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About a year ago, one of my knitting students brought me a well-loved slipper that her mother made her about 30 years ago. She asked me if it would be possible to write a pattern from it. I did my best. Then, about a week later, a friend of mine dropped an old booklet on my desk.
When I saw the deceptively simple tilework in a courtyard at the the Palace of Versailles, I knew I had to knit it. It makes for lovely, easy-to-knit, but striking colorwork. A small band of garter stitch at the beginning and end of the piece prevents curling.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
I want to show off the design possibilities for self-striping yarn and my favorite afterthought heel. However, to keep the length of the foot easily customizable, the sock needs to be made out of order and from the top down. The “afterthought” heel is made after the leg and before the foot. So, an unusually-shaped sock, worked in the...
These slippers are a new take on my Short-Row Felted Slipper pattern. I still love the old pattern, but this version is a little faster and easier to work. I have turned out a pair in less than 4 hours. So, if you have a Sunday morning, you could whip up a pair, too.
Knitting: Christmas Stocking
I had a few challenges with this little pattern. First of all, when I made the original chart, I didn’t leave enough of the pattern color in the corners, so my floats were too long, and it ended up kind of strange. Also, my floats were super-tight, overall. After pulling on the stocking for a while and cursing, I decided to try again. I ad...
Knitting: Component (stitch, edge) - Other
Afterthought heels, also called inserted heels, are great for when you just don’t want to work a heel along with the sock - when you’re knitting in the dark or on a plane and are getting motion-sick anyway. I also like them, just anyway, because they open up a lot of style and construction possibilities that might be hard to work in ...
This pattern could be easily sized up by using larger needles. Before felting, gauge is closer to 3 stitches an inch. This took me about 4 balls of yarn. Also, you can make the bottom, sides, and top all different colors to use up your stash yarn.