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Free Knitting Pattern: Toe Up Ginkgo Socks

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Many years ago, I designed these Gingko Socks to keep my feet warm and comfy.  The original pattern was tailor-made to fit my tiny, narrow feet, but this year I decided to update the pattern and offer it in two larger sizes.

And now, I’m giving my beloved updated Gingko Socks design away as a FREE PATTERN at the foot of this page! It’s a little Thank You to everyone who follows my blog and enjoys knitting my Cotton & Cloud original designs!

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As the name suggests, my Gingko Socks were inspired by the beautiful sweeps of vivid, yellow leaves that collect under Japanese gingko trees in autumn. I used to love collecting them as a child in Japan, because I was fascinated by their unusual shape. Later, as young pharmacist, I was also interested in the gingko plant for its medicinal properties. And finally, as an avid knitter and knitwear designer, I just had to design something that featured the patterns and colours of this amazing plant!

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The updated pattern uses gorgeous Socka yarn, from Sparkle Duck. It’s wonderfully squishy and beautifully hand-dyed to a semi-solid, warm yellow. This shade is called Honey, but you can find lots of other amazing colours here.

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The socks are knitted from the toe-up and I used Judy’s Magic Cast-on Method, for a seamless start.  It’s a fast, enjoyable knit and perfect for using up an odd ball of sock yarn from your knitting box. You’ll love how soft and warm these socks feel on your feet!

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Please note that this pattern is a free pattern so it has not gone through rigorous technical editing process. If you think there is an error, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Size
S (M, L)
Foot length of 22 (25, 27) cm.
Circumference 19 (20, 21.5) cm

Yarn
Sparkelduck Socka (80% superwash merino wool, 20% nylon; 365m [400yds]/100g skein)
1 x 100g skein of Honey
Please note that the yarn quantity is calculated based on the actual foot length of 22 (25, 27) cm.

Tension
33 sts and 45 rows to 10 cm over stocking stitch using 2.5mm needles.

Needles & Accessories
1 set of 2.5mm (UK 13-12/US 1-2) double-pointed-needles (DPNs)
Yarn needle to weave in ends

Abbreviations
DPNs – double-pointed needles
K – knit
kwise – knit wise
m – marker
M1L – Make 1 left slanting: Bring the tip of left-hand needle under the strand between sts, from front to back. Knit into the back of this loop.
M1R – Make 1 right slanting: Bring the tip of left-hand needle under the strand between stitches, from back to front. Knit this loop.
P – purl
pwise – purl wise
pm – place marker
rnd / rnds – round / rounds
sl – slip
slm – slip marker
SSK – Slip, slip, knit: (Slip 1 kwise) twice, knit the 2 slipped sts tog
st / sts – stitch / stitches
tog – together
wyb – with yarn (in) back

PATTERN
Toe
Cast on 24 (28, 28) sts using Judy’s Magic Cast On method.
Rnd 1: Pm, K13 (15, 15), pm, knit to end. 13 (15, 15) sts for the first half and 11 (13, 13) sts for the second half.
Inc rnd: K1, M1L, K to 1 st before m, M1R, K1, slm, M1L, K to 1 st before m, M1R, slm – 4 sts inc’d.
Note: Instead of using M1L and M1R for either side of the heel gusset, you could use yb then yf and work these yarn overs through the back of loop on the following round to twist the stitch to close the hole. The direction of the twist would be towards the left and the right, respectively to make a neat gusset.
Rep the Inc rnd every rnd once more. 32 (36, 36) sts.
Rep the Inc rnd every other rnd 7 (7, 8) times in total. 60 (64, 68) sts.
Last Inc rnd: K to m, slm, M1R, knit to end. 61 (65, 69) sts, 31 (33, 35) sts for the first half and 30 (32, 34) sts for the second half.
Work 1 rnd straight.

Feet
Work chart 1 (2, 2) for the first 31 (33, 35) sts of the sock. Work in stocking stitch for the second half of the rnd.

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Cont in patt until the length of the sock measures 12 (13.5, 14.5) cm from cast on or 10.5 (11.5, 12.5) cm less than your intended length of the socks.

