Fibonacci on a Snowy Monday

After listening to The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up on Audible I looked at the huge mason jars on a bookcase in my girl-cave filled with yarn leftover from who-knows-how-many socks and decided it was time to declutter. Perfect timing! The February challenge in the Socknitters Anonymous Group on Ravelry is to design your own socks.  (edited:was told they don’t qualify because they are striped…oh well….still doing it….just won’t qualify).

I have a plan.  I’ll use the **fibonacci** formula to knit the stripes and use a jogless join so the stripes don’t ‘stagger’ in the back. I’ll have fun remembering past creations with each stripe and enjoy the process!
Fibonacci Plan

Each fibonacci segment will be a 2+4+8+16+8+4+2 color sequence.  The wide middle segment (16 rows) will be a variegated yarn and the other stripes in the sequence will use colors within that varigation.
Stash for Cortata

I choose a thigh high because, well …..I have A LOT of tiny yarn balls in jars and even more stashed in drawers and closets. The name ‘Cortata’  was chosen because it the Italian (fibonacci is Italian) word for colorful.   As you know, I live in the beautiful Colorado Rockies and ‘Colorado’ also means colorful. See the connection?

That is the plan! Let’s see where this takes me……..

                          over the knee cuff in a neutral color
4 " Cuff - Over the Knee

first Fibonacci sequence ….

First Fibonacci Sequence

second Fibonacci sequence…….
Second Fibonacci

These sequences are pretty addicting.  I started Saturday morning and couldn’t put this sock down.

P.S.  I’ll post the pattern when I am done just in case any of you want to bust your fingering yarn stash.

 

Mirkwood Clue 4

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We have come to the edge of the forest and there is light ahead of us and whilst we wandered, we did not get lost!  Are you ready to complete this journey and knit some toes onto your Mirkwood sock?  This is your last clue.  I hope you have enjoyed this knit-a-long with me because I really have.

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Mirkwood Clue 4

(Errata:  If you are knitting the smaller size then please tick back 2-3 rows until your foot is desired foot length minus 1-3/4” instead of 2”)

The TOE

Beginning of rnd starts from middle of heel with instep sts on needle 2.

Needle 1:  14(16,18) sts

Needle 2:  28(32,36) sts

Needle 3:  14(16,18) sts

Rnd 1

Needle 1:  Knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

Needle 2:  K1, ssk, work to last 3 sts, k2tog.

Needle 3:  K1, ssk, knit to end.

Rnd 2

Needle 1:  Knit

Needle 2:  Knit

Needle 3:  Knit

Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until 28(32, 36) sts remain.

Repeat Rnd 1 only until 8(12, 12)  total sts remain.

Continue knitting across needle 1 so that those sts are now on needle 3 – there will be 4(6,6) sts on each of two needles.

Cut yarn, leaving a 12” (30cm) tail.  Thread onto a tapestry needle and use the Kitchener st to graft the sts.  Weave in ends.

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Happy Knitting!

Mirkwood Clue 3

Our wondering through Mirkwood will get very exciting now as we slip down the heel flap, turn the heel, pick up stitches and work that gusset!  When we are working the heel flap we will not need to keep track of where we are on our cable pattern but just as soon as we start picking up stitches for the gusset we pick up right where we left off on the pattern.  This is when things get a little more adventurous because we will need to keep track of our cable row and the decreases at the same time.  But knowing you have the courage of Bilbo Baggins, I have utmost confidence that you can accomplish this clue with no detours!

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HEEL

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My absolute favorite heel is called the Eye-of-partridge Heel.  The Mirkwood sock that I am knitting is using that heel.  I think it is so pretty with its little diamonds and it is nice and cushy.  It is similar to a standard slip stitch heel except the ‘slips’ are offset every other row.  Some may not want to venture (or wander) too far off the path of familiarity though, so for those, I am giving you a simple slip stitch heel with a 3-st garter along the sides.  The 3-st garter makes it a little easier to pick up stitches for the gusset.  But, for the adventurous amongst us, skip over the simple heel directions and give the Eye-of-partridge heel a try.

SIMPLE HEEL FLAP

Row 1 (WS):  K3, purl to end.

Row 2 (RS):   P3, *K1, sl 1, rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have 24 (32, 40) heel-flap rows.

Repeat row 1 one more time so that you will be ready to start a right-side row when it is finished.

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EYE OF PARTRIDGE HEEL FLAP

Row 1 (WS):  K1, p1, k1, purl to last 3 sts, k1, p1, k1.

Row 2 (RS):  K1, p1, k1, *K1, sl 1, rep from * to last 3 sts, k1, p1, k1.

Row 3:  K1, p1, k1, purl to last 3 sts, k1, p1, k1.

Row 4:  K1, p1, k1, *sl 1, k1, rep from * to last 3 sts, k1, p1, k1.

Repeat rows 1-4 until you have 24 (32, 40) heel-flap rows.

Repeat row 3 one more time so that you will be ready to start a right-side row when it is finished.

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TRAPEZOID HEEL TURN 

The heel turn in Mirkwood is the pointy trapezoid heel.  I like this type of heel turn because it fits nice and tight around the back of my heel. As you navigate through the heel turn, slip all stitches purl-wise except when you work a  decrease (ssk), slip the decrease sts knit-wise.  Work across all sts removing st markers as you come to them because you will now incorporate the 3-st garter edges into your sock.

Row 1 (RS): Sl 1, k 16 (18, 20), ssk, k1, turn.

Row 2 (WS):  Sl 1, p 7 (7, 7), p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 3:  Sl 1, knit to 1 st before gap, ssk to close gap ( 1 st on each side of gap), k1, turn.

Row 4:  Sl 1, purl to 1 st before gap, p2tog (1 st on each side of gap), p1, turn.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until all sts have been worked and you have 18 (20, 22) sts remaining.

Knit 9(10,11) sts across heel.  Beginning of the round now starts here, place a marker so you will remember.

GUSSET

For years picking up stitches along the heel flap used to discombobulate me because I was confused on where to pick them up and I always ran short of how many the pattern told me to pick up.  And then, there was the dreaded gusset hole that always seemed to happen.  Fortunately, I soon discovered the garter stitch edge along the heel flap and learned Charlene Schurch’s gusset hole tip and my sock fears were alleviated.

Here are a couple pictures that I hope will help you.  The first picture shows where to pick up the stitches between the purl bumps on the heel flap.

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The second shows you which two stitches to pick up in addition to your others to eliminate the gusset hole.  You basically find the ‘ladder’ that runs between the heel flap and the instep and pick up the legs on either side of it.

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And for those of you who need the added reinforcement of a video here is a video demonstrating this technique.


Okay, are you ready?  Let’s go!

Needle 1:

With RS facing you and needle 1, knit across remaining heel sts, pick up and knit 14(16,18) sts between purl bumps on garter edge.  Pick up and knit 2 sts at top of gusset to prevent gusset hole.

Needle 2:

Work across instep resuming cable pattern at row 1.

Needle 3:

With third needle, pick up 2 sts at top of gusset and continue to pick up and knit 14(16,18) sts between purl bumps on garter edge.  Knit across remaining heel sts.

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GUSSET DECREASES

First round only:

Needle 1:  Knit to last 2 sts, ssk.

Needle 2:  Knit in established cable pattern (row 2).

Needle 3:  K2tog, knit to end.

All other rounds:

Rnd 1

Needle 1:  Knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

Needle 2:  Knit in established cable pattern.

Needle 3:  K1, ssk, knit to end.

Rnd 2

Needle 1:  Knit.

Needle 2:  Knit in established cable pattern.

Needle 3:  Knit

Repeat these two rnds until 56(64,72) sts remain.

FOOT

To measure my foot, I stand on a piece of paper and with a pencil mark the end of my toe and my heel.

Continue knitting stockinette stitch on sole of foot (Needles 1 & 3) and established cable pattern on instep (Needle 2) until you are 2” short of your actual foot length.

Next week we will finish up our toe and kitchener it closed!

Not all Who Wander are Lost

Not all who wander are lost”

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

I am always a little sad when a series of movies comes to an end as the movies based on the J.R. Tolkien books recently has.  THE HOBBIT has always been among my favorite books and Peter Jackson broke the book up into three movies – The Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and The Five Armies.  

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I am not ready to say goodbye to Bilbo Baggins yet so, once again, I am reading The Hobbit and delighting in J. R. Tolkien’s delightful writing style.

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It has been many years since I have hosted a sock knit-a-long but I have designed a sock to commemorate the dwarves wandering journey through the dark forest of MIRKWOOD.  I would like to invite you to wander along with me over the next month as I release the pattern progressively on Sunday afternoons.

“Not all who wander are lost”  I will not leave you abandoned without help along the way.  With each clue I will provide helpful links to knitting techniques required to execute those clues.  Even if you do not want to tackle knitting a sock right now you might enjoy watching the process unfold and you may discover, as Bilbo did, courage to try something new and exciting (addicting).

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The sock will be knit top down on double point needles or 32″ circular needle for magic loop method.  The design will be a traveling vine which reminded me of the vines in the movie scenes.

I have chosen Sweet Georgia Tough Love fingering weight sock yarn in a beautiful shade that further reminds me of Mirkwood Forest.

Each Sunday afternoon (MST) I will release the clues starting next Sunday, February 1.

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The tools you will need to come along as we wander through Mirkwood together:

Yarn:
1 skein of fingering weigh sock yarn

Needles
US #1 (2.5mm) or size needed to obtain gauge. Pattern may be knit with 5 double point needles.

Notions
Removable pins or  stitch markers

Gauge:
Approx. 8 sts = 1” in stockinette.

I hope you will join me on this wandering journey!  

There is no need to sign up but should you choose to join me I would love to post photos of your journey or link them here to the blog.

Now it is time I return to my book and forget everything else just as Bilbo did whilst listening to the music of the dwarves.  And like Bilbo I, too, ‘shall be swept away into dark lands under strange moons, far over The Water……..’

Colorado Sunrise Stocking Hat ~ May


Having originally thought I would knit a Fair Isle Scarf for the Conceptual Knitters Sky project, I made a little detour and landed on a Fair Isle Sampler Hat instead. A hat seems to be the perfect palette to experiment with color combinations and Fair Isle patterns. And speaking of ‘palette’, I ordered a big box of Knit Picks Palette using my first two sunrise photographs to help me pick colors.

Mary Jane Mucklestone designed a Fair Isle Sampler Hat in 2004 and it was featured in in one of my first bought Interweave Knits magazines. I am going to use her pattern instructions and her numbers to knit the hat but all the fair isle motifs will be replaced with ones from her recent book, 200 Fair Isle Motifs.  The hat is 22-inches long.


This week I explored color combinations using my “limited” palette of fourteen colors. The corrugated ribbing was knit using the colors of my first sunrise. The first motif represents the second photograph. I can already see the difficulty in replicating a sunrise but the colors are fun and I guess the whole idea behind “conceptual knitting” is just using the colors in some creative way. I had fun and that is what counts most, right?

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I picked Motif 200 to represent my May sunrise. It has 19 rows and 24 stitches but I added an additional neutral row to set it off from the next sunrise which will be knit next month.

So……..here is my May sunrise……..

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My inspiration …..