Baby, it’s cold outside

23 Dec

Hoar frost clings to the needles of a pine three outside my house.

Winter has hit western Montana hard these past two days. Everything – fingers, toes, ears, necks – need handknits to keep warm as frigid, biting cold has settled into the Missoula valley. So, in the spirit of keeping things warm, I made a sweater for my coffee.

The warm glow of Christmas and a cup of hot coffee. Mmmhmm.

I love to pick up a cheap drip coffee while I’m out and about, but this time of year I find my coffee gets cold fast in those thin cardboard cups. What kind of knitter would I be if I didn’t solve that problem with yarn?

This is my new Cozy Partridge Coffee Sweater (click for free pattern). It’s so named because the slip-stitch pattern that adds such great texture to the fabric and diversity to the color is commonly referred to as the “eye of the partridge” stitch. This stitch is usually used for a nice cushy heel on socks, as seen on my River Rapids socks last February.

This is the first free pattern I’m adding to this site, and it’s not even for socks! I’ll try to correct that very soon. But until then, please feel free to bust your stash of all those tiny balls of leftover sock yarn. This pattern requires less than 50 yards of fingering or sport-weight yarn, and you can use as many different types and colors as you like. Your coffee will never notice that you combined pure merino with a synthetic.

Speaking of socks, isn’t this blog supposed to feature them? And this is the fourth post in a row with no socks??? WRONG.

Striped and Ribbed sock, ready to go and waiting for its mate.

This “Striped and Ribbed” sock, my own design, is waiting patiently for its mate. It was put on hold while I finished up some Christmas knitting, which also included some socks, but you can’t see those until Monday. (Just as a teaser, though, my coffee sweater is made with leftovers from the aforementioned Christmas socks)

The Striped and Ribbed socks feature ribbing in the sections where I wish my socks always fit a bit more snug: Ankles and toes. They are also a bit longer than my average socks, since I’m quite fond of wearing boots. They’re knit using Berroco Comfort Sock in the Dunedin colorway, which I used last year to knit my husband’s Writer Socks. I loved this color so much when I made his socks, I just had to get a skein for myself.

For at least a few more days, while I finish up a Christmas hat, this lone sock will have to hang out on my Knit Picks Sock Blocker, dreaming that it will someday no longer be a victim of Single Sock Syndrome (SSS).


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: