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NEW(ISH) PATTERN: STUBBLY HUBBLY SOCKS

On Monday I released what SHOULD have been the fifth pattern of socks designed especially for my main man: the Heisenberg Socks. However, they were teeeeeeeechnically the fourth. Today's new release were knit and gifted last June to celebrate our 9th anniversary but, well, LIFE happened and, as a result, they're just getting published now! 

STUBBLY HUBBLY

The Hubband is a bearded wonder and I thought "what better way than to honor this feature that I love so much about him than by knitting some stubbly socks to celebrate his oft-stubbly cheeks"? His face cheeks, not his other cheeks, just in case you were going there. Tho those are spectacular, also! ;) 

Whether it's the gorgeous blue Yummy Fingering yarn from Candy Skein (her Poppyseed colorway has long been a favorite of mine), or the subtlety of the stitch pattern, I can't tell, but I freaking LOVE these socks. Trust me when I say "they're super stubbly". It's a modified argyll pattern designed in 4 sizes to maximize the design over each size of sock. 

THE STORY

In 2014, I released my very first knitting pattern - The Hubband Socks. On each consecutive wedding anniversary since that day, the Hubbs has received a new pair of socks designed just for him. These were designed for my bearded man and presented to him for our 9th anniversary in 2017.

Never mind that I didn’t publish them for a year...

MATERIALS

  • Candy Skein Yummy Fingering (fingering/sock weight; 75% superwash USA merino wool, 25% nylon; 463 yds / 423 m per 3.5 oz / 100 g), 1 skein: ‘Poppyseed’

  • US 1.5 (2.5 mm) 32” / 81 cm circular needle

  • Fixed stitch markers (2)

  • Locking stitch marker (1, optional)

  • Row counter (optional, recommended)

  • Tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)

FINISHED SIZES

  • 1 (2, 3, 4): 6.75 (7.75, 8.75, 9.75)” / 17 (19.5, 22, 24.5) cm circumference at the widest part of the foot; length of foot is customizable

    • Recommended Fit: 1” / 2.5 cm negative ease in circumference, measured at widest part of the foot (while standing), and 15% negative ease in length when measured from the tip of the longest toe to the back of the heel.

PROJECT GAUGE

32 sts and 48 rnds = 4” in stockinette stitch knit in the round, taken after blocking

NOTES

  • These socks are worked from the toe-up, using the Magic Loop method, beginning with Judy’s Magic Cast On technique. These socks also feature a Fleegle Heel (no pick ups!) and are bound off using Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. Written instructions or links to tutorials are provided for each technique.

  • These socks are identical to one another; knit 2 to complete a pair. The pattern section varies in size based on the size of sock being knit. Be diligent in following sizing to ensure you are using the instructions/ chart for the size of sock being knit. Each chart and written set of instructions indicates size.

  • Instructions are provided for the smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only 1 set of instructions is provided, it applies to all sizes.

  • Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge.

  • Written and charted instructions are provided for these socks. The written instructions and charts are broken down by size; you may not need to print every page of this pattern.

  • Charts are found on pages 7 and 8.

MORE SOCKS PLEASE!!!

I'm a firm believer that one can NEVER have too many  knitted socks. I have more pairs than I can count and the Hubband is racking up a pretty good collection himself. And because I want YOU to keep knitting socks, I'm gonna give you a discount on this here pair o' socks! 

You can purchase the Stubbly Hubbly pattern either on Ravelry, or right here on my website and get to knitting yourself some new socks! Until end of day Sunday, June 24th, save 15% using code "STUBBLY" at checkout. 

Happy sock-ing!!! 

New Pattern: Sycamore Star

When I lived in San Diego, I had the great fortune of meeting Tami, the talent and mastermind behind the curtain at Candy Skein Yarn. Tami's love of color and consistency of practice are what make her the dyer that she is: AWESOME! 

When I think of the story to tell about today's new pattern, and my history with Tami and her yarns, this is what I come up with: "Sometimes there really isn’t a story. Sometimes you just get inspired by gorgeous colorways and textures and it all comes together in one lovely little project." And it's as simple as that - I have gorgeous yarns from a lovely lady and it just came together as this lovely little creation (in my not-so-humble opinion). :) 

Sycamore Star

This shawl uses 3 skeins of Candy Skein's Yummy Fingering base - a light weight but hearty base that soaks up color like nothing else. And the name of the game with this collection of colors is "texture". The majority of the shawl is worked either in garter or two-sided knit fabric - just one section uses purl stitches, so this beauty knits up fairly easily.

Speaking of Candy Skein! 

Are you in the Beaverton/Portland, OR area? If you are, come meet Candy Skein (Tami) today, Saturday, March 4th, from 10am to 4pm at Nitro Knitters in Beaverton! She'll be on site with a slew of her gorgeous colorways in the Yummy Fingering and Luscious bases - perfect to treat yourself to a trio of colors for this shawl!

And best of all?! The Sycamore Star Shawl pattern is the monthly KAL at Nitro Knitters for March, 2017. Come by the shop from 4-6pm every Friday for the month of March and knit along with us!

Video Support!

For the Open Star section, the Foil Wrapper (light grey) section, I've created a video to help you with a new term: k3pass. 

Open Star Stitch Pattern from the Sycamore Star shawl pattern on YouTube

The Sycamore Star shawl will be on display at Nitro Knitters this coming weekend. Most importantly, you can come meet Tami at Nitro Knitters, too, from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, March 4th - and you can pick your yarns for the shawl, too!

Here's the full list of details for this shawl!

Materials

  • Candy Skein Yummy Fingering (fingering weight; 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon; 463 yds/100g), 1 skein each:
    • ‘Black Licorice’ (black; color A)
    • ‘Foil Wrapper’ (grey; color B)
    • ‘Brain Freeze’ (blue/green; color C)
  • US 4 (3.5mm) 32” circular needle (or preferred length)
  • Removable stitch marker (optional)

Finished Dimensions

70 inches wingspan by 16.75 inches deep

Gauge

25 sts and 45 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch after blocking

Notes

  • This shawl is constructed in an asymmetrical shape and worked flat, from tip to end. Written instructions are provided for the entirety of the shawl.
  • Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge.
  • It is recommended to use a sharp-tipped needle owing to the need to pick up multiple sts to pass them over.
  • All sts will be slipped purlwise unless otherwise noted.
  • You may wish to clip a removable stitch marker to the RS of the work to differentiate RS from WS since as the first section of this project is worked in garter stitch.
  • Although gauge is not critical for this project, a looser gauge than noted will result in the use of more yardage.
  • To save on yardage it is recommended to carry the colors loosely up the side of the work rather than breaking at each color change.