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My romantic intelligence is stuck at about the 3rd grade level. Discussions of romance result in a lot of giggling and overwhelming the urge to run away, and occasionally a long "eeeeeewwwwwww".  Romantic getaways, flowers, chocolates and pomp make my entire body kick into defense mode, and here I am planning a wedding. I'm not sure how you plan a wedding and avoid hearts, the word 'love', and public displays of affection, but I'll be damned if I'm not going to give it a shot. (For what it's worth, I'm pretty sure the answer to this riddle, as it is to so very many, is 'food and booze'.) Below is an attempt at squeezing in a tiny bit of romance, which has hopefully been completely killed by sharing this with the internet. Socks for the fella to wear on our wedding day. He won't get cold feet. See what I did there? It's very clever. But wait! There's more.

Toes of pattern

The pattern rows (which are just simple twist stitches) are spaced out 10 rows, then 13 rows, then 12 rows to reflect our October 13, 2012 wedding date. Take that, wedding industry! Customized without a $39.95 surcharge! Victory Point to Shana.

Anyway, here's a pattern. Go knit some socks.

Socks to insure against cold feet

Full view of mens socks

 

Supplies

  • Skinny Bugga! by The Sanguine Gryphon (Fingering / 4 ply, 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 450 yards / 113 grams) - One ball in Sooty Dancer
  • Yummy Toes - Sock by Miss Babs (Fingering / 4 ply, 100% Merino, 133 yards / 37 grams) - 20 yards in Pewter for the heel and toes (One skein of Skinny Bugga would be enough to do the toes and heels in the main color)
  • 32″ size 1 (2.25 mm) circular needle
  • Cable needle, if needed. You can also do the twists without a cable needle.
  • Tapestry needle

Notes

These socks are knit toe-up, two at a time using the magic loop. This site explains how to do it. If you prefer dpns or knitting one at time, you can still knit the socks, but you may want to use markers to indicate where the magic loop needles would start and end.

I haven't test knit these, so if something seems wrong it probably is. Let me know, and I'll correct it.

m1 – make one

w&t – Wrap and turn

LT- Left Twist - Hold one stitch to the front, knit second stitch, knit first stitch

Directions

Toe

Figure 8 cast on 20 sts (10 on needle, 10 on cable)

Alternate increase and even round until you have 48 sts.

  • Increase round: On first needle, k1, m1, k to final stitch, m1, k1. Repeat on needle 2.
  • Even round: Knit both needles.

Foot

Work the following until knitting measures 10″ from cast-on.

On needle 1: P1, knit until final stitch, p1.

On needle 2:

This is where you turn on the romance. Or something. The spacing of the twist rows represent the wedding date. Work the normal row for all rounds except those that reflect your date. For October 13, 2012, I work the twist row on round 10, again on 13 rows later, and again twelve rows after that. Then repeat.

  • Normal row: P1, *k2, p2* repeat from * to * until last three sts, k2, p1
  • Twist row: P1, *LT, p2* repeat from * to * until last three sts, LT, p1

Heel

This sock has a short row heel. If you're working the socks two at a time, you will do one heel, and then the other.

Join the heel yarn.

  • Sl1, k to last stitch, w&t.
  • Sl1, p21, w&t
  • K to one before wrapped stitch, w&t
  • p to one before wrapped stitch, w&t

Alternate last two rows until 8 stitches remain unworked.

Work until the wrapped stitch, pick up wrap and work stitch, turn.

Repeat until all wrapped stitches have been worked.

Break heel yarn.

Sock heel

Leg

Pick back up the main color and continue working the needle 2 pattern on both needles, so that the ribbing and twist stitches are worked around the whole leg.

Continue until the leg measures 8″ from heel or as close as possible after completing 'year' rows.

Finishing

Bind off using your favorite stretchy bind off. I recommend this bind-off.

Weave in ends, block if you're the type who blocks socks (I am not), give to fella, live happily ever after.

Red Redux

Knit scarf pattern for man
Knit scarf pattern for man

The last men's scarf pattern I wrote elicited elicited some envy, so I made another. It's a nice man-friendly texture that's fast and easy to knit up. The big needles, bulkier yarn and easy to memorize pattern make this a good pattern for beginners.

Red Redux

Materials

3 skeins Plymouth Chunky Merino Superwash Color 18 (100 gr, 109 yards; 100% merino wool)

US size 10 14″ needles

Tapestry needle and scissors

Notes

The scarf is 8" wide, which is pretty wide. If you'd prefer a narrower scarf, you can reduce the width by 4 stitch increments.

K- knit

P – purl

Left Twist - (LT) - knit into the second stitch, then knit into the first, slip both stitches off the needle

Cable cast on description

mens scarf knitting pattern
mens scarf knitting pattern

Directions

Setup

Cable cast on 34 sts.

