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Socks On The Rocks

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Starting this week…….. knitting needles will be clicking away as we get ready to embrace the cold weather with the first in our three-part series of casual weekend accessories covering the tips of your toes to the top of your head in iconic Canadian style.  These cosy boot socks are knit in Sirdar’s ultra popular, Harrap Tweed Chunky, a brash and sassy speckled yarn in a blend of wool with the extra durability of nylon, washer friendly and available in a spectrum of eight rustic shades.

Stay posted as we feature a FREE pattern over the next two weeks for the matching mitts and toque……


Black Pepper Socks


Sizes:                                       S/M                           L

Finished Foot Length:       24 cm/ 9 1/2 in.     28 cm/ 11 in.

Yarn:                                          MC- 1                       MC- 2  Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g balls (col. 100)

                                                         A- 1                           A- 1  Sirdar Click Chunky 50g ball (col. 142)

                                                         B- 1                           B- 1  Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g ball (col. 109)

Needles:  4.50 mm/ US 7 double point set

Tension:  18 sts and 24 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in. over st st.

Cast on 44 (48) sts with A.  Divide sts evenly onto 3 needles and join in round being careful not to twist sts over needle.  Place a marker on 1st st.  Work in k2/p2 ribbing as follows-

6 rounds in A.

4 rounds in B.  Cut B.

3 rounds in A.  Cut A.

Attach MC.  Knit next round, dec 4 sts evenly spaced = 40 (44) sts.

Cont to knit each round in MC until work meas 23 (24) cm/ 9 (9 1/2) in.

Tip: For extra reinforcement on heel and toe, add a strand of nylon buttonhole thread (available at a sewing centre) in a matching colour to knit along with A. 


Knit across 10 (11) sts in MC.  Cut MC.

Attach A.  Working back and forth in rows, purl across 20 (22) sts and leave rem sts on spare needles for instep.

Cont on 20 (22) sts for HEEL as follows-

Row 1 (RS)- [Sl1, k1] rep to end.

Row 2 (WS)- Sl1 purlways, purl to end.

Rep these 2 rows until HEEL meas 6 (6) cm/ 2 1/2 (2 1/2) in. ending with a Row 1.


Row 1 (WS)- P11 (12) , p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 2 (RS)- K4, sl1, k1, psso, k1, turn.

Row 3- P5, p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 4- K6, sl1, k1, psso, k1, turn.

Row 5- P7, p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 6- K8, sl1, k1, psso, k1, turn.

Row 7- P9, p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 8- K10, sl1, k1, psso, k1 = 12 (14) sts.

Cut A for S/M only.

Large Size only-

Row 9- P11, p2tog, turn

Row 10- K11, sl1, k1, psso = (12) sts.

Cut A.

Attach MC.  With RS facing, pick up and k10 (11) sts along left side of heel, k across 20 (22) sts from spare needles, pick up and k 10 (11) sts along left side of heel, k across 6 (6) sts from top of heel, slip rem 6 (6) sts to 1st needle = 52 (56) sts.


Round 1- 1st needle: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1, 2nd needle: knit across, 3rd needle: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k to end.

Round 2- Knit.

Rep these 2 rounds until 40 (44) sts remain.  Cont in knit rounds until work meas 16.5 (19) cm/ 6 1/2 (7 1/2) in. from picked up edge.  Divide sts as follows- 10 (11) sts on 1st needle, 20 (22) sts on 2nd needle, 10 (11) sts on 3rd needle.  Cut MC.


Attach A.

Round 1- Knit.

Round 2- 1st needle: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1, 2nd needle: k1, sl1, k1, psso, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1, 3rd needle: k1, sl1, k1, psso, k to end.

Rep these 2 rnds until 20 (20) sts remain.

Cut yarn and graft rem sts together.

Sew in ends.

Download the pattern here.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Flip Flop Socks

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Life is better in flip flops, the sun shines brighter, the breeze feels a tad more refreshing, and toes are always ready for a spontaneous dip along the water’s edge.  The only thing missing is a cosy pair of socks for sitting around the campfire or wearing on a chilly morning walk.  Luckily, knitting offers many creative solutions to life’s little snags, and a pair of toeless socks could be the answer to stretching more mileage out of summer.  Jump into flip flop season feet first with a pair of these handknit socks (minus the toes) in Crofter DK, a comfortable cotton blend from Sirdar.  It’s our version of blue skies, vanilla ice cream, juicy watermelon, and a slice of key lime pie all rolled into one ball.  To make things even more interesting, these socks are knit on ChiaoGoo mini circulars, an alternative to standard double point needles or the magic loop method.



Compared to double point needles, joining in the round is a cinch with these short circulars.  Cast on stitches stay in position and do not twist over the needle.  It may take awhile to find a comfortable way to hold the needle tips, longer circulars can be supported with all four fingers, whereas these mini ones have room for just your finger and thumb.  Be patient and your knitting speed will increase.



