Book Review – Socks Yeah DK!

Yes! What we have all been waiting for, the talented Rachel Coopey of Coopknits, the brains behind the amazing Socks Yeah! and Socks Yeah! DK yarns, has released a Socks Yeah! DK pattern book. DK socks I hear you cry! Yes! Speed up your sock knitting with this book and delve into the amazing colour range of Socks Yeah! DK, which might I add we now have in 22 shades!

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Eight original sock designs by Rachel Coopy that are thick, cosy and the perfect antidote to a chilly evening. Cleary written as well as charted, with step by step photo tutorials to help you with tricky parts like Long-tail Cast On and Kitchener Stitch. All knit in three skeins of Sock Yeah DK! Let’s take a look between the covers at a few of the patterns.

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Zlonk looks to be the easiest to knit from the collection and would make a great beginners sock. Simple stripes making for an effective and interesting to knit pattern. Seen here knit in Sphene, Tyburn and Fleet.

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Glipp makes bold and graphic use of garter stitch bumps, creating an entertaining knit. Stripes echoed in the rib are a nice design detail that tie the sock together. Seen here in Tartarus and Aeacus.

sockyeahdk05Bam features one of Rachel Coopey’s signature styles of making a real design statement with the ribbing. Why settle for a boring K1, P1 rib when you can have fun with it and these socks are all about fun. Playing with entertaining textures and colour. You won’t get second sock syndrome with these.  Seen here in Minos, Morpheus and Chiron.

Did I say we have expanded the Socks Yeah DK. Selection here at Knit With Attitude. Well let me welcome: Quartz, Xenon, Beryl, Dollis, Wandle and Prunus.

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If that doesn’t say knit me then I don’t know what does!

 

Yarn Pairings for Pom Pom Issue 21 – Summer 2017

Can you believe that it’s been 5 years of Pom Pom Quarterly?! This issue 21 marks the 5 year anniversary of the independent East London publication, and we couldn’t be more pleased for them! They have loads of celebrations planned for the year, with lots of announcements still on their way, we can’t wait to hear about them all!

Their first celebration is of course Issue 21 – the summer issue! This jam packed with 16 patterns, more than ever before. Also a first for Pom Pom, this issue has 2 different covers,  both with rose gold foil detail.

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As usual we have paired up each project with a yarn you can find at Knit With Attitude. Pom Pom have their customary KAL running in their Ravelry group, and this time of course there are more prizes than ever if you want to join in with something from this issue or any past issue.

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We love the names for the patterns in this issue, they are all different words for celebrations. First up is Anniversaire, an all over cabled sweater by Veera Välimäki, knit in a DK weight. The cables on the body are asymmetrical leaving it a modern and interesting look. We love the idea of knitting it in a lush handdyed yarn like Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK, or something more simple like John Arbon’s Knit By Numbers.

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Bash is one of three colourwork hats in the issue, this one designed by Linda Dubec. It’s knit up in three colours of The Fibre Co’s Cumbria Fingering, a lovely blend of British wools. So many colour options to choose from! It would be fun to pick 2 neutrals and a bright pop colour, or all brights. The skeins are 100g and you wouldn’t need all of them, so there would probably be the possibility of knitting an extra hat if you swapped the colours around. The little pops of colour would be a brilliant use of leftovers as well.

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Bon Bon by Joji Locatelli is a pair of fingerless mittens with a lace textured panel and playful pompoms on the back of the hands. This pattern suits so many of our woolly DK weight yarns like Blacker Swan.

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Boum, by Kiyomi Burgin is a sleeveless tank, perfect for popping on with jeans or a skirt. The shape is simple and timeless, but the stripes make it playful and give lots of room for personalization. For summer wear, a drapey yarn like Stollen Stitches Nua with it’s merino, linen and yak blend would suit well.

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Ceilidh by Julia Farwell-Clay is an all season pullover sweater, knit in a cozy DK/worsted weight yarn. For a warm outerwear sweater this would be great for winter knit up in Léttlopi, or for a more warm weather version choose a cotton/wool blend like Spud and Chloë Sweater. 

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Next up is Festoon, a pair of socks by Rachel Coopey knit up in her own yarn, Socks Yeah! We love this yarn so much, so we love seeing even more inspiration for using it. It’s perfect for socks like this, with the subtle heathering in many of the colours you get visual interest without loosing any patterning and texture.

