It occurred to us that it might be really useful to have an ECY way to browse patterns and projects made using specific yarns, for inspiration and ideas. It's one of those things where once you think of it it seems blatantly obvious 🙈🤣
Just FYI - there are no links to Ravelry here. We've linked to patterns and projects that are available to purchase/view elsewhere.
Tempo is a brilliant all-round 4ply sock yarn - it softens considerably after washing for next-to-skin wear. With the nylon content being paired with a more coarse/less fine merino fibre, it is especially hard wearing and well suited if it's going to be well-worn and washed a lot. It is ideal for things like cardis, hats, shawls and gloves, though I recommend you put it through the washing machine at least once to soften it.
The first part of this blog post will give you patterns that specifically call for Tempo 4ply and the second part shows you our projects using this yarn. Do you have a project in Tempo 4ply that you would like us to include? Email us at email@example.com with an image and the pattern information and we will add it. This page will grow over time as more designs are released and more projects finished!
For most of the designs released since 2018 you can find links to social media for the designers and publications on the Design Collaboration page HERE.
Seed Head Socks by Vikki Bird - colurway Hibiscus
This sock pattern is written with several options. The pattern is created with dip stitches and the pattern panel can be mirrored or matching with both charted and written instructions. There are six sizes in the pattern ranging from 14 to 27 cm (5.5 - 10.75 in) designed to fit with 2.5cm (1 in) negative ease. You will need between 170 and 610m (190 to 670 yds) of 4ply sock yarn.
Spirographical by Joanne Scrace - colourway Cedar
First published in The Shawl Project Book 1 which is available HERE. Made combining join as you go motifs in a tesselating pattern. This crochet pattern can be made with a single skein or by making the motifs in different colours.
Designed to raise funds for the Flower Power Fund for Marie Curie when it was first released, this sock pattern is worked top down with charted colourwork and a striped heel flap. The pattern is written for five sizes and you will need between 35 and 65g of the main colour with 15 to 35g of the contrast colour.
Drift Away Socks by Jane Burns - colourway Oak
One of the designs in the Lazy Sunday Socks book which is available as an ebook HERE and as a print book on the website HERE while stocks last. Jane is not planning to have any more copies of this printed. This pattern features beautiful cable and lace detailing and the option for beads to be included. The design is written in six sizes ranging from 16.5 to 22.5 cm finished foot circumference (6.5 to 9") to fit foot circumferences from 18 to 24cm (7 to 9.5” in). One skein is enough for any size.
Victorian Cottage Socks by Aubrey Cantrell - colourway Driftwood
Lace knit socks written in three sizes from 16.5 to 19cm (6.5 to 7.5") foot circumference, meant to be worn with 2.5cm (1") negative ease; and 18 to 23cm (7 to 9”) foot length, meant to be worn with 2.5cm (1") negative ease.
Clara Shawl by Karen Burnett - colourway Tarn
A triangular shawl worked from one point sideways, increasing to the centre and then decreasing. The lace border is worked as you go and the shawl can be easily adjusted to any size. The pattern can be worked in either 4ply or laceweight.
LUM by Yucca - colourway Cottage Original; with Pendle 4ply in Marigold
Worked from the cuff down featuring a zig-zag pattern, a heel flap and an optional contrast cuff. The pattern is written in three sizes with unstretched foot circumference of 16 to 20.5cm (6½ to 8¼”) to be worn with 3 to 4 cm (1¼-1¾“) of negative ease. This pattern is only available on Ravelry.
Ziggy Interupted by Sandra Paul - Tempo 4ply in Sparrow with four other yarns
A scarf alternating zig zag stripes with panels of crochet square motifs. You can customise the design by adding or removing stripes and sections. The pattern calls for five 100g hanks of 4ply/fingering weight yarn in different colours or a minimum of 1600m/1748 yards in your choice of 4ply/fingering weight yarns. The finished scarf is 36cm (14”) wide x 240cm (95”) long, not including tassels
Winter Rose Socks by Helen Stewart - colourway Bark
The first pattern from the first Handmade Sock Society collection. Written in three sizes; Small, Medium and Large. This top down sock pattern is available in three sizes, and features a heel flap and gusset, and wedge toe. Simple lace, full of texture and interest but easily mastered, is inspired by the buds and flowers of this lovely flower. This pattern is only available on Ravelry.
