Thursday 1 July 2021

Patterns of the Month: July 2021

A new month, which means new Patterns of the Month! This month I’ve chosen Siren Song Socks - a simple sock pattern that is perfect for summer knitting, and Granny’s Button Jar - a gorgeous intarsia design that would make the perfect baby gift!

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Granny's Button Jar

When I was little I used to love playing with my Mum's stash of buttons, now I'm an adult with children of my own I have a pretty extensive stash of buttons, and my love of buttons inspired this design. Granny’s Button Jar features rainbow-coloured intarsia buttons in a bright-pastel palette on a neutral background.

The blanket is 97 cm × 95 cm (38.25 in × 37.5 in) with the central panel surrounded by a moss stitch border that is knitted at the same time as the rest of the blanket. The main body of the blanket is knitted in stocking stitch and features buttons incorporated using the intarsia technique. Instructions for the intarsia portion of the blanket are included as both a chart and as written instructions. The pattern features a diagram to indicate which order the coloured buttons should be knitted in.

This blanket is knitted in a soft machine washable aran weight yarn, and colour substitutions can easily be made to fit your preferences; the blanket features seven different colours of button.

The pattern is a good choice for newbies to intarsia as it only has one chart to follow, and very few colour changes – you can reduce the number of colour changes further by adding the buttonholes at the end using duplicate stitch.

I chose to knit the sample in a bright pastel rainbow palette, but you can use whatever colours you like – if you have a large stash of aran leftovers you could even make every button a different colour!


Siren Song Socks

I have a large collection of variegated yarns and always struggle to find patterns that won't be overwhelmed by the yarn. One solution is to knit what is essentially a vanilla sock with a slipped stitch detail, an idea that led me to my Siren song socks. The stitch pattern is used in a single panel along one edge of each foot (the socks are a mirrored pair), and is easily memorised.

The socks are named after the Siren, a mythical creature, whose call was said to lure sailors to rocks – the stitch pattern used is one that will have you saying 'just one more round' as you watch the pattern emerge.

The pattern is knitted from the top-down and is written to be needle-neutral and can be knitted using either the magic-loop technique, short circulars or DPNs, depending on your individual preference. The pattern also features helpful hints for beginners.

The cabled stitch pattern is given as both a chart and written instructions.

The Siren Song Socks make a great summer holiday knit as they don’t require much concentration, but are interesting to knit – you might even be able to knit them while you’re the passenger on a long car journey!

The patterns works really well with any sock yarn – speckled, variegated, solid or striped – maybe you could cast on a pair with a holiday souvenir skein so you can daydream about your holiday while you knit?


Want to pick up the patterns without the discount code? You can find them here:

 Granny's Button Jar:

Siren Song Socks:

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