My current work in progress:

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


Psst! Want an Easy Top-Down Sock Pattern?

Check out the Fall 2008 issue of Knit Simple magazine. There are two very easy top-down sock patterns in it: one for mom, and one for baby. Designed by moi. They are shown in the preview here. In the second row of photos.

The magazine asked me to design an extremely easy sock for mother and baby, top down. This pattern is my gusset-heel sock, turned up-side-down, so you knit it from cuff to toe. No picking up of stitches at the heel. And the toe is a star toe — very easy. Though you could of course do any toe you want. Both socks are done in fingering weight yarn.

In other sockie news . . . I’ve finished the first Seaweed Sock!

Here’s a close-up:

This is a very simple lace pattern that gives very satisfying results. As I mentioned yesterday, I’ll offer this pattern as a freebie. In fact, my Plurk buddies already have access to it. ๐Ÿ˜€

There was a question in the comments about Plurk. It’s a social networking, micro-blogging site. If you google, “what is Plurk” you’ll find plenty of answers. Bottom line — it’s fun!

In other news, Lucy is just plain ol’ worn out from her tough Monday.


  1. As your knitting supervisor, Miss Lucy has her work cut out for her, oh prolific one. She deserves a rest.

    Thank you for another pattern.

  2. Do I get a prize for being first?

  3. babyface says:

    Dear Wendy,
    I love your new sock patterns. Some of your socks are hard for
    me because I never learned how to do a toe-up. I’m ill and it’s hard
    to teach an old dog new tricks anyway. I wanted to know if you’ll ever
    come up with a really nice pattern for a man? Or did I miss that one?

  4. Miss Violet turned me on to Plurk and I’m now sunk! Thanks for the pattern.

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  5. They look great!

  6. The socks are wonderful! I didn’t realize until I got the pattern that they aren’t cabled! Woo hoo! Into the Ravelry queue they go!

    Lucy is tired because she had to clean up the party mess before you got home.

    Lisas last blog post..SOS’08: Sick of Socks

  7. Great looking socks, love the seaweed pattern and the color is perfect. Just got the magazine in the mail today, will check out your patterns. Congratulations.

  8. babyface says:

    I wanted to tell you that I saw your socks in Knit Simple. Congratulations. They are
    very nice. Also to thank you again for going out of your way and say that you can’t make
    all of the people happy all of the time and you can’t make some of
    the people happy ever. That’s me since I have become ill.

  9. How in the world do you complete socks so quickly?! I am in awe!

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  10. Yay, I just joined Plurk recently! It’s a lot like Twitter but more friendly!

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  11. I joined Plurk and it is a lot of fun! Thanks Wendy for telling us about it. The sock looks great!

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  12. Thank you, Wendy! LOVE the Seaweed pattern, have already cast it on…Miss Muffin is modeling the toe and first repeat on my blog tonight!
    Lucy is looking wonderful as usual!

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  13. You are a SUPERSTAR!!

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  14. NewJerseyLaura says:

    Love the lace sock – can’t wait for the pattern post :). And can’t wait for the Wendy Knit Simple mag debut! Congratulations.

  15. Thanks for the Seaweed Sock pattern.. its beautiful!

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  16. Yay, a top down pattern! Of course, you know that some of us knit your patterns top down anyway, right? Hey, did you even mention you had started that sock?! Did I miss it? Or are you warping the space time continuum in your quest for world sock domination now?

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  17. Sigh… You’re gonna get me to Plurk, aren’t you? I don’t blog, I rarely post to Ravelry… maybe Plurk’ll get my feet wet? Gorgeous socks, both on your blog and in the magazine; can’t wait to knit them!

  18. Wow, I saw those socks just a couple hours ago and didn’t even notice you had designed them! Great! They caught my eye- as socks tend to do, heehe.

    Thanks for teh pattern- looove it.

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  19. So pretty! I think that my mother would definetly like these, so they are definetly going to go onto the short list! I think it’s really neat that there are no cables involved! I have a question when it comes to sizing, though. Lets say you were between sizes, or just prefered snug socks, and size you should use (let’s say it’s M) is just a little too loose for your taste. Would you go down to the smaller size, would you try and re-work the number of stitches (please say no), or would you down size your needles? I know, there’s a simple answer and one that requires me to use my brain, right?

    Thank you for your commitment to socks. I think they are great!

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  20. Ooh! I get that magazine. Thank you for designing the socks. I have yet to do a toe-up sock, but I plan on starting with one of your designs!

  21. Theresa in Italy says:

    All the socks look great, and I’m off to hunt down a copy of Knit Simple now. I tend towards toe-up (wonder why?) but on occasion will try a top down pattern as long as I can avoid the dreaded Kitchener—a star toe sounds fine to me!

  22. Top down with no picked-up stitches? I love it! I will look for the magazine. The new socks are wonderful!

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  23. I really love your socks! Easy is really nice.

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  24. I get that magazine and saw the pattern, I didnt realize it was one of yours tho (prob because it is top down LOL) ๐Ÿ™‚ I may use that pattern to make some little kids socks for my neices and nephew since they are so easy ๐Ÿ™‚
    Lucy: enjoy your nappy, you may need to supervise some more and you need your rest to keep up! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Danielle from SW MOs last blog post..I have a โ€œBugโ€ in my lap ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Coming out of lurkingdom to say congratulations on your publication! The socks look great, and your fantastic pattern is sure to turn on some new sock knitters!

  26. Ooh! Love the socks – are they up on Ravelry? I needs to get some bluey-greeny yarn now.

    Poor Lucy… it’s a rough life, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  27. I am interested in PLURK, a little too over extended to understand it all right now. But I love the seaweed socks.

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  28. Thanks for the seaweed sock pattern Wendy. I love the look of it. I think it’s going to be one of my next projects.

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  29. My, oh my … your seaweed must be much prettier than the seaweed I am familiar with. Lovely socks–the color as well as the stitch pattern. Looks like ocean waves.

    The Mommy Baby socks you designed for KnitSimple look great too. That’s wonderful they had you do that.

    I seldom get back over to plurk, just because I am up to my hair roots in writing, art, etc. and can’t afford to get lost in the plurksville — even though it is tempting. Hope you and all your plurkettes are having fun there.


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  30. when is that issue of Knit Simple available? I have looked in three stores and they still have the previous, summer issue.

  31. It is Miss Violet’s fault that I am on Plurk, but I joined just in time for the Seaweed socks. Thanks

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