s fantasy of what they want rustic to be (which really couldn’t be further from the reality, but we humans love our theatre).

Bird crashed the photo shoot
The colour is closer to being accurate on the white background

This project and yarn combo are excellent gift territory – nobody doesn’t need a little hat when it’s chilly, and the end result will be gorgeous, no matter what! The finished hat is also reversible – the neat decrease detail in the crown looks amazing on both sides. If you prefer the fisherman look over the hipster, you can add a turned-up brim by making the ribbing longer, but remember to get a second skein of Acadia (one skein should still be fine for a baby size).

The crown decreases from both sides of the fabric

I always like recommending patterns by Tin Can Knits; their patterns are easy to follow, they work, the sizing usually covers all ages, and when I’ve contacted them and asked them questions they were really kind and helpful. So basically, if you are one of those people who are resistant to paying for patterns, I feel like the ones by Tin Can Knits have a lot of value and I think you get a lot for what you’re paying for. Plus they’re Canadian, eh!

Photo: Tin Can Knits

Size

  • To Fit: Baby (Child, Small Adult, Medium Adult, Large Adult)
  • Head circumference: 16” (18”, 20”, 21”, 22”)

Materials

Photo: Tin Can Knits

One Sweater DK

The Fibre Co has put out a series of One Sweater patterns that run from baby to adult sizes. The company owner & founder, Daphne, is wearing their One Sweater DK in
Fibre Co Acadia colour Royal Tern. I think the colour is absolutely smashing!

Size

  • To Fit Chest: 48-51 [53-58: 58-63: 63-68: 68-71: 71-76: 78-81: 86-91: 97-102: 107-112: 117-122: 127-132: 137-142: 147-152: 157-162] cm (19-20 [21-23: 23-25: 25-27: 27-28: 28-30: 30-32: 34-36: 38-40: 42-44: 46-48: 50-52: 54-56: 58-60: 62-64] in)
  • Chest Circ: 57 (65: 68.5: 72: 76: 80: 84: 95: 106.5: 118: 126: 133 145: 156: 167.5) cm (22.75 (26: 27.5: 29: 30.5: 32: 33.5: 38: 42.75: 47.25: 50.25: 53.25: 58: 61.5: 66) in)
  • Total Length (Shorter): 33 (40.5: 43: 46: 49: 55: 61: 61: 61: 62.5: 62.5: 65: 65: 66.5: 67.5) cm (13 (16: 17: 18: 19.5: 21.5: 24: 24: 24: 24.5: 24.5: 25.5: 25.5: 26: 26.5) in)
  • Total Length – Longer (at shoulder): – ( -: -: -: -: -: 66: 67: 68: 70.5: 70.5: 76: 77: 78.5: 80.5) cm (- -(: -: -: -: -: 26: 26.5: 26.5: 27.5: 27.5: 30: 30.5: 30.5: 31.5) in)
  • Upper Arm Circ: 24.5 (28.5: 29.5: 31.5: 32: 34: 36: 38: 39: 44: 47.5: 49.5: 52: 54: 56) cm (10 (11.5: 11.75: 12.5: 13: 13.75: 14.5: 15.25: 15.5: 17.5: 19: 19.75: 21: 21.75: 22.5) in)

Materials

Bird crashed the photo shoot

RESTOCKED Malabrigo Rasta

We just got a Malabrigo Restock in, and I tried to get my hands on as much of your fall & winter fave Malabrigo Rasta in the variegated colours as we can handle (We also got lots more Rios & Mecha, but that’s a whole other post). We have lots of for the sweaters, blankets and accessories of your dreams. Rasta is perfect for quick one-skein gifts. Don’t wait too long to pick yours up, COVID-related product shortages are still very much a thing this year (there are still manufacturing and shipping delays across all industries).

SEE PROJECTS DESIGNED WITH MALABRIGO RASTA

Malabrigo Rasta is a hand-painted, single-ply, 100% merino wool made in Uruguay. It’s very popular and we generally have a hard time keeping sweater quantities in stock, so if you’re in love be sure to put a ring on it and lock it down!

Strathcona

Size

  • (XXS/XS), S/M, (L/XL), (XXL/XXXL)
  • Width at bust (lying flat): approx (48.5cm / 19”) 53.5 cm / 21” (61cm / 23.75”) (67.5 cm / 26.5”)
  • Length (46 cm / 17” ) 48.5 cm / 19” (51cm / 21”) (58.5cm / 23”)
  • Model is 5’9, wearing S/M size.