Shape Heel Gusset
Next rnd: *Patt to m, slm, M1L, knit to m, M1R, slm.
Next rnd: Knit.
Rep all from * 12 (14, 15) times more. 87 (95, 101) sts – there should be 31 (33, 35) sts for the first half and 56 (62, 66) sts for the second half.

Heel Flap
Next row (RS): Patt to m, slm, K13 (15, 16), (sl1 pwise wyib, K1) 14 (15, 16) times in total, sl1 pwise wyib, SSK, turn.
Next row (WS): Sl1 pwise, P28 (30, 32), P2tog, turn.

You will now be working these 30 (32, 34) sts as heel flap in flat knitting.
Next row: §Sl1 pwise wyib, K1; rep from * 13 (14, 15) times more, sl1 pwise wyib, SSK, turn.
Next row: Sl pwise, P28 (30, 32), P2tog, turn.

Rep all from § 11 (13, 14) times more – there should be 30 (32, 34) sts left between the 2 markers for the second half.

Next row (RS): K to m, M1R, slm.
62 (66, 70) sts – 31 (33, 35) sts for both front and back. You will now be working in the rnd.
Cont in patt as chart 1 (2, 2) for both the front and back of the sock.
Note: Although the charts 1 (2) show rows from 1 to 14 (12) rows, respectively, continue from the row you have left on the first front of the socks to ensure the pattern continues throughout the piece.

Work until the piece measures 12 cm from the end of the heel flap.
Inc rnd: K31 (33, 35), M1; rep from * to end. 64 (68, 72) sts.

Rib
Next rnd: *K2, P2; rep from * to end.
The above rnd form 2×2 rib.
Cont in rib for 4cm. Cast off all sts loosely.

Finishing
Weave in ends and block the socks to measurement.

Teapot Dimensions: Knit for Friends & Family

I want to share with you today a one-page pdf I made recently. In Simply Knitting issue 99, there are 6 small gift knitting patterns for friends and family using Sublime Yarns. This was a fun project and I really enjoyed designing all of them.

Simply Knitting Issue 99 …read more

Red Nose Corsage Knitting Pattern by Juliet Bernerd

Firstly, I would like to pray for the safety of all the Japanese people who are suffering from the earthquake & tsunami. My family is all Ok at the moment but my brother-in-law is stuck in Tokyo. I hope he can get back home quickly.

So today is all about giving. Last week, I met with Juliet who is the editor of The Knitter magazine for a nice knittery chat :D. She is a lovely person and I was so thrilled to meet her. She is multi-talented and is deeply passionate about knitting. With her positive energy, I now understand why The Knitter is always full of well-thought practical, yet fashionable patterns and forefront knitting articles.

Red Nose Corsage. You gotta make this one :D

Red Nose Corsage. You gotta make this one :D

18th March is Red Nose Day in the UK. It’s a day where everyone gets involved and do something fun to raise money for charity. On the day I met her, she had this really cute flower corsage. I fell in love with it so I asked her about it. She told me that it was a charity knitting pattern that she designed for Red Nose Day. I just had to make one.

Excellent mini stash busting project. I was able to untangle this yarn which was left like this for over 5 years.

Excellent mini stash busting project. I was able to untangle this yarn which was left like this for about 5 years.

Clever construction of the nose. Look how cute it is!!!! I might have to start making knitted plush in future. Super squishy and super cute.

Clever construction of the nose. Look how cute it is!!!! I might have to start making knitted plush in future. Super squishy and super cute.

Finished. Thoroughly enjoyable pattern. I can't wait to wear it outside and show it off to people in town!

Finished. Thoroughly enjoyable pattern. I can't wait to wear it and show it off to people in town!

I used my old stash, Rowan Yorkshire Tweed 4 ply for the Red Nose and the leaves. For the petals, I used Kidsilk Haze. I am deciding whether I should put it on a clip or on a hairband.

