Diamonds and Rakers Socks

One of the things that originally made me want to learn to knit is argyle. I have always loved it so much which is why I designed this classic, 3-color argyle sock pattern. They are not as tricky as they appear because almost the whole thing is worked flat then seamed up the inside of the foot/leg.

The pattern covers 6 sizes ranging from a US women's shoe size 5 to a US men's shoe size 14. They have just enough negative ease to be snug and comfortable. 

I have some of the Merino Drip Argyle skeins listed in the shop but if you would like to special order a specific color combination, please contact me. You could make argyle socks in the colors of your school or favorite team. You could do seasonal or holiday themed socks. The pattern is available in the shop or through Ravelry

Merino Rain - New Base and a Discount Code

I have been working with my new base, Merino Rain, and am really enjoying the results so far. This yarn has four plies which are twisted enough to give it a smooth texture with crisp stitch definition and a slightly bouncy hand. The merino is soft with very little halo and when knit, the fabric has a nice drape.

To celebrate the new addition to the GDF lineup, I'm offering a 10% discount on Merino Rain. Use the code MERINORAIN at checkout to apply the discount. Coupon is valid through this Sunday, July 30.

Vanilla Hat - A Free Knitting Pattern

Vanilla is sometimes used an adjective to mean something plain so it seemed like the perfect name for this pattern. I wanted the perfect plain hat that could show off a unique skein of speckled or variegated yarn, show the beautiful tonal shifts in an understated semi-solid, be easily adaptable if I wanted to change it up a little, or even satisfy the most picky gift recipient who only likes plain things (don't we all have at least one of these?).

I came up with this folded brim, stockinette hat. The brim is knit with a smaller needle size so it gives the hat a snug, comfortable fit that stays put without squeezing around the bottom. There are 3 sizes to choose from and you can make it fitted or slouchy. My sister has very curly hair and she likes her L slouchy version because she can keep warm without getting serious hat hair.

You will need one skein of Merino Storm for this pattern and to be able to do a provisional cast on. Other than folding the brim and decreasing to shape the crown, the whole thing is stockinette stitch so it is suitable for an adventurous beginner.

There are so many fun ways you can modify this hat. You can add stripes, ombre stripes, color blocks, a pompom or use a contrasting color for the inside of the brim.

Click here for the free pattern PDF

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