Knit three rows.

Pattern

  • Row 1: K3, *p2, LT* Repeat from * to * until final 3 sts, k3.
  • Row 2: K3, *p2, k2* Repeat from * to * until final 3 sts, k3.
  • Rows 3 & 4: Repeat rows 1 & 2
  • Row 5: K to end
  • Row 6: K3, p to final 3 sts, k3
  • Row 7: K3, *LT, p2* Repeat from * to * until final 3 sts, k3.
  • Row 8: K3, *k2, p2* Repeat from * to * until final 3 sts, k3.
  • Rows 9 & 10: Repeat rows 7 & 8
  • Rows 11 & 12: Repeat rows 5 & 6

Repeat pattern until scarf measures 60″, or you run low on yarn.

Knit three rows.

Scarf texture
Scarf texture

Men's Scarf Pattern

Men's Scarf Pattern

I like to pretend that I'm a selfish knitter, meaning I only knit for the 'knit-worthy' - those that would both help you move a body and truly understand the craft and time and love that go into hand-knits (and quilts, for that matter). The idea rose as a backlash against that jerk acting like they are doing you a favor by requesting that you make them something and that other jerk that informs you that you can buy socks already made at Walmart. Very helpful.

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I lack the discipline to be 'selfish' and instead foist projects that took me days, weeks, months on completely unsuspecting people. The obvious amount of energy that goes into the projects lays there like threat - reject this and you reject me. It's gift-giving emotional one-upping. "Oh, it's no big deal. I just spent 30 hours working on this, stitch by stitch. Thinking about what you'd like. Fretting that you wouldn't want this. Reflecting on how you're important in my life. Nothing major. It's no Best Buy gift card or anything."

It's a bit unfair, really, because even I would rather get the Best Buy gift card. My interest in wearing the things I make dies about four days after I complete them. Perhaps, the truly selfish approach is to leach inspiration from those around me, so I can induldge in a hobby I enjoy while pretending I'm giving a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that will be cherished for decades.

This emotional bombing is not too dissimilar, in fact, from foisting my navel-gazing posts upon readers just coming here for free scarf pattern to knit for a man in their life (or lady, I suppose). So, with only a little more adieu, here we go -

This pattern was the request of an old friend to replace a scarf I'd made him years and years ago, when I'd just started knitting/crocheting. I have always been a little 'meh' about that scarf (though apparently he loved it - always a sign of the knit-worthy) so I jumped on this as an opportunity to redeem myself. His request was "long, dark red and textured". It all fell into place from there. Red yarn that just happened to be named "Pagoda" when he'd just so happened to spend some time in China and a stitch pattern that just so happened to look like roof tops, and here we are - Mao's Little Red Scarf.

This pattern is ridiculously easy and a pretty quick knit for a scarf. You need to know how to knit, purl, cast on and cast off, so it is very beginner friendly. 

Mao's Little Red Scarf Pattern

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Materials

2 skeins Malabrigo Worsted weight in Pagoda (100 gr, 210 yards; 100% merino wool)

US size 8 14" needles

Tapestry needle and scissors

Stitch marker

Notes

K- knit

P - purl

PU - pick up strand from 2 rows down and slip it over the next live stitch. (You don't work this stitch. It is held into a point by the live stitches)

Cable cast on description

Directions

Setup

Cable cast on 35 sts. 

Knit five rows.

Pattern

  1. *K3, slip next 5 sts with yarn in front*, repeat from * to * until last 3 sts, k3.
  2. *K3, p5*, repeat from * to * until last 3 sts, k3.
  3. K5, *pu, k8, repeat from * to * until last 6 sts, pu, k6.
  4. *K3, p5*, repeat from * to * until last 3 sts, k3.

Repeat pattern until scarf measures 60" or length desired.

K 5 rows.

Bind off and weave in ends.

Optional: Ship to Asia.

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Pucker Up Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

Materials

1 skein Cascade Yarn Rustic (79% Wool, 21% Linen) 100gr, 196 yds

32" size 7 circular needles

Tapestry needle and scissors

Stitch marker

Notes

Make pucker: Pick up stitch from 10 rows below and knit together with one stitch on the left needle.

Seed stitch: K1, p1 for the whole round. (On the second round, you'll knit into purl stitches, and purl into knit).

Slip marker as you come to it.

Cable cast on description

Directions

Setup

Cable cast on 125 sts. Join, being sure not to twist.Place marker to note start of round.

Work 1 inch in seed stitch.

Knit 10 rounds.

Pucker Up Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

Materials

1 skein Cascade Yarn Rustic (79% Wool, 21% Linen) 100gr, 196 yds

32" size 7 circular needles

Tapestry needle and scissors

Stitch marker

Notes

Make pucker: Pick up stitch from 10 rows below and knit together with one stitch on the left needle.