Cavatina by Patricia Martin - colourway Summer Harvest
This pattern is no longer available to purchase, very sadly, but it's still nice to see it! This is a single skein shawl pattern.
Braes and Glens by Liz Corke - colourway Clematis
A toe-up sock with a textured chevron pattern. It also uses a gusset and heel flap although this can be substituted for other heel techniques. The pattern is written in three sizes: Small, Medium and Large ranging from 17.5 cm (7”) to 22.5 cm (9”) circumference, designed to be worn with up to 0 - 2.5 cm (0 - 1”) of negative ease.
Spring Bloom by Janina Kallio - colourways Coppice and Silver Birch
A two colour asymmetic triangular shawl featuring stripes of beautiful and delicate lace and eyelets alternating with garter stitch. The shawl is worked from one tip to the opposite side of the triangle. The finished size after blocking is 185cm / 73in (wingspan) x 81cm / 32in (depth).
Twisting Pathways Socks by Vikki Bird - colourway Misty Woods
Published in The Sock Knitting Bible by Lynn Rowe, these toe-up up socks by Vikki Bird feature a pattern of meandering cables, a forethought heel, and make use of Judy’s Magic Cast On.
Boxy by Joji Locatelli - colourway Woodland; sleeves added later in colourway Black Magic Rose
A great wardrobe staple. Victoria has made several of Boxy-ish jumpers with a few edits to suit. This pattern is written in seven sizes from 28/30 to 52/54 but the sweater can fit a big range of sizes with the main difference between sizes being the sleeve circumference. The pattern is to fit body circumference ranges: 64 - 76 inches (160 - 190 cm) and sleeve circumferences at elbow 9 - 13 inches (22½ - 32½ cm). Directions are given to make a seamless version (worked in the round) or a seamed version (worked back and forth) of the body. The sleeves and the neckband are worked seamlessly in the round in both versions and the sweater is slightly cropped but you can easily add length. You will need 4-5 skeins of fingering weight yarn for this design.
Daydreamer Socks by Victoria Magnus - colourway Sparrow
Light lace socks with an easy lace rib pattern anf wrap and turn short row heel. The finished measurements of the socks are leg/foot circumference 20cm (7.75 in) with height from cast on edge to corner of heel 20cm (7.75 in) with foot length from heel corner to toe tip 24cm (9.5in) which is easily adaptable.
They will fit leg and foot circumference 22 - 24cm (8.5 - 9.5 in). You will need one skein of yarn.
Slow Living Skirt by Dora Does - colourway Whirlpool
The pattern is written in US terms for sizes XS – 3X with waist measurments of the finished skirt ranging from 61-114cm. The drawstring feature means you can be sure it will stay securely in place too! It is 45cm long but easily adjustable and uses between 300 and 500g / 1000 and 1500m of 4 ply yarn. The skirt is worked waist down from the ribbed waist band (where you may learn a new trick or two!) with some simple increases around the hips.
A simple one-skein semi-circular shawl with eyelet and picot edging.
No Heel Holes by Victoria Magnus - Cottage Original (OOAK) skein and Nateby 4ply in Steel
This pattern is no longer available.
Rei's Aquilegia by Rachel Illsley - OOAK colourway with another fingering weight yarn
A stunning stranded colourwork sweater. The pattern is written for nine sizes with finished chest circumference ranging from 37.25 - 67.75“ (93 - 169cm) with recommended positive ease of 4 - 12” / 10 - 30cm.
You will need 938 - 1724m of the main colour and 289 - 534m of the contrast colour.
Fingerless Gloves - colourway Charcoal
This is a mish-mash of a few patterns, combined with guesswork based on using smaller needles and the fact that it’s for large hands.
Fingerless gloves are a bit of a faff, but they look so cool and feel great to wear!
So, I hope that's been helpful and inspiring! If you have any projects that you'd like to see featured here please send your high-res photos and info to us at the email address at the top. 😍