An unexpected and wonderful bonus of my work as a Technical Editor has been meeting designers from all four corners of the world. Scandinavia is renowned for it’s knitting traditions and over the past few years I have been lucky to work and forge friendships with some very talented designers from Sweden and Norway.
You may remember during Summer we took a trip to Gotland to stay with Ann Myhre (pinneguri), in what was a truly magical trip which left a deep and lasting impression on me. I am honoured to know Ann as a friend and she has become a regular visitor on the blog with posts including her recipe for Marcus Bread (marzipan), a look through the wonderful Mittens from the Fairy Forest books published with her design collective ‘Vottelauget’ (The Mitten Guild) and a peek at her own recent collection, Four Ladies and a Gentleman. It is an absolute pleasure to welcome her back this Advent with a Julesokk pattern, perfect for floral displays around the home, as a present for a friend, or simply as a stocking for Father Christmas to leave a treat in!
Julesokk is an Advent gift from Ann to all our readers and is free to download. This decorative Christmas Sock uses many of the techniques you will find in a toe-up sock pattern but without the fuss of a heel, and as you only need to knit one then you will never suffer from second sock syndrome! Worked in DK weight yarn, the pattern uses just under 30g of each colour making it perfect for knitting up leftovers from your stash. It’s a lovely way to practice two-colour knitting and maybe learn a few new knitty techniques such as the Latvian Braid which finishes the sock off. Ann has posted a video tutorial of Judy’s Magic Cast-on over on her blog and there is a description of how to work the Latvian Braid included in the pattern, but we also recommend the following tutorials for techniques you might not have tried before:
A huge thank you to Ann for this wonderful Advent gift which we do hope you enjoy knitting. You can see more of Ann’s amazing designs on Ravelry, follow her daily adventures on Twitter and Instagram, and read her blog over at Med Pinner.
All images © Ann Myhre and used here with permission.