Fete by Bristol Ivy

Fête by Bristol Ivy is another pullover sweater, with a colourwork patterned collar. The contrast colour is repeated in stripes at the cuffs and hem. A simple yarn like Excelana 4ply lets the design shine through.

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Hoopla is the second hat in the issue, designed by Dianna Walla. This Scandi inspired colourwork hat would be quick to knit up in a thicker weight like Vivacious DK and has a lot of unisex appeal.

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Jamboree is a fine gauge sweater with an allover lace and stripes pattern that looks light as a feather. The sweater uses 3 shades together. It is knit side to side for a twist on construction and to keep the vertical stripes. We love the Purl Alpaca Fine for an all neutrals option, but for a pop of colour look no further than mix and matching with Blue Sky Fibers Baby Alpaca Sport. We think the 2 yarns would work together brilliantly.

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Knees-Up is an answer to the UK’s difficult relationship with summer. It’s not always very warm, but you do want to wear those summer dresses, but no tights. So these legwarmer/knee-high socks are the solution! They are the perfect use of the 2 weights of Socks Yeah! in 4ply and DK.

Rave-by-Alexa-Ludeman-Pom-Pom-Quarterly-Issue-21-Summer-2017

The design duo of Tincanknits are always favourites here at the shop, and their Rave scarf is what we’ve come to expect from them. It is simple in construction, but with modern details and visual interest that keeps a knitters attention. The combination of garter stitch and cables make for another pattern that would appeal to all ages and genders. With lots of colours in Spud and Chloë Sweater, there is something for everyone.

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Sevilla by Thea Coleman is a great summer wrap, and the delicate lace makes it attractive for casual and formal events. A wool/silk blend like Findley DK adds even more to the lush look of the wrap.

Shindig-by-Sachiko-Burgin-Pom-Pom-Quarterly-Issue-21-Summer-2017

Shindig is a shawl from Sachiko Burgin in 2 colours of a wool silk blend with a striped body and lace edging. Can’t you just imagine wrapping up in a shawl of Manos Silk Blend DK?

Soiree-by-Emily-Foden-Pom-Pom-Quarterly-Issue-21-Summer-2017

Cropped sweaters seem to be everywhere this summer, so Soirée by Emily Foden is right on trend. This pullover with cables running up the sides combines a 4ply wool and a mohair for a subtle fabric that softens the cables and stitches. A combination of Tamar and Sweet Georgia Silk Mist would be just divine.

Sparklers-by-Fiona-Alice-Pom-Pom-Quarterly-Issue-21-Summer-2017

The last hat of the issue is Sparklers by Fiona Alice. This hat is knit in two colours of Kettle Yarn Co.’s lush merino/silk/yak blend Beyul, and there’s enough in the skeins to knit 2 hats if the second one has the reversed colours.

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Last but not least, Zazie by Anna Maltz is one of our favourites from the issue! This zig zag pattern has texture that you just want to wrap up in, and the colour combinations would be endless! How delicious would it be in 2 colours of Scrumptious Aran!

Which pattern is your favourite?

Book Review: Socks Yeah! Volume One by Rachel Coopey

One of the best things about working in a knitting shop is getting a first crack at new yarns and books when they come in the door! We are loving Socks Yeah! Volume One, the latest self published title from Rachel Coopey which accompanies her recent yarn line of the same name. We asked Natalie to review it for the blog.

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I am a long time sock knitter, and I have loved having Socks Yeah! in the shop. It’s a perfect workhorse sock yarn with 20% nylon for added strength, and the 50g skeins mean that there are extra possibilities for colour mixing and matching without ending up with loads of leftovers. It was no surprise that Rachel would eventually release an accompanying book for it, and she did not disappoint! The book has 12 sock patterns, as well as tips and tricks in the back to help you out.

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Clearly Rachel had colourful socks in mind when she decided to put out her yarn in 50g skeins, and this book shows it. Of the 12 patterns only 3 are shown in a solid colour! If solid socks is more your jam though, most of them would also look lovely knitted up in a solid colour, as most of it is contrasting heels, toes and cuffs which aren’t as intrinstic to the design than something that uses stranded colourwork. 11 of the patterns are heavily patterned in some way (texture, stripes, colourwork etc), with a bonus reprint of the Dave pattern from the Coop Knits Socks Vol. 2 book. Dave is a perfect plain entry level sock pattern for a knitter who hasn’t done socks, or a classic vanilla pattern for those plain socks we all need to knit once in a while.

So whatever your comfort level, Rachel’s got a sock pattern for you! The hard part is choosing which one to knit first…

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