Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Introducing Miss Parminter


Stylecraft has just released a new range in their lovely Head over Heels yarn - it's called Boho and features a monochrome faux Fair Isle band nestled amongst all the beautiful bright stripes. I am a total sucker for stripy socks so I was delighted when I was asked to design a sock for the Boho yarn. I first caught sight of these gorgeous colours back last summer when the Blogstars were visiting Stylecraft HQ and it was really hard to pick which colourway to cast on first!




I started swatching some pattern ideas and very quickly settled on a ribbed lace design. All the colours are named after mountains, so I decided to keep with the mountain theme and name my sock after Miss Parminter, the first recorded woman climber, who in 1799 was climbing in the Alps. She must have been an incredible woman. The ribbing gives the sock a comfortable fit while the lace adds a delicate touch to the pattern. I'd like to think that these socks would have made her climb a little more comfortable in her boots and long skirt. 









The purple colourway is Colorado and the pink is called Amazon. The pattern is available as a free pattern leaflet from Stylecraft stockists and I expect that you will be able to download it from the Stylecraft website very soon. I'll let you know when it's available. 


I was very excited to see some of the photos that had been taken during the photo shoot. I still have to pinch myself that those are the socks that I knitted! 





I've been given several copies of the pattern leaflet so what do you say to a little giveaway? You could win a Stylecraft canvas bag, a ball of Head over Heels Boho in the colourway Orinoco, a copy of the Miss Parminter pattern, some tags and a key ring. Everything you need (except the needles) to knit your very own pair of socks to conquer any mountain in your path!




 All you have to do is leave me a comment and make sure that you tell me your Ravelry or Instagram name or some other way of getting in touch should you be the winner. I'll post the prize anywhere so please do enter. The giveaway will stay open until I get back from my next visit to Stylecraft on February 3rd, so there's plenty of time to enter. Good luck and thanks for entering. xxx

58 comments:

zelna olivier said...

These are really stunning Helen! You are definitely the queen of the socks!

Louise Carway said...

I wish I could knit or that there were more crochet patterns for socks.

busybusybeejay said...

Wow ,Helen.Fame.I love your pattern and am so pleased to see how the yarn works up.I saw it on Deramores website but it didn't show it made up.I would like to enter the giveaway.My Ravelry name is Busybeejay.Beejay being my initials Barbara Joan.

Katrina said...

Your socks are amazing, I always get excited to see new sock yarn from Stylecraft to add to my collection. I would very much like to enter your giveaway - my Ravelry name is kiwistitcher and on instagram, katrina_jamieson. Many thanks, Katrina in New Zealand (http://kiwistitching.blogspot.co.nz/)

Pam MacLennan said...

Wow Helen those socks look great and what fantastic colour combos.
I've only learnt to knit socks in the last 6 months and have all ready knitted 15 pairs. My stash is large so I'll be knitting for quite some time but there is always room for 1 more ball of wool LOL
My ravelry name is Pam73Mac and my email address is pam@trimate.net.
Pam MacLennan, New Zealand

Sue Wild said...

It’s nice to see the new yarn knitted up into lovely socks, I like working with Head Over Heels yarn and have made 3 pairs of socks. My Instagram and Ravelry name is suewilduk

SarahK said...

The socks are lovely. My ravelry name is Winkywonky.

Claire Carter said...

Oh wow, I was reading your blog post, thinking I must get me some of that, then you give us the chance to win it! Yes please, count me in. Please contact me on carterclaire@hotmail.co.uk if I win (fingers crossed) xx

PixieFoxtrot said...

Oh, Helen, your socks are gorgeous. I love the combination of ribbing and lace, what a perfect design. Congratulations on seeing your designs in print, it must be a wonderful feeling.
Please add me into your lucky draw, I'd love to make a pair of your socks. I'm PixieFoxtrot on Ravelry.

Crimson Kettle said...

Such pretty wool which really enhances your sock designs, a perfect match. 😊

VeggieMummy said...

Absolutely gorgeous - both the yarn and the pattern. Well done indeed. I'm VeggieMummy on Ravelry too. xx

masonpen said...

What beautiful socks, congratulations! That wool hat S fabulous! My name on Ravelry is masonpen x

Jennifer Ley said...

Love the socks and the yarn - I am especially partial to Colorado as that is where I was born. My Ravelry name is jleysc.

Susan House said...

susan_5246 on Instagram

Love the look of the new Head Over Heels.
Your pattern is so pretty.

Trish Rapley Giles said...

The socks & yarn both look great, congratulations! My Ravelry name is Trishrapleygiles.

Suzi Barnes said...

These socks are so cute. Suziknits on Ravelry.

TT in MD said...

exciting!!! i do have a pattern or 2 of yours on the list! rav name is campingknitter

Sandra Quince said...

Love these socks can’t wait till the wool becomes available, you certainly did an excellent job, my ralvery name is quincyamber

Marlene jones said...

Your socks are lovely, how exciting to have them on the pattern photo.

Please add me to your give away, you can reach me on https://poppypatchwork.blogspot.co.uk/

Sarah Knits said...

These are gorgeous Helen! I love how differently the pattern shows up on the different colourways, I can't wait to give them a try. ( Sarah35 on Ravelry) 😍

Jo said...

You're going from strength to strength with your sock designs. I like the new colourways, the white bits remind me of the snow-capped tops.

Jenny Bayley said...

