Sensational Sock Knitters, do you have leftover sock yarn?

Sensational Sock Knitters, do you have leftover sock yarn?

Sock Knitters, do you leftover sock yarn? Then I have the project for you!

I’ll be the first to admit I am not much of a sock knitter. But I do love to wear hand knitted socks. I do make a lot of hats, cowls, shawls and even sweaters with sock yarns and I have various bags of leftover sock yarn. I tend to store them in colour groups which makes it easy when I’m looking for small amounts to add a bit of colour to a project.

The yarns in the photo below are leftovers from a shawl project, two cardigan projects and a hat.

Sock Yarn scaps for Vera, calling all sock knitters
Sock Yarn scaps for Vera, calling all sock knitters

Then I met Vera and she changed my life

Who is this mysterious Vera? How did she change my life?

Emma Sadler, a very good friend of mine, asked me to test knit her new pattern for the Vera Sweater. I was pleased to help and as most of my personal knitting is sweaters or cardigans for myself, it made a lot of sense. I needed a lighter sweater for layering and that would be suitable for Autumn as well as the cold, Winter weather.

Vera is a Sock Yarn Sweater and perfect for Sock Knitters

The main body of this classic, v-neck raglan sweater is knitted with a solid or semi solid sock yarn. But when you get to the sleeves you can go wild and knit a festival of colour using up your old sock yarns. It’s like a party going on all the way to the cuffs.

I usually have at least half a dozen sweaters or cardigans around the house waiting for sleeves. For those who don’t knit sweaters, Sleeve Island is the usual term for this, my sweater is stuck on sleeve island.

Sleeve Island is a big thing in this house and the oldest WIP (work in progress) I’ve found is a Chic Hoodie by Bonne Marie Burns which needs one sleeve. I can’t find the yarn, but I suppose I could rip out part of the sleeve that’s done and make it short sleeved? I digress, back to Vera.

BUT with Vera, I was so excited to get to the next colour of yarn scraps, the sleeves were knitted in a weekend. If you want to sign up for Emma’s newsletter and be notified when the pattern is released, sign up here. She usually does a discount code on launch, so don’t miss it.

Stanhope Sweater, another sock yarn stash buster

Earlier in the year, Emma released her Stanhope Sweater. Fans of Vera on ITV in the UK will recognise the names of the sweaters are inspired by the detective Vera Sanhope. A no-nonsense woman who tells it how it is.

I am trying to convince Emma that her original sample in a light curry colour is too big for her. She has lost weight and is looking fabulous. Really I’m doing her a favour by taking it off her hands, but so far it hasn’t arrived in the post.

Stanhope is another classic V neck, no fancy shaping, just clean lines and the sock yarn does ALL the work by showing off it’s colours, patterns and stealing the show.

Will you be knitting Stanhope or Vera for yourself this Autumn?

Stay safe, be well and be kind. See you again soon for more crafting, chat and yarny goodness.

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Loraine

Combining Pantone Autumn Colours 2020

Combining Pantone Autumn Colours 2020

Combining Pantone Autumn Colours 2020

Today Emma and I chatted on our Facebook Live about the Pantone Autumn/Fall 2020 colours, how to wear them, how to combine the colours and what catwalk trends are for this Autumn/Winter season 2020-2021.

I’ll link to the video, which includes a presentation with the colours for the New York Fashion shows and the London colours which are slightly different.

In the video above, I talk about the London and New York colour trends, suggest possible colour combinations, which colours are bright/clear, soft/muted, warm or cool and how best to make them work for you. Emma shows us her Pinterest board from the Autumn 2020 Fashion catwalks for ready to wear. If you prefer to bypass our intro and chat, the Pantone presentation starts at approx 7 mins into the video.

Link to Emma’s Pinterest Board of the catwalk highlights and lowlights.

Combining Pantone Autumn Colours 2020 – New York

Combining Pantone Autumn Colours 2020- New York colours, top left to right are: Amberglow, Samba, Sandstone.   Middle row: left to right Classic Blue, Green Sheen, Rose Tan.  Bottom row left to right: Ultramarine Green, Fired Brick, Peach Nougat
Colour grid of New York Colours, top left to right are: Amberglow, Samba, Sandstone. Middle row: left to right Classic Blue, Green Sheen, Rose Tan. Bottom row left to right: Ultramarine Green, Fired Brick, Peach Nougat
Combining Pantone Autumn Colours 2020- New York colours, Top row left to right: Magenta Purple, Almond Oil, Blue Depths. Middle row left to right: Sleet, Military Olive
Top row left to right: Magenta Purple, Almond Oil, Blue Depths. Middle row left to right: Sleet, Military Olive