Seed stitch: K1, p1 for the whole round. (On the second round, you'll knit into purl stitches, and purl into knit).

Slip marker as you come to it.

Cable cast on description

Directions

Setup

Cable cast on 125 sts. Join, being sure not to twist.Place marker to note start of round.

Work 1 inch in seed stitch.

Knit 10 rounds.

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Pucker up Cowl Pattern

Pucker up Cowl Pattern

I bought this yarn with every intent of making something for the fella. But then I got sick and needed something effortless to work on while laying in bed watching an entire season of Breaking Bad. So now I have a cowl. 

Cowls are one of those things, much like shawls and fingerless gloves, that knitters love, but I'm not sure how much the general population embraces them. My coworker, however, told me I did not look stupid wearing it, that they were trendy right now, and people call them infinity scarves. So there you go - one unverified source suggesting that I am hip.

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This pattern is really easy, uses only one skein, and knits up quickly. In other words: perfect last minute Christmas gift.

If I were going to make another one, I'd try casting on 100 stitches and do three repeats of the body to get a snugglier cowl. If anyone gives that a shot, I'd love to see it.

Pucker Up Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

Materials

1 skein Cascade Yarn Rustic (79% Wool, 21% Linen) 100gr, 196 yds

32" size 7 circular needles

Tapestry needle and scissors

Stitch marker

Notes

Make pucker: Pick up stitch from 10 rows below and knit together with one stitch on the left needle.

Seed stitch: K1, p1 for the whole round. (On the second round, you'll knit into purl stitches, and purl into knit).

Slip marker as you come to it.

Cable cast on description

Directions

Setup

Cable cast on 125 sts. Join, being sure not to twist.Place marker to note start of round.

Work 1 inch in seed stitch.

Knit 10 rounds.

Work the body twice.

Body

*Make pucker on next 5 sts, k20*. Repeat from * to * four more times to complete the round.

Knit 8 rounds.

*K10, make pucker on 5 sts, k10*. Repeat from * to * four more times to complete the round.

Knit 8 rounds.

Finishing

*Make pucker on next 5 sts, k20*. Repeat from * to * four more times to complete the round.

Work 1 inch in seed stitch.

Bind off in pattern.

Weave in ends. 

Look fashionable in the eyes of my one coworker.

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Stripe Seven Knit Blanket Pattern

Stripe Seven Knit Blanket Pattern

Friends. Please go have babies. My backlog of baby gifts is getting concerning. I'm two blankets away from crossing the line from 'being prepared' to 'stockpiling'.

The destash purge continues, and I knocked out six skeins of some of the oldest yarn in my stash. I might have had to buy 3 more to do this project, but I'm netting out ahead. I actually knit this using Rowan RYX Luxury Cotton yarn, but I'm suggesting Cascade 220 as an alternative for a couple reasons. It's cheaper, easier to find, and I think it'll hold up better. The Rowan is very nice and drapey (it has silk in it), but let's be real - even the most speshul snowflake baby doesn't need a silk blanket.I just really wanted to use up this yarn.

I am considering doing another version of this blanket doing each stripe a different color. Being seven stripes, it's begging to be made into a rainbow.

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Size

40"x40"

Gauge

18 sts x 20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

Materials

  • Main color - 300 grams (3 skeins) Cascasde 220 wool or similar worsted weight yarn (100 grams, 220 yards) 
  • Contrast color - 200 grams (2 skeins) Cascade 220 wool
  • Size 8 (5 mm) 32” circular needles
  • Size 8 (5mm) 60" circular needles
  • Stitch markers
  • Darning needle

Abbreviations

  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • YO - Yarn over
  • K2tog - Knit 2 together

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Notes

Throughout pattern, slip markers as you come to them.

Switch to longer circulars when needed.

This blanket is knit using the magic loop method.

Where indicated on the knit rounds, you'll move the markers one stitch to the left. This is to keep the corners in the same place.

Repeat the patterns four times per round

Directions

With main color, cast on 16 sts using the disappearing loop method. Pull the cable through so you have 8 sts on each needle. This is the most finicky part of the blanket, so if you find a different cast on easier, substitute. 

Setup: Knit 4, PM

Main Pattern

Main color: Repeat increase and even round 6 times.

  • Increase round: K1, yo, knit to marker, yo, slip marker
  • Even round: Knit around

Stripes: Attach contrast color.

  • K1, yo, knit to marker, yo, slip marker
  • Purl
  • K1, yo, knit to marker, yo, slip marker
  • K2, *yo, k2tog* 
  • K1, yo, knit to marker, yo, slip marker
  • Purl (On the final repeat, bind off purl-wise)

Attach main color and repeat from the start of main pattern 6 more times, being sure to bind off on the final round.

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