Spoiler!!  Look What’s Coming Up In My Knitting World!

I have been working very hard on a new knitting pattern.  And very shortly I will be releasing it for sale in my Ravelry Store. This post will give you an insight into how it was designed and some of the features included.


Sock Knitting!

Do you love sock yarn?  I do!  I especially love the self-stripping kind.  There is an amazing array of colours that they can be found in.  And I love to watch how the stripes emerge.  I find myself wanting to do “Just one more row!”

But What Else Can I Knit With It?

From my love of sock yarn, came a desire to make something other than socks from it.  I have previously worked with sock yarn to make hats, but now I was thinking even bigger.  How about an eye-catching lightweight jumper?  It would be perfect for the changing weather.  It would be just enough to keep the chill away that can sometimes linger as we move from winter into spring.  And as summer gives way to autumn you can often find yourself needing an extra layer to ward off those goosebumps early in the morning or later in the evening.

Knitting Swatches!

I know how sock yarn behaves on smaller items.  But I had never worked with it for anything bigger than a hat project.  So I knitted up a few swatches.  I was really interested to see how the stripes changed as the projects were bigger.

If you have read my previous post you will know that I love to knit in the round and I am not a huge fan of the purl stitch.  If I was going to make a jumper it was going to be made in the round.  The perfect project for binge-watching the latest series that I was hooked on.

Strangely enough, the series I was working my way through whilst working on this design was Vera.  If you haven’t seen any episodes yet its a British Detective series, set in the North of England and named after the main character.

And so Stanhope was born!

Knitting Construction

Stanhope is knitted top-down and in the round.  You start at the neck, working in rows back and forth.  I am sorry!  You will have to do some purling stitches at this point whilst you are working flat to increase the stitch count.  But it will be worth it as you will have a gorgeous v-neck.

Hold Those Sleeves!

You will put the stitches for the sleeves on holders whilst you work the body section.  Hoorah!  This is where you can knit, and knit, and knit!  Just remember to follow the instructions for the change of yarn!

Now, About Those Sleeves!

Once the body is done, this is when you will do the sleeves.  Take your time moving the live stitches back onto needles and you are back to knitting in the round.  Then finally this will be followed by the neck band.  

Go Wild With Colour!

I used West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-ply for Stanhope.  It is a wonderfully diverse collection with both plain and stripe yarns designed to work together.  I used Cardamon and Blue Tit.  I can’t wait to see which combinations of colours you come up with.

Ready, Set….

Do you have loads of sock yarn in your stash just waiting to be something other than socks?  Stanhope will be released this week, so off you go!! Get stash diving!!  What will you find?…..


Whilst You Are Waiting Check Out My Other Knitting Patterns…




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