Yarn

Malabrigo Rasta: 4(5, 5, 6) skeins

SEE FINISHED PROJECTS MADE WITH MALABRIGO RASTA

Needles

We think Interchangeable needles area great way to go when a pattern calls for a bunch of sizes you don’t normally use. The Knitter’s Pride tips can be a great value, while the Addi Interchangeables are the premium option. If getting interchnageables, be sure to get the shorter 3.5″ tips for the 16″ length needles – the 4.5″ tips are too long and will not work with a cord that short.

If you prefer fixed circular needles, Clover and Addi both make wonderful quality circular needles, and if you want a wood 15mm/US19 circular check out the Knitter’s Pride Fixed needles.

  • 9mm/US13 – 16″ circular needles (if buying interchangeables get the shorter 3.5″ tips, the 4.5″ tips are too long for this length cord)
  • 10mm/US15 – 24″ circular needles
  • 15mm/US19 – 24″ circular needles
  • 15mm/US19 – 32″ circular needles (or longer, for optional magic loop, or use double pointed needles)

Other Materials

Nanaimo Cardigan

Size

  • XS/S, (M/L), (XL/XXL), (XXXL)
  • Width at bust (lying flat): approx 49.5 cm / 19.5” (56 cm / 22”), (62. 25cm / 24.5”) ( 68.5 cm / 27”) (75 cm /29.5”)
  • Body length: approx 42 cm / 16.5” (46 cm / 18.5) or desired

Yarn

Malabrigo Rasta: 4(5, 6, 7) skeins

SEE FINISHED PROJECTS MADE WITH MALABRIGO RASTA

Needles

Needle sizes aren’t listed, so check the pattern to confirm what you’ll need (although we expect it will be similar to the pattern above). We think Interchangeable needles area great way to go when a pattern calls for a bunch of sizes you don’t normally use. The Knitter’s Pride tips can be a great value, while the Addi Interchangeables are the premium option.

If you prefer fixed circular needles, Clover and Addi both make wonderful quality circular needles, and if you want a wood 15mm/US19 circular check out the Knitter’s Pride Fixed needles.

Other Materials

Frid

Size

  • XXS/XS) S/M, (L/XL), (XXL/XXXL)
  • Width at bust (lying flat): approx (43 cm / 17”) 48.5 cm / 19” (56cm / 22”) ( 64 cm / 25”) across chest
  • Body length: (41 cm / 16” ) 41 cm / 16” (46 cm / 18”) (51 cm / 20”) in body length
  • Model is 5’9, wearing S/M.
  • Positive ease approx 3–5” / 7.5–13 cm

Yarn

Malabrigo Rasta: 4(5, 5, 6) skeins

SEE FINISHED PROJECTS MADE WITH MALABRIGO RASTA

Needles

We think Interchangeable needles area great way to go when a pattern calls for a bunch of sizes you don’t normally use. The Knitter’s Pride tips can be a great value, while the Addi Interchangeables are the premium option. If getting interchnageables, be sure to get the shorter 3.5″ tips for the 16″ length needles – the 4.5″ tips are too long and will not work with a cord that short.

If you prefer fixed circular needles, Clover and Addi both make wonderful quality circular needles, and if you want a wood 15mm/US19 circular check out the Knitter’s Pride Fixed needles.

  • 8mm/US11 – 16″ circular needles (for interchangeables get the shorter 3.5″ tips)
  • 9mm/US13 – 16″ circular needles (for interchangeables get the shorter 3.5″ tips)
  • 10mm/US15 – 16″ circular needles (for interchangeables get the shorter 3.5″ tips)
  • 12mm/US17 – 24″ circular needles
  • 15mm/US19 – 24″ circular needles (or longer)

Other Materials

Bulky Mobius Cowl

You can’t go wrong with Number Two in the Ravelry search for the most projects made with Mabrigo Rasta. Our mobius cowl is the perfect one skein wonder!

Photo: Yarnfilly

The Big Hat

This pattern is a great one for beginners and comes with its own video tutorial!

Photo: Melonheadco

Monster Cables Beanie

Photo: erin–elizabeth

Really Quick Mitts

Another of our all-time favourites, Mabrigo Rasta makes mitts fast and gorgeous!

The Cushy Cowl

The Cushy Cowl includes a tutorial video that guides you step-by-step through the pattern, from beginning to end. Watch the entire Cushy Cowl being knit up, and follow along at your own pace.

HALLOWEEN STORE HOURS

Halloween Store Hours

Sunday Oct 31: 11 am to 5 pm

Bat Mobile

I thought this was a cute last-minute FREE Pattern project for Halloween! It’s made with a DK weight warn and 4mm needles, but I think you can use any thickness of yarn, your bats will just come out bigger.

