Wheatsheaf Aran Socks

Wheatsheaf Aran Socks

Wheatsheaf Aran Socks Pattern

We recently released our Wheatsheaf Aran Socks Pattern, for sale on Ravelry.    I used some wonderful Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted which was a gift from the lovely Joan Dyer.     The socks use different needle sizes to achieve three sizes from Ladies Small/Child up to a Mens size with options for slim, regular and slouchy fit.

Knitted in aran weight yarn, the Wheatsheaf Aran Socks are a quick knit, easily made over a few evenings of knitting.  Ideal for Christmas knitting or gift knits.

A great stash buster, the Wheatsheaf Aran Socks are a quick knit.   Easily finished in a few evenings by the fire and are toasty warm.     Great for gifting and a chance to use up a bit of stash, you’ll need between 200-260 yards (depending on size and if you make the longer, folded cuff.

wheatsheaf aran socks

wheatsheaf aran socks with folded cuff


Wheatsheaf Aran Socks in Lamb's Pride Worsted

Wheatsheaf Aran Socks in Lamb’s Pride Worsted

wheatsheaf aran socks

The Wheatsheaf Aran Socks have been designed to match the Wheatsheaf Cowl, Wheatsheaf Hat, Wheatsheaf Boot Cuffs and Wheatsheaf mittens.

The socks can be knitted at a tighter or looser gauge/tension and feature ribbing on the cuff, back of the leg, heel flap and sole to ensure a nice fit for many foot sizes. The socks are made for lounging, wearing around the house instead of slippers and relaxing. They’re an attractive sock for lazy days and nights by the fire.

Small US 4-6.5/UK 3-5.5
Medium US 7-9/UK 6-8
Large US 9.5-11/UK 8.5-11

Options for
slim fit: 4mm/US6 for all sock
regular: 4mm cuff, 4.5mm for sock
slouchy 4.5mm cuff, 5mm for sock.

I made samples of the small size using 5mm needles for the body of the sock in Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted, they would easily fit a slimmer foot or a wider foot due to the nature of the yarn and how springy it is.
I made the large size using Stylecraft Heritage Aran (Acylic/wool blend) and 5mm needles. They fit a wider food very well and spring back to shape after a wash.
I made the small size using 4mm needles for the whole sock, this had good hard wearing fabric and was a lovely neat fit.

Sizing and Fit of the Wheatsheaf Aran Socks

If you want a slouchy sock, use larger needles and for a slimmer fitting more hard wearing sock, use smaller needles.
Size small using 4mm needles and acrylic blend yarn would easily stretch to fit a 9 inch foot circumference.
Size small using Lamb’s Pride and 5mm needles would easily stretch to a 10 or 11 inch foot circumference, but be less hard wearing.

If you need to make a longer foot, the charts are set up so you can repeat a section or part of chart as often as you need to get the desired length. I’ve also included which chart row I ended on for each of my samples so you have an idea of how it worked for me.

There are four options for your heel pattern. I’ve used a slip stitch heel and a ribbed heel for the samples, both worked well and gave a good fit.

I’m knitting another pair for Christmas this year, using some Rowan Calmer I had in stash.  It’s so soft and will make such a comfy pair of socks.   I’m tempted to make them in my size and keep them 🙂



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Indie Design Gift Along 2018 – Beginner Patterns Part 1 – Knit

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 – Beginner Patterns Part 1 – Knit

Beginner Patterns, Knit – Indie Design Gift Along 2018

I’m sorry I’ve not blogged for a few days, it’s a busy time of year for my day job and I’ve also been helping out with the Gift Along (as I do every year).     I’ll catch up a bit today with two posts crammed with goodies and ideas and a few discounts and offers I saw along the way.    I’ll also show you a super little gift I bought for myself and one for a very good friend and I think is awesome.   I’m not affiliated with the company and I don’t get commission, I just loved the product and wanted to share it.

Today I wanted to focus on some beginner patterns in the Indie Design Gift Along, a pattern where a total newbie can have a go and create a finished item pretty easily or where a more experienced knitter can learn a technique or skill that’s new to them.     Part 1 is Knit and Part 2 is crochet.

First Up is an offer I saw when browsing beginner patterns in the Giant Bundle of Gift Along Patterns.

If you buy this one and add the Bead Drop Scarf and the Garter Eyes Cowl to your cart at the same time, you’ll only pay for Ma Cherie.     I’m not on commission, I just thought it was a great deal for anyone wanting to try beads on a knitted project and learn a little bit of lace knitting while getting two patterns for free.

Beginners Socks Tutorial Pattern

A good introduction to sock knitting using thicker yarn and larger needles to get you started and give an understanding of sock anatomy and all the common terms used in sock patterns.   Handknit socks are the best and you can learn quickly to customise for fit and comfort.

torto beginner’s cowl

A lovely introduction to cables, working a piece flat and changing to working in the round, it’s soft, warm and super smooshy.     A really great starter pattern if you’ve never worked in the round before.   It’s not scary and it’ll open up a whole new world of knitting to you.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Beginner Knits Torto Cowl

Snowy Evening Boot Cuffs

Worked in the round, a little bit of simple embroidery for the stars but what a gorgeous pair of boot cuffs you’ll have at the end.

Beginner’s Cabled Fingerless Mittens

by Lynette Meek

Easy Ninja Socks

This one encourages you to make the teeny size, ideal for a Christmas decoration or on a key ring, a great intro to socks for everyone.

Easy A

An easy, boxy sweater with some nice finishing touches, so you can learn icord finishing, afterthought pockets – all optional and have a sweater that’s a relaxing, fun knit.

Mount Rainier Hat

A simple and classic hat, with ribbing, an easy introduction to shaping a hat and one that both you and your super fussy MAN will wear.

Easy Crescent Shaped Shawl

There is a youtube video tutorial to go along with this beginner shawl pattern, absolutely brilliant for someone starting to knit and who wants to make a pretty shawl for themselves or a gift.

Easy Looped Scarf

A great beginner pattern suitable for a range of yarn weights/thicknesses.

Star Garland

The star starts as a pentagon worked in the round for the center. Then each of the five points is worked individually back and forth.

Easy Tweedy Cowl

This simple cowl pattern can be knitted at virtually any gauge, with any yarn. The stitch pattern is an easy mix of knits and purls, nearly identical on right and wrong sides, which produces a textured fabric that is suitable for both men and women.      It is knitted in the round, in one piece with no seaming.

Faberge Mittens

A cute slip stitch pattern creates a fabulous and complex looking mitten with beads, when actually it’s all simple techniques, well explained with a photo tutorial and you get to take all the credit for it 🙂

Easy Two-Color Purse Pouch

Great little stash buster using tiny amounts of yarn and makes a great gift or stocking filler for kids.

Checkerboard Scarflet

Simple knit and purl combination creates a great checkboard effect suitable for men and women.  A very easy knit and the chance to add some buttons from your vintage stash is an added bonus.
Last of all, I wanted to show you this product, from Fobbles, it’s called Stash n’ Store and I’ve been sticking my scissors, tapestry needles, cable needles, crochet hooks and stitch markers in mine since it arrived.   I’ve never been so organised.    Bev is closed until the New Year, so this’d be an ideal New Year treat for yourself.
Part 2 will be along later today with Beginner and New to You Crochet Patterns.

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Wheatsheaf Aran Socks

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