New Knitting Pattern: Ripple Effect Socks

The Ripple Effect Socks knitted in Teton Knitting Company Mountain Sock in Summer Sky.

Where has summer gone? It seemed like yesterday I was staring longingly up at the Tetons wondering if the snow was ever going to melt enough to get back into the mountains. Now, it’s been non-stop trail runs, afternoon floats, camping trips to make the most of every minute of summer before winter returns to our mountain valley. And when I have been in the mountains, I’ve been in the dye studio, playing with new yarns, new colorways. All of which are listed in the Teton Knitting Company Etsy Shop.

The downside to all this cramming every single second of adventure possible and playing in the dye studio, is not as much time knitting as I would love. As good as I am about knitting in public, I haven’t figured out how to knit while trail running or walking the dogs. And not from lack of trying either.

But enough of the excuses. I finally have a new sock pattern to share with you, Ripple Effect Socks. These were just plain fun to knit. Dead simple but interesting enough to not be boring and will blow your mind with the effect of the stitches. It was my chance to knit with my new Mountain Sock yarn. Which was an absolute joy to knit with; the yarn has beautiful stitch definition, the right amount of twist to hold up for socks without being difficult to knit with.

The Ripple Effect Socks will play with your mind. You’ll be convinced that tiny cables are wrapping around the sock and would take forever to knit. But in reality it is the clever use of purl and knit ribbing that is continually shifting to create the effect.

The beauty of these socks is they are dead simple and great for the beginner that wants to knit it up a notch without dealing with a complicated pattern or fun enough for the experienced knitter that wants a big bang for their knitting buck.

This pattern is incredibly stretching and will accommodated a wide range of calf and foot sizes. And you don’t have to do the normal boring 1″+ of cuff before you start the pattern. You can start the pattern fun right away.

Download this fun new sock pattern on the Knitting Pattern page and swing on over to the Etsy Store to see my latest colors of Mountain Sock to cast on these socks soon. Winter is coming and you’re going to need new socks soon!

Knitting Pattern: The Cascade Stole

With the promise of summer right around the corner, my thoughts turn from knitted socks to lovely, elegant lace to dress up a sundress, drape around my shoulders while watching a Teton sunset or dress an outfit up for a mountain wedding or a night on the town.

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Of the six main canyons that cut through Grand Teton National Park, Cascade Canyon is one of the most popular hiking destinations for visitors every year. Surrounded by towering peaks with waterfalls tumbling down granite walls in the lower section, and graced with wildflowers, open meadows and glaciers in its upper sections of North and South branches, Cascade Canyon is one of the highlights of Grand Teton National Park.
The Cascade Stole combines vine lace, that resembles the tumbling waterfalls, with an elegant laces border that brings to mind the granite peaks that frame Cascade Canyon.

Knit out of one of my favorite lace yarns: buttery soft Handmaiden Sea Silk comes in a variety of hand dyed color ways from subtle tonals to variegated multi-colors with a lovely sheen and drape the plays perfectly to this pattern by echoing the reflection of light on cascading .  The Cascade Stole is simple pattern with an easily memorized four row pattern that only has patterning on the right side rows but still creates an elegant lace effect. The stole can be made wider or narrower by increasing or decreasing the number of repeats of Vine Lace.

Find the Cascade Stole pattern on the Knitting Pattern page for the perfect summery stole.

 

A Sneak Peak of My Next Pattern

Thank you everyone for all the support and love for The Jaw Socks!  The Jaw Socks have made it onto the Ravelry Hot Pattern list.  The words of support mean the world to me and encourage me to design more.

I’ve been designing off and on for years, but only recently have found my design groove. You can find some of my old designs on Ravelry if you look under my name.  The designs are solid, but my pattern writing skills were severely lacking at the time.  I have plans as time permits, to reknit those old designs into yarns that are a better choice for the patterns, retake pictures and rewrite the patterns to be an easier to read format.  So keep your eyes peeled for those relaunching over the reminder of the year.

sHSA+LFKSmKZpaurNGM+tgIn addition to redoing old patterns, I will be releasing new patterns.  In fact, my next design just came off the blocking wires last night and goes out for photos today if the clouds clear enough for descent light.  In this design, I play with a classic but goldie, a heavy lace/fingering yarn, Handmaiden Fine Yarns Sea Silk, just to whet your knitting appetite.