PROJECTS Giftable Socks

When it comes to gifting socks for the holidays, I have a few key elements that are on my must-have list:

  1. They must be soft and comfortable – if nobody wants to wear them then what’s the point in making them?
  2. They must be machine washable AND stand up to wear. Once they leave the wrapping paper these socks are in the wild, they must be able to defend themselves!
  3. They need to be pretty, or interesting, or have something unique about them. Complicated is definitely not necessary, but some kind of design feature should be present to create a bit of a WOW factor.
  4. It can’t take forever to make them …. the thinnest yarn I want is a DK weight. House socks are a perfectly legitimate holiday gift, especially for wearing around the house during the holidays.

Berroco’s Vintage line of yarns is ideal for just such a purpose. They’re all super soft, machine washable, made with nylon so your socks will wear well, come in a bunch of pretty colours, and come in DK, Worsted and Chunky/Bulky weights, and they’re all affordably priced, so you’ll still be able to afford to go discount hunting after the holidays.

CHECK OUT OUR CURATED LIST OF KNITTING SKILLS

Ribbing Hack

  • When doing a K2P2 rib (also known as a 2×2 rib) always go down a full mm in size. 2×2 rib is looser that stocking stitch and you need the smaller needlet to get the proper tension.
  • K1P1 rib (1×1 rib) is naturally nighter than the 2×2, and you don’t need to go down as much to get the right tension (half a mm is fine).

Fairlee

FAIRLEE are a super pretty, but not particularly involved pair of socks. The pattern is written for 2 circular needles (see tuturial working in the round on 2 circular needles), but you can use any sock knititng technique you prefer. They are worked from the toe-up using judy’s magic cast-on (turkish cast-on) and increases, and the heel is done with wrap & turn short rows. The stitch pattern is an intro level fair isle technique of 4 stitches. The cuff is finsihed with a tubular bind-off, but you can do any type of bind-off you like.

Skill Level

  • Intermediate
  • If you’re a newer sock knitter and want to try out some new skills it’s a great project to practice with.

Size

  • Foot circumference: 7½ (8, 8¾)”
  • Foot length: 9 (10, 11)”, adjustable

Materials

Ayla

AYLA uses Berroco Vintage Chunky to quickly whip up a fast, super pretty pair of house socks. These socks are knit from the top down with a simple cable repeat worked on the front and top of the foot, as well as the back above the heel flap. The instructions are for two circular needles (see tuturial working in the round on 2 circular needles), but you can use any sock knititng technique you prefer. with a simple cable repeat worked on the front and top of the foot, as well as the back above the heel flap.

Skill Level

  • Advanced Beginner to Intermediate
  • Cable knitting is super simple, don’t let it intimidate you, you’ll love it!

Size

  • Approximately 8″ around leg and foot x 10″ from top edge to top of heel

Materials

Keel

KEEL are classic boot socks for men that work up quickly in Berroco Vintage DK. They feature contrast stripes on the toes and cuff. They’re made with a traditional top-down construction with a heel flap.

Skill Level

  • Advanced Beginner to Intermediate

Size

  • Approximately 10″ around x 8″ to top of heel flap

Materials

Lumberjack

Tin Can Knits make great patterns that are clear, easy to follow, and always come in a range of sizes for the whole family. These simple boot socks are sure to please everyone!

Skill Level

  • Advanced Beginner

Size

Baby (Toddler, Child, Mama, Papa)

  • Baby: Cuff 5” around, 2.5” long. Foot 3.5” long.
  • Toddler: Cuff 6.5” around, 4.5” long. Foot 4.5” long.
  • Child: Cuff 7.5” around, 5.5” long. Foot 6” long.
  • Adult SM: Cuff 10.5” around, 6.25” long. Foot adjustable.
  • Adult L: Cuff 13.5” around, 7.5” long. Foot adjustable.

Materials

Resources

Basic Bed Socks

These socks are super cute and show how a simple, vanilla sock can come to life with a few extra colours thrown in. Berroco Vintage Baby in smaller 50g skeins, which are super convenient when you want to introduce extra colour to your project. It also comes in a palette of bright, pretty colours, perfect for happy colour blocked socks!

Skill Level

  • Advanced Beginner

Size

  • 22.5 (24, 25) cm long (Or whatever length you like)!

Materials

Camp Moran

These unisex socks make a great gift – in darker colours they’re handsome, in brighter colours they’re pretty! They’re a classic top-down heelp-flap construction with a simple and sweet fair isle design.

