I’m over the moon to properly introduce my newest pattern, the Moving Forward sock pattern, to you today! To follow-up with this good news, I’ve already announced in my earlier article that I’ve partnered with Le Chat qui Tricote to create this new pattern and the Moving Forward sock pattern is included in their Spring (special sock) Box! Without further ado, let’s dive into the details of this new pattern.
I’ve been wanted to work with this particular yarn + colour combo for ages. It was basically my absolute dream yarn. Each time we spoke new designs with Mathilde and Camille from Le Chat qui Tricote I tried to lure them into using it. I’m quite
stubborn loyal about things I love, and I do LOVE this colourway since the minute they first added it to their e-shop years ago. Each time we found better suited yarn bases or colours. But it does scream Spring, am I right? Which means we HAD TO USE IT!
So here I was, in their shop, dancing a (little) joy dance with my new skein of The Uncommon Thread Tough Sock of my own. To be honest, I knew pretty much immediately how the sock would turn up. Even though winter is my favourite season, I welcome spring with joy every year. A change of season is always a good time to start to look ahead. With nature blooming all around, new adventures are just around the corner, waiting for us to discover them. We only have to move forward and embrace the change. And what better than arrows (or Mario Kart accelerators #geekalert) to push us in the right direction?
HOW IT’S MADE
I always try to have both a simple and a more complex project on my needles. This one was definitively the simpler one. That’s why he Moving Forward socks are worked from the cuff down. You often ask me which way of knitting socks is easier. I do truly think that both ways are as easy, it only depends how you first learnt it. And I learnt to knit socks from the cuff down, knitted so many pairs like this, that by now I know my numbers by heart. So for me, it’s less work to design and/or knit a sock from the cuff down.
Its simple but delicate lace is featured both on the front and the back of the sock. It stops right before a simple slip stitch flap heel, which is my absolute favourite sock heel. It’s reinforced, it can allow crazy variations, and I just love to knit both the flap and the heel turn. I’m even kind of addicted to it #randomweirdfact .
You’ve read the story of this yarn above. What more to say about it? Well, I’m glad you asked! The yarn base of our choice is Tough Sock from Uncommon Thread. I’m diving deep in how to choose the right kind of yarn to knit socks in my upcoming sock book, but here’s my take on the subject for this particular yarn base: it’s a really good sock yarn!
BlueFaced Leicester have long hair staples which ensure not much pilling and good yarn stability. Plied with nylon as it’s the case here, it will wear beautifully and as the matter of fact, the twist of this base is quite high, with also increase its durability. Basically, it checks every one of my requirements to make a good sock yarn!
The Moving Forward pattern is available from my Ravelry shop and my own e-shop, as always both in English and French. It has been professionally tech-edited by James Bartley and reviewed by some skillful Sneak-Peekers (thanks so much ladies!) who knitted stunning socks. If you don’t want to knit your socks alone, you can join the Tisserin Coquet Ravelry group or the Tisserin Brood Facebook group anytime and I’ll be happy to answer your questions.
What you’ll need to knit your own Moving Forward socks:
- The Moving Forward pattern (obviously!) – available in Ravelry or my e-shop.
- 1 skein of fingering yarn: 270 [360, 400] m / 295 [394, 437] yds of fingering weight yarn. – I used 1 skein of The Uncommon Thread Tough Sock, col. Spumoni.
- 2.5 mm / US #1.5 – at least 60 cm / 24” circular needle for magic loop, or double-pointed needles, or two circular needles to work in the round.
- 1 stitch marker.
- 1 tapestry needle to weave in all ends.
As I was saying at the beginning of this post, the Moving Forward sock pattern is included in Le Chat qui Tricote Spring Box! And let me tell you, this one more filled with sock maddness than ever. Each box contains the Moving Forward printed patterns, a code for you to add the pattern to your Ravelry librairie, one skein of The Uncommon Thread Tough Sock in your colour of choice and a few more extras that you can discover in yesterday’s article.
The Spring Box is available on Le Chat qui Tricote shop in twelve (!!) different colours! Don’t hesitate too long before choosing yours, some colours stocks are selling fast!