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Easy Mittens

My first pair of mittens (23 of 50)! The pattern is from "One-Skein Wonders: 101 Yarn Shop Favorites" and I used a skein of hand dyed 100% merino yarn in DK weight from my stash. The summery colours should brighten the dreary winter months!

Still on a knitting kick...

My lack of interest in playing with bits of paper and fabric is rather disconcerting. I've never been a monogamous crafter and I typically thrive on a variety of craft projects at any given time. But I'm still wanting to knit. So, I'm forcing myself to take a break from sock knitting projects. Easy Mittens to the rescue!

Crabby Toes...

While looking for another anklet sock pattern to knit, I also toyed with the idea of writing my own pattern. Voila! I came up with Crabby Toes (22 of 50)!

Close up of instep!


Fingering weight sock yarn (~ 200 yards or so)
Size 2 dpns (5 needles works best!)

Pattern Rows:
Row 1 - k2, *k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, repeat from * ending with k2
Row 3 - k2, *ktog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, repeat from * ending with k2
Even numbered rows, knit all stitches.

Cast on 60 stitches and join without twisting.
Divide stitches among 3 needles.

k2, p2 (rib pattern) for 5 rows.

Row 1 - s1, k1 for 28 stitches.
These 28 stitches will be part of the heel while the remaining 32 stitches will form the instep of the sock.
Row 2 - s1, p27.
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 for 30 rows.
Turn the heel as follows:
Row 1 - s1, k16 k2tog, k1, turn work
Row 2 - s1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn work
Row 3 - s1, k8, k2tog, k1, turn work
Row 4 - s1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn work
Row 5 - s1, k10, k2tog, k1, turn work
Row 6 - s1, p11, p2tog, p1, turn work
Row 7 - s1, k12, k2tog, k1, turn work
Row 8 - s1, p13, p2tog, p1, turn work
Row 9 - s1, k14, k2tog, k1, turn work
Row 10 - s1, p15, p2tog, p1, turn work
18 stitches will remain on needle.

Start this section as follows - s1, k8 with extra needle.
Needle 1 - k9, pick up and knit 16 stitches from heel flap (for a total of 25 stitches)
Needle 2 - knit 32 stitches (this is the instep section of the sock)
Needle 3 - pick up and knit 16 stitches from other side of heel flap and knit 9 stitches from extra needle (for a total of 25)
Row 1, Needle 1 - knit to 3 stitches before the end of needle, k2tog, k1
Row 1, Needle 2 - start with Row 1 of Pattern Rows (and alternate with Row 3 of Pattern Rows in subsequent repeats of the gusset rows)
Row 1, Needle 3 - k1, ssk, knit to end of needle
Row 2 (Needles 1, 2 & 3) - knit
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until 60 stitches remain.

After the gusset section, you should have the following number of stiches on each needle
Needle 1 - 14 stitches
Needle 2 - 32 stitches
Needle 3 - 14 stitches
Continue knitting the foot section of the sock as follows, until 2 inches before the end of the foot.
Needle 1 - knit
Needle 2 - continue with Pattern Rows
Needle 3 - knit

Take the first stitch from Needle 2 (instep section of the sock) and move it to the end of Needle 1. Take the last stitch from Needle 2 and add it to the beginning of Needle 3. Now, you should have the following number of stitches on each needle
Needle 1 - 15 stitches
Needle 2 - 30 stitches
Needle 3 - 15 stitches
Row 1, Needle 1 - knit to 3 stitches before the end of the needle, k2tog, k1
Row 1, Needle 2 - k1, ssk, knit to 3 stitches before the end of the needle, k2tog, k1
Row 1, Needle 3 - k1, ssk, knit to end of needle
Row 2 (Needles 1, 2 & 3) - knit
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until there are 4 stitches left on each of Needles 1 & 3, and 8 stitches left on Needle 2 (for a total of 16 stitches). Knit 4 more stitches on Needle 1 (using Needle 3). Graft stitches to finish the toe. Block and enjoy!

Another pair...completed!

This is my 2nd pair of "An Anklet A Day" socks and I used Happy Feet yarn in colourway number 10, a squishy blend of superwash merino and nylon. Although I love how quickly the pattern works up, the "all knit" construction of the foot of the sock is getting a tad boring. Time to move on to other more intriguing sock patterns, I reckon!

Another pair in the making

Yeah, I'm a smidge obsessed with knitting socks right now.

2nd pair of socks...

That's right...I'm done!!! The "An Anklet A Day" pattern is a no frills ankle length sock that knits up quickly. For this pair (21 of 50), I used less than a skein of Paton's Stretch Socks in the olive colourway.

Yep, I cast on for another sock knitting project. Finishing my first pair of socks got me all excited! And since my other knitting WIP isn't all that totable, I decided I needed to start on another pair of socks. I chose this toe up pattern because I wanted to try a different approach. See this? Proof that I'm making some progress.

Or maybe not. Right about 25% through the sock, I noticed there were some issues in the pattern. WTF. After frogging it, I decided to give it another try. Guess what? I ended up having to frog that attempt as well (insert colourful language) *sigh* After spending a weekend afternoon knitting/frogging, I abandoned the project and the yarn (yes, I was pissed off at the yarn as well).

The next evening, I started with another sock pattern and yarn:

Glad things are working out so far *fingers crossed*!

Lace Wedge Anklets

Finally. My first pair (20 of 50)!!! After a miserable experience with my first sock, I'm chuffed that these actually fit! The pattern was relatively easy and the lace repeats kept it from becoming a monotonous knitting project.

After finishing the socks, I realised that I needed sock blockers! It's not something I had on hand, so using this lovely template, I made a few with some IKEA placemats that I've had in my stash (bought them for some other project which never materialised).

I took my time getting this done. One sock was completed in 2010, and yep, the second sock was finished recently in 2011. Hopefully it won't take me quite as long to work on future sock projects!

Maine Morning Mitts Take Three

Somebody stop me. I've been having so much fun with this easy pattern that I've now completed my 3rd pair (well two pairs for me, and one for my sis!) of mitts. I decided to make the mitts a smidge shorter than my last pair and I'm really liking the shorter length.

If left to my own devices, I'll probably have a pair of mitts for each day of the week!!

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