For January the pattern is a basic cabled hat made from bulky yarn. It is written for three sizes and has a simple 6-stitch repeat great for practicing the basics of cabling. You can even knit a band 3-4 inches wide and then bind off in pattern for an ear warmer and not worry about cabling and shaping the crown of the hat at the same time! Make two and substitute all the C2F (cable 2 front or cable 2 left) with C2B (cable 2 back or cable 2 right) to practice both directions of cabling.
The sample above and one display at the shop is knit from Noro Transitions, but you should be able to substitute Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky or Lana Loft Bulky or for extra warm and softness Mist Alpaca’s Chunky would be wonderful.
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As it gets chillier and more snow starts flying leg warmers can really keep your legs and feet warmer. I designed this fun pattern with the wonderfully smooshy (and superwash) Dream in Color Classy yarn. Here it is knit at a slightly tighter gauge for wind resistance and increased durability. A combination of ribs and mock cables make them interesting to look at and knit without the bulk of real cables and to allow them to fit a wide range of sizes without any special calf shaping.
Being one who loves little details I added a bit of flare at the bottom for extra coverage when wearing all those ballet flats and other low-cut shoes that have invaded my closet so I could show off my handknit socks. The flare is full-fashioned for a nice little touch of style.
The pattern is free here for the month of December only!
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