Knitterice Allsorts

Knitterice Allsorts

First things first; dudes!  Thank you so much for all the postive feedback on Esme and Torbay.  Within 12 hours of The Inside Loop going live, someone had finished an Esme hat!  Want to see?  Go here and revel in it’s better-than-the-original glory.


I’m getting there.  I may not be a pair-of-socks-in-four-days gal, but when I apply myself, I don’t do too badly.

First, the Mystery Socks, or Mad For Plaid as they shall now be called:


The red “dots” down the sole is my running yarn marker.  I move it forwards and backwards every two rounds so it makes counting rounds and matching the other sock much easier!

Sock 1 is finished (well, I’ve got the toe to graft, but that’ll take about 2 minutes!) and sock 2 is ready to have stitches picked up around the heal flap.  Just to remind you that the cuff doesn’t look like it’s supposed to because I put the purl row before the knit row (this makes sense if you have the pattern, but never mind!)

Next, my second pair for the November Sock-along on Ravelry, Wendy’s Toe Up Socks with a Difference


The difference is that the gusset increases are on the sole of the foot

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To wear, they don’t feel much different so, apart from looking different, I’m not sure what the advantage would be to make a pair like this.  Having said that, when I’ve finished I’ll be able to say I’ve knit them and won’t have discarded the idea without the practical application!

Cricket Vest:

I have before and after shots for this one




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Can’t really see much difference, but I ripped the whole thing out and start again.  Definition of irony? After years of knitting stuff for my mum that turned out too small, she looses weight and I knit something too big!

I’m now knitting the smallest size (26″ finished bust) but I’ve omitted every alternate cable panel to give it more of a cricket vest look (and hopefully to stretch the yardage a little bit further), so it’s coming out about 38″ finished.

Finally (and rather sadly):

To the person who did a “Print Screen” of one of my photos, cropped out the blog address I superimpose on my photos to stop people doing this and then uploaded it to Blogger’s image server – not cool.  You know who you are, I know who you are.  If the image isn’t removed, I’ll name you.  And next time you steal someone’s property you might not want to link back to their blog because it shows up on their stats.



Hollywood stars holidaying on the French Riviera in the late 1950s was my inspiration for this cardigan (although it is named for an area on the South coast of England known as the “English Riviera”).
Torbay is knit from the neck down in a seamless yoke style and features a simple cable down both fronts, garter stitch welts, and trims in a contrasting yarn.

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If I look like I’m melting, it’s because I took these photos in June, on the one day of Summer we had this year!

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Anyway, I like top down cardigans, but I wanted something a bit different to the usual raglans.  I love the look of yoke cardigans and so with much head-scratching and a lot of maths, I created “Torbay”.

For me, it’s the little details in this design like the contrast colour cast on and the garter stitch welts.  But I’m biased!

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I nearly tore my hair out trying to get the maths right for each of the sizes (which I had to work out individually) but I hope you will agree that it’s worth it!

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Name: Torbay cardigan from the Winter issue of The Inside Loop

Yarn: Patons Diploma Gold Aran (180 m/100 g) in colour: Cocoa 08218

Size made: 43 inches to fit 44.75 inches/109 cm to fit 114 cm

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The End! 😀



Esme (pronounced ezz-mee, it’s a Scottish girl’s name!) is a quickly-knitted hat which gives you two looks in one.  Worn on the top of the head, it’s a tam.  With the cabled brim pulled down over the ears, it becomes a cloche hat.  Knit at a tighter tension than recommended, the yarn makes a warm fabric, perfect for the cooler weather.

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Yarn: 1 (2, 2, 2) skeins Sirdar Click Chunky (75 m/50 g) in colour: 0155 (Echo).  Adult Medium used 70 g (approx. 105 m)


16 sts and 21 rows = 10cm/4inches in stocking stitch in the round
Note: for substitution purposes, chose a yarn with a tension of 14 sts and 19 rows = 10 cm/4 inches in stocking stitch.

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FO: Meret (Mystery Beret)

FO: Meret (Mystery Beret)


Pattern: (name, author, source): Meret (Mystery Beret) by Woolly Wormhead (only available through Ravelry) [My Ravelry Project Page]

Size(s): (to fit, finished size): Medium Extra Slouchy to fit 21″ head


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Free pattern: Toe Cap

Free pattern: Toe Cap


Ideal for diabetics, people with Raynaud’s Disease or simply if you have cold toes, this little cap knits up very quickly and uses very little yarn.  Perfect for those last few yards of left-over sock yarn.

Yarn: Sock/fingering weight yarn, approx. 30 m/6 g made one toe cap of size given.


Needles: Five double pointed needles (or preferred style for working in the round) in size to obtain tension

Tension: 28 sts and 36 rounds per 10 cm over stocking stitch in the round

Materials/notions: set of 5 double pointed needles or type of needles you prefer, in size to obtain tension listed above

A blunt sewing needle.


  • K = knit
  • P = purl
  • Kf/b = knit into front and back of stitch (1 st. increased)
  • rnd = round


Using Judy’s Magic Cast On method (or preferred method) cast on 12 sts (6 per needle).

K 1 round, distributing sts even over needles

Inc. rnd: (K1, Kf/b, K2, Kf/b, K1) twice

Rep. this rnd 8 times [44 sts], then every alternate rnd until 64 sts are on the needles.

Instep stitches: (K1, P1) across half sts.
Sole sts: K.

Work in this manner for approx. 2 cm.

Work K1, P1 rib over all sts for another 3 cm or until reached desired length.

Cut length of yarn approx. 30 cm long.

Using the sewn method, cast off all sts.

Weave in ends.


Legal note: I am offering this pattern for free. Do not sell this pattern. I encourage you to make some for charity or for someone you know who needs their toes kept warm. Donations to charity or for raffles and the like is OK.  If you use this pattern, please consider making a donation to a health or age-related charity.

(C) Amy Pickard 2008.