Sea Silk is my crack silk haze (if you get my Rowan reference there).  I have been buying and stashing this amazing yarn from Handmaiden for well over a decade.  My stash even includes a few skeins of when Handmaiden did runs of 150 grams, 600 meter skeins.  Those skeins are some of the holy grails of my knitting stash.  I’m constantly on the lookout for when Handmaiden does a run of them, which I’ve not seen for a while.

Everyone cross their knitting needles for the clouds to lift and clear as the sun rises over the Tetons this morning so I can get photos of this lovely design.  Thank you again for all the knitterly love, support and words of encouragement.

 

Knitting Patterns: The Jaw Socks

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Just in time for the budding of the Aspens here in Teton Valley, I bring you The Jaw Socks.  Now, you must be thinking that the inspiration for these socks is Jaws the movie.  You can even hear the Jaws theme song playing in the background as you read this.  But you would be a bit off the mark.

The Jaw is also a ridge line of impressive, craggy, jagged granite spires, rising above Holly Lake, that separates Paintbrush Canyon from Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park.  The adventurous will run The Jaw from Mount St. John to the Paintbrush Divide.  Yes, you read right, run it.  No, I’m not that adventurous.  Ridge running is not quite my cup of tea but I’ve known that have done it.

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Knit out of one of my favorite sock yarns, Hedgehog Fibres Sock in the color way Swamp. (They call it Swamp, I prefer to think of it as Aspen Green, but to each their own.)  The Jaw Socks are a fantastic basic sock for the beginning sock knitter that is ready to step up from the knit 2, purl 2 sock to a bit more. With just enough pattern to keep it boring, but simple enough to follow along without getting lost. The pattern is easily adjustable to a variety of sizes and fits, being very stretchy and forgiving.  This pattern also works for men, women and children.

So cue up the Jaws theme song, find the pattern on The Knitting Patterns Page and cast on these socks no matter what inspires you.

Knitting Patterns: Symmetry Spires Socks

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As they say, “A day late and a dollar short.” My apologies for the delay in getting the new sock pattern: Symmetry Spires Socks uploaded to the webpage.  It took me a bit to sweet talk Mountain Man to pose for pictures.

Without further ado, I introduce to you the Symmetry Spire Socks.  Inspired by Symmetry Spire above Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park. Symmetry Spire rises over Jenny Lake as a lovely granite spire that forms north side of the entrance to Cascade Canyon. While appearing insignificant compared to the larger peaks of the Cathedral Group, Symmetry Spire has played a key role in the history of mountaineering in Grand Teton National Park with many famous Teton climbers using Symmetry Spire as training climbs for numerous first ascents in the park.

This unisex sock pattern features an easily memorized 3 row chart pattern that flows of the needles that is available in three sizes to fit a wide range of feet sizes.  The suggested yarn is Mountain Colors Crazy Foot in colorway Copper Mountain; Crazy Foot is a versatile but durable yarn of 90% superwash merino, 10% nylon with great yardage.  But  the pattern will easily accommodate a wide range of sock yarns from your stash.

Find the Symmetry Spires Socks on our Knitting Patterns page.

Knitting Patterns: The Albright Peak Scarf

f1rMhXPEQdCPt5tT3vDWrQAs the winds howled around our house this winter, Mountain Man asked me to knit him a scarf to ward off the bite of the wind when he wasn’t skiing.  A long, narrow scarf that he could wrap multiple times around his neck.

I’m thrilled to knit for Mountain Man anytime, anyplace since from the very beginning of our relationship he has always shown a love for hand knitted items.   He uses the fingerless gloves just about every day from October to April to keep his hands warm in his office. He treasures every pair of socks I have ever knitted for him. To date, he is the only person to ever actually wear out a pair of socks.

Hedgehog Fibres Sock has always been one of my go to sock yarns as I love the beautiful colors, the yardage is generous and has enough twist with a bit of nylon to hold up but still is soft to the touch.  Mountain Man’s taste in colors is a bit different than mine but considering the drabness of the winter, I was all too happy to indulge in his request for a bright yellow scarf.

