After a few months of fabulous patterns that play with texture, it’s time for some fun with colour! I am so pleased to introduce you to this month’s pattern, the shockingly cute Heartgyle Socks by Julia Farwell-Clay, which will have you working intarsia in the round, July’s technique, in no time!
Julia’s charming socks begin at the toe, meaning there’s plenty of plain knitting before you get to the main event, those cheeky little hearts and crosses. They also feature a simple afterthought heel, meaning you get a nice uninterrupted tube of knitting! Knitted in Coop Knits Socks Yeah! 4ply, with its range of totally subtle to terrifically bright, heathered shades, these socks offer plenty of opportunity for playing with colour. The fun end result will wear beautifully, thanks to the 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon blend. We will have some colour combination ideas here on the blog later in the week…
The pattern includes a stepwise tutorial on working intarsia in the round, as well as how to work each of the different colour transitions involved in this design. You’ll be able to work the intarsia with total confidence. If I can, you can too! You can read how I used to feel about intarsia over here in a previous post, but armed with the right pattern and tutorials, it’s not hard at all. I’m a total intarsia convert!
The two socks are mirrored, so that the heartgyle chart sits on the outside ankle on each side. There is plenty of straightforward knitting along in this design, with the intarsia motif on the leg worked over just the right number of rounds to get us settled and then confident. Julia has created a winner of a design for us to upgrade to Masters level with these socks!
Our intarsia in the round knitalong is now open for chatting over in the Ravelry group, where you’ll find a friendly and supportive bunch of knitters to coo over your newfound skills (and lend a hand if you get into a spot of trouble). There’s no requirement to work on the Heartgyle Socks – any project that features intarsia in the round is eligible! And if you decide to share your July Boost Your Knitting project on Instagram, do use the hashtag #BoostYourKnitting so we can ooohh and ahhh over it there!
If you’re ready for a new knitting challenge and haven’t yet joined Boost Your Knitting, why not give it a try? You’ll get all five patterns and tutorials released so far immediately, as well as a new pattern and tutorial through February 2020. The cost is £30 and includes worldwide shipping of the Boost Your Knitting print book in September 2019. We’ve also got seasonal yarn kits, which include all the yarn you’ll need for the summer Boost Your Knitting patterns (including the Heartgyle Socks), as well as 27 stellar shades of Coop Knits Socks Yeah! 4ply in the online shop.
All images in this blog post are © Jesse Wild.