My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Knitters ISO Patterns

I’ve gotten some comments lately asking where to find patterns of a particular sort. To wit:

Thalia asked:

In terms of fingering-weight yarn, my hands are not too happy about it. Right now, I’m working with a DK or light worsted weight yarn, and 3.0 mm needles (2 circs), and liking those. Do you have any favorite sock yarns or patterns that you would recommend for a slightly heavier weight sock?

Thalia, I have several patterns for socks in sport/DK weight yarn that are written for a gauge of 6.5 stitches/inch.

I have a free generic pattern here (pdf format).

My Southwestern Socks are a free download (pdf format) from The Loopy Ewe.

I’ve got two socks patterns in this gauge available for sale from The Loopy EweHearts for Heidi, and Making Tracks.

Hopefully you’ll find something you like among these patterns!

Debbie commented:

I just learned how to make socks and am loving it so far. I am at the end of my first pair. It is just a plan sock, done on dp needles. I would like to try a pair on two circulars and was wondering if you could recommend a good starting pattern. I have bought some books about knitting socks on circulars but was wondering if you had a pattern or instructions for them.

It’s quite simple to convert a sock to two circulars if it is written for dpns. I do have a free pattern at The Loopy Ewe that is written to be knit on two circs — Cabletini (pdf format).

A number of my patterns for sale at The Loopy Ewe are written for two circs as well (but of course can be knit on dpns or with the magic loop). They are: Garden Path (pattern temporarily sold out), Healthy Spine, Hearts for Heidi, L-Bee, Loopy Laces, Making Tracks, and Pagoda Lace.

There. How’s that for self-promotion? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Speaking of socks, I got a second wind last night and bravely soldiered through the heel on the second Diamond Gansey Sock.

Diamond Gansey Sock 102907

Diamond Gansey Sock 102907

Terri asked in the comments what yarns could be used for this sock other than the Louet Gems fingering — pretty much any fingering weight sock yarn will work, as long as it is a solid color. A handpaint would obscure the texture too much.

Jocelyn pointed out, though, that while the Louet Gems yarn is a bit splitty, it launders better than most sock yarns, so that’s a definite plus!

Meanwhile, Lucy is doing her stretching exercises before her cat yoga.

Lucy 103007

Lucy 103007

And I’m going to go shove some more warm salt water up my nose. Not a pretty image, is it? Well, neither am I at the moment. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  1. Wendy,
    I have to use warm salt water in my nose as well, not much fun or pretty sight. I use the neti pot, although I don’t like it , it seems to help. Good luck with your salt water. Knit on.

  2. aw, hope you feel better soon!

    and i’m so impressed with today’s installment of kitty yoga. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. What makes a Gansey a Gansey? It’s obviously a type of pattern but one I’m not familiar with.

    Great picture of Lucy! If viewed sideways, she looks like a ballet dancer on pointe. She has the cutest little feet.

  4. My girls are fat and lazy so they could probably use some kitty yoga…good thing they are declawed because I’d probably need a Dr afterwards if I tried, ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad to see your feeling better and are getting back to work. Love the Cabletini Sock Pattern am goin to use CTH Sugar Maple for the pair I am making for myself.

  5. I hope you feel better soon, perhaps an entire day of rest is in order. I know Al will soon be cooing at your lovely picture of Lucy.

  6. I think a hand dyed tonal would be appropriate… no?

  7. I love how Lucy’s little dark feet stick out from her soft white body. What a yogi!

  8. i think lucy looks as cute as a button

  9. Okay – saltwater up the nose – are you doing nasal irrigation? I’ve read about it, but not worked myself up to trying it…..

  10. Amen to the warm salt water! It’s the only thing that keeps my sinuses at bay somewhat during the fall. And my cat Chi does yoga…well, sort of. However, his “sister” Kallie is more of an aerial gymnastics kind of girl…very naughty. lol! Lucy is just too darn cute…

  11. Gail Lucille says:

    Hi Wendy:
    Your Diamond Gansey sock yarn is such a pretty color.
    Thanks for the generic sock pattern for my sock Library. I have yet to do a Toe up pattern, Now I have NO excuse…ha.
    As ever, Lucy is Looking Good..(((.Yoga)))…You go Girl.

  12. Liz in IN says:

    Salt water is our noses’ friend. I just use a plain ol’ 5ml disposable syringe (no needle, natch). Okay, that’s icky. Moving on…

    The gansey sock pattern is fabulous. Imo, tonal yarn, even a subtle variegation, would obscure the gorgeous stitch pattern (i.e. ‘all my hard work’).

    Sometime a tonal colour variegation adds enough to the look that it offsets any loss of crispness. But for a gansey–sweater or sock–solid colour yarn is the way to go, imo. It’s all about the stitches.

    Wendy, speaking of splitty yarn–have you found that you can tell by looking whether a yarn will be splitty? Some yarns, sure, it’s pretty obvious that it’ll be a fight to the finish. But I’ve been surprised, too: some (v popular) yarn that I figured would be virtually split-proof turned out to be…not so much.

    I wonder whether it has to do with the *angle* of the twist? Some yarns seem to be twisted (plied) almost perpendicular to the length. It looks ‘well twisted’ and th’fore not splitty but, well, I’m beginning to wonder. Hmmm…

    So glad you’re on the road to recovery. Lucy’s good nursing care is helping, no doubt.

  13. Theresa in Italy says:

    I can see where I’m going to have to invest in some solid-color sock yarn soon! That’s a good looking sock.

    Hope the salt water works quickly, I’m sorry you have allergies to deal with on top of recuperating from surgery.

    Lucy is just too cute!

  14. Haven’t said “Hi” in a while so Hi! Sorry you don’t feel well. You’ve had a tough year.

    Lucy is as darling as ever.

    As always, thank you so much for all your comments on knitting.

    Feel better!


  15. Liz in IN may have a point–perhaps it has something to do with the angle of the spin that makes a yarn splitty. The last socks I did were with yarn that appeared to be tightly spun, but it turned into strands any time you re-knit for any reason. And since I was un-knitting a lot, well, ugh.

    I do like me a nice firm sock yarn. Firmness is good in many things!

    I wonder, Wendy, if you got germs from going back to work. See, you should have stayed home.

  16. Thanks for the shout-out ๐Ÿ™‚ I actually was wearing those socks yesterday and thinking again how well they’ve held up to washing and wearing. May have to go buy some more Louet… (like I need an excuse). BTW, thanks for talking up Dream in Color Smooshy — I broke down and got some a bit ago, and I’m knitting some mitts for my SIL for Christmas out of a skein right now, and I am loving it! Please tell me it also wears and washes well? Hope your nose is clearing out ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Dr. Jackie says:

    Thanks for your answer to the 2.0 mm Knitpicks question…I also forgot to ask…what gauge do you get on those?? I’ve recently been doing all my socks toe-up (I finally came to my senses!), and use dpn’s…usually 2.5 mm which gives me 8 stitches per inch out of a lot of yarns (Regia, Trekking, Louet, Cherry Tree Hill, …..) I think I must be a rather tight knitter. Sheri (TLE) always tells me she uses #1’s (2.25) for most things but I know she knits much looser than I do. I may try the two circs soon too, and I guess I’ll probably start out with 2.5’s.

    Hope you feel better soon…

  18. I second all the well wishes. Feeling-better thoughts headed your way.

    I hope you don’t mind my mentioning — there’s also lots of pattern and technique info on the Socknitters page.

  19. Thanks Wendy! I’m currently using your toe-up instructional guide that is on for my sportweight socks right now. I like the patterns you’ve written, I’ll go take a look.