Our 2023 Backyard Chickens have been a sensation, and we're thrilled to see the love everyone has shown them! Thank you for embracing these birds with such enthusiasm!
We're excited to share some stunning samples created by our talented dyer, Hannah, using a few of this year's sock sets. We cannot get enough of these shawls and how they make the yarn truly shine.
First up is the Spring Thing by Espace Tricot, knitted with our Catalana Hen set. This asymmetrical shawl showcases the gentle color shifts and brings out the vibrant peachy speckles that make this hen so fresh and springy. The garter stitch creates an excellent cozy texture that you'll love wearing whenever it gets chilly enough!
Spring Thing (free) by Espace Tricot, photo courtesy of the designer
Hannah also worked her magic with the Zoolandia pattern by Stephen West using the Deathlayer Rooster. This yarn and pattern are a match made in heaven! The linen stitch works beautifully with the subtle pours and speckles in the skein, creating unique patterns within the knitted fabric. While the pattern is written for one color, we decided to incorporate the coordinating minis as a border, but they could easily be incorporated anywhere in this knit.
Zoolandia (free) by Stephen West, photo courtesy of the designer
We love these sock sets for so many reasons, but we especially love how versatile they are! With a full skein and two coordinating semisolid minis, you have endless possibilities to customize your projects. You can experiment with color blocking, stripes, or add contrasting trims to make your creations truly unique. You can even marl two sets together like we did with our Mara Shawl! These two roosters came together seamlessly, making a beautiful blended fabric and a shawl we never want to take off.
Mara Shawl (free) by Madelinetosh, photo courtesy of the designer
If you're looking for inspiration for using our Chicken Sets, be sure to check out our Ravelry Bundles! We have one dedicated to patterns perfect for a single sock set (the Spring Thing and Zoolandia are on the list and they're free!) and one that is full of great patterns for using two sets!
Go make something im-peck-able!