Fabulous Fraternal Felici Socks – Pattern Release

After a comedy show’s worth of technical errors, I present my newest knitting pattern and two new finished objects: Fabulous Fraternal Stripe Socks.

I started the purple pair in November 2020, but had to put it down for a while in a vain attempt to get holiday presents made. I got two holiday presents made, and one is still being worked on, so after I finally gave up on those for the holidays I went back to the socks.

Once I finished them, I knew I wanted to create a pattern out of them. I wrote it up and ordered a second ball of Felici through Amazon, which happened to be the only ball of it they had available to order, so I could go through and make sure I got every step written down.

I love a good fraternal pair of socks, and this pattern means you can get a full pair of ankle socks from one ball of yarn. I work them two at a time, toe up, magic loop style, but the pattern can also be worked one at a time.

The purple pair uses my trusty go-to of Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off, but for the blue pair I used a Long Tail Tubular Bind Off for the first time. Probably going to stick to my regular bind off for socks, but perhaps on things I’m already doing in 1×1 rib I will go for the tubular bind off. Switching from 2×2 to 1×1 was a bit fussy and not as fast.

I used a bit of a waffle pattern for the top of the sock, which looks really cool in the stripes, and my favorite heel flap and gusset construction for the heel with the slip stitch pattern carried up into the gusset for extra reinforcement.

Now for the pattern information:

These ankle socks are perfect for when you really want a certain color way of Knit Picks Felici yarn, but only manage to snag a single ball. They are meant to not match exactly, so you don’t have to worry about finding the color repeats.

Worked toe-up, this pattern is also perfect for personalizing to your exact size. Just try it on as you go! Instructions for tweaking the pattern to fit your foot length are given in the instep section. Just be warned that you might not be able to go much longer than the original pattern without adding in a second ball of yarn because there is very little left over at the end.

This pattern is written specifically for Knit Picks Felici yarn, but can be made in any fingering weight yarn with which you can achieve 7 stitches and 9 rows rows per inch. It requires a knowledge of both knit and purl stitches, and experience with knitting in the round is recommended.

If you use Ravelry (or even if you don’t and want to buy it there), you can get it here: buy now

You can also get it from my Ko-fi shop.


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Test Knitting The Snuggle Bug Sweater

Recently, Claire Jackson (aka Perfectly Knotted) released her Snuggle Bug Sweater pattern and I had the pleasure of being one of the test knitters before the release. I had trouble getting gauge with the namesake Snuggle Bug yarn, so instead I used Brava Bulky. Still makes for a very soft, very warm sweater.

This pattern works up so quickly in the bulky yarns that I was able to make two within the two months of the pattern test, even with having to wait for two different yarn shipments to come in. The sweaters feature raglan sleeves and a split hem, along with an optional neckline zipper. I added the zipper into the first version, but I left it off the second one.

I did modify the second one slightly by starting in the size 34 instructions and then increasing to the size 38 instructions for the body to give a bit of a closer fit in the shoulders and the regular amount of positive ease. I also created stripes in the second one by changing colors every 20 rows in the body after doing the top section in a single color. In fact, I ended up with more stripes than I intended because I was using some old yarn that I had and some new and the dye lots were so different that it let me create different stripes out of the same color.

You can find more detailed infor on yarn, needles, etc. in the Ravelry project for each sweater. Click here for the plain sweater. Click here for the striped sweater. You can get the pattern and make your own version on Ravlery here.

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The Snuggle Bug Sweater by @perfectlyknotted is live! This sweater is super fun and a relatively quick knit done in a bulky yarn. The pattern is size inclusive, from 30” to 74” chest measurement, and features a split hem, raglan sleeves, and an optional zipper. Mine are made from @knit_picks Brava Bulky yarn on size 7mm needles. I included the zipper in the first version, the plain one, but left it off my second version. I think it really works both ways, if you are hesitant to sew a zipper in. Head to @perfectlyknotted ‘s latest post for a discount code in celebration of the release today! Image description: Slide 1- A light blue sweater with a zipper at the collar and raglan sleeves lies flat on a wood floor with the sleeve cuffs folded in toward the center. Slide 2- A sweater with raglan sleeves and gradient blue stripes from lightest to darkest from collar to hem lies flat on a wood floor with the sleeves spread out and going out of frame. Slide 3- A plain sweater stacked on a striped sweater, all laying flat on a wood floor. Slide 4- A close up of the split hem on the striped sweater with the front hem folded off to the side to show off the split. Slide 5- Close up of the split hem on the plain sweater with the front and back stacked up to better show the difference in length between the front and back. Slide 6- Close up of the cuff of the plain sweater sleeve. Slide 7- Close up of the zipper in the plain sweater unzipped. Slide 8- Close up of the neck opening in the striped sweater without a zipper. Slide 9- Close up of the raglan detail on the striped sweater. Slide 10- Close up of the zipper when it is zipped closed. #SnuggleBugSweater #PerfectlyKnotted #SweaterKnitting #HandKnitSweater #DIY #Knitting #Sweater #BravaBulkyYarn #KnitPicksYarn #KnitPicks #KnitPicksBravaBulky #TestKnitting #TestKnitter #PatternRelease

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Stacked Hearts and Cables Hat

I created and released a knitted hat pattern a couple months ago, but I was unintentionally neglecting the blog at that point and failed to write about it. But I am happily remedying that today. Introducing the Stacked Hearts and Cables Hat!

This hat is knit top-down with alternating lace and cable sections, ending with two inches of 3 x 2 ribbing. The optional pom-pom at the top adds an extra fun touch, especially when made from the same Malabrigo Rios yarn as the hat. I love the way the cut ends of the Rios look.

I had originally bought the green yarn for an incentive for myself at Christmas to get some presents done, and it ended up taking until June. Actually, I didn’t even finish the things, just moved them around on the list to be presents for this year.

You can find the pattern on LoveCrafts, Ravelry, my Ko-Fi shop, and my Etsy shop. It’s a PDF download in each of those places, so the choice really comes down to which is most convenient for you.


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