Socks on Saturday: Prairie Cats Socks

Each Socks on Saturday will highlight a sock pattern that you can use to knit yourself a pair of socks with Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering yarn. These socks were just too cute to pass up. Look at these intermixing kitties on the Prairie Cats Socks!

  Praire Cat Socks  designed by Solène Le Roux on Ravelry

Praire Cat Socks designed by Solène Le Roux on Ravelry

You know I adore color work in my knitting so these socks jumped right off the page and into my Socks on Saturday post! The Prairie Cat Socks are just so stinking charming with their sweet little faces popping up into the previous color. I can’t stand it!

  Prairie Cat Socks  knitting pattern on Ravelry

Prairie Cat Socks knitting pattern on Ravelry

Now for colors! Fluffy Fingering merino yarn comes in 12 shades and ANY combo would look so cute. We could do Charcoal and Aquamarine to kind of mimic the ones shown but what if you did something wild like Berry and Citrus Pop? That would be crazy kitty cute!

Red Velvet and Saffron? Iris Blossom and Berry? There are SO many options!

See all the yarn colors: Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering merino sock yarn.


How much yarn do I need?

Finished Measurements: One size - Circumference 9’’, Foot Length 7.75’’, Leg Length 8.5’’ after blocking

You’ll need: Main color: 2 balls of Fluffy Fingering merino sock yarn.
Contrasting color: 1 ball of Fluffy Fingering merino sock yarn.

How to find the pattern and yarn

Pattern: Prairie Cat Socks — on Ravelry.

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering merino sock yarn.

Locate: Find the yarn here or find a local yarn shop that carries Ewe Ewe Yarns.

Happy Caturday! ;)


#EweEweYokeAlong: Increasing in color work on the Threipmuir sweater

Thank you to those of you that wrote in asking about how to increase during the stranded knitting section of the Threipmuir sweater. Knitting an increase during color work can be a bit tricky but it’s not as bad as it seems so let’s give it a try!

On Round 3 of the chart there is a new stitch at the beginning of the chart that’s labeled as an increase. The designer asks that we work a “left lifted increase into the last KNIT stitch worked”. That sounds like a lot to unpack but it’s ok, I got you.

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In the color chart the first and second stitches are to be worked in our MC. By working this increase we are creating a stitch that means we have worked BOTH the first and second stitch by the time we’re done.

Step 1: Knit the first stitch in MC.

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Step 2: Insert the left needle from back to front through the stitch you just worked.

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Step 3: With MC, knit into the front of the loop on the left needle (creating a twist in the loop).

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This is how the stitch should look. There is a small bar under the new stitch but as you can see it fades away among the other stitches as you knit across the round.


On Round 6 of the color chart we encounter an increase at the end of the stitch pattern. In this case we will do the same thing but just knit the new stitch in a different color. Take a look.

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How to work LLI with 2 colors: Knit as instructed on the color work chart across to stitch 5. Work stitch 5 in CC1 as shown, work left leaning increase as shown above but rather than using the CC1, knit the new stitch using CC2.

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Let me know how it goes!

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#EweEweYokeAlong: How to get started on a color work chart

 Making a knitted chart clearer for your project

Making a knitted chart clearer for your project

We get to start with some coloring! The sweater I’m making is in different colors than the designer’s original project so rather than confusing myself with her colors, I decided to print the chart page in black and white and color it to match my project.

I think it helped a ton! This really gave me a good idea of how my chosen colors will look in my sweater. I grabbed 3 markers that resemble my yarn shades and had a fun five minutes of coloring time.

 Getting started with stranded knitting

Getting started with stranded knitting

To work a color work chart we start from the bottom right edge at the box labeled 1. We read the chart from right to left and because that mimics how we knit — always working to the left. We’re only ever working on one particular row and in this pattern we’ll only ever have two colors on any given row which is great.

In this case on the first row the first stitch is in MC, the second stitch is in CC1, and the third and fourth stitches are in MC again. We repeat those four stitches around and around until we make it back to the beginning.

 Knitting with two colors at the same time

Knitting with two colors at the same time

The second row has an alternating color pattern. One stitch CC1, one stitch MC, 1 CC1, 1 MC and so on around. I like to hold my yarn as one color in each hand and cruise along the row.

 Carrying yarn behind the work

Carrying yarn behind the work

As you work the alternating colors be sure to carry or “float” the yarns loosely behind the other stitches. These floats should have a light tension that will allow the actual sweater stitches to still stretch as normal. If your floats become too tight you may see some puckering in the color work section that could make the sweater a bit out of shape. If you think this might be happening you may want to hold a finger behind the work to help loosen your floats or in some cases you may need to go up a needle size when working the color pattern.

Those are both OK things to do! Color work is something that takes a bit of practice so take your time and figure out what works best for you. Remember that the sweater and the stitches will relax when we block it so an irregularity here and there is normal just like in normal knitting.


