Traci Knits

Monday, August 17, 2009

Great Gansey Socks

The Great Gansey is a cuff down, slip stitch heel flap, round toe sock, inspired by the simple but beautiful geometric patterns and tightly knit fabrics of the traditional gansey or fisherman’s sweaters from Britain, Ireland and Scotland. Patterning is created from a combination of knit and purl stitches, which makes it a relatively fast and easy project.

Sizing is included for a range of gauges - guide is given for choosing a size based on 7, 8, or 9 stitches per inch.

Motifs are charted for those who prefer knitting from charts and also translated to text, for those who don’t like charts.

$5.00, instant download of PDF through the Ravelry store:

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Gargoyle Dishcloth

I like my gargoyles year round. I probably have half a dozen scattered throughout my house, perched on top of book cases and hutches, where they steadfastly do their job of keeping away evil forces. As it turns out, they are also a source of inspiration.

I like a little bit smaller dishcloth than most you’ll find out there, and the added advantage of that is that dishcloth cotton usually comes in 2 or 2.5 ounce balls, so you can make 2 of them from one ball of yarn!

Pattern has charted design for those that prefer to knit from charts, and text for everybody else. Gauge is not important. For a better looking picture, use the smallest needles you’re comfortable with. Add a spooky or goofy face to yours with scrap yarn.

$2.00, PDF file, instant download from Ravelry.

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