If you would like to knit this pattern, HERE is her charity knitting pattern page. It would be wonderful if you could donate something in exchange of this cute little pattern ;) Also, do have a look at The Knitter’s charity knitting page. For those who are into charity knitting, this page is very good because it is current and fun.

Happy weekend everyone!

FREE PDF Knitting Pattern – Frilled City Scarf

It’s May already… and you know what this means? It’s the month of my 10k run!!!

Today, I would like to share with you my latest FREE knitting pattern called “Frilled City Scarf”.

C&C's latest free charity knitting pattern :D

C&C's latest free charity knitting pattern :D

The pattern includes 2 versions: medium length to wear as above and the long version for those who would like to do the European loop (I found a webpage to show you how you can wear scarf here).

A nice not-so-wide scarf, ideal for cold sunny days in the city.

A smart not-so-wide scarf, ideal for cold sunny days in the city.

You can see I am totally into frill knitting at the moment. I based the main scarf pattern as the leaf motif. Bobbles are added to make them look like red fruit stuck on the leaves :D

This brings back lots of my fond childhood memories of red fruit plants like lantern plants in Japan. I think wearing accessories should makes you happy as much as make you look good.

Usually knitting a scarf for a gift is a long process but this pattern is a fun and quick knit and is ideal for a gift.

Usually knitting a scarf for a gift is a long process but this pattern is a fun and quick knit and is ideal for a gift.

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Free Knitting Pattern: Seamless Knitted iPhone Case

My iPhone must travel in style, soI made this toy-like retro-style iPhone purse for me to share share with you as a FREE knitting pattern!

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This knitted iPhone case is double-layered so that it will protect your precious devise. It is knitted in the round and is seamless using Judy’s Magic Cast-On method. Her site is here. This Flexy Internal Purse Frame which you can get from my store is used to safely hold the content without scratching it.

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Size
Width: 10 cm x Height: 14.5 cm (5.7”) x Depth: 2 cm (0.8”)

Yarns
Jamieson’s Shetland Double Knitting (100% pure Shetland wool; 75m [82yds] per 25g ball)
1 x 25g ball of Mustard (425) as main colour (MC)
1 x 25g ball of Mogit (107) as contrasting colour (CC) for the pocket

Tension / Gauge
20 sts and 30 rows to 10 cm over stockinette stitch using 4 mm needles.

Needles & Accessories
One set of 4 mm (UK 8/US 6) DPNs (if you are confident in working in Magic Loop method, you can use a circular needle)
Waste yarn
2 markers
1 x Flexy Internal Purse Frame 10 cm (4”)

Abbreviations
byo – Backward yarn over: On RS, bring yarn from back to front over right needle, then back again between needles. On a subsequent WS row purl to twist the stitch to close the hole.
CO – cast on
DPNs – double-pointed needles
K – knit
MC – main colour
P – purl
PSSO – pass the slide stitch over
rnd / rnds – round / rounds
sl – slide
SSK – slip, slip, knit (slip the first stitch as if to knit, slip the second stitch as if to knit, then slide the left-hand needle into the front part of both stitches and knit them together)
tbl – through the back of the loop
tog – together
yo – On RS, bring yarn from back to front between needles, then to back again over right needle.  On a subsequent WS row, purl through the back loop to twist the stitch to close hole.
yo – yarn back
st / sts – stitch / stitches
st st – stockinette stitch

Pattern Notes
If you are confident in working in Magic-Loop method, you can use circular needles instead of DPNs.
The photos show the purse being made using Magic-Loop method.

Outer Body
Using Magic cast on method, cast on 30 sts using. Join to work in the rnd.

Setup rnd: Knit.
Rnd 1: *K1, yo, K1, byo, K12, yo, K1, byo; repeat from * once more. 38 sts (figs. 1 & 2)
Rnd 2 and every alternate rnd: Knit, but tbl the yo made on the previous rnd so as to close the hole.
Row 3: *K1, yo, K3, byo, K12, yo, K3, byo; repeat from * once more. 46 sts.
Cont in st st until the purse meas 9.5 cm from cast-on edge.

