Log Cabin by Derya Davenport

Log Cabin

December 2008
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

This is a thinking pattern!

  • There are no line-by-line instructions.
  • There are no yarn, needle size or gauge requirements.
  • This pattern assumes a familiarity with certain knitting techniques and is not designed for beginner knitters.

This is more of a small, lateral-thinking knitting challenge than a conventional pattern. I was playing around one evening, trying to knit some house-shaped coasters (or ornaments). Although the basic shape is easy enough to achieve, to knit it in a strictly linear fashion results in at least 6 ends to weave in. This seems silly in such a small piece.

Besides, I was feeling lazy, and quite unwilling to get up and look for some scissors. So I began to wonder how this shape might be knit without cutting and rejoining the yarn. Only 2 ends instead of 6.

Have a think. Can you solve it?