Skill Level

  • Advanced Beginner to Intermediate

Size

  • Small (Medium, Large)

Materials

Candy Cane Bedroom Socks

So it’s time to come clean … I’ve always wanted a pair of candy cane socks. Barber-pole stripes are my favourite christmas aesthetic. The pattern is designed as tube socks, but it’s easy to add an afterthought heel.

Skill Level

  • Advanced Beginner to Intermediate

Size

Women’s sizes Small (Medium, Large)

  • 7 (8.25, 9.5) inches in circumference, unstretched
  • 8 .5 (10, 11.5) inches in circumference, comfortably stretched
  • 14 (15, 16) inches long

When you’re deciding which size to make, consider getting the sock over your heel. That is the widest part of the journey, and these socks are not super stretchy! The size shown in these pictures is a Small.

Materials

Bulky Sleep Socks

Cold feet? These bulky slipper socks are just the ticket to keep your feet warm all winter. They also knit up quickly, and therefore make good holiday gifts. Even if you’ve never knit socks before, the bulky yarn makes these toe-up socks easy, and will teach you the skills necessary to knit other toe-up socks patterns. The pattern includes links to a four-part video tutorial.

Skill Level

  • Advanced Beginner to Intermediate

Size

  • Kids (Womens, Mens)

Materials

Want a full-on online sock knitting tutorial? No problem, here are a few options for you:

Beginner Socks

More Advanced Techniques

Re-PRE-ORDER KIT Chiara Pullover

The Chiara Kit Pre-Orders we placed a little while ago came in, and they were SO GORGEOUS that I figured I should give everyone another shot while the distributor has the yarn in stock (they sold out right away in August) and we are placing an order with them soon. The yarn, Berroco Dulce, is so soft and fluffy, it’s like baby duck-down! When I assembled the kits yesterday I was both very happy and sad to see them go … it was a beautifully conflicted state, hopefully one you will experience when you finish knitting your Chiara but get to start wearing it!

Chiara PRE-ORDER

Chiara is what the city mouse wore when she went to visit the country. It’s a traditional style colourwork pullover, worked from the top-down, but it’s made with a gorgeous Italian yarn. I like to think of it as “what would happen if Milan and Reykjavik had a baby?”. Rustic meets runway?

When I sampled Berroco’s new fall yarns for 2021 this one, Dulce, was the first I reached for. It’s soft and fuzzy and light and pretty, and I wanted to get my needles into it and see what it could do (see the results below). It has a missoniesque quality that I love, with colours randomly peeping out here and there under a halo of brushed alpaca. I really like that the colours have depth and are a bit mottled (you can see if you take a closer look at the patterns designed in Dulce), but they’ll be consistent, and you DO NOT have to jump though any hoops to avoid colour pooling (my patience for hoops is definitely on the wane).

Anyway, the yarn is lovely, the pattern isn’t too involved (maybe a good foray into stranded colourwork, the yarn will be quite forgiving), and I think you’ll love the finished project, get a lot of compliments on it, and a few requests to make another.

PRE-ORDER NOTE

This yarn is a special PRE-ORDER and we aren’t carrying it or the kits in the store. See below for more details. The yarn mills still aren’t up and running at full capacity, international shipping is still lagging, and it’s going to be another hit-or-miss year in terms of availability from distributors. If you want something in a particular colour I suggest you order early, shipments are already backed up.

Size

  • Bust: (37, 41½, 46½) [48, 53, 59¼] {62½, 64, 68]” / (94, 105.5, 118) [122, 134.5, 150.5] {159, 162.5, 173} cm
  • Length: (21, 21½, 22) [22, 22½, 23] {23½, 24, 24½}” / (53.5, 54.5, 56) [56, 57, 58.5] {59.5, 61, 62} cm (down center back from lower edge of neckband)
  • Shown in size 41½” / 105.5 cm.
  • Recommended ease: 4–8″ / 10–20 cm positive ease

Gauge

  • 20 sts and 28 rnds = 4″ / 10 cm in St st using larger needles

Kit Includes

  • Berroco Dulce:   (5, 6, 6) [7, 7, 8] {8, 9, 9} balls MC and 1 ball each CC1 and CC2. Shown in #2011 Silver (MC), 2022 Sapphire (CC1), 2033 Onyx (CC2).
  • Pattern

Kit DOES NOT Include

Pre-Order

These kits are a SPECIAL-ORDER – we aren’t stocking them in the store on a regular basis, but you have the option to order them at any time (it will be available to purchase as long as the manufacturer makes it available to us). Your kit will ship or be available for pick-up once it arrives, and we will contact you. If you need your kit for a specific date please let us know and we can find out if it’s feasible.