German Short Rows

The On The Other Foot MKAL is now in full swing and it has been great fun watching all the combinations of patterns and colours for the toes and feet appearing in the Ravelry group. We are now into week 3 and this week it is the gusset increases and heels. Both Ann Kingstone and I have used German Short Rows for our heel shaping, but in very different ways. One pattern uses it in a stocking stitch heel and the other in a garter stitch heel.

I like German Short Rows as a short row technique because it is very easy way to create short rows with no gaps at the turning points, it is easy to spot the previous turn compared to many wrap and turn methods and it is almost invisible in the knitting.

I have created the video tutorial below to show this technique both in stocking stitch and garter stitch.

Happy knitting,

Sarah x

On The Other Foot MKAL 2018

Can you believe it has been over a year since Ann Kingstone and I ran our last joint MKAL? We have been busy designing and coordinating an new pattern for this year... On The Other Foot!

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Join us for our third annual mystery knit-along (MKAL), leading you in an intrepid knitting adventure with juicy new techniques to learn, and lots of fun to be had whilst knitting a unique pair of socks.

The MKAL is designed to stretch your creativity by giving you not one, but two options for each section of the socks. We will send out a section of two great linked designs each week and the choice becomes yours. You may decide to make both socks the same, or On The Other Foot (see what we did there?), you may decide to do things differently.

This innovative MKAL will start with part one of the designs on the 9th of March, followed by Part Two on the 16th, Part Three on the 23rd, Part Four on the 30th, and Part Five on the 6th of April. The final full pattern will be revealed on the 13th of April with winners chosen and prizes announced for those who have posted pictures of their completed socks in our Ravelry group forum page. You will automatically receive an email with the pattern update on these dates to download the next section. Each part will have one option designed by myself and one option designed by Ann Kingstone. They can be mixed and matched giving you many different sock pattern options!

We will be supporting you throughout the MKAL with online video tutorials and advice on our blogs, and an online live chat each week. In our Ravelry group we will have forum threads for each update, spoiler threads and a finished sock thread as well as chat and prize giveaways. We love seeing your colour and yarn choices and sharing with you the fun of a MKAL. The last two MKAL - Neck and Neck and On The Other Hand - were great fun and we think this one will be even better!

For this MKAL you will need:


To fit foot circumferences of up to 20½(23:25½)cm/8(9:10)“, measured around the mid-foot. After blocking the finished socks measure 17½(20:22½)cm/7(8:9)” around at the mid-foot. Foot and leg length are customisable.


4ply/fingering weight yarn with approximately 400 metres/437 yards per 100g. You will need 100g of your main colour. You can work the socks entirely in one colour, however two of the ten pattern options involve one or two contrast colours. For each of these pattern options a 20g mini-skein of contrast colour will suffice.

For the prototype socks Sarah used Undercover Otter ‘Singularity’ (100% merino wool), and Ann used Eden Cottage ‘Bowland 4ply’ (100% wool).


Swatch to determine what needle size you need to use to achieve the tension/gauge given below. I used 2.25mm needles (I am a loose knitter!) and Ann used 2.5mm needles. Choose the needle type and length you prefer for small diameter circular knitting.

A stitchmarker.

A cable needle. (Optional)


32 stitches and 44 rounds per 10cm/4” in plain stocking stitch/stockinette, measured after blocking.

Click here to go to the Ravelry pattern page: On The Other Foot

Happy knitting! xxx

Winter Blooms

Winter Blooms is my new collection which is due to be released at Yarndale this year. The collection features twelve patterns inspired by the gardens of Winterfell from the Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin. 

The idea for the book came about from the shows popular catch phrase: "Winter is coming". Every time I picked up my knitting needles with the idea to make something warm and cozy the phrase came to mind. Winter is coming.... better get knitting!

There will be seven garments and five accessory patterns in the collection and each pattern is inspired by a plant that could be grown in a northerly climate. The first pattern will be Weirwood shown on the book cover below, inspired by the important sacred trees from the stories.

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This collection is a WIP (work-in-progess) of its own and I am releasing it in stages. This Friday (15th Sept) the ebook and Weirwood will be available. The next four patterns will be released and added to the ebook over the next 7 days before Yarndale. The remaining seven patterns will be released and added to the ebook over the next twelve months with a final completion in September 2018.

The patterns will be available to buy individually and you will be able to convert past purchases of the individual patterns into the ebook at any time. The price of the ebook will be £15.99 whilst the collection is not complete and will rise once all patterns are released. The print version will also be available to preorder from my website shop from Wednesday. The price is also reduced to £19.99 for pre-orders and includes a complimentary ebook on the preorder only.  The book will be delivered the week of its release in September 2018. I know this is a long time to wait, but I believe it will be worth it!

Happy knitting x