Thursday, 20 October 2011

New Pattern: Brick by Brick

Today is the official launch date for Issue One of Knit Now, a brand new UK print magazine specialising in those quick and useful knits we all love for showing off our favourite yarns. And I'm in it!

Photograph Copyright Knit Now Magazine

Found on page 39 of this new magazine is the pattern for my Brick by Brick socks, a simple unisex sock pattern that's perfect for fussy men and yet far more fun to knit that a boring stockinette or plain ribbed sock! I absolutely love this pattern, so much so I've now knit 4 pairs!

Brick by Brick features an optional twisted rib cuff, a stretchy leg pattern that continues down the foot, a simple heel flap and turn, gusset, and a wedge toe finished with just a touch of grafting - making this the perfect knit for a first time sock knitter. It works in a wide variety of sock yarns, and due to the nature of the Brick by Brick pattern, is forgiving to those knitters who struggle to achieve gauge, or, gasp, don't swatch at all! Being knit top down also allows knitters to easily and accurately check for length, which can be difficult in toe up knits (almost all of my toe up socks are too long in the foot, you'd think I'd learn, but no!)

The pattern is shown in the magazine in Araucania Ranco, a great sock yarn, packed with 30% nylon and wool that hasn't been superwash treated, so provided you don't machine wash them by mistake they should last for a very long time (at Knit Nation Judith Mackenzie told me she had just retired a pair of 100 year old wool socks - which seems like a challenge to beat!) I knit a pair in the women's size (UK 5-7) using a wonderful tomato red, which the magazine have styled with some thick tights and walking boots - these are tough socks! I really really love this photo of the men's socks (in a lovely semi-solid purple, size UK 8-10) which unfortunately didn't make it into the magazine (in it's place is another great photo of the men's socks, so I'm happy).

Photograph Copyright Knit Now Magazine
Photograph Copyright Knit Now Magazine
 I've also knit these socks in Sweet Clement Smitten, for the show way back in March (in fact, you can see them in the blog banner), and they are my favourite pair of socks to wear, mostly because after treating them pretty unkindly they are holding up wonderfully well. I seem to be cursed to wear holes over heelturns and above toes, and there's not even a hint of wear on these (I think this is the yarn rather than the pattern, but I'm still enthused!)

I also made a pair for Andrew at around the same time (also in the blog banner) - this time in Easyknits Cherish in Gun Metal (yes, the same yarn and colourway as my Ropery Pullover, I just love it!) He's been very gentle and precious with them, and wore them for the first time in months around the flat yesterday as it was so cold! 

Knit Now Magazine is published by Practical Publishing, who previously have been known for craft magazines such as Creative Cardmaking, Papercraft Essentials and Scrapbook Magazine, and this is their first venture into textile crafts. I think they've done a really good job! The yarn and LYS reviews are of the standard we've become accustomed to from the UK magazines, and the point of difference, small, quick knits in a range of difficulty levels, is a great refreshing change. Knit Now is currently available from WHSmith, Tescos, Sainsburys and all good newsagents for £4.99 or you can subscribe here.

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