Knitting Pattern: Black Diamond Socks

Baby, it’s cold outside but with all this snow, the skiing is great! Which is just the ticket to fighting cabin fever.

Ready for a challenge now that you’ve got your sock knitting basics down? Ready to take your sock knitting to the next level? Hit the ski slopes in the Black Diamond Socks to show you are the baddest knitter on the ski hill. These unisex socks are knit from the top down on two circular needles. The Black Diamond Socks mix textured diamonds of knit and purl stitches capped with cables to make these spicy without being overwhelming.

As always, my socks patterns are available in several sizes for a variety of foot sizes for either gender. Available in Sizes: Small (7”), Medium (8”), Large (9”)/ 18 (20, 22) cm cuff

Gauge: 32 sts x 36 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch

Knits and purls play with cables to add spice while still being an easy to work through pattern.

Yarn: Recommended 1 Skein of Teton Knitting Company Mountain Sock. Shown in Obsidian, 100% Superwash Merino, 438 yards per 3.5 oz/100 grams.

Other suggested yarns: Hedgehog Fibers Sock or Malabrigo Sock

Needles: Circular needles. Suggested size US Size 1 (2.25mm) or size to obtain gauge

Notions: Tapestry needle, row counter, stitch markers, darning needle, cable needles.

Skills: Knit in the round, how to cable, how to read charts, Kitchener stitch.

Download the Black Diamond Socks from my Ravelry Pattern Store and be the envy of everyone on the slopes with these socks.

Etsy Shop Update: Seasons DK

Today’s Teton Knitting Company Etsy Shop update features our Seasons DK, a beautiful, bouncy, squishy yarn in beautiful tonal colorways.

Season DK is a 4-ply superwash merino in 231 yard skeins, just the perfect amount for hats, gloves, scarves in a single skein. Seasons DK is also perfect for sweaters, wraps and blankets. Typically dye batches are 3 skeins but I have the ability to go up to 6 skeins in a batch if you need more for a larger project. Just contact me via the contact button in the upper right hand corner of the Etsy Shop to let me know if you need larger amounts.

Australian Red Cross update: A flock of Heatwave Sock purchases have happened this weekend. I’ll send a new donation over to the Red Cross this coming Friday. Thank you so much for your support. We are doing awesome. My next sock pattern is on the needles.

Knitting Pattern: Drifting Snow Cowl

This one has been in the works for a while. While suffering a night of insomnia, I found myself on Ravelry going through page after page of cowl patterns. Some cabled, some colorwork, some with lacework, all beautiful and just the perfect quick knit to fight off the winter chill. My fingers were itching for needles and yarn as I scrolled through the pages. With the first snow flakes of winter, I had been considering casting on a scarf of my own. But scarves and I have a love-hate relationship on a good day. A scarf is either too long or too short, leaving a gap. The ends get tangled in my hair, my jacket, my shoulder bag. I have never quite figured out what to do with the ends; try to artfully tie them around my neck, tuck them into my coat, or what?

But cowls are perfect. Cowls are winter cold worst enemy; they perfectly cover up that expose bit of neck and ears from your winter jacket without getting tangled in the long ends of a scarf that you never know how to tuck in. You can wear them slouchy around your neck, pull them up to your nose or cover your head like a hood. The possibilities are endless!

After looking at all the cowl patterns, I was ready to dive into the Teton Knitting Stash with needles in hand to cast one on immediately. But of course, as lovely as everyone else’s cowl patterns are, I had to knit up my own pattern. So out of the stash a lovely skein of Mountain Sock in Oxbow Bend in one hand with my trusty Japanese stitch dictionaries in the other. I immediately had a stitch pattern that blended cables over a background of textured knits and purls in mind as this particularly stitch pattern had thwarted my attempts to use it in a sock pattern for Mountain Man. Alas, Japanese knitting stitches rarely have names, just a number assigned to them.

Drifting Snow Cowl in Mountain Sock in Oxbow Bend.

With a simple but elegant border of moss stitch, the stitch pattern of overlapping cables with the textured knits and purls works seamlessly together. Knit on a US Size 5 (3.75mm) circular needle, this knits up quickly and the pattern works well for either men or women. This one is long enough to scrunch around your neck or pull up to cover your head.

The Drifting Snow Cowl knits up fantastic in solids, tonals or a kettled-dyed multi such as Oxbow Blend. This probably is not the pattern to pull out a bright, multi-colored handpainted skein.

So keep yourself or someone you love (but hey, the holidays are over, time for selfish knitting for yourself after taking care of everyone for the holidays. We won’t tell on you.) the Drifting Snow Cowl to ward off the winter chill.

End of the Year Sale

2019 has been quite the year at Chateau Teton. From building the yarn barn, from mixing all the dyes and the first yarns coming out dye pots. It’s been magically crazy as I play with new yarns and color combinations to develop my style of dyeing.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement. When you start something new, you feel like you are walking a tightrope across a canyon, wondering if this project is going to work, are you headed the right direction, will people enjoy your work, and on and on.

In celebration of your support and to finish the year with a bang, there is a 20% off sale in the Teton Knitting Company Etsy Shop on all regularly priced yarn and knitting pattern books now through January 4, 2020. No minimum purchase necessary.

There are new plans for 2020 that are still in the works. One of the great joys of dyeing is getting to meet you, the fiber artist, to talk with you, see what you are creating and hearing what you enjoy working with and looking for in your fiber journey. I am exploring which fiber fairs and knitting events that are feasible for me to attend within the Pacific Northwest in 2020. Keep checking back as I announce show dates.

The ideas for knitting projects have not stop coming. I have a few more projects that just came off the needles that I need to write up the pattern, find test knitters and get pictures taken. Don’t worry, they will make it up to the website very soon. More ideas are coming to me nearly daily. There isn’t enough time to knit and dye everything that comes to my head!

So keep your eyes peeled for more knitting patterns, show updates and shop updates in 2020! I am looking forward to seeing and hearing from you in 2020!

Thank you for support Teton Knitting Company!

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.