Those dreaded ladders that mysteriously appear between double pointed needles are a thing of the past with these ChiaoGoo stainless steel nine inch circulars.  Each round is worked smooth and evenly with less time wasted on sliding stitches and switching needles from hand-to-hand.  You may find your tension will be a little firmer as there is less play between the stitches, they are worked right on the tips of the needles.  How many times have you lost a sock needle, either between the deck boards or under the seat of a car?  Mini circulars eliminate that problem too!



Shaping the heel does not require a stitch holder or extra needle.  Stitches that are in holding position at this point will sit comfortably on the circular cord until the instep is shaped.  Sock patterns that require toe shaping may need a secondary mini circular or double points as stitches are decreased.

Are you ready to try knitting on mini circulars?  Leave a comment and let us know how you like them, we welcome your feedback!





Size:  Women’s Medium

Yarn:  2 balls Sirdar Crofter DK (col. 74)

Needle:  3.25 mm/U.S. 3 ChiaoGoo Red Premium 23 cm/9 ins circular

Tension:  24 sts and 36 rows = 10 cm/4 ins over st st


Pm- place marker

Psso- pass slip stitch over

Sl1- slip one

Cast on 48 sts, join in round being careful not to twist sts.  Place a marker on needle for start of rnd.

Work 8 rnds in K2/P2 ribbing.

Next Rnd- [K5, p1] rep [to]

Rep last rnd until work meas 15 cm/6 ins.


K across first 12 sts, turn, P across 24 sts.  Cont on these 24 sts only for heel flap.

Row 1- [Sl1, k1], rep [to]

Row 2- Sl1, p to end

Rep last 2 rows until heel flap meas 6 cm/2 1/4 ins ending with Row 2.


Sl1, K12, sl1, k1, psso, k1, turn

Sl1, p3, p2tog, p1, turn

Sl1, k4, sl1, k1, psso, k1, turn

Sl1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn

Sl1, k6, sl1, k1, psso, k1, turn

Sl1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn

Sl1, k8, sl1, k1, psso, k1, turn

Sl1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn

Sl1, k10, sl1, k1, psso, k1, turn

Sl1, p11, p2tog, p1, turn = 14 sts

K 14


Pick up and k 14 sts along side of heel flap, pm, work in Pattern as set across rem 24 sts on needle, pm, pick up and k 14 sts along opposite side of heel flap, k7, pm (start of rnd).

Rnd 1- K to 3 sts before 1st marker, k2tog, k1, work in pattern as set until next marker, k1, sl1, k1, psso, k to end

Rnd 2- work in pattern as set

Rep these 2 rnds until 48 sts remain.  Cont as set until work meas 15 cm/6 ins (or desired foot length) from pick up edge of heel.  Work 5 rnds in K2/P2 ribbing.  Cast off in ribbing.  Sew top of ribbing together leaving a 3 cm/1 1/4 ins opening (or desired size) for big toe.  Reverse opening on 2nd sock.

Design by: Michele Meadows



Sock Knitting Queen

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Island living certainly has its perks and for Pat De Clark, a resident of Haida Gwaii (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands), she was quick to realize that the secret to living in a community full of fishermen, loggers, and outdoor buffs starts with keeping all those feet warm and dry.  In an oceanic climate where the average rainfall amount is second only to the tropics, wool socks are in constant demand and are preferred over cotton for their ability to wick away moisture and retain elasticity, not to mention they offer a nice layer of padding inside boots or shoes.  Pat arrived in the Village of Queen Charlotte off the coast of B.C. in 1983 on a six week stint as an x-ray technician and never left.  “It’s quite lovely knowing and being known by everyone in town.” says Pat of Charlotte Island Knitting, who began knitting socks more than thirty years ago initially by hand and then on a double-bed machine, and has since made a cottage industry out of it.

Let’s get to know our sock knitting queen-

Pat In Her Studio

Pat De Clark In Her Home Studio

MM:  Hi Pat, thank you for stopping by today to chat with us.  Would you like a tea or coffee before we get started?

PDC:  Yes, I’m a tea drinker, thank you.

MM:  There is something so magical about gifting someone with a pair of knitted wool socks, and watching the reaction as they slip them on their feet.  Your socks are all quite beautiful.  Are these made on a machine?

PDC:  The ones that you are looking at are all made on an old home knitting machine.  It’s a double-bed Superba, and some of your senior readers may recognize it.  Machine knitting became popular in Europe after WWII and later spread to this continent.  It was a very popular hobby and also a means of extra income.  Machine knitting lasted until about the mid-nineties when it suddenly lost popularity and the manufacturers and support structure disappeared from the economy.  There are very few of us left now.

Fortissima Mexiko Peru Color by Schoeller & Stahl

Fortissima Mexiko Peru Color by Schoeller & Stahl

MM:  Have you always been a knitter and can you tell us how you got started in this business?

PDC:  Well…… my lovely English grandmother taught me how to knit when I was five, and I started to knit socks when I was about seventeen.  I’ve just never quit!  A friend bought me an old knitting machine at an auction and instantly I was hooked.  It soon became apparent that I could make much more knitwear that I could ever use so I started selling at Christmas craft fairs and it just morphed from there.  During the eighties and nineties, most of my production was for men.  That has all changed now…it’s about half and half.  It became obvious that I could sell more socks that I could ever possibly make, so now I just focus on the annual Christmas craft fair and a few special orders in between.

