New Year, New Blanket…

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Hello!

January signifies the start of a new year long blanket project for me – 2017 will see me working on a Sky / Weather blanket

Using Lucy’s Neat Ripple pattern from Attic 24, I will crochet a row each day, the colour influenced by that days’ sky colour / weather

My yarn of choice for a blanket like this is Stylecraft Special dk – the colours I’ve chosen are:

Aster – clear blue skies

Cloud Blue – blue sky & puffy white clouds

Silver – grey skies

Grey – rain

Graphite – stormy

White – snow / fog

As you can see the first week of January has brought quite a lot of grey skies & rain here in Staffordshire, interspersed with two rather beautiful sunny but chilly days

I hooked up a 213 stitch foundation chain which has given me a width of 120cm – as the blanket will potentially have 365 rows (!!) & be exceedingly long, I’ve decided to make 2 blankets, each one 6 months long

Full project notes can be found on my Ravelry page

Looking forward to seeing how this develops…

 

Chunky Sock Pattern

When it comes to knitting, socks are my new ‘addiction’! And what better to wear in this chilly weather than handmade woolly socks…

A while ago I picked up a 200g ball of James C Brett Marble Chunky yarn in dark pink…

JCB Marble Chunky detail

 …it’s flecked with a rainbow of colours which change gradually as you knit with it – gorgeous

For Christmas I had knitted my daughter a floppy beret & matching wrist warmers which she absolutely loved – what to make with the 100g I had left? Socks of course…

Chunky Socks finished

This is such an easy pattern & chunky yarn knits up so quickly – this pattern will fit boys & girls, age 10+ to adult…

 You will need:
  • 100g chunky yarn
  • 6mm double-pointed needles
  • stitch marker
  • stitch holder
  • tapestry needle for sewing up
Abbreviations:
  • st / sts – stitch / stitches
  • rnd / rnds – round / rounds
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • rep – repeat
  • rem – remaining
  • sl – slip
  • w & t – wrap & turn
  • tog – together
  • pm – place marker
  • tog – together
  • ssk – sl 2 sts then k tog
Stitches:
  • 2 x 2 rib – (k2, p2) rep
  • wrap & turn – bring yarn to front between needles, sl next st onto right needle purlwise, take yarn back between needles, sl st from right needle to left, turn work

Ready? Sitting comfortably? Cup of coffee to hand?

Chunky Sock Knitting

Cuff & leg:
  • cast on 32 sts & distribute evenly across 3 needles
  • work 6 rnds 2 x 2 rib
  • k 15 or 20 rnds depending how long you want the leg
Heel:
  • put 16 sts on stitch holder
  • working across rem 16 sts:
    • row 1 – (sl1, k1) to end
    • row 2 – sl1, p to end
  • rep these 2 rows 5 times – 12 rows
  • next row – k10, w & t
  • next row – p4, w & t
  • next row – k4, k wrap st tog with wrap, w & t
  • next row – p5, p wrap st tog with wrap, w & t
  • last 2 rows set pattern – rep until all sts worked
Gusset:
  • k across heel flap, pick up & k 8 sts along edge heel flap, k 16 sts from st holder, pick up & k 8 sts along other edge heel flap, distributing sts across 3 needles – 48 sts
  • k22, k2 tog, pm for start of round
  • rnd 1 – k16, ssk, k to end
  • rnd 2 – k to last 2 sts, k2tog
  • rep until 32 sts on needles
Foot & toe:
  • k until foot is 2 inches short of full length from heel to toe
  • rnd 1 – ssk, k12, k2tog, ssk, k12, k2tog
  • rnd 2 & 3 – k
  • rnd 4 – ssk, k10, k2tog, ssk, k10, k2tog
  • rnd 5 – k
  • rnd 6 – ssk, k8, k2tog, ssk, k8, k2tog
  • rnd 7 – k
  • rnd 8 – ssk, k6, k2tog, ssk, k6, k2tog
  • rnd 9 – ssk, k4, k2tog, ssk, k4, k2tog
  • cut yarn leaving 50cm loose
  • arrange sts across 2 needles, with front sts on one needle, back sts on other needle
  • graft together using Kitchener Stitch

Knit another!

I hope you enjoy wearing these cosy socks – my daughter certainly does!