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Prance Past The Poppies


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California Poppies are finicky flowers. They come out only when there is just enough rain. If it is cloudy, windy, or they are moody, they curl up and refuse to show their faces. If you pick them to bring them home, they immediately wilt and leave a sticky sap residue in your hands. But if you get a chance to see fields full of them, it is hard not to dance. But unlike Tulips that you can tip toe through, it is best to Prance Past The Poppies while enjoying their brilliant color. Knit top down, the ribbing in the cuff blends into the poppy motif. The socks use twisted stitches every other round to shape the leaf motif. Prance Past The Poppies is a cousin to the Fern Canyon socks. Prance Past The Poppies is inspired by the poppy display that can be seen in Antelope Valley, California. Note: Chart 1 works up a little tighter than Chart 2 and 3 for some knitters. The larger size needles is recommended to help compensate for the lack of stretch in Chart 1. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knit Purl Increase Decrease Kitchener Stitch GAUGE 34 stitches and 50 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Small (Large) 71/2 (91/2)"/ 19 (24)cm around ball of foot and calf unstretched 64 (80) stitch count SUGGESTED YARN 435 yards of Fingering weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Anzula Squishy COLORWAY Spruce (MC) and Poppy(CC)

Recommended with this pattern

  • 1(1) skein in Poppy CC or Approx 200 (220)yds; 183 (201)m (CC) of a fingering weight yarn
  • Small (Large)
  • 1(1) skein in Spruce MC or approx 290 (330)yds; 265 (302)m (MC) of a fingering weight yarn

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Bear Ears
Bear Ears
I taught myself to knit in 2005, crochet in 2006 and spin in 2010. It seems I have a habit of developing hobbies. Fiber truly is a passion. I've worked at a wool mill, done knitting for a farmers market, worked at a yarn shop, and most recently been the general manager for a yarn company. In the winter of 2012, my pattern inspired by the constellations of the northern hemisphere, Celestarium, was put out by Twist Collective. In 2013 I put out my first book, Lit Knits, which contained 10 patterns inspired by classic literature. I don't see myself stopping any time soon!