Supersocke 4 ply by On Line

Supersocke 4 ply by On Line

MM:  Do you have a set schedule that you follow… for instance, how many pairs of socks can you knit in a week?

PDC:  Yes.  I do set my goals for each season, divide them into months and weeks, consult my yarn supply and start knitting.  My current goal is ten pairs of socks per week.

MM:  Wow!  That is quite a lot for the rest of us sock knitters to aspire to.  What are some of the responses you have had from those who wear your socks?

PDC:  People like the fact that they are wool…..we live in a rain forest and are primarily outdoor enthusiasts, whether it is for work or play.  Wool keeps the feet warm even if they get wet.  There is no elastic in the ribbing to constrict, yet the ribbing I make is firm and stays up.  This is especially good for diabetics.  My socks are seamless, comfortable and last well, I have had customers who have been buying them from me for thirty years, and I have others who say their mothers bought them from me.  I seem to have become an Island tradition.

Sock Stockpile Growing

Sock Stockpile Growing

MM:  Yes….and I hear you are now taking to the open seas, to teach sock knitting on cruise ships.  How did this come about? 

PDC:   Oh quite by accident actually.  While on a cruise to Hawaii, part of the daily routine was a knit ‘n’ stitch get-together each morning.  I took my sock knitting along and it went from there.  I met some lovely women and had a really great time and still get emails on a regular basis from these women, many of them showing their latest achievements.  Very rewarding.  There is a big interest in sock knitting as I’m sure you know, there also seems to be a myth about how difficult it is.  My job is to demystify it.

MM:  What three little tips would you like to pass on to brand new sock knitters?

PDC:  1. Use only a good wool sock yarn such as On Line or Fortissima.  2. Two circular needles are easier to handle than four double pointed ones, and I prefer bamboo.  3. Relax and have fun!

Pat's Island View

Pat’s Island View


Blizzard Socks

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

What can we do when that massive swirl of teeth-chattering cold weather known as the Polar Vortex, continues to drop in on us unannounced?  For starters, put on the kettle, make a pot of tea, and wait it out with a cosy pair of hand knit socks, the thicker the better.  This season, the knitting world has seen a remarkable shift towards bulky weight yarns, and no wonder, with this winter being one of the coldest in recent history.  Sirdar has hit a home run with a little fifty gram ball of awesomeness called KIKO, a bulky yarn scoring high points with an incredibly soft twist, and a pleasing palette of eight smudgy-printed colours.


Blizzard Socks

Blizzard Socks

These socks will rock your winter, as slippers to pull on when you come in the front door or a thermal layer to wear inside heavy boots to keep your feet extra warm while shoveling snow.  They are quick to knit, and an ideal project for first-time sock knitters.


Blizzard Socks in Sirdar Kiko

Blizzard Socks in Sirdar Kiko


Size:  Women’s Medium
Yarn:  4 balls Sirdar KIKO (col no. 416)
Needles:  8.00 mm double point set
Tension:  10 sts and 14 rows = 10 cm/4 ins

Cast on 20 sts loosely, divide sts evenly onto 3 needles.
Join in round, place a marker on first st.
Work 6 rounds of K1/P1 ribbing.
Knit 20 rounds.
Heel Flap:
K 5, turn, P 10 = Heel Flap
Leave rem 10 sts on 2 spare needles.
Work back and forth on Heel Flap sts as follows-
Row 1- [Slip 1 knitways, k1] rep [to]
Row 2- Slip 1 purlways, p to end
Rep these 2 rows until heel flap meas 6 cm/ 2 1/2 ins ending with a Row 2.
Shape Heel:
Row 1- K3, k2tog tbl (through back loop), k5
Row 2- P3, p2tog, p2, turn
Row 3- K1, k2tog tbl, k1, turn
Row 4- P1, p2tog, p2, turn
Row 5- K2, k2tog tbl, k2, do not turn.
Pick up and k 8 sts along side of heel, place a marker, k 10 sts from spare needles onto 1 needle, place a marker, pick up and k 8 sts along opposite side of heel, k 3 sts from top of heel onto same needle (this will now be start of each round), slip next 2 sts onto 1st needle = 31 sts.
Rnd 1- K until 3 sts from 1st marker, k2tog, k1, k to next marker, k1, sl1, k1, psso, k to end
Rnd 2- Knit
Rep these 2 rnds until 19 sts remain.
Continue in Knit rounds until work meas 17.5 cm/ 7 ins from pick up row.
K 1 rnd, dec 1 st at centre of 2nd needle = 18 sts.
Shape Toe:
Rnd 1- K until 2 sts before 1st marker, [k2tog, k2tog tbl], k until 2 sts before next marker, rep [to], k to end
Rnd 2- Knit
Rep these 2 rnds until 10 sts remain.
Cut yarn and graft toe sts together.
Sew in ends.