Your sock pattern looks fab! I can’t wait to knit it, I need to be a bit more adventurous in my sock knitting! Love the new Stylecraft yarn too! I’m @knitteddaydreams on instagram!

Helen Talbot said...

Greetings from rainy Norwich! What fabulous socks, they really make the best of the yarn. I am auntynellybelly on ravelry. Best wishes :)

Christine65 said...

I'm trying to use up stash yarn this year, but this new Stylecraft yarn looks very nice indeed and your pattern works well with the colourful yarn. Christine65 (on Ravelry).

hmmon said...

Lovely pattern and lovely giveaway! Please add my name to the hat :) greylake on Ravelry and greylake2 on Instagram

Pam said...

I always have a pair of socks on the needles and the Stylecraft yarn looks delicious. You can find me at https://agoodlifeintydd.blogspot.co.uk

Heather said...

Lovely socks - you're very talented.

Thanks for running the giveaway!

I'm knittingowltoo on ravelry.

Elizabeth said...

Oh my-- what lovely yarns and pattern! Tossing my hat into the ring for the give-away. My ravelry name is elizam

Marion Walker said...

I have only recently started sock knitting and find I am now addicted so would love to win your give away. I have only just discovered your blog and am looking forward to back tracking. Email is marionscottwalker@gmail.com

Saren Johnson said...

Those are some lovely colors!

Ravelry name is Knittech

weavinfool said...

What wonderful colors and I need a new sock pattern. Find me at weavinfool on Ravelry.

Jenny Winn said...

They look lovely colours. Love knitting socks and have several in my queue. My Ravelry name is Jennihena (it's also my Instagram name)

Lily Maverick said...

Ooooh these new colours are divine!! 😍😍😍 I’ve only knit 2 pairs of socks so far but I really love doing them! 😁 my Instagram and Ravelry names are the same - JustALilBitCrafty 😊

Sarah Young said...

Lovely yarn and your pattern shows it off beautifully. I am sarahy75 on Ravelry

Suz said...

How lovely! Thank you. I’m IG suzeekinz

girlhucknall said...

Hello, it's Katherine from ukrunchat - GirlHucknall! I can't do much with a broken arm but I have discovered that I can crochet, so I'd love to win this prize xx

Helen Poore said...

Those yarns look so lovely. I’m envious of your beautiful socks. Like Katherine i crochet rather than knit and would love to win the yarn. Helen- @poorepurr from Twitter.

petra said...

It's always nice to see how a yarn knits up as you never can tell just from looking at the ball. I don't/can't knit socks, but this yarn would make a great hat, too, I reckon. (I'm p_aaaa on Instagram)

MelindaJ said...

What a lovely offer! I saw this yarn on Facebook and love the deep red and dark colours. I knit many socks and another ball of yarn will not go amiss! I'm Melindaj on Ravelry.

Lynne said...

Your socks are brilliant, and I absolutely love the purple colours you used. Thanks for the chance of winning, I'm ozzyblackbeard on Rav.

d smith said...

I love the colors and the patterns that they make! Is this yarn a natural blend or is it acrylic? I've never used Stylecraft yarns. Wildandwooly on Ravelry.

Jenny said...

Fantastic, I am loving those purple socks, I definitely need more purple socks in my life. No wonder you've been so excited, you've got me all giddy now and wanting to knit rather than finished cleaning down the new bathroom. Well done you.

Meg said...

Lovely looking pattern, definitely on my list now. I'm halcyonday on Ravelry.

sewjourner said...

Love the pattern and the colors are beautiful! I look forward to your posts. Just learning socks slow going. Hope all is well on your side of the pond. My Ravelry name is sewjourner.

Elaine Doman said...

Lovely socks!! My ravelry ID is miscelaine. X

Jacqui said...

Gorgeous sock pattern in fabulous Boho yarn. I'm a bit of a sock beginner but your pattern looks manageable so I'm looking forward to having a go. My Ravelry name is JacquiM

Lizzie Lockyer said...

I love the design for your socks. What a feeling to see your own knitted socks being worn on a shoot, then published! Wow. My Ravelry name is Lizzielockyer. Thanks for the chance.

Trish Stevens said...

I love your sock pattern! And your blog! My Instagram name is trishanniestevens.

ikkinlala said...

Lovely socks!

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Michele said...

Wow how inviting are those yarns & socks. I’d love to win one....Ravelry name MiffyA😊

FiaKnit said...

Lovely socks, it must be thrilling to see your pattern in print, well done. FiaKnit on Ravelry

Unknown said...

So looking forward to making these socks! My favourite colourway is Neva. I love yarn that makes Fair Isle patterns! My Ravelry name is esmerelda33.

Fiona Nelissen said...

Would love to try to make the socks, love the yarn. My email is nelissenfiona6@gmail.com.

Trina S said...

That pattern really does do justice to that amazing yarn @browneyedgirlGB

Cheryl said...

pretty feet equal happy feet, great pattern, Joyo xx

Heidi said...

I have yet to knit a pair of socks. Maybe these beauties will be my first! Thanks for the opportunity, I really enjoy your blog. Roseabelle on Ravelry.

Sharon said...

I love the socks and the yarn looks awesome! I would love to duplicate those socks fo myself !!! ❤️ SGow - Ravelry name

Unknown said...

Love the socks - I had already brought 2 balls in the purple and just finished my first ever pair of gloves from the first - about to start socks from the second! Hope I win more! Contact me at alisomoonstone12@gmail.com.love your cat too !