My current work in progress:

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


Catnip Socks

The Catnip socks are finished. There is much rejoicing.


I am making the pattern available as a freebie and you can get it, in pdf format, here.

There is only one size — a medium. I love the stitch motif I used for it, but discovered that it does not lend itself to being either sized up or down for other sizes. I have a purl stitch in-between each repeat of the lace motif and I couldย  have resized by taking out one motif and adding purl stitches for a smaller size, and keeping the number of motifs just adding purl stitches for a larger size, but I didn’t like how that looked. So I’m sending the pattern out into the world in one size only.

I am still working on Finnian’s Gansey, in case you wondered. I have the front completely done.


The body is knit in the round and then split at the beginning of the armholes and the front and back knit separately. So I’m ready to knit the back.

So I have one of my two projects off the needles. You know what that means, don’t you?

I get to cast on Girasole.

Lucy is so excited she wore herself out jumping up and down and had to take a nap.



  1. I hope Lucy doesn’t get any ideas from Sheri’s blog about her cat’s inspection of her Girasole.

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  2. The socks are very pretty! I’m digging that gansey too.

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  3. thank you for the pattern – I have yarn for Girasole, but am debating the start of it to this weekend or wait until after I finish something on the needles – can’t wait to see yours

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  4. *hee* I wonder what my kitty would think of those socks! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Thank you for the freebie pattern!!

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  6. thank you wendy !!
    i really really really needed some catnip today. you must be a clairvoyant. i’m convinced.

  7. Yay Catnip! Thanks for another lovely pattern, Wendy! I’m probably going to plug the stitch pattern into your gusset heel sock, since that shape works well for my foot. BTW, the Finnian Gansey stitch pattern looks a lot like some “flat” construction sweater pieces I started on before 1988 (they have been in hibernation since then), and I don’t have a clue where I got the original instructions. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Mine will probably end up as a cat mat (the yarn wasn’t wonderful, which is probably why I never finished it).

  8. We, the sock size “medium” of the world, thank you ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’m tempted by Girasole having a good amount of fingering in the stash but I don’t know what I’d do with it when I’m done. The idea of giving something that needs blocking after washing to a non-knitter really puts me off – especially as my daughter felted the wool shawl I gave her for Christmas. It’s the process but also the product and having the product appreciated – equally for me I’m afraid.

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  9. Love the Catnip Socks; thanks for making the pattern a freebie. :o) The Gansey looks wonderful…enjoy the Girasole!

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  10. Beautiful socks!!! Thank you for the pattern!!!! Good luck tomorrow with your OS appointment! I’ll be thinking about you.

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  11. She may not be excited now, but I predict she will love the finished Girasole and will be all over it once it’s done!

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  12. Thank you for your generousity! it is much appreciated!

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  13. Thanks for the sock pattern -really pretty-and I was one of the lucky ones who was able to get some of the same color—-I can be a blind follower! I love the gansey too (hint-hint), and I can’t wait for my chosen yarn to arriive so I can start the Girasole also. Hmm

  14. Wow, I wish I could speed knit like that! The catnip socks are lovely.

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  15. Susan L ("knitsnknishes") says:

    Great socks! In fact, I guess I won’t be needing to write up the pattern for my Ringer Socks (the ones I designed in your class at Spring Fling), since, um, it’s the exact same lace pattern, also with one purl stitch between each repeat, the same number of repeats… (I thought they looked quite similar from the pics, but once I took a look at your pattern, they’re more than just similar.) Oh well, on to the next project, I guess!

  16. Muriel Correa says:

    I love them both! The socks are absolutely gorgeous and I’m still amazed at your ability to knit so fast and not mess up a thing.

  17. As far as freebies go, I think it’s good that you are only offering one size. If bigger and smaller sizes of the Catnip Socks don’t look right, then you have made the right choice of not including them. I love the pattern and your design ideas, as always!

    And poor Lucy, all tuckered out from being excited.

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  18. Love the catnip socks but Merry and Pippin want to know if they really smell like catnip ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. The socks are amazing. Thanks for the pattern!

    And the Gansey is looking beautiful. Can’t wait to read about your Girasole progress. I’m off to buy the yarn for mine next week. :o)

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  20. Those Catnip socks look lovely- I’ll have a go when I’ve finished my first pair of socks since I was a teenager! I just acquired some Jitterbug yarn (Colinette) in a great limey mustard shade and I’m getting back into the rhythm of short rows! That little gansey looks great, too- I swore off those plain-purl surface patterns when I unsuccessfully tried to follow them on charts- always get them upside down and back to front when I can’t go around in a circle! I have to write them out, English style- then I can memorise the sequences and do them while watching TV! Lovely kitteh, too!

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  21. ooh! I have yarn for the Catnips, but already voted for Nanners in July (the KAL). I’m sure we’ll get to it eventually. Truly lovely pattern, Wendy!

    The gansey is coming out really well. Wonderful choice of colors and pattern.

    As for Girasole…. I can’t wait until we (meaning you) get started! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    P.S. – I can’t count either, and took way less math classes than you!!! Hugs.

  22. Very pretty socks – thanks! I just finished knitting the Hemlock Ring Blanket but haven’t yet blocked it. It was the first time for me to use a circular caston. Which circular cast-on will you use??

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  23. I really love Girasole, but I need to finish at least two or three projects before I even consider casting on for it. Going through my stash though, I already have a good yarn for it!

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  24. Thanks for the pattern Wendy!! I love it!!!

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  25. I rejoice for yet another lovely free pattern from you. THANK YOU! and I’m in luck, I’m a medium sized girl! Does this mean you won’t be knitting socks for a bit – – WOW!!

    Smooches to Lucy – – you both have a good weekend now – – you hear?

  26. Thanks for the catnip sock pattern, it is just what I was looking for. Really trying to avoid starting a Girasole, even though joining the Loopy Ewe KAL would be fun. I’m already choosing the yarn, though, so I think I will cave in soon.

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  27. The socks look lovely, thanks for the pattern

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  28. Kathy S says:

    Ooh. That gansey is looking really nice. Makes me want to knit one!

  29. Thank you for making the Catnip socks available – they’re lovely. The Gansey is really coming on – I love the texture.

  30. Thank you for the Catnip Socks! How pretty!

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  31. Christine says:

    Beautiful socks!! Wish I weren’t working on a deadline so I could start knitting them now. Good thing I don’t have anything but striping sock yarn right now or I’d be ditching the deadline. Darn, I’m going to have to go to the lys ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. CaroleNJ says:

    Thanks for the great socks!

  33. Thanks! Now, to find some green sock yarn…

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  34. Katherine says:

    Lovely socks, Wendy. I think that you are determined to make me into a chart knitter, not to mention toe-up. Sigh!

  35. The catnip sox are pretty nice, and I have just the yarn. Thanks!


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