Recently I’ve taken the leap into designing knitting patterns. My spring-inspired pattern, called Butterfly Lane Socks, is my first forray into this creative art. Let me tell you how this pattern came about.
It has been a long cold winter with little sunshine and I’m anxious for some warm spring weather. Spring has officially arrived but the cold winds off the lake are keeping the temperatures below freezing. The lovely sunshine isn’t enough to keep me warm. The cold winds mean I’m still bundling up in my full winter gear for my daily walks. While walking, I’ve spotted several robins and some brave spring bulbs poking their first leaves through the dirt. These signs of spring are definitely encouraging and hopefully the warmer temperatures are just around the corner.
I just completed a beautiful shawl LBW (Little Bigwrap) that I absolutely loved knitting. The rhythmic act of slipping stitches and changing the yarn colors was very addictive and soothing. Throughout the day I would find myself yearning to sit down and knit just one more row. The shawl is soaking and ready to be blocked as I type this post.
In early March I really wanted to get some spring in my life. Mother Nature wasn’t cooperating with my wishes so I decided to take matters into my own hands. I found my prettiest spring yarn, a delicate yellow hand-dyed sock yarn by Muskoka Yarn Box, which reminded me of daffodils and I set to work creating my own sock pattern.
I’ve never written a knitting pattern so I wasn’t sure where to start. I looked through a very old book of 800 knitting and crochet stitches and I came across a lace pattern called the butterfly stitch. The stitch put a smile on my face as I love butterflies. I quickly discovered I had to re-write the pattern somewhat as are knit in the round. For the cuff, heel flap, and heel/toe shaping I incorporated some of my favorite techniques from other socks I’ve made. The pattern of lacy stitches has been fun to do and easy to memorize.
I love spending time working on them while being a passenger in the car and waiting for various appointments. Knitting helps the time to go by and I find socks are a small project that is easy to take along.
My Butterfly Lane Socks will be finished soon. I am still in the process of writing up the pattern for these socks. Writing the instructions is turning out to be little trickier than I imagined it would be. Hopefully, I will have an easy-to-follow pattern ready to share with you soon!