FAnxI0vlSYeYkCRqqXwd2gThe flow and peaks of the twisted stitches reminded me of the lines of Albright Peak, that raises majestically above Phelps Lake in southern Grand Teton National Park.  The Albright Peak Scarf is designed to be unisex as the pattern of ribs of twisted stitches with increases and decreases gives the appearance of cables without the difficulty, working well for either gender.

This pattern is free and available for download on our Knitting Patterns Page. This is just the beginning of our collection knitting patterns.  More will be published in the weeks to come.

Thanks for knitting with Teton Knitting Company!

Hope Springs Eternal

In the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, birds are singing, flowers are starting to bloom, the grass is greening, and people are getting out their shorts.  Not here in the Teton Valley.  It’s not winter, but it’s far from what most of the world would consider Spring.  This non-season is not-so-affectionly called “Mud Season”, “Shoulder Season”, or even “Bad Skiing”.  No self-respecting Teton Valley-ian would call late-March, early April “Spring” with a straight face or at least not until they were 4-5 craft beers in.

0hBC6w%oR%KfHdmFsiSxLwWell over a foot of crusty, dingy snow still buries most of my yard, the trees look like sickly, withdrawn sun addicts with not a speck of green in sight amongst this waste land.  Even our local moose has given up on our yard; heading back to its hangout somewhere in the creek bottoms.  Late October, early November has more cheer and color than this season.  Cabin fever can be rampart and many of our friends travel south to the desert retreats of Zion and Canyonlands to escape the dreariness of the Valley.  Seed catalogs pop up in mailbox, taunting me with their bright, blooming plants, laden with the fruits of summer as my garden beds still lay heaped under snow.

It’s enough to drive a soul mad and want to curse out the cruelness of the world.  The only way I have found to cope with still maintaining at least some shred of sanity is my knitting. During this season, my regular colors of soothing blues, greens and teals, turns to springy greens, bright yellows, warm oranges, and fiery reds in a desperate bid to find color and life amongst the drab, drawn out colors of this season.

But yet, even under the wasteland, one can see the settle changes that life and spring do indeed exist somewhere under the snow.   The sunlight is a bit warmer on your cheek than it was less than a month ago, the days longer and the breeze a bit warmer and not so keen to cut through you like a knife.  Perhaps there is a new species of bird hanging out at the bird feeder tonight that was not there yesterday.

FAnxI0vlSYeYkCRqqXwd2gWhen Mountain Man wanted a long, narrow scarf for his “dress coat” (read non-ski coat), I was happy to oblige since he prefers yellows and oranges.  On a wimp, I had purchased a skein of Hedgehog Fibres Sock in “Pollen” during our last trip to Bozeman in January.  Digging through my stacks of Japanese stitch dictionaries (more addicting to me than Lay’s Potato Chips), I knitted a long, narrow scarf to Mountain Man’s satisfaction of golden yellow.  I’m normally not a yellow person, considering yellow a lovely accent color, but I gladly wiped out this scarf without a word of protest from me about choice of color.  The stitch pattern knitted up quickly considering it’s a moving 1×1 twisted rib pattern.

In hindsight, I’d probably adjust the stitch pattern to be a bit wider than I did.  At 29 stitches across, (25 pattern stitches, and 2 border stitches on both sides), it ended up a bit narrower and longer than I intended.  I’ll tweet the pattern to make it wider and add a few more border stitches to make it easier to block before writing up the pattern for the test knitter.

But it’s lovely to know I can get that long of scarf out of one skein of Hedgehog Fibres.  Though I should have known, or at least suspected, since it’s one of the few sock yarns I can get a pair of socks out of Mountain Man out of without sweating whether I’m going to run out of yarn halfway through the second sock like I have with so many other socks yarns.   As a big-footed person of  women’s size 12 feett, skimpy-yardage socks yarns are the bane of my existence of a sock knitter and will get a sock yarn on my black list faster than just about anything else short of bad dye jobs.

F37PDSUWLZT2YTi+5jAToday as I hung the scarf out to dry over our fence after washing it, I found hope for spring even in the wasteland of my yard.  The holy grail of them all, finding green poking out from beneath the snow amongst my garden.

Hope springs eternal.