Monday, November 24, 2014

Inside Out Sock Pattern Published on Ravelry

Inside Out is a simple pair of socks suitable for both men and women. One of my goals with this pattern was to design a simple, easy to remember pattern that worked well with variegated yarns. I decided to go with a simple broken rib. Broken rib results in a pattern that works on both the right side and the wrong side making the socks reversible. You can wear them right side out, inside out or one of each. The pattern makes use of the Broken Rib heel stitch for a nice cushy heel.

The sock starts with a 1x1 ribbed cuff, moving into the broken rib pattern. The heel continues the broken rib by using the broken rib heel stitch, and finally the sock ends with a 1x1 ribbed toe.

The following techniques are used in this sock:

  • German Twisted cast on or other stretchy cast on
  • Knit & Purl
  • K2tog, SSK, P2tog
  • M1
  • Slip Stitch
  • Pickup and knit through the back loop
  • Broken Rib Heel Stitch
  • Kitchener
  • The pattern can be downloaded for free at Inside Out.


    Prairie Willow can be found on Ravelry at noliegirl. Prairie Willow is an avid knitter and jewelry designer. My jewelry can be found at Prairie Willow Jewelry;

    Photos copyright Prairie Willow Knits. .

    Monday, November 17, 2014

    Knitting a Pair of Simple Mitts

    I wanted a pair of Halloween socks. I knit like mad to finish them before Halloween. Once complete I realized that I had enough yarn for a pair of matching mitts. So, I added this to my Halloween knitting. In order to insure I would complete them by Halloween, I created a simple pattern with a ribbed cuff at my wrist, in other words, they are short. I knit these using Canon Hand Dyes "Double Double Toil & Trouble" for the hand and MadelineTosh Sock "Curiosity" for the cuffs. I chose to knit these with US 1.0 (2.25mm) needles as I have small hands. The size can easily be increased by using a US 1.5 (2.5mm) or a US 2.0 (2.75mm) needle. My gauge using a US 1.0 (2.25mm) needle is 9 stitches / inch for these mitts.

    Here's how I did it:

    Cast on 52 stitches using German twisted cast on. Join to work in the round. Knit 16 rounds 2x2 rib
    Change colors and knit 4 rounds stockinette.
    Gusset Setup: K25, PM, M1R, K1, M1L, PM, K to end of round. Round 1: Knit to end of round; Round 2: K25, SM, M1R, K to marker, M1L, SM, K to end of round. Repeat rounds 1 & 2 until thumb contains 25 stitches.
    Knit 4 rounds
    K25, move thumb stitches to a holder, K26
    K25, M1, K26. The hand now has 52 stitches. Knit 12 rounds stockinette or to your desired length. Change color. Knit 10 rounds 2x2 rib. Bind off using Jenny's Super Stretchy Bind Off, in pattern. Put thumb stitches back on needles. Using hand color, starting at inside of thumb, M1, K to end M1, M1. Stitch count is now 28 (divisible by 4). Knit 1 more round in stockinette or to your desired length. Switch colors and knit 6 rounds in 2x2 rib. Bind off using Jeny's Super Stretchy Bind Off.

    You can see my mitts at Double Double Mitts Too and my Halloween socks at


    Prairie Willow can be found on Ravelry at noliegirl. Prairie Willow is an avid knitter and jewelry designer. My jewelry can be found at Prairie Willow Jewelry;

    Photos copyright Prairie Willow Knits. .

    Monday, November 10, 2014

    Yarn Substitutions

    Ever have a problem determining an appropriate yarn substitution for a pattern? A knitting friend of mine introduced me to a this interesting web site: yarnsub.com. Try it. I think its going to be a useful resource.


    Prairie Willow can be found on Ravelry at noliegirl. Prairie Willow is an avid knitter and jewelry designer. My jewelry can be found at Prairie Willow Jewelry;

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    Monday, November 3, 2014

    Mini Sock Pattern Released on Ravelry

    One of my goals this year has been to use up leftover bits of yarn. I knit a lot of socks, so I have a lot of leftover sock yarn. One of my social experiment rules allows me a 1:1 replacement for yardage used in this leftover category, hence the creation of this pattern. The pattern contains instructions for 4 different socks: a plain sock, a contrast heel/toe/cuff sock, an athletic style sock and an elf striped sock.

    So have fun this Christmas and decorate your tree with mini socks. Here are some pictures of the socks I have created so far:

    The pattern is available from Ravelry at Mini Socks


    Prairie Willow can be found on Ravelry at noliegirl. Prairie Willow is an avid knitter and jewelry designer. My jewelry can be found at Prairie Willow Jewelry;

    Photos copyright Prairie Willow Knits. .