Staying warm is a priority here in northern Michigan which is one reason we raise sheep. Wool is warm even when it is wet. My favorite pastime is processing wool and fashioning something functional from it. With just enough skill to spin yarn and knit using simple patterns, I’m no fiber artist, but I love the simplicity of the patterns I find. If you are semi-skilled, you may enjoy these easy to make items.
I recently finished a hooded scarf and matching mittens knit with wool from my Bluefaced Leicester ram, Remus. As you can see, I didn’t bother blending the variations in color, so the garments look similar to Remus.
A hooded scarf is so simple to make. Use your favorite scarf pattern and knit a scarf 10″ wide by 61″ long. Fold it in half and stitch an 11″ seam from the fold down. When you put it on, there will be enough excess around your face to fold back. This will keep your ears warm.
The mittens are from a Fiber Trends pattern and are knit with 2 strands of worsted weight and then felted. These are thick mittens that are knit using a short stitch to make it easy to bend your hands.
My next project will be the clogs or slippers.
How to Knit Spiral Tube Socks
Fits Ladies shoe size 5-6. For a larger size, cast on more stitches (in multiples of three) and knit a longer sock.
Looks complicated, but is a very easy pattern to follow.
Knit in the round on 3 double point needles.
A word about wooly nylon.There is nothing worse than spending time knitting a pair of warm, wool socks only to have the heel area wear thin before the winter is through. The wooly nylon helps prevent this and makes the sock more durable. I don’t always knit it into the entire sock but add it once I’m past the cuff and close to the foot area.
7 oz worsted weight wool yard
4 size 4 double point needles
1. Cast on 42 stitches. Divide onto 3 needles (14 stitches per needle).
Knit the Wooly Nylon along with the wool yarn. Mark beginning of round with marker. Work knit 3, purl 3 for about 25 rounds.
2. Begin spiral pattern by knitting the first 2 stitches. Next increase 1 stitch by knitting into the 3rd stitch twice. Purl 2. You now have 43 stitches. From this point on work in a knit 3, purl 3 until the sock measures about 14″. In the last round decrease by knitting 2 stitches together (tog) at any point. You now have 42 stitches.
3. Decrease for Toe:
Round 1: Knit 4, decrease 1 by knitting 2 tog. Repeat to end of round
Round 2 and all Even rows: Knit all the way around.
Round 3: Knit 3, knit 2 tog. Repeat to end of round.
Round 5: Knit 2, knit 2 tog. Repeat to end of round.
Round 7: Knit 1, knit 2 tog. Repeat to end of round.
Round 9: Knit 2 tog. Repeat to end of round.
Fasten off and weave ends in.