Knit Holland's colorful flower fields with our "Tulip Field" Socks ...
Featuring HiKoo's CoBaSi yarn ... 20% Off!
The inspiration for the "Tulip Field" Socks came from the millions of flowers that transform the fields throughout the Netherlands into bright swatches of color every spring!
Imported from the Ottoman Empire, tulips came to Holland in the 16th century, eventually becoming so popular they created the first economic bubble known as "Tulip Mania". Flowers have been have been a vital part of the country's economy ever since. In fact, the flower business in the Netherlands make up about two-thirds of the total flower sales in the world ... that's a lot of daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses and tulips!
With a unique construction and lots of bold color, our "Tulip Field" Socks are the perfect tribute to Holland's beautiful fields of flowers. Show off your colors ... wear them this summer with a pair of sandals!
Bonus: Get the pattern FREE with purchase of HiKoo's CoBaSi Yarn!
Thank you to Pamela M. for her lovely sock idea of spring tulip fields in Amsterdam!
Tulip Field Socks
by Amy Loberg
Pattern FREE with purchase
To create the vertical stripes of color in these socks, Amy reached deep into her bag of sock-knitting tricks! They are knit side to side, starting with the sole and back of the leg. In this section, two colors are knit side by side in each row with an intarsia join. (If you need a visual, check out Tin Can Knits fantastic intarsia color joining tutorial). The toe and heel shaping are achieved with increases, decreases and short rows.
Once the sole and back of the leg are complete, the rows for the top of the foot and front of the leg are knit with only one color at a time. The cast on stitches are grafted to the last row of worked stitches and then the toe is seamed. Lastly, stitches are picked up for the cuff.
It may seem complicated, but if you take it step by step you will end up with a terrific looking pair of socks that show off your mad sock-knitting skills!
7" (8", 9") approx. foot circumference, unstretched
7.75" (9", 10.5") approx. foot length, slightly stretched
5 skeins of HiKoo CoBaSi (each a different color)
Shown in Blarney, VavavVoom Red, Posey Petals, Buttercream and Cotton Candy
Approximately 220 yards color A, 110 yards color B and 100 yards of colors C, D and E
2 x 24" US 2 [2.75mm] circular needles OR size needed to obtain gauge
28 sts = 4" in Stockinette
US C [3.00mm] crochet hook for provisional cast on
2 stitch markers, scrap yarn for provisional cast on
Cotton, Bamboo, and Silk give CoBaSi its name, but it’s the 21% Elastic Nylon that gives this wool-free sock yarn the kind of stretch and bounce that makes CoBaSi a great choice for socks ... for even the most die-hard fans of wool. It’s light-weight, cool, durable, and soft. Plus it stays up your leg instead of bunching around your ankles. All that at a price that’s hard to beat!
|Fiber Content||55% Cotton, 16% Bamboo, 8% Silk, 21% Elastic Nylon|
|Yardage / Weight||220 yds in 50g|
|Gauge||26 – 32 sts over 4" on US 1– 4 [2.25 – 3.50mm]|
|Care Instructions||Machine Wash Gentle & Cold, Dry Flat|
Katie Rempe's new "Summertime Flip Floppers" KAL ...
Featuring HiKoo CoBaSi Yarns ... 20% Off!
Are you ready to cast on some super cute "toe-less" socks? The Summertime Flip Floppers are the perfect summer socks for sandals or flip-flops! These socks are a fun and portable project for summer knitting ... the KAL starts July 6th!
Veteran designer Katie Rempe is hosting her third KAL sponsored by Skacel. You may know her from last winter's "Betwixt Blanket Cape" KAL or from Skacel's “The Fiber Factor” design challenge a couple of years ago. As always, we're delighted to help you find all the info you need to knit the project and participate in the knit along.
This is not a Mystery KAL but the pattern pattern will be released in parts over 4 weeks starting on on Thursday, July 6th at noon eastern time. You can download the free informational PDF from Ravelry now ... just put it into your Ravelry Library to automatically get the actual pattern and any updates during the KAL.
You can connect, ask questions, share photos, and get help via the Skacel Collection, Inc. Ravelry group. Questions are typically answered daily. It's like having a knitting tutor 24/7! You're also encouraged to share progress photos to the FiberWild and Friends group on Ravelry.
Don't miss out on the fun! The KAL is FREE and Skacel is sponsoring a drawing for one grand prize and two second place prizes. For more information on prizes and how to enter visit SkacelKnitting.com.
Summertime Flip Flippers Knit-Along
Starts Thursday, July 6th
Order your yarn Today!
Summertime Flip Floppers
by Katie Rempe
Pattern Free on Ravelry
The Summertime Flip Flopper socks are knit ‘toe’ up ... even though there is no toe! If you prefer tighter ribbing, use one needle size smaller in those areas. These socks can be worked two-at-a-time with Magic Loop or two circular needles. Just note that you will either need to split the solid color hank into two balls, or pull from the inside and outside of a caked yarn.
Katie will also include notes if you would like to use DPNs. We can't wait to see all the fun color combos for these summer socks!
6.5" approx foot circumference (stretches to 10" around), 7" from foot ribbing to heel, and 8.25" from heel to cuff
Shown in ... we'll know soon!
440 yards color A (2 skeins) and 220 yards color B (1 skein)
40" US 1 [2.50mm] circular needles OR size needed to obtain gauge. Double check the millimeter size of your needle to ensure accuracy!
32 sts = 4" in Stockinette stitch in the round
Tapestry needle, waste yarn in comparable weight, stitch marker (optional)
CoBaSi and CoBaSi Multi - 20% Off!
HiKoo's "CoBaSi" yarn is a cotton, bamboo, and silk blend that also has a generous amount of elastic. If you have been looking for a wool-free sock yarn, look no further! This soft yarn will not irritate or overheat, and it is machine washable. Use it to create cute but hardy baby items or add some fun colorwork to your summer knitting!
Katie recommends picking a solid color that does not appear in the multi color to retain a clean look. We put together 6 of our favorite combos below, but there are lots of other options to choose from ... call if we can help!
|Fiber Content||50% New Zealand Merino / 25% Nylon / 10% Angora / 10% Alpaca / 5% Silk Noils|
|Yardage / Weight||160 yards in 50g|
|Gauge||20 sts over 4″ on US 6 - 8 [4.00mm - 5.00mm]|
|Care Instructions||Hand Wash, Dry Flat|
Care to Dance? Knit the "Feather Dance Shawl" ...
Featuring Mountain Colors' NEW Silkdance!
Amy pulled out all the stops when the ladies at Mountain Colors asked her to come up with a design to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. On top of that, they asked her to knit it in their brand new and totally luscious fingering weight Silkdance yarn. Seriously, wait until you see the sheen on this new yarn ... drool!
The beautiful Feather Dance Shawl takes inspiration from a doily Amy's grandmother designed back in 1942. She transformed the petal designs of the original pattern into large, beautiful feather motifs. This elegant shawl is perfect for a evening out or the theater and is exquisite enough for a bride to wear!
Be the first to knit with this new yarn!
Pre-order Silkdance ... it arrives in May and will be on your needles a few days later.
Feather Dance Shawl by Amy Loberg
This crescent shaped shawl has four meticulously designed lace motifs that flow gracefully from one to the next ... an enjoyable knit for the more experienced lace knitter. Instructions are provided in both written and chart form with additional notes for a few lines of the chart. The shawl is finished with a crochet bind off for a neat edge. The luxurious wool/silk blend and gorgeous hand dyed colors of Silkdance yarn lend themselves perfectly to this show-stopping shawl!
|Finished Size||56" wide and 21" tall, blocked|
2 skeins of
Mountain Colors Silkdance
Shown in Icicle
32" or longer Size US 5 [3.75mm] circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge
|Gauge||22 sts = 4″ in Stockinette Stitch|
US D [3.25mm] crochet hook for bind off
Mountain Colors' “Silkdance" yarn is a beautiful merino wool and silk blend yarn that moves effortlessly through your fingers! Very soft and cuddly, Silkdance has beautiful silk sheen and drape, and it has natural strength and durability without stuffy man made fibers. Best of all it has the washability of a superwash wool!
This fingering weight yarn begs to be made into an exquisite shawl, but would also look fabulous as an elegant sweater or pair of cozy socks!
|Fiber Content||75% Superwash Merino Wool / 25% Silk|
|Yardage / Weight||430 yards in 100g|
|Gauge||24-28 sts over 4″ on US 2-4 [2.75-3.50mm]|
|Care Instructions||Hand Wash, Dry Flat|