Reset to stockinette

As the July cards continue to shuffle themselves out and I resume a still not entirely normal schedule (though admittedly better than the week immediately following vacation at the beginning of the month), I’ve been getting a reasonable amount of knitting done. Partly this is due to concerted efforts at Getting Knitting Done Because It Is Relaxing, but also because I’ve assigned myself relatively simple projects for the moments.


Cabled projects are swirling around in my head at the moment, but I’m letting them continue to swirl while I knit away on a stockinette sweater and some plain ribbed socks. The sweater (above) is a cardigan version of the stockinette pullover I finished last month, of my own brain and for a planned fall release. It’s a simple sweater pattern intended to be an approachable knit as well as a comfortable wardrobe staple. I wanted to make sure I knitted one of each of the pullover & cardigan versions, and am going to knit myself at least one more pullover I think. (Partly to reassure myself of the instructions, but mostly because I want more sweaters for my fall closet. Ah, selfish knitting.)



I have also started on pair #5 of Socks From Stash (unofficial theme of Glenna’s Sock Knitting 2014), in a nice skein of Socks That Rock mediumweight purchased at some Rhinebeck excursion some time in the past. Nice thing about mediumweight is that the yarn is a bit heavier so it needs fewer stitches to make a sock. A couple of weeks worth of transit riding and boom, socks. That’s how we do that.

How is your summer knitting going so far, dear knitters? No doubt the patio season will be over before we know it, better get the deck chairs and wine glasses at the ready.

Happy knitting!


Pattern: Personal cardigan pattern, completion/release TBD
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca, ‘redwood mix’

Pattern: A Nice Ribbed Sock (by me), modified for 56 sts instead of 64
Yarn: Socks That Rock lightweight from Blue Moon Fiber Arts, ‘Valkyrie Fledge’ colourway




  1. Caitlyn M. · ·

    Absolutely gorgeous color on that cardigan. I hope I don’t offend by saying so, but I’m curious how your pullover/cardigan pattern will distinguish itself from the many stockinette wardrobe-staple-type patterns out there, especially with CustomFit gaining steam. I have no doubt it’s superb, though, and definitely look forward to the fall release.

    Perhaps when the year is out, we’ll get to see a round-up of the many pairs of Socks from Stash? I’m a huge sucker for collages. πŸ™‚

  2. Hi! I got started on Christmas gift knitting and knitted a really pretty infinity scarf out of sock yarn that was to be for my mother. I love the pattern, but it turned out kind of scratchy and I don’t think she will wear it. So I guess I’ll unravel the entire thing and knit it into socks as it was intended for. Argh! It never occurred to me that sock yarn would be itchy on the neck. Guess I will pop into the knit shop and ask if there is a sock-weight yarn that would make a nice soft scarf. Though I hate to do that because I meant to be knitting out of my stash and saving money that way. Sigh! Maybe mom will get socks instead of a scarf. Have you ever knit a scarf out of yarn meant for socks?

  3. Love that sock yarn! I too, am a Christmas in July maker. Crocodile stitch scarves, in 50 shades of grey, are the go-to prezzie for the besties this year!

  4. Well, I just spilled a little ice tea in a project bag containing one completed sock and half of the second. Summer socks for sure. Luckily, the color is a dark tonal green and most of the tea dribbled to the bottom of the bag. In the dark of evening, I can’t see any serious damage. I am looking forward to the sweater pattern(s). By the way, don’t you just love that Ultra Alpaca?

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  6. Two lacy scarves and a pair of matching mitts down, and now I’m knitting cowls because winter is coming! OK, maybe not yet, but publishing deadlines are.

    I like your sweaters; they look cozy.

  7. I love that sock yarn… the colours are amazing! People keep raving about STR yarn… hmm, I may just have to order some! πŸ˜›

  8. I wish I could knit Christmas in July – but at least two babies to do gifts for this summer, along with what I had already planned. They do seem to come in waves, don’t they?

  9. Can’t wait for that pattern release! Looks like a fab one! xxx

  10. I love the color on the socks! Hope those simple projects keep things calm until the world gets itself back on track πŸ™‚

  11. twistedsticks · ·

    Love the rusty colored sweater! What is it about plain old stockinette stitch. I love it for a warm pullover for winter. I am working on a eyelet scarf right now on my deck. Just finished a thick and warm afghan and an eyelet beanie!

  12. I can’t wait for the cardigan ! I’m currently working on a color work scarf.
    This is my first adventure with 2 colors.

  13. The summer knitting is going great; thanks for asking!
    Unless you count the part where I had nicely completed a significant part of Tapestry (love me a good charted project in the summertime!) only to determine that I was going to be absolutely, no questions asked, irreparably short of yarn. I ordered more (Thank-you Hand Maiden!), had to rip out all the cabley goodness and then restart to integrate the wonder that is Handpainted yarn, ie alternating the new with the (a little) older yarn.
    On the upside? It. Is. Still. Gorgeous!
    Looking forward to your new releases. πŸ™‚

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