Knitting Tutorial - The Black Squirrel's Favorite Toe-Up Sock Recipe

Knitting Tutorial - The Black Squirrel's Favorite Toe-Up Sock Recipe

So you want to learn to knit toe-up socks? Then you’ve come to the right place! We’ve tried them all, made all the mistakes, and found our favorite combination of techniques for an easy, enjoyable, and well-fitting sock. The following is a full tutorial, including links to the best tutorials we’ve found for all the stitches you need to know.

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Free Knitting Pattern - Safety Third Socks

Free Knitting Pattern - Safety Third Socks

These socks are based on our favorite sock recipe, and one day, partly inspired by the wild color scheme my husband chose for a new pair of socks, I threw caution to the wind because I wanted to know what would happen if I tried a contrasting heel color on the Fleegle heel. What it turned into was an upside-down triangle of color right on the back of the heel, and it reminded me of a caution sign! And thus, the Safety Third Socks were born!

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Free Knitting Pattern - Dad Joke Socks

Free Knitting Pattern - Dad Joke Socks

Dads, and guys in general, seem to be the hardest to find gifts for, and likewise there's not a lot of great, masculine sock patterns that aren’t super boring to knit. I designed these socks when I came up against the problem of finding a pleasing yet not-too-busy pattern for my father's yuletide socks. He likes cars and likes to put his feet up, so I created a racing-stripe-like fading rib pattern that continues up the front of the sock only. It combines a toe made with Judy's Magic Cast-On and a simple Fleegle heel that doesn't require any picking up of stitches or grafting, making it a quick, easy, and satisfying knit.

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Free Knitting Pattern - Knits and Knots Shawlette

Free Knitting Pattern - Knits and Knots Shawlette

This free pattern was inspired by the beautiful rainbow yarn from Knits and Knots Tahoe. It is a great intro pattern for those who haven't tried shawl knitting yet, and a fun, quick knit for advanced knitters. We've also partnered with Knits and Knots Tahoe and Forbidden Woolery to put together a kit at a special price, which is now for sale in our online shop!

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Our Indiegogo has launched, and there's yarn to be had, so here's 20 patterns it would be perfect for!

Our Indiegogo has launched, and there's yarn to be had, so here's 20 patterns it would be perfect for!

Our recently launched Indiegogo has been going strong in the first few days of its 30-day-long effort to gain us enough funding to open our shop! We've got tons of prizes to choose from, but one of our favorites is the lovely yarn that was designed especially for our campaign by Berkeley dye studio Marli Tharn Yarns. So here's 20 knit and crochet patterns that can be made from 100 grams of fingering weight yarn, but beyond that, they would look amazing in our yarn's colorway!

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Free Knitting Pattern - Twisted Stockinette Baby Cardigan

Free Knitting Pattern - Twisted Stockinette Baby Cardigan

This lovely newborn size baby cardigan is a perfect gift for a new baby. Worked entirely in fingering weight superwash merino yarn with a twisted stockinette stitch, it has a unique texture and cuddly-soft drape.

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