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Shag Carpet Shorties

Seeing as I wore my Shag Carpet Shorties this week and fell in love with them all over again I figured I’d feature them in today’s FO Spotlight!

Close up picture of feet in red hand knit socks, legs are crossed at the ankles
My Shag Carpet Shorties knit in December of 2018

I want to apologize in advance about the passionate shouty caps in this post, but I just love these socks so dang much. 

The pattern is by Nicole of Woolfield. Nicole has tons of great sock and accessory patterns, I have many of her sock patterns and they’re some of my faves, you should definitely check her out. And her Instagram is beautiful!!! It’s a pink and purple pastel dream.

6 pairs of hand knit socks of different colours laid out overlapping on a bedspread.
These are all my Woolfied socks!

I knit these socks in December 2018, they were my second pair of socks ever! 

So of course as you can see the cabling on these socks is GORGEOUS. And this being only my second pair of socks I was a bit nervous about doing an intricate cable, but Nicole’s pattern writing is so clear and an easy to follow it was really no problem.

The yarn is a cotton-nylon blend I bought from Knit Picks – looks like they don’t have it anymore, I couldn’t find it on their site to link. 

Because I was new to sock knitting, I was not aware cotton isn’t the best for socks. But honestly, I haven’t had an issue with them. I’ve knit three pairs total, the other two as gifts, all in the same yarn and they turned out great and have held up over many many wears.

This red is so vibrant it was perfect for a pair of December socks, sock #2 was my Christmas eve cast on that year. The cables really pop in this bright colour, but they also look great in neutral tones. The pair I knit my mom for her birthday is a soft beige colour and they look so elegant! 

Hand knit socks with an intricate cable in beige yarn
Close up of the beige version I knit my mom

 

I can also picture these socks being so so so PRETTY in pink. Definitely thinking I need to make a pink pair….

Other than being pretty to look at, these socks are COMFY. They feel like an absolute hug on your feet, I love DK weight socks for this reason. I love that Nicole chose to design these in DK I think it really gives a nice weight to the cables of course and the squish factor is unreal. 

Close up picture of feet in red hand knit socks, legs are crossed at the ankles
Are you tired of seeing my feet yet?

What more is there to say? I love cables, I love socks, I love DK socks, I love shorty socks. I love Nicole’s patterns. I just love everything about the Shag Carpet Shorties. I’m definitely planning to make another pair this year in merino/nylon blend when I finish stash busting.

I hope you enjoyed reading this absolute love letter to the Shag Carpet Shorties and maybe you’ll even knit your own pair! 

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The Weekender – FO Spotlight

Today’s FO Spotlight, and the very first FO Spotlight, is on the sweater that I knit my mom for Christmas. My mom knew she was getting a sweater, and she picked the pattern – out of a selection of what I had in my library. I wanted to make sure it was an item she would wear and love, and I needed her measurements of course!  And she chose The Weekender by Andrea Mowry

I gave it to her on Christmas and she was thrilled. She put it on right away!

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I kept the colour a secret from her so that there would be some element of surprise. And I blocked her from Insta to make sure she didn’t get any sneak peeks while I worked on it. I used Cascade 220 superwash in the colour Shire from Yarn Canada.

I chose this yarn because I wanted something that was going to be durable and easy for her to care for. And also something that wouldn’t break the bank, because listen I love my mom but Christmas is expensive already and I really needed a value yarn. 

Now onto the pattern. 

I really enjoyed knitting this pattern, although it did take me a bit of time to get started. Not any fault of the pattern, but I had to start over three times, I read the needle size wrong, the measurements wrong…it took me two weeks, maybe longer to finally get through the ribbing. 

I really was worried that I wouldn’t finish in time. But luckily, this sweater is a joy to knit. The right side texture of reverse stockinette is so beautifully simple, but the sweater is knit inside out so you get all the mindless knit stitches that you want. While the seam up the centres of the front and back keeps you engaged. 

The only modifications that I made were to speed up the last sleeve decrease by a few rows because I was running out of length before the ribbing. And I didn’t do the tubular cast on because after I had to start the sweater over twice, I just couldn’t be bothered with it. So I did a long tail cast on and I don’t think it’s had a negative effect on the garment overall.

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The ribbed texture on the shoulders and the drop shoulder has got to be my favourite feature of this sweater!

Let’s talk about the fit! I thought “wow 10 inches is a lot of positive ease”, but it is so comfy and flowy and the fit is perfect. After a good block the shape of the sweater really came through. 

I tried it on several times and I was so in love, and I don’t know…if my mom didn’t know she was getting it for Christmas I just might have kept it for myself. Lucky for my mom, she’s very knitworthy. 

I am planning to make a Weekender for myself. I’m not sure what yarn I’m going to use, but I know I want a heathered grey colour. As far as modifying the pattern further for my second go, I plan on making the back hem a little bit longer to exaggerate the split hem.

If you’re looking for a really comfy sweater that’s simple, but with nice details, The Weekender is a great choice.