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So here I am once more in beautiful Arva, Ontario. My sister is visiting from Saskatoon, so I came down for the weekend to see her and help my poor broken-ankled mother out.

While I was here she asked me to knit her something to go over the toes of the foot that’s in a cast, because they’re getting cold. So as a public service, I hereby present the world with a knitting pattern for:

The Toe Toque

– Much less than a ball of worsted weight yarn, any colour
– 5 mm knitting needles (US size 8 )
– Yarn needle

Gauge: 5 sts and 6 rows = 1″

Cast on 44 sts. Knit approximately 12 rows in 4×4 rib (knit 4, purl 4 until the end of the row; next row purl 4, knit 4; alternate rows) or until the work measures 2″ or however long you want the body to be. Then begin decreases:

Row 13 (or whatever): *Knit 2 together, knit 2, purl 4*, repeat to end of row.
Row 14: Purl.
Row 15: *Knit 2 together, knit 1, purl 4*, repeat to end of row.
Row 16: Purl.
Row 17: *Knit 2 together, purl 4*, repeat to end of row.
Row 18: *Knit 2 together, knit 3*, repeat to end of row.
Row 19: *Purl 2 together, purl t2o*, repeat to last 5 sts, purl 2 together, purl 1, purl 2 together.
Row 20: *Knit 2 together, knit 1*, repeat to end of row.

Cast off. For some reason I began the decreases on the knits, so this knits up wrong side out. Fold together and sew the cast off sts together with the yarn end. Then sew up the side seam, weaving in ends.


ETA: My mother requested that I add a pompom (to make it more toque-like) and a drawstring along the bottom (to stop it falling off). If you want to do that:

– make a pompom (easy instructions here)
– sew the pompom to the top of the toe toque
– cut a piece of yarn about 5 inches longer than the circumference of the toque. Using a running stich, sew around the bottom, leaving a 2-inch tail on the right side of either end. Adjust as desired and tie a cute little bow.

New and improved!


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I haven’t posted for a day or two because I have ACTUALLY been busy.  Tuesday I taught almost all of my students in one afternoon/evening, because yesterday I sat my friend Jen Wardle’s art show.  Which I will be doing tomorrow, and for part of next week.

Sitting an art show means sitting in the gallery to make sure no one steals the art or pees on the floor.  There’s really nothing else to do, which is why I brought my knitting.

Being an entrepreneurial type, I’m always trying to think of new ways to make a bit of extra cash.  So why not, you ask, knit up a few sweaters and sell them?

Let me explain.

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I have been busy.  Not just with my usual round of exciting and glamourous activities, but with making socks and hats and things for Streetknit.  Here is the men’s sock pattern I created from this excellent pattern.  I have used it to make many socks, including the pair pictured here.  If you don’t like using DPNs but still feel like knitting socks, here you go.  If you don’t like to knit, or if knitting gives you a rash, please do not click.


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