The title says it all: I like knitting and I like crochet! Earlier this year, I worked on two patterns for the summer issues of these mags, and was lucky enough to work on three warm and cosy designs for their October issue!
I Like Knitting and I Like Crochet are digital magazines that release six times a year, filled with exciting collections of exclusive patterns. Fully tested and tech edited, they release briefs to inspire designers and then work closely with the designer on the process.
The Poplar Cardi
It’s not secret that I hate seaming things. Most of my patterns are worked seamlessly in the round, with only some underarm grafting or a shoulder to sew in. Don’t get me wrong, seams are great: they give a garment structure and stability, allow for smaller pieces (so your WIP is much more portable!) and give you knitting milestones to feel like you are actually getting somewhere.
I still don’t like seaming things.
The Poplar Cardi is worked from cuff to centre back in a super chunky seed stitch, and features oversized shaping, a balloon sleeve, and a single seam down the back. This is probably one of the most fun things I have designed this year, and gives you the ability to try it on as you go to get an idea of sleeve length, hem length and neckline depth. Great, I say!
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Super Chunky in Mustard Yellow (923)
Pattern: Poplar Cardi, available exclusively on I Like Knitting
Fluffy Lodge Socks
Socks are a must in London (and for most of the year...) so a good wardrobe of socks is essential. I have day socks, outside socks, home socks, and bed socks. In the vein diagram of socks, these socks lie at the intersection between home socks and bed socks - warm, cosy, and you don’t want to hide them in your shoes.
The Fluffy Lodge Socks are worked with a strand of super soft sock yarn held with a luxe, hazy mohair, from the toe up in a half-twisted rib, with a simple toe and heel. Beginner sockknitters can easily follow the pattern, while pro sockknitters can substitute their favourite heel design and even work the socks two at a time.
Sock Yarn: Coop Knits Socks Yeah! In 105 Danburite
Fluffy Yarn: Rico Design Essentials Super Kid Mohair Loves Silk in 32 Anthracite Melange
Pattern: Fluffy Lodge Socks, available exclusively on I Like Knitting
Up North Slippers
I have wanted to make some fluffy slippers for a long time, and when the faux fur yarns launched last year I knew it was the perfect opportunity to whip up a pair of cosy house shoes.
The Up North Slippers are worked in a seamless crochet sole and lower, the faux fur insert is worked up, slotted in, and then the upper is attached to the shoe. It could not be simpler! Sized to be roomy, to let your feet be comfy (and give you space for some thick and fluffy house socks!) these are sure to be a winter fave!
Jersey Yarn: Schachenmayr Cotton Jersey in 00010 Sand
Faux Fur Yarn: James C. Brett Chinchilla in CH01 (white I guess?)
Pattern: Up North Slippers, available exclusively on I Like Crochet
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