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I’ve been on a knitting roll that is about to come to an abrupt end. The projects seemed to roll off my needles easily but now I am embarking on masochistic knitting projects and they won’t be flying off my needles so effortlessly.

The last of the knitting roll projects is finished.

log cabin gloves knitting free pattern

log cabin gloves knitting back side

These are a free pattern from Fringe Association called Log Cabin Mitts. They were fun to knit. The yarn is Shelter from Brooklyn Tweed in the colorways Iceberg, Tartan and Almanac. The second picture shows the front and palm of the mitt. They are sturdy and warm. The best knitting attribute is that the thumb gusset is a pleasure to work. No fiddly gusset here. I am studying the construction of the thumb gusset to see if I can adapt it to other mitts I might make in the future.

This morning I had a surprise visitor waiting for me on the back patio.

barred owl

It’s a Barred Owl. Although I have heard owls I have never seen one in the wild. This is my first. I was so happy. I snapped him with my phone camera, but wished I had my Canon camera to do him more justice. He’s a kind of cool persona. He let me come out and talk with him and he didn’t fly away or get upset. I’d love to see him again.

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Finished Socks

I’ve had this summer cold for a little over a week now. Just when it seems to be getting better I get hit with it all over again. Nevertheless, I took some shots of the two pairs of socks I’ve finished.

knit socks broken garter rib

These are made from Zen Yarn Garden yarn. Thanks to Yarn Rascal for eating the skein band so I can’t tell you the colorway, but I can say that it is the merino cashmere blend. The pattern is my own and can be knit toe up or cuff down. The pattern is a simple broken garter stitch rib. Round 1: Knit. Round 2: K, p. Alternate the two rounds add your favorite heel and toes and you’ve got the socks.

knit socks roman road

These are also a simple pattern called Roman Road. Round 1- 4: Knit. Round 5: K1, p1. Round 6: P1, k1. Repeat from round 1 and you have the pattern. Along with using your favorite toe and heel this pattern works for both toe-up or cuff down socks.

knit socks roman road cu

Right now I don’t have socks on any needles and it feels like I am tempting fate a bit. I like to keep a travel project or two in the works for those emergency room and/or hospital stays. The large short-row shawl is taking all my knitting time. The shawl is in no way a travel project, but I am reluctant to put it down to start such a project for fear that I might have a moment of sanity in my life and never pick up and finish the shawl. But the anxiety of waiting for the axe to drop, so to speak, is starting to get to me.

Before I forget, the socks above were made with Dream In Color Smooshy in the Lapis Lazuli colorway. Yarn Rascal just happened to leave this yarn band intact.

 

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This week has been gray, wet and humid. The bugs are having a wonderful time. The mosquitoes are plentiful. Therefore, I have been spending a lot of time indoors working on the hexagon afghan.

ls

It is not finished by any means, what with 11 more rows, but I have come to the spot where I can share the design. The motifs, the way I am joining them, and the edging I’ll be working are all set in stone, so to speak.
Therefore, if you feel like you need some color in your life, or a project that you can just easily putter on with, here is the loosely written pattern for my afghan that I have named Cape Ann. I am using US terminology here.

Cape Ann Afghan

Size: 45 x 60 inches (114.30 x 152.40 cm). You can make it any size you want by adding more motifs across a row to widen it, or decreasing the number to slim it down or adding rows to lengthen or decreasing rows to shorten.

Yarn: Worsted Weight or Bulky will work. I used worsted weight Valley Yarns Northampton (100% wool, 247 yds, 100 grams) in the colors:
A) Bright Pink (approximately 500 yds)
B) Spring Blue (approximately 900 yds)
C) Lake Heather (approximately 1,000 yds)
D) Natural (approximately 1, 700 yds)
Depending on the size you are making the yard amounts will vary. Again, I have not finished the afghan so I am sharing with you the amount of yarn I bought after some rough estimation.

Hook: US 9/5.50mm

Gauge: A completed motif measures 5 x 5 inches (12.70 x 12.70 cm). You don’t need to get this gauge. Measure your motif. Take the motif measurement and divide it into the desired width of your finished afghan. The number you get is the number of motifs you need to make up one row. Then, take the motif measurement and divided it into the desired length of your finished afghan. The number you get is the number of rows you need.

The motif is worked from the center out: flower center (A), petals (B), leaves (C), background (D).

With A: Ch4. Join to form ring. Ch2 (counts as first dc). Dc 17 more times in ring. Join with slipstitch to first dc. 18 dc. Finish off. Cut yarn.

dc in chain

Join B to first dc. Ch3 (counts as first hdc). Hdc once in each of next 2 dc. Ch1. *Hdc once in each of next 3 dc. Ch1.* Repeat from * to * around. Join with slipstitch to first hdc. 18 hdc and 6 ch1 spaces. Finish off. Cut yarn.

join b

Join C in first Ch1 space. Ch2 (counts as first dc). In same ch sp work two more dc, ch1, 3dc. First corner made. Ch1. *In next ch1 sp work 3dc, ch1, 3dc, ch1.* Repeat from * to *. Join with slipstitch to first dc. Hexagon shape formed. 6 corners with ch1 spaces and 6 ch1 space sides made. Finish off. Cut yarn.

join c

Join D in first corner ch1 space. Ch2 (counts as first dc). In same space work 2 dc, ch1, 3dc. First corner made. Ch1. In next ch sp work 3 dc, ch1.* In next corner space work 3 dc, ch1, 3dc, ch1. In next ch sp work 3dc, ch1.* Repeat from * to *. Join with slipstitch to first dc. Finish off. Cut yarn.

Your first motif is complete.

Joining Motifs As You Go for First Row of Afghan.
To add more motifs to your first row complete the above steps for joining colors A through C. Where you join the hexagons together you will be substituting a joining slipstitch for a ch1.

Join hexagons together for first row of afghan as follows:
Join D in first corner ch1 space. Ch2 (counts as first dc). In same space work 2dc. Insert hook from front to back into corner ch1 space on completed hexagon.

cj1

Wrap yarn around hook from left to right, pull loop through corner ch1 space on completed hexagon and loop on hook from incomplete hexagon.

cj2 yarn position

Hexagons are joined. Still working in the same ch1 space as before on the incomplete hexagon, work 3 dc.

complete corner where joined

Insert hook from front to back into next ch1 space on completed hexagon. Join hexagons as detailed above. Work 3 dc in ch1 space on incomplete hexagon.

second join

Insert hook from front to back into next ch 1 space on completed hexagon. Join hexagons. Work 3dc on incomplete hexagon. Insert hook from front to back into corner ch1 space of completed hexagon. Join hexagons. Still working in the same ch1 space as before on the incomplete hexagon, work 3 dc, ch1.

third join

Working only on incomplete hexagon: 3 dc in next ch1 space, ch1. *In corner ch1 sp work 3 dc, ch1, 3dc, ch1. In next ch1 space work 3dc, ch1.* Repeat from * to *. Join with slipstitch to first dc.

Special Stitches
Hdc (half double crochet): Yarn over hook, insert hook into stitch, pull up loop, yarn over hook, draw through two loops, yarn over hook, insert hook into same stitch, pull up loop, yarn over, draw through two loops, yarn over, draw through last three loops.

Friday I will give details for joining motifs on the second and all following rows.
I am writing up these instructions and will post them on Ravelry in pdf format. They will be free. I just need to complete more of the afghan so my yarn yardage is accurate. My Ravelry name is Slippedstitches.

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