Snowy Jane Bennet Socks

I don't know if I've ever talked about this on the blog before but it's probably about time. I've had a steady love affair with Jane Austen for almost 20 years. (I must be getting old!) I read all the books while in high school (a time period which coincided with a heyday in her popularity). I even wrote a lengthy paper on two of my favorite books, Pride & Prejudice and Persuasion. Of course, I don't stop at the books. I love the movies as well. If you haven't seen the BBC miniseries version of P&P with Colin Firth, you should probably stop whatever you're doing right now and watch it. It will be the best six hours you ever spent.




Ok, so let's get to the socks already! When I saw my first issue of Jane Austen Knits, I scooped it right up. It took me a couple of years to knit something from it but I finally have. These socks are made with the Jane Bennet Socks pattern from the Jane Austen Knits Summer 2012 magazine. Now, if you are familiar with Pride & Prejudice, you will know that Jane Bennet is the heroine of that story. She's a smart, feisty girl that speaks her mind. The kind of girl that I would like to be friends with or at least wear the same socks as.

The pattern was fairly easy to follow. I was a little nervous about the picot edge but it was quite easy to do. I used pins to hold the fold in place as I attached the cast on edge to the current round. The lacy cable stitch pattern was most easy on the eyelet rows and overall I had fun stitching it. There are a lot of "knit through the back loop" stitches which I used to find very annoying but got used to while knitting these socks.


The yarn is Sock Ease by Lion Brand. It's an affordable yarn made with a mix of wool and nylon. I used less than one ball to make these socks. Yay! Sadly, I have wool allergy and can no longer tolerate 100% wool but I find that this yarn is quite tolerable for foot wear and on my hands while knitting. The yarn is quite light weight and the pattern uses a size 1 needle. My only problem was keeping a steady grip of the yarn on my right hand while knitting. I had to keep re-wrapping. Do you have any suggestions or similar experiences with that?


Isn't the lace cable pattern just gorgeous? They're almost too nice to wear on one's feet. While we're talking knitting, if you're not on Ravelry yet, I recommend that you check it out. It's a great site for keeping track of your projects, supplies, library and planned projects. It's also great for looking up patterns and finding one that is right for your yarn.


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Free Pattern – Chunky Cable Knit Hat (Revised)



About a year ago, I posted this free pattern for a chunky cable knit hat. Just in time for the winter, I've updated the instructions, worked out some kinks and created a large size hat as well. So, if you've been afraid of knitting cables, it's time to give it a shot. They're not that hard to do and look so very impressive. This pattern is knit flat and then sewn together. It knits up pretty quickly in just a few hours so you can make one for yourself and everyone in the family. 

Disclaimer: This is a somewhat tested and definitely not perfect pattern. I do not guarantee that it will work for all knitters.

Chunky Cable Knit Hat Free Pattern

Gauge: 
4 inches = 9.5 sts and 12 rows

Supplies:
1 skein Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick or equivalent (For the blue hat I used Lion Brand Hometown USA)
US size 13 straight needing needles

SMALL SIZE (Finished Circumference = 20 inches)

Cast on 48 stitches.

Make a knit 2, purl 2 rib for 6 rows.

Six Stitch Cable Pattern
Row 1: (RS) *p1, k6, p1* Repeat to end of row.
Row 2: *k1, p6, k1* Repeat to end of row.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 one time.
Row 5: (RS) *p1, slip 3 sts to cable needle and hold in front, k3, knit 3 sts from cable needle, p1* repeat to end.
Row 6:  *k1, p6, k1* Repeat to end of row.

Repeat Cable Pattern 1 time.

Begin to shape crown.

Row 1: (RS) *p1, k6, p1* Repeat to end of row.
Row 2: *k1, p6, k1* Repeat to end of row.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 one time.
Row 5 – 1st Decrease Row: (RS) *p1, sl2 to cable needle, k2tog, k2, knit 2 sts from cable needle, p1* repeat to end
Row 6:  *k1, p5, k1* Repeat to end of row.
Row 7 – 2nd Decrease Row: (RS) *p1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, p1*, repeat to end
Row 8: (WS) *k1, p3, k1*, repeat to end
Row 9 – 5th Decrease Row: (RS) p1, *sl1, k2tog, psso, p2tog*, end sl1, k2tog, psso, p1.
Row 10 – 6th Decrease Row: (WS) p2tog 6 times, k1

Cut yarn about 20 inches long and thread on needle. Run needle through live stitches and pull tight. Sew up side seam.

LARGE SIZE (Finished Circumference = 22 inches)

Cast on 54 stitches.

Make a knit 2, purl 2 rib for 8 rows.

Six Stitch Cable Pattern
Row 1: (RS) *p2, k6, p1* Repeat to end of row.
Row 2: *k1, p6, k2* Repeat to end of row.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 one time.
Row 5: (RS) *p1, slip 3 sts to cable needle and hold in front, k3, knit 3 sts from cable needle, p1* repeat to end.
Row 6:  *k1, p6, k2* Repeat to end of row.

Repeat Cable Pattern 1 time.

Begin to shape crown.

Row 1: (RS) *p2, k6, p1* Repeat to end of row.
Row 2: *k1, p6, k2* Repeat to end of row.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 one time.
Row 5 – 1st Decrease Row: (RS) *p2, sl2 to cable needle, k2tog, k2, knit 2 sts from cable needle, p1* repeat to end
Row 6:  *k1, p5, k2* Repeat to end of row.
Row 7 – 2nd Decrease Row: (RS) *p2, k2tog, k1, k2tog, p1*, repeat to end
Row 8: (WS) *k1, p3, k2*, repeat to end
Row 9 (3rd Decrease Row): (RS) *p2tog, sl1, k2tog, psso, p1*
Row 10 (4th Decrease Row): (WS) p2tog 9X times

Cut yarn about 20 inches long and thread on needle. Run needle through live stitches and pull tight. Sew up side seam.



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