My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

We Interrupt This Blog for a Sneak Preview! And a Free Pattern!

Since a number of you asked, I asked Potter Craft about the possibility of showing y’all a preview of Socks From the Toe Up here on my blog.

There will be a preview of the book on the Potter Craft website a week or so before the publication date (April 14), but in the meantime, they kindly sent me a few of the photos from the book to share with you.

Diamond Gansey


These socks knit from Louet Gems fingering weight in the “Aqua” colorway.

Sheri’s Posies


These socks are named for my favorite purveyor of yarn and knit in Fleece Artist Basic Merino 2/6 Sock in the “Teal” colorway.

Serpentine Socks


And these sportweight socks are  knit from Fiesta Boomerang in the “Painted Desert” colorway.

And that’s not all! Potter Craft sent me a pdf to make available as a free download the pattern for one of the easier patterns:

Diagonal Lace Socks


Here’s the pattern in pdf format: Diagonal Lace Socks. Enjoy!

Lucy Sez:


Look at my socks!


  1. You are so talented and generous. Thank you, I want to cast on today.

  2. Those photos are beautiful, and thanks for the free pattern! One thing: could the models’ ankles be any skinnier? Yeesh!

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  3. Thank you Wendy, for this beautiful pattern.

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  4. So exciting! I can’t wait until the book comes out.

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  5. Wendy, I am truly imprerssed. Beautiful photography, wonderful teaser photos! I’m looking forward to actually getting the book. My knitting library is well stocked, so say the least, but there’s nothing quite like your book in it. I’m appreciate that you’re covering material that isn’t in all the other sock books. Thank you.

  6. The book looks incredible! I hope it doesn’t sound patronizing for me to say I am so proud of you for all your accomplishments!

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  7. What a treat! I actually have a skein of that yarn. Looking forward to the book!

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  8. Those are some very nice looking socks. I’m looking forward to this book coming out.

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  9. this is awesome wendy!
    that was very nice of them to let you do this!

  10. your seal point kitty is so cute i have one two but he lives with my parents. I miss him. those socks are really beautiful i lurve them. i just barely knitted my first sock this year and ive been knitting for three years. I still have to learn the kitchener stitch to do the toe though.

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  11. Lovely socks! I’ve had the book preordered since you first offered the link. Can’t wait to get my grubby little paws on it!

  12. The photos look great and thanks so much for the free pattern! I am usually a cuff-down sock knitter, but these patterns are so tempting I think I will need to buy your book and try some toe-up creations! Between your book and Cookie A’s book it will be a great year for sock knitting!

  13. Those patterns look great! I can’t wait for your book to come out! Thank you for giving us one in advance!

  14. I can’t wait to see the book. I’ve been stashing some semi-solids and solids as of late so I’ll have yarn for new book.

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  15. Thanks for the pattern! I look forward to getting your book!

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  16. You spoil us rotten! The socks look great!! I cannot wait to see the rest of them =)

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  17. Thank you WendyKnits and Potter Craft!

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  18. Those are great patterns. I’ve hesitated knitting socks from the toe up (inertia is the main reason–top down has always been ok for me), but when I have your book in front of me, I intend to give it a try.

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  19. Katherine says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! That pattern is just lovely!

  20. Kristi ~ Ohio says:

    Thank you for the preview of your book and the wonderful pattern. Your book comes out ON my birthday and I can’t wait to get it! Looking forward to seeing you at the Loopy SF. Kristi

  21. Absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait to get my copy of the book!

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  22. thanks for the advanced look. Looks great. Smiles

  23. Ruth Ann says:

    I am thrilled that you are coming to SWAK!! The pictures of the socks from the new book are wonderful. I love the fact that the picture, yarn, and pattern can all be seen clearly. The yarn complements the pattern. Good job girl!!

  24. Uh-oh, I think I need to knit something from my existing sock books – I made a decision that I would NOT buy any more books on a certain subject had I not made at least one thing from the old ones… And I really want your book 😀 On another note – just blogged about Victorian Neck Cozy I finished, thank you for sharing that wonderful pattern!

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  25. First, just have to say that I’m *totally* buying this book…But, c’mon, *nobody* has anything to say about the chick with the headband in the pdf? That’s the funniest “sock photo” I’ve ever seen!!!
    Thanks for the pattern, Wendy – and Java says hi to Lucy!

  26. I am so excited! I had pre-ordered your book, and these are great photos of the patterns…Now.I.can.not.wait! 🙂

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  27. I pre-ordered your book today from AMazon, and am looking forward to its delivery! Thank you so much for all your help, wisdom, and creativity. I really enjoy your patterns! Tell Lucy we say hello!


  28. Thank you for the lovely pattern Wendy! And there’s beautiful Lucy, just begging for a tummy rub. You are both such sweethearts. 🙂


  1. […] Visit her blog to see four sample photos of patterns in the book, including the one I re-posted here, Diamond Gansey socks.  (I need to knit these!)  Also, she’s posted a PDF of one of the book’s patterns for a free download!  (Thanks, Wendy & Potter Craft!!) […]

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