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Socks on Saturday: Calluna Socks

Each Socks on Saturday will highlight a sock pattern that you can use to knit yourself a pair of socks with Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering yarn. Today’s socks came as a submission from knitting designer Meaghan Schmaltz (check out her sock patterns!). She fell in love with the amazing stitches on the Calluna Socks and I totally agree. Look at these beauties!

  Calluna Socks  by Beck Sorensen on Ravelry

Calluna Socks by Beck Sorensen on Ravelry

The Calluna Socks designed by Becky Sorensen have incredible elongated cable stitches called caliper cables. I don’t think I’ve ever seen these before or if I have they’ve never been combined like this! I love the dramatic chevron they create.

  Calluna Socks  knitting pattern on Ravelry

Calluna Socks knitting pattern on Ravelry

Our yarns have a unique twist that really helps define amazing stitch patterns that you work so hard to create. I think a lighter, softer shade of Fluffy Fingering merino yarn would really make these socks shine.

See all the yarn colors: Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering merino sock yarn.


How much yarn do I need?

Finished Measurements: 6.75 (7.5, 8.5)”/17 (19.25, 21.75) cm foot circumference

You’ll need: 2 (2, 2) balls of Fluffy Fingering merino sock yarn.

How to find the pattern and yarn

Pattern: Calluna Socks — on Ravelry.

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering merino sock yarn.

Locate: Find the yarn here or find a local yarn shop that carries Ewe Ewe Yarns.

Happy Saturday!


#EweEweYokeAlong: How to knit a swatch to check gauge in the round

Today we’re going to check gauge for our Threipmuir sweaters but we do it a little differently because this sweater is knit in the round. Normally we’d check gauge by knitting and purling back and forth but because we will only be knitting this sweater we should only knit our gauge. Here’s how to knit a gauge swatch in the round.

 Choosing Fluffy Fingering colors for Threipmuir sweater

Choosing Fluffy Fingering colors for Threipmuir sweater

We’ll need to start with choosing our colors for the sweater and specifically which color will be CC1 and which is CC2. I am using the Red Velvet on the left for the MC body color of my sweater and I decided Berry will be CC1 and Saffron is CC2. According to the pattern specs we use the least amount of CC1 so that’s a good skein to knit our swatch!

 Creating a swatch in the round

Creating a swatch in the round

We want to swatch on the larger size needles. I know that I knit a bit tight so I went up a needle size to a US 5 (3.75mm) needle to check my gauge. Knitting a swatch in the round is almost like making a loose i-cord. Check out this video by The Unapologetic Knitter below all about how to work that swatch.

Here’s what I ended up with!

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When it’s finished — trim those long strands and give it a soak in a gentle bath for about 15 minutes. Carefully press it in a towel to remove the water and then set it out flat to dry completely. This is not a swatch that we want to pin because we won’t be pinning our finished sweater so we want to treat our gauge the same way we’ll treat our knitted piece later.

 Gauge swatch knitted in the round

Gauge swatch knitted in the round

And there’s my little knitted swatch all trimmed and dried! My stitch count is a tad bigger than I expected so I am going to make a smaller size sweater. If you have a question about your gauge size be sure to email me and I’ll help you figure it out!


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What do you think? We could finish our sweaters before the real cold sets in for the season.  

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What to Make: Weston Loop in Fluffy Fingering yarn

Welcome to our new weekly feature, What to Make Wednesday! The yarns here at Ewe Ewe are so verstatile and I love to share ideas about what you can knit with them.

What to Make Wednesday highlights a popular pattern and I show you the Ewe Ewe yarn requirements and some great color combinations to help you find a project to knit. Today is the delightful Weston Loop lace cowl.

  Weston Loop  cowl designed by Carina Spencer

Weston Loop cowl designed by Carina Spencer

I love the lace detail on the Weston Loop cowl knitting pattern designed by Carina Spencer. The cowl starts with gentle stripes and then flares out into a beautiful stitch pattern to hug your shoulders. Weston Loop is knit in fingering-weight yarn and the new Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering merino yarn would be perfect for this project!

  Weston Loop  knitting pattern designed by Carina Spencer

Weston Loop knitting pattern designed by Carina Spencer

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Weston Loop uses 5 colors of yarn and we can do a great lineup using Fluffy Fingering merino. Try this set below with Charcoal, Forest Fern, Citrus Pop, Aquamarine, and Brushed Silver.

Or you could try a different combo like the one below using Saffron, Iris Blossom, Sky Blue, Berry, and Vanilla. Totally different but so fun!

See all the yarn colors: Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering merino sock yarn.


How much yarn do I need?

Yarn Amounts: 1 ball of 5 colors of Fluffy Fingering merino yarn.

How to find the pattern and yarn

Pattern: Weston Loop — on Ravelry.

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering merino sock yarn.

Locate: Find the yarn here or find a local yarn shop that carries Ewe Ewe Yarns.

Enjoy knitting your new project using Ewe Ewe yarn!