Combining Pantone Autumn Colours 2020 – New York Colour Descriptions

  • PANTONE 16-1350 Amberglow A radiant autumnal orange, Amberglow promotes self-confidence and creative self-expression.
  • PANTONE 19-1662 Samba A voluptuous sultry red, Samba introduces an upbeat energy.
  • PANTONE 16-1328 Sandstone Tied to nature, earthy Sandstone speaks of the rustic outdoors.
  • PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue A boundless blue hue, Classic Blue is evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky opening us up to a world of possibilities.
  • PANTONE 13-0648 Green Sheen Optimistically rebellious, Green Sheen is a bold acidic yellow-green shade that will always stand out.
  • PANTONE 16-1511 Rose Tan A gentle dusky pink, Rose Tan imparts a sense of composure.
  • PANTONE 18-5338 Ultramarine Green Ultramarine Green, a deep cooling blue-green, exudes self-assurance and poise.
  • PANTONE 19-1337 Fired Brick Strong and sturdy, Fired Brick adds gravitas.
  • PANTONE 14-1220 Peach Nougat Nurturing Peach Nougat embraces with its inviting warmth.
  • PANTONE 19-2428 Magenta Purple A hypnotic purple shade, Magenta Purple intrigues and mesmerises.
  • PANTONE 12-0713 Almond Oil Tasteful Almond Oil is a smooth and subtle off-white shade.
  • PANTONE 19-3940 Blue Depths Blue Depths implies an air of mystery and the unknown.
  • PANTONE 16-3916 Sleet Highlighting our desire for longevity, Sleet is a timeless gray that is dependable, solid and everlasting.
  • PANTONE 19-0622 Military Olive Military Olive is a strong and stalwart foundational green tone.

Combining Pantone Autumn Colours 2020 – London

London Colours for Autumn Top Row left to right: Mandarin Red, Samba, True Blue.  Middle Row left to right: , Exhuberance. Military Olive, Celery.  Bottom Row: Ultramarine Green, Strong Blue, Burnt Henna.
London Colours for Autumn Top Row left to right: Mandarin Red, Samba, True Blue. Middle Row left to right: , Exhuberance. Military Olive, Celery. Bottom Row: Ultramarine Green, Strong Blue, Burnt Henna.
London Colours Top Row left to right Tawny Birch, Jet Stream, Sheepskin.  Middle Row Dress Blues and Sleet.
London Colours Top Row left to right Tawny Birch, Jet Stream, Sheepskin. Middle Row Dress Blues and Sleet.

Combining Pantone Autumn Colours 2020 – London Colour Descriptions

Combining Pantone Autumn Colours 2020

  • PANTONE 17-1562 Mandarin Red An amplified and provocative orange-infused red tone, Mandarin Red is a dynamic force.
  • PANTONE 19-1662 Samba A voluptuous sultry red, Samba introduces an upbeat energy.
  • PANTONE 19-4057 True Blue A definitive and reliable blue hue, True Blue is constant and ever faithful.
  • PANTONE 17-1349 Exuberance A good natured and expansive orange shade, Exuberance conveys a message of spontaneity and happiness.
  • PANTONE 19-0622 Military Olive Military Olive is a strong and stalwart green tone imbued with a rich narrative.
  • PANTONE 14-0647 Celery Botanical in feeling, Celery is a vital yellow green that reflects the natural freshness of nature.
  • PANTONE 18-5338 Ultramarine Green Ultramarine Green, a deep cooling blue-green, exudes self-assurance and poise.
  • PANTONE 18-4051 Strong Blue The red undertone we see in Strong Blue injects vibrancy into this confident blue shade.
  • PANTONE 19-1540 Burnt Henna A robust red shade, Burnt Henna combines heartiness with sophisticated earthiness.
  • PANTONE 17-1225 Tawny Birch A rugged and woodsy tan shade evocative of rustic nature.
  • PANTONE 11-0605 Jet Stream Jet Stream is an off-white suggestive of our affinity for raw and recycled.
  • PANTONE 14-1122 Sheepskin A rich camel tone emblematic of naturally coloured fleece.
  • PANTONE 19-4024 Dress Blues Dress Blues conveys a message of integrity and credibility.
  • PANTONE 16-3916 Sleet Highlighting our desire for longevity, Sleet is a timeless gray that is dependable, solid and everlasting.

The main trends on the catwalk this Autumn/Fall are

  • Belted coats and jackets
  • Big check patterns
  • Bell sleeves but bigger than last year
  • Feature collars, either very big or contrasting to the outfits
  • Wide leg trousers
  • Pattern Clash – using lots of different patterns in one garment or several patterns in one outfit
  • Lots of leather coats, jackets, skirts and dresses (faux leather for most of us)

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