Last week I travelled up to Black Sheep Wools near Warrington for the weekend. I had a lovely time teaching two classes and spent some time in the shop doing a book signing.
If you follow me on Instagram you will see I had such a lovely time, it was great to be back in a wool shop again. The ladies on the workshops were all lovely (more about that on a future post) and everyone was so friendly and helpful.
Whilst I was there I had been eyeing up the West Yorkshire Spinners ‘Candycane’ Christmas sock wool and, as I had finished all my ‘train’ knitting, I took the opportunity to cast on a new project. I grabbed the last ball on the shelf, a set of needles and off I went.
Just as well, because I missed my train by one minute and the next was delayed, so I had an hour and a half to wait… as well as my two hour journey home.
I wound off a few sections of colour so I could start with the green and worked the rib. As I was knitting I thought about how I could make it more interesting and inspire me to finish both socks…
I looked at my scraps and came up with the ‘Ho, Ho, Ho’ plan. It took a couple of goes to get the spacing right but I think it was worth it.
Here is how I did it…
I wound off two sections of white and one of red so that I started the sock with the green. You can start with whichever colour you choose but you do need two sections of white for the lettering and an extra one of red to finish the last couple of rows of the chart.
This chart is designed for a 60 stitch sock. It doesn’t matter which sock pattern you use as long as you have those 60 sts.
Work down to where you want your lettering then start.
When the yarn changes from white to red, work one round in red…
Note: This round may not start and finish at the beginning of your round. What you need is one full round of red stitches (Round 1 on the chart) to start working the letters on the following round.
If you are working on dpns make sure you divide your work over three needles.
Follow the chart for the next six rounds (you have already worked Round 1). Repeat Round 1 three times across the round.
When you have finished your ‘Ho, Ho, Ho’ section.. just carry on knitting your sock by continuing with the white yarn.
This would also work really well on a plain sock if you have some spare contrasting sock yarn. I would work one round in the contrast colour, work the seven rounds of the chart and work one more round in contrast to make the lettering stand out.
I can’t wait to see what you make, I’ve put a link to this tutorial on Ravelry so please add your projects so I can see your ‘Ho, Ho, Ho’ socks! As you can see from the pictures Spike was rather keen on my new sock too!