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Pocket rnd: K5, then K13 with a piece of waste yarn, transfer the 13 sts back onto the left needle then knit with MC to end (fig. 3).
Cont in st st until the purse meas 13.5cm from cast-on edge. Place a removable marker on the 1st and the 24th stitches to mark the row (fig. 4).

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Top Edge Tucks
You will now be working the first 23 sts back and forth in flat knitting.
Next row (RS): K23 sts, place next 23 sts on waste yarn.
§Cont in st st for 2.5cm from the removable markers ending with a WS row.

**Tuck row (RS): Pick a stitch 10 rows directly below using left needle and K2tog with the stitch, *K1, pick a stitch 10 rows directly below and K2tog with the stitch. Repeat from *10 times more. Leave all 23 sts on waste yarn (figs. 5 to 8).

Return the other 23 sts on hold to DPN and rep all from §.

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Interior
Return all 46 sts onto DPNs. Evenly distribute sts over the needles. Rejoin yarn to work in the rnd.
Next rnd: *SSK, K19, K2tog; repeat from * once more. 42 sts.
Note: Stitch numbers are reduced here so that the interior will tuck in snugly.
Cont in st st until the purse meas 12.5cm from the tuck row (marked as **) (fig. 9).

Next rnd: *K3, SSK, K12. K2tog, K2; repeat from * once more. 38 sts.
Next rnd: Knit.
Next rnd: *K1, sl1, K2tog, psso, K12. K3tog; repeat from * once more. 30 sts.
Next rnd: Knit.
Break yarn leaving a tail of approx. 40cm and carefully graft the opening using Kitchener method (fig. 10).
Tuck in the interior into the exterior piece.

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Pocket
Carefully unravel 13 sts for the pocket and inserting DPNs into the free stitches above and below as you unravel.
You should have 13 sts below and above (fig. 11).
Rejoin yarn from the bottom right corner to work in the rnd.
Cont in st st for 7 cm (fig. 12).
Break yarn leaving a tail of approx. 40cm and carefully graft the opening using Kitchener method.
Tuck in the pocket inside.

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Making Up
Weave in ends.
Gently steam block the purse to measurements.

Insert Flexy Internal Purse Frame
Your purse frame should have one side open. Insert the frame into the top casing of the knitted pouch (fig. 13). Push the frame all the way in.
Join the free ends together and place the screw into the hole of the joint (fig. 14). At this stage the screw will not easily go all the way in.
Carefully turn upside down. Keeping the joint securely held with your fingers, gently hammer the screw into the hole all the way. This will secure the joint edge.

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Enjoy!

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FREE PDF Purse Pattern – Mini Purses (Flat & Puffy)

How are you all? Hope your week is going well. Holiday is just around the corner and I am releasing my new sewing pattern for making mini purses. I am also sending out my newsletter tomorrow and you will find out what Holiday offers Cotton & Cloud has ;)

Mini purse frames

Mini purse frames

The great thing about this pattern is that you can make lots of them from a piece of fat quarter fabrics. So you can turn your fabric remnants into cute little purses!

Another thing is that you can make TWO VERSIONS of the purses: flat and puffy styles. Surprisingly, puffy style is easier to make (well this is from my own experience).

Flat version

Flat version

Puffy version

Puffy version

The mechanics of these purses are very simple. The pattern has 5mm seam allowance. For the puffy version, you will first need to make two pleats. You will be joining both the interior and exterior pieces with the RS facing together to turn RS out so there are no visible raw edges at the joining of the purse frame (if you see what I mean?).

For this pattern, Mini Round Purse Frames are used.

For the interlinings, I used Vilene General Purpose Single-Sided Fusible (I LOVE this interlining because it’s so versatile – I use it literally for everything) and Vilene Fusible Fleece Single Sided: Light Loft (but this is optional – use it only if you want the purse to be a softer and puffier).

Fabrics used in the photo are some of my Japanese remnants as well as Kokka Ume fabrics from my shop.

The more the better.

The more the better.

The pattern can be downloaded from HERE or click the little thumbnail below (PDF file size: 1.5MB):

If you like the pattern, please re-tweet this post (you can click on the button near the title which says re-tweet). Hope you enjoy. Happy holiday crafting!

