Autumn Vibes and a Free Pattern for you

Autumn has arrived – my favourite time of year !

The time of year when life slows down a bit and we like to sit in front of the fireplace on wet and cold days, sipping tea relaxing without feeling too guilty. Just taking a break from everyday life, doing something we love, enjoying, experiencing the moment.

It is a pity that we often do this only in the cold months, when there is less self-inflicted pressure of other work to be done. 


As Yarn lovers we can spend many cosy hours in peace and relaxed concentration with a woolly project in our lap. Hygge time has arrived in full and we can look forward to taking it easy without a guilty conscience, just taking a little more time for ourselves, a good book, a lovely cup of tea and of course our beautiful projects.

Recently I was gifted some lovely yarn by Wool and the Gang, their new Glitterball Sock Yarn. This is a 95% Blueface Leicester/5% Lurex Yarn and like most other sock yarns, can be used for a multitude of projects.

With colder mornings on the horizon I decided to make a pair of fingerless mittens, perfect for walking the dog and it’s never too early to wear a bit of sparkle!

I used a variation of my favourite sock pattern for these – here is what I did:

100g Wool and the Gang Glitterball Sock Yarn (390m)

2.5mm Double pointed needles

2 Stitch Markers

Cast on 64sts and divide between 4 needles

Work *K6, P2; rep. from *around until work measures 10cm from cast on.

Start Thumb shaping
Rnd 1: K3, yo, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from *to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 2: K3, k1tbl, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 3: K7, *p2, k6; rep. from *to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 4: K3, place marker, yo, k1, yo, place marker, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 5: K3, slip marker (sm), k1tbl, k1, k1tbl, sm, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 6: K9, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 7: K3, sm, yo, k to next marker, yo, sm, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 8: K3, sm, k1tbl, k to yo, k1tbl, sm, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 9: K3, sm, k to next marker, sm, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rep. rnds 7-9 until there are 15sts between markers. End with a rnd. 9.

Next Rnd: K3, slip15sts from between markers on to scrap yarn, cast on 5 new stitches, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2.

Work one rnd in pattern and then:

Rnd 1: K2, k2togtbl, k3, k2tog, k2, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 2: K9, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 3: K2, k2togtbl, k1, k2tog, k2, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 4: K7, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 5: K2, k2togtbl, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Now work *k6, p2 pattern for 4cm and then work 5 rnds of k2/p2 rib.

Cast off.

Thumb:

Slip 15sts from scrap yarn back onto needle and pick up and knit 1st from left side, 5sts from cast on edge, 1st from right side.

Divide onto 3 needles and knit 1 rnd.

Rnd 2: K15, k2togtbl, k3, k2tog

Rnd 3: Knit

Rnd 4: K15, k2togtbl, k1, k2tog

Rnd 5: Knit

Rnd 6: K15, k3togtbl (16sts)

Work 5 rnds of k2/p2 rib.

Cast off. Weave in all ends and work second mitten the same.

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I hope you have fun making your own pair with whatever sock yarn you can find in your stash.

Enjoy some autumn vibes. xo

The end of Summer

dear diary,

It is only about two weeks ago that I was walking with Max the dog wearing short sleeves and sneakers…

The sun was shining and the sky was blue, very blue…

The wild Orchids by the river were in full bloom…

and in my garden the last of the Roses were flowering…

That is now a distant memory as for the last week we have had a lot of…

as has most of the country. We were lucky, no flooding, but boy has it been grey and wet…simply grim!

So gone are the days of…

but look on the bright side, they will be replaced by a lot of…

Welcome cosy autumn with open arms, and enjoy!



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