Guest Blog Post: Workshop With Cookie A: Stitch Patterns

Designing ribbing to fit cable design socks Cookie A square 1By Alex Capshaw-Taylor / Cables, Designing Patterns / March 25, 2011 / 9 Comments
Sock designer Cookie A.’s tips for modifying stitch patterns for your own designs. Especially helpful when adding a cable design to a sock or anything with ribbing. I can’t wait to try this tip on my next cable-design pattern! Read Post »


Guest Blog Post: Workshop With Cookie A: Adding Stitch-Patterns to Socks

Cabled socks by Cookie A square cropBy Alex Capshaw-Taylor / Cables, Designing Patterns, Lace, Socks, Top-Down Socks / April 1, 2011 / 4 Comments
Three professional tips for adding cables, lace, or other stitch-patterns to your socks, including combining multiple stitch patterns, checking to see if the socks will come out too big or too small, and heel-flap design tips. Read Post »


Guest Blog Post: Workshop With Cookie A: Intuitive Chart-Reading

Knit Symbols workshop with Cookie A squareBy Alex Capshaw-Taylor / Charts, Designing Patterns / March 8, 2011 / No Comments
Guest blogger Alex Capshaw-Taylor attended world-famous sock-designer Cookie A.’s workshop, and, in a three-part guest blog series, shares with us her biggest takeaways. Here, what she learned about intuitively reading knitting charts. Read Post »


Free Pattern: Generic Pattern for Toe-Up Socks with a Fleegle Heel, in Any Weight and Size

Here is a free basic beginner generic sock pattern for toe-up socks, one– or two-at-a-time, using Magic Loop and the Fleegle Heel. Following Fleegle’s famous sock formula, written out in my own words. Design your own socks in any size, for any weight or gauge of yarn.

Free Patterns: Basic Toe-Up Sock Patterns



Recommended Book: A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker

Treasury of Knitting Patterns

Barbara Walker is the most creative mind of the century when it comes to inventing stitch patterns and designs.

Any of her four Knitting Pattern Treasuries are a worthwhile investment for when you are designing something on your own.

Buy A Treasury of Knitting Patterns online


Recommended Book: Harmony Guides: Knit & Purl by Erika Knight (editor)

Interweave Press has put together a gorgeous stitch-pattern book that you can use to add pattern and texture to anything you are knitting.

You’ll get really good at reading a pattern and recognizing what your stitches look like if you experiment with the stitch-patterns in this book.

Buy Harmony Guides: Knit & Purl online


Recommended Book: Harmony Guides: Lace & Eyelets by Erika Knight (editor)

A beautifully-photographed masterpiece with 250 lace patterns to incorporate into your projects. You will learn so much and exercise your creativity when you add these lace patterns to your designs.

Buy Harmony Guides: Lace & Eyelets online


Testimonial: I’ll Use These For All Of My Socks

The instructions provided by Liat Gat were perfect; I love using the magic loop method. I’ll use these instructions for all of my socks, making modifications in stitch patterns. Thanks, Liat!!
  – Susan


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