Thursday

Joanna's Cozy Knee Socks

I hope you enjoy knitting these cozy knee socks!




Size
Adult M (L), foot circumference 7.5 (9.25) inches

Yarn 
Paton's Kroy Sock Yarn, 166 yards/50g, 75% wool, 25% nylon
Main Color Grey Marl, 2 (3) skeins
Contrast Color Muslin, 1 skein

Gauge
26 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on size US 2 1/2 needles

Needles
One set US 2 double pointed needles
One set US 2 1/2 double pointed needles

Notions
Yarn Needle
2 yards of waste yarn of the same weight as the sock yarn

Notes
These socks are knit from the top down on double pointed needles

Pattern
Cuff
Using contrast color and smaller needles, cast on 60 (72) sts. Being careful not to twist stitches, begin working in the round.
Needle 1: 16 (20) sts, Needle 2: 16 (20) sts, Needle 3: 28 (32) sts
Work in k2, p2 rib for 3 inches
Next round: decrease 4 stitches evenly across next round by working p2tog on purl stitches of ribbing, 56 (68) sts remain.

Leg
After this row, rearrange stitches as follows:
Needle 1: 14 (17) sts, Needle 2: 14 (17) sts, Needle 3: 28 (34) sts.
Switch to larger needles and main color yarn and work straight in stockinette stitch (knit every round) for 3 inches.
Decrease round:
Needle 1: k1, ssk, knit to end of needle
Needle 2: knit across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
Needle 3: k1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
4 stitches decreased. 52 (64) sts remain, Needle 1: 13 (16) sts, Needle 2: 13 (16) sts, Needle 3: 26 (32) sts.
Work straight in stockinette stitch until sock measures 8 (9) inches from cast on edge.
Repeat decrease round again, 4 sts decreased. 48 (60) sts remain, Needle 1: 12 (15) sts, Needle 2: 12 (15) sts, Needle 3: 24 (30) sts
Continue knitting straight in stockinette stitch until the sock measures 12 (14) inches from the cast on edge, or desired length from cuff to ankle bone. 

Heel
Needle 1: knit, Needle 2: knit, Needle 3, with waste yarn, knit across needle. With empty needle, knit all of the stitches on needle 3 once more, using the main color yarn.

Foot
Knit straight in stockinette stitch in the round until the foot measures (starting with row of waste yarn) 3 inches less than the final desired length of the sock. 
Change to contrast color.
Work decrease round as above, 4 sts decreased. 44 (56) sts.
Knit one round.
Repeat these two round until there are 16 (20) sts remaining.
Graft toe using kitchener stitch.

Heel
Pick up stitches on one side of the waste yarn as follows:
Needle 1: 12 (15) sts, Needle 2: 12 (15) sts.
On the other side of the waste yarn, pick up with Needle 3: 24 (30) sts. 48 (60) sts.
Carefully pick out the waste yarn, and now you have an secure opening to work the heel.
With contrast color, work 2 rounds straight.
Work decrease round as above, 4 sts decreased. 44 (56) sts.
Knit one round.
Repeat these two round until there are 16 (20) sts remaining.
Graft heel using kitchener stitch.



Monday

Little Women Knitting Kits



All of the yarn colors used in Little Women Knits were hand dyed by Rachel at Six and Seven Fiber. She is offering lovely knitting kits on her website featuring the ten colors used for the book, which can be knit up into the fun colorwork cowl seen below.

The cowl features a classic houndstooth stranded knitting pattern, reimagined in pairs of hand-dyed colors that play off one another beautifully. It is a modern retelling of a traditional pattern and shows off Rachel's colors beautifully!


Friday

Little Women Knits video

Little Women Knits available for pre-order!

Announcing our newest book, Little Women Knits! We have been working alongside Six and Seven Fiber over the last two years on this book project. We are eager to share this book with you! It is currently available for pre-order on Amazon and in our online shop.
 
Inspired by the beloved Louisa May Alcott classic, Little Women, this collection of ten knitting patterns include garments and accessories for women of all ages.
 
Patterns include charts, schematics, illustrations, and creative full color photography. Suitable for beginner to intermediate knitters.
 

Saturday

Last call for $10 books!

Last call for $10 book sale! Sale pricing ends tomorrow, also! I just added these cute signed prints to our shop!


Maryland Sheep and Wool!

Hello! So excited to be virtual vendors at Maryland Sheep and Wool this year! Autographed knitting books and knitting storybooks are just $10 this weekend. We are happy to inscribe your book with a personal message. No coupon code needed. Books, prints, patterns, and stationery are available at our online shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/slatefallsknits

Feel free to email me at joannajohnsonknits AT gmail.com with any questions!









Wednesday

Maryland Sheep and Wool Virtual Fiber Festival!


Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival has moved online! The festival committee has set up a really wonderful online community on Facebook. For those of you who have always wanted to visit the festival but haven't been able to, this is your chance!

Here is a link to join the virtual festival, which will be taking place May 2 & 3:


We will be continuing our $10 book sale through the festival, you can order personalized and autographed books from our online shop here:

We hope this is a fun event for you to enjoy. I am really looking forward to seeing more of the show since last year I was so busy in my booth! I wish you all happy fiber adventures, whatever suits you during this time!