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The Knitting Bricks Scarf was an introduction for this fun project.
This time, we are really getting into the brick spirit by adding some mortar to hold our bricks together.
And since it’s that time of year, why not knit a Christmas stocking? No chimney? No problem. Now you can knit your own!
If you’re looking for an interesting project with lots of our favorite Nuances and other helpful techniques then this is the project for you.
The design includes the:
How German Short Rows changed my knitting life.
If you haven’t knit German Short Rows I really encourage you to give them a try. I had not knit them before, so this stocking was the perfect opportunity for me to learn something new.
I love this heel method; no wrapping and turning, no pick ups and gussets. I like this so much I have turned into a sock knitter.
Yes, that’s right, I was not previously a “sock knitter”.
That doesn’t mean I didn’t know how to or had never knit socks before. I have, I just didn’t really enjoy it. No more, I am now on the very popular sock band wagon. In fact, I leave for Australia and New Zealand on Friday night (yippee!) and I’m bringing nothing but sock yarn.
I was on the prowl for hand dyed sock yarn at Vogue Knitting Live in SF and bought some truly fabulous yarn from Autumn & Indigo. It was love at first touch and their color options are stunning.
As you might imagine, I am looking forward to applying a few Nuances to my sock designs. Highly textured stitch patterns with the Showy Decease, interesting ribs, and decorative stretchy bind offs come to mind. I’m going toe up with Judy’s Magic Cast On and German Short Row heals. No seaming for me. I’m working on a nice rounded toe that I’ll introduce first in the next project later this week. No, they’re not socks. Mmmm?
The 16 hours on the plane will fly by!
BYO Chimney Design Details
While I would not call this a beginner project, each technique is not difficult by itself and, of course I include lots of resource links. I must point out that since this is garter stitch knit in the round, every other round is purled. It’s not a big deal. Really.
I think you’ll enjoy the cuff’s Garter Slip Stitch pattern and will use it in place of garter in some of your other projects. It makes a lovely non-rolling edge.
It is necessary to knit the stocking to a tighter gauge than the yarn label in order to get the stocking to hold its shape. I knit a DK yarn with a label needle size of US 6 on a US 4.
Get in the Holiday spirit
I hope you will give this a try. You’ll end up with a conversation piece (there are a lot of “oh, now I get it” comments in the store) and have mastered a whole set of new knitting skills you’ll use again and again.
You’ll also be all set to start knitting my new sock designs with me when they come out. Pretty confident, aren’t I for a first time sock designer? Fingers crossed.
I really, really hesitate to add this photo because it will be a few months before the pattern is ready, BUT I just have to show you this baby sweater.
It may just be the cutest darn thing I have ever designed.
I’m in the middle of the second sample for boys in a larger size, but I keep getting distracted by new ideas. Let me know if you are interested in it – that will motivate me to get it done!
I have one more pattern announcement for you before I leave in 3 days. I’d better get busy. I haven’t looked up yarn stores in Sydney yet. Any recommendations?