Knitting inspiration for Tough Love Sock by SweetGeorgia Yarns!
One of the things that’s been most exciting about expanding into the new shop space is that we have so much more room for yarn! The response to our first order of the SweetGeorgia Yarns Party of Five mini skein packs was overwhelming so we decided to bring in some full skeins in fun, bright colours this time around – along with more Party of Five packs too!
Tough Love Sock is a 80% superwash merino, 20% nylon base with a high twist that makes for a super durable knitted fabric – terrific for socks and projects that you want to last! I love how soft and bouncy this yarn is and the drape is wonderful for shawls and garments too.
To get your own creative juices flowing, here are some ideas for one, two and three or more skein projects:
One Skein Projects
It’s easy to make a pair of socks from a single skein – the hardest part is choosing a pattern! The twisted stitches in these socks add visual interest to simple socks. These would look fantastic in Pistachio!
A hat makes another great single skein project and is a terrific way to try out a new technique. Tulsi features a sweet, simple lace pattern knit in the round for a fresh, lightweight hat for warmer months.
Pebble Beach Shawl
This popular shawl is another easy way to get into lace as it uses eyelets to great effect. Available in three sizes, the smallest size only takes a single skein for a super quick project that you can get on the needles now!
I love the Tin Can Knits patterns and how they’re sized from baby to big. If you’ve got a little one in your life, a single skein is all that is needed for the two smallest sizes. Not only is Flax Light a perfect first sweater pattern, it’s free too!
Two Skein Projects
I love striping two colours together but the lace panel in the middle of this asymmetrical wrap adds extra impact! Use Birch or Silver for your lightest colour and pair it with something high contrast such as Coral Rose or Charcoal.
Did you know the yardage on the Party of Five packs is actually a little over that of a regular skein of Tough Love Sock? Pair a Party of Five with a skein of a single contrasting colour. Try a grellow option by mixing Saffron with the Graphite Party of Five.
Another way you can use two skeins of two different colours is in two-colour brioche stitch. Flyway Twist mixes both brioche and garter stitch for super snuggly, comforting, squooshy results!
Three (or More!) Skein Projects
Once you’re into three or more skeins, that’s pretty much a garment! I love the stripe possibilities with the Ravello sweater and the colour combinations are endless.
I must be in a lace mood right now because the Edie tee has a light, easy, breezy look that I think is perfect for the spring weather that we’ve been having. Get a knit on and you’ll still have time to wear it this summer!
Hoodie Shawl Cardigan
More striping fun abounds with this garment – and an interesting construction too! There’s so many things to love about this cosy cardigan: three-quarter sleeves, a hood and a mash-up of colour! If you like the look of handpainted yarn in the main body, try Windswept or Anthem.
Whatever you decide to make, we’d love to see your finished project! Tag your projects with #thevillagehaberdashery and share them with us on Instagram. And don’t forget we have our knit night happening at our West Hampstead shop from 6:30-9pm every Thursday evening. Join us!