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Kung Hei Fat Choy!


Hello, and “Kung Hei Fat Choy”, or Happy Chinese New Year!

It is the Year of the Sheep/Goat as of today, and in celebration of the year of our favourite animal, I am pleased to release my new sock pattern, Fire Flowers!

Fire Flowers socks

If you haven’t already, you can read a bit of the background to the design here.

Things you will want to know:

  1. These socks are free for the next 15 days (until 6 March 2015), to celebrate the Chinese New Year period.  In the spirit of “good luck money” (laisee), I am making them my gift to you.  Download here!  No code required.
  2. They are knit from the cuff down.
  3. Recommended user level is intermediate.
  4. Written pattern comes with charts.
  5. Sizing is for Medium (sock measures 19cm/7.5 inch foot circumference) or Large (sock measures 20cm/8 inch foot circumference).
  6. Sock as shown is knit in Bleating Art Sock.  Any fingering weight sock yarn will suit, although it will show to best effect in a solid or semi-solid yarn.  As mentioned in my previous post, a non-splitty yarn with lots of elasticity is best used for this pattern.

Fire Flowers

Enjoy! And may the Year of the Sheep bring peace, joy and happiness to you and yours!



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25 thoughts on “Kung Hei Fat Choy!

  1. Thanks for the goodie and Happy Year of the Sheep/Goat to you as well! We’ve got knit night tonight, which I was so happy to see fall on this day because how perfect! A year for us to indulge in wool and cashmere! (Any excuse, right?)

  2. You Sweetie! What a lovely New Year’s gift. A thousand thanks. Looking forward to seeing how your knitting evolves in the heart of your new landscape!
    Good luck, Good health and Good fortune to you and yours.

  3. Gorgeous! Thank you! 🙂

  4. Thank you so much, and a happy health new year to you and yours.

  5. Thanks you, I downloaded it, but it may be too big for me…having trouble fitting socks…

    • You must be a very tiny person! You could probably take out two of the stitches in chart repeat (where there are curretly 4 purl stitches) and downsize the heel to suit your foot, and it will most likely be fine, with the reduction of 8 stitches. Then you can also adjust the width of the foot to fit your foot after heel shaping. Watch out for my next pattern – it will have small sizing. 🙂

  6. Gung hay fat choy to you and your son. What do you do to celebrate? We are doing some last minute cleaning this evening. Just have sheets to change and I’m calling it a day! I love how you were inspired.

    • Well, it’s all very boring here because of course Chinese New Year is about celebrating with friends and family, and having a bit noisy nosh-up at a family home. And it’s just me and the boy… However, red packets were still handed out, and the house got a cleaning, but that’s probably it. A bit sad. I’m looking forward to seeing your post about CNY at yours though!

  7. Thanks for the beatiful sock pattern!

  8. Gong Xi Fa Choi (as we learnt in Singapore)! This is a fabulous pattern. You are very generous, thank you. Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

  9. You are right – that is the Mandarin term (which is what is spoken officially in Singapore). I gave you to Cantonese term (my home dialect). Thank you for your well wishes!

  10. Happy New Year to you and the boy !
    Hope it will prove to be a good one with lots of laughter and sunshine !

  11. Thank you for the lovely pattern, currently knitting Susanna after your recommendation 🙂

  12. Congratulations – your socks have been in the top of the Revelry charts today! Lovely pattern and nice of you to offer it for free. K

  13. Happy CNY yo you too. Your socks are lovely and in such a regal colour 🙂