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30 Jun
Opus 600 in Wharfedale woolworks merino bamboo and Sirdar Salsa!

Opus 600 in Wharfedale woolworks merino bamboo and Sirdar Salsa!

CableMabel is laid up with back pain so I’m in the driving seat this week. There’s lots happening.

I was knitting curly fries last time. They are so cute. A bit fiddly to knit, because you start with 35 sts, knit into front and back of them all, making 70 sts. Then you knit into front and back of all of them, making 140 sts, which you then cast off. They look super, though, and really finish off Opus 400 nicely.

Remember the beaded cuff (Opus 301) that I said I was taking it slowly with? Well a sudden rush of enthusiasm got that moving again and I finished the prototype last week. It was lovely and our official photographer took some great shots of it but I wasn’t happy with a few parts of the design. So, I reworked the pattern and have just finished Mark II. I have started to show off a little and put beads with 2 different colours in 🙂 I sorted out all the kinks from the prototype and I’m ready to publish this one. I have written up the chart and the instructions and just need to get the pattern checked and the thing photographed.

My first totally solo effort took shape this week. It’s Opus 600 and it’s sub-titled “Ruffles”. I finished the first sock last week and I love it. It’s the first of a series of socks I am going to design that combine a simple foot with an outrageous leg. This one is a short summer sock ideal for wearing with pumps or tennis shoes. It uses so little yarn that it will great for using up odds and ends. This is the first top-down sock that I have designed so it’s new ground for me. Second sock is well in progress so hope to photograph that next week and publish it soon after.

I’m thoroughly enjoying this process and looking forward to more ideas taking shape 🙂


An Introduction

18 Jun
Opus 400 in Garnstudio drops fabel

Opus 400 in Garnstudio drops fabel

This is the first of many entries on this blog for me so I thought I would introduce myself. I am a mum of three living in a village in North Yorkshire who took up knitting again after a 20-year break, in 2009. My enthusiasm has built to the stage where I can happily describe myself as obsessed with knitting now. Along the way, I have added crochet and sewing to my interests but they are just in the wings.

CableMabel first mentioned designing socks earlier this year and I joked that I would create a toe-up version of her designs and a few weeks later, this is exactly what I did. Hence Opus 100 was born. It was intended initially to be a way of using up boring sock yarn and making a sock that looks traditional under trousers, but as soon as the shoes are off, it’s girly and glamorous. Once we both completed our test knits, we asked friends to knit it too and it started to get exciting.

Opus 100 in Garnstudio drops fabel and Marriner Mix 'n' Marl 4 Ply

Opus 100 in Garnstudio drops fabel and Marriner Mix 'n' Marl 4 Ply

Before I finished Opus 100, CableMabel had knitted Opus 200. This was a more complex design and required much moving of stitches between circular needles which was quite a challenge. I loved the pattern, though, and my pair were very pink and girly. The ribbon rib at the top is just beautiful and makes this pair of socks charming. I love wearing them.

Opus 200 in Marriner heritage

Opus 200 in Marriner heritage and Louisa Harding kimono ribbon

Opus 300 was a beaded glove. When CableMabel showed it to me I was amazed. Again, she had used boring sock yarn and tiny beads and it was beautiful. I decided to do my first designing here and use the basic pattern to make something quite different. The beading process is very slow so I decided to just enjoy it, and take my time with that one. So Opus 301 is going to be a while yet!

Opus 400 started as an entry to a KnitAlong (KAL) on Ravelry and CableMabel knitted it twice before I completed mine! I tried a new type of heel with this pattern and it worked well. It gives plenty of room in the sock so will be ideal for those of us with a high instep. I am currently knitting the little curly fries, as I call them – the little ties that will go in the eyelets. I have a ribbon in there for now but I love the fries that CableMabel designed so looking forward to seeing those finished.

And I am slowly moving from adapting designs into designing my own, under the loving guidance of CableMabel. So, the Opus series should continue to grow for quite some time 🙂


Opus 400

15 Jun

Welcome to Opus Knitting Patterns.  Our first pattern Opus 400 is about to be published for free.

Short summer socks designed in feather and fan stitch for self-striping yarn with stripes of up to approx 6-10 rows. There is a hidden row of eyelet holes under the rolled top edge, so you can thread through a ribbon or plied yarn if required, and tie it at the front or side. (More details here)

Opus 400 sock in orange and turquoise

Opus 400 sock in orange and turquoise Online Sierra-Effekt sock yarn

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