FREE PDF Sewing Pattern Donwload – Easy Lunch Tote

lunch tote 1 I have a FREE PDF sewing pattern download to share with you :D yay! You might have already noticed it from the right column of my blog but I thought I would properly write about it.

lunch tote 3My my lunch is often shoved into a plastic bag last minute before I leave home. It has come to a point that I really needed a nice bag that I can quickly put my lunch in it and grab and go out.

lunch tote 2I won’t bore you with too much mechanics of this bag. Though if I were to mention just one thing about this bag is the contrasting wide gusset which allows you to put a fairly large Tupper Ware (which has your yummy lunch in it). I have used Colourful Japanese Fans (natural) fabric and light loft fusible fleece.

lunch tote 4You can download the pattern directly by clicking here. Enjoy!

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Free Knitting Pattern: Extra Warm Men’s Scarf (Women can definitely wear it!)

Extra Warm Men’s Scarf is a thick scarf featuring all over knot stitches. It’s easy to customize to the size of you want: the knot stitches are worked over multiple of 3 sts plus 1 and there are 1 slipped selvage stitches on either sides (making the overall repeat as multiple of 3 sts).
Knit slightly looser than your usual tension as it will make it easier for you to work on p3tog to make the knot stitch.

Depending on the kind of yarn you use there many be a gap between the knots. You can minimize this by either using the yarn which are squishy (e.t. Rowan CashSoft Aran) or use slightly smaller needles to work the stitches. The gap could be minimised by wet blocking. Try also making a swatch and wet block before you work.FINISHED SIZE
18cm / 7.1” width, 150cm / 60” length

YARN
6 x balls Rowan Classic Cashsoft Aran (Cashmere: 10%, Merino Wool Extra Fine: 57%, Acrylic Microfibre: 33%; 87m (95yds)/50g ball) in Kale (00007)
Unfortunately the yarn is now discontinued but you can use any Aran weight yarn (500-550m (546-600yds) is the approx. length used)

TENSION
23 sts and 25 rows to 10cm over knot stitch using 4.5 cm needles.

NEEDLES & ACCESSORIES
A set of 4.5mm (US7) needles see note above.

SPECIAL ABBREVIATIONS
MK – Make knot. The MK is worked on the WS row as follows: p3tog, then without taking the stitches from the left needle, yo, then p3tog into the same stitches. There are no change in the overall stitch number.

PATTERN
Cast on 37 sts.
Row 1 (RS): Sl1 kwise, *P1, K1; rep from * to end.
Row 2 (WS): Sl1 pwise, K1, P1; rep from * to end.
These 2 rows form 1×1 rib with 1 slipped selvage stitch on either sides.
Work row 1 once more.
Inc row (WS): Sl1 pwise, rib3, (M1, rib4) 8 times, rib to end. 45 sts.

Main Section
Row 1 and every alternate row (RS): Sl1 kwise, K to end.
Row 2 (WS): Sl1 pwise, *MK; rep from * to last 2 sts, P2.
Row 4: Sl1 pwise, P1, *MK; rep from * to last st, P1.
Row 6: Sl1 pwise, P2, *MK; rep from * to last 3 sts, P3.
These 6 rows form patt.
Repeat these 6 rows until the scarf measures approx. 150 cm ending with a WS row.

Dec row (RS): Sl1 kwise, k3, (K2tog, k3) 8 times, K to end. 37 sts.

Next row (WS): §Sl1 pwise, *K1, P1; rep from * to end.
Next row (RS): Sl1 kwise, *P1, K1; rep from * to end.
Rep all from § once more.
Cast off all sts.

Weave in ends. Block the piece to measurements.

Free Tutorial: Cup Sleeve

You can download the PDF file from HERE.

I used this cup sleeve last weekend at a cafe near Borough Market. It felt really lovely because the sleeve is soft (because I put a thick wadding in it) and became warm with the hot coffee. Someone also approached me and asked where I got it from so I told her I made it.

I hope you would enjoy the tutorials and have a great week!