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Socktoberfest Mystery Sock Week 5 - The Toe

Sorry I'm late getting this week's clue up. I was in NYC tonight and the traffic coming home was terrible.

Here's week 5!! Enjoy!!

Download MysterySock10Toe.pdf (971.5K)


October has gone by too quickly, here it is the 28th already. The leaves in my corner of NJ have gone from green to vivid shades of red, yellow & gold. Thanks to yesterday's rain my favorite maple has already shed most of its glory.

It's been a busy month at TTL. I started a Facebook Group for my designs. I do hope you'll join, I'll be posting new designs and other news there. We've had the Socktoberfest Mystery Sock KAL - tonight I post the final clue (11:59 EDT). There was Rhinebeck where I happily saw many friends, both old and new. Several new patterns have been created and are in various stages of development - Sofie's Hat & Mitts (should be ready on Monday), the Washington Square Cardigan (the pattern is going out to test knitters soon), Ilsa's Socks for the December shipment of the Yarn 4 Socks Club, a fair amount of top secret knitting and Jagged which is available today.

Jagged 2

Jagged is worked in a simple slipped stitch pattern - no need to struggle with two yarns at a time, one yarn rests while the other yarn works. They are worked from the cuff down and have a short row heel.

Jagged 3

I made two pairs. For the socks pictured above I used semi-solid kettle dyed yarns (Knit Picks Stroll - sadly the colors that I used have been discontinued but they have some gorgeous "Tonals"). For the pair below I used one semi-solid and one self striping yarn (Scout's Swag 100% Merino Superwash, if you ask nicely she may dye these special ordered colors for you). I look forward to seeing the combinations that knitters choose for this pattern. I think it will be a fun one to experiment with.

Jagged Self Striping 2
Jagged Socks

Sizes: One size

Finished Measurements: 8.5” at ankle
and foot, length customizable

Yarn: Self striping/multi version: Sout’s Swag 100 % superwash merino, 375 yards per 100g skein.

MC: Dark Violet 1 skein
CC: Self Striping 1 skein

Two color version: Knit Picks Stroll, 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon, 230 yards per 50 g skein

MC: Spruce kettle dyed 1 skein*
CC: Wine kettle dyed 1 skein (unfortunately these colors have been discontinued.)

* for those with larger feet a second skein of the MC may be required

Gauge: 32 sts = 4” in Slipped Zig-Zag, blocked.

Needles: 1 set of 5 US 1.5/2.5mm DPN’s or size to obtain gauge

Additional Materials: Place Marker, Tapestry Needle

Price: $6.00 US

As always, thanks must go out to my test knitters. I could not do this without their valuable insights - Ange, Lisa, Meike & Helen.

Socktoberfest Mystery Sock Week 4 - The Foot

We're getting down to the end now. On to the foot.

Download MysterySock10Foot.pdf (218.5K)

For those of you who worked a shorter heel flap don't worry, simply decrease the gusset to the required number of sts for the foot. It will not affect the pattern.

Since my posts have been pictureless for several weeks now I leave you with a few new designs that will be released in the next week or so, Sofie's Slouch &  Sofie's Mitts.

Sofie's Hat for Iz
Photo above: Shepherd's Wool Worsted Wt in "Lakeshore". Purchased at Fiber Space.

New Hat & Mitts
Photo above: Schoppel Wolle Cashmere Queen in Charcoal. Purchased at Down Cellar.


Socktoberfest Mystery Sock Week 3 - The Heel

Here's clue # 3. Have fun!!

Download MysterySock10 Week3Heel.pdf (237.2K)

Don't forget to post your progress photos in the TTL Ravelry group. There's a special thread for week #3.

Also be sure that you have a "Spoiler Alert" button set as the first photo on your project page. We don't want to spoil the mystery for anyone!

Happy Knitting!!


Socktoberfest Mystery Sock Week 2 - The Leg

Here's clue # 2. Have fun!!

Download MysterySock10Leg.pdf (203.6K)

Don't forget to post your progress photos in the TTL Ravelry group. There's a special thread for week 2.


Quickie Post

I'm runnign out the door to take Sofie into the city for her vocal lesson but before I go I want to let you know about an upcoming TTL event. On the evening of October 20th I'll be teaching a class on my Roma Shawl pattern at Down Cellar in Basking Ridge, NJ. We'll start the evening with a Through the Loops trunk show.  You can read more about the event here.  Space is limited so sign up now.

I don't like to post without photos and since I don't have any knitting projects to show I thought you might enjoy seeing the flapper dress Sofie made for a school project. A good flapper dress deserves a good flapper dance.

Flapper Dance 5

Flapper Dance 4

Flapper Dance

Flapper Dance 2

Flapper Dance 3