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Longfellow Socks May 30, 2014

I’m so tired of this happening at the end of dude socks:
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“This” being that I run out of yarn as I’m ready to knit the toe of the second sock. This is not the first odd toe that I’ve knit.  I only started running out of yarn after the guys I knit for cried out for longer socks!  AND I’m even using a yarn that has generous yardage (Cascade Heritage Quatro–437 yards/400 meters, color way: Brown Bear).

So being smarter than the average brown bear, I came up with a pattern that uses different yarns for a short cuff, heel, and toe. I’m calling this free sock pattern Longfellow Socks.
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Oh, and I always have my knitting with me, even at (close to) the top of Angels Landing in Zion National Park. I couldn’t justify risking my life and ending my knitting career in order to hold on to chains for the last part of the hike!

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To get the link, go to this Ravelry page:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/longfellow-socks

Happy knitting, wherever you may be! And here’s to longer socks!

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Thaynes Canyon Cowl May 17, 2014

 

 

Thaynes Canyon Cowl is named after a canyon which connects to Millcreek Canyon outside of Salt Lake City.  At the beginning of the trail, most people head right to the Salt Lake City overlook trail. But going left on the trail takes hikers to the less traveled Thaynes Canyon, a beautiful hike on a mostly tree-covered trail. The free knitting pattern is below:

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Cowl or neck warmer made in a simple 2 x 2 ribbing with about 100 grams of yarn

Materials: About 100 grams of Bulky Yarn (I used 2 colors Brown Sheep’s Nature Spun Chunky leftovers from some slippers I made for Christmas presents), Size 10.5 circular needles, 29″ long, tapestry needle.

Pattern:  Cast on 80 stitches; I suggest you search Youtube for “super stretchy cast on.”  Join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches on this first round.

Work in 2 x 2 ribbing (Knit 2, Purl 2) until piece measures approximately 6.5 inches. I knit 2 rows of the main color, and 2 rows of the contrast color, not cutting the yarn, but carrying it up the back. When I ran out of the contrast color, I continued knitting the main color until I only had enough for a stretchy bind off.

Bind off using a super stretchy bind off (once again, youtube is useful here).

You’ll want both the cast on and bind off to be stretchy. The ribbing stitch will help the edges of the cowl keep its shape.

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