frogfeetfinal3I cast off my latest project last night and let it block overnight.  What a crazy, crazy stitch pattern!  It’s called Fox Paws by Xandy Peters.  The pattern isn’t for the faint of heart.  There are massive increases and decreases (k5tog, SB2, k3tog anyone?) or (*KYOK, SB2* repeat 4 times) which leads to tight knitting and confusion on the needles.  I had to rip back many, many times because my stitch counts just didn’t add up and I couldn’t see or figure out where the mistake was made.  But, was it worth it, you might ask?  The answer is a definite “YES!”  😀  The pattern is so different, it almost doesn’t even look like knitting.

Up next on the needles will be some hand-dyed yarn. My youngest daughter dyed some yarn for herself and has asked that I turn her yarn creation into a beanie with cat ears. There are probably already a million cat-hat patterns out there but using one would take away some of the fun of discovery, so I’ll be forging ahead with just a swatch and some head measurements.  It’ll be interesting to see how the yarn will look when knitting into fabric!
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31 thoughts on “Frog Feet Finished

    1. Thanks so much!!! 😀 I added the color changes but the pattern designer includes a video that shows you had to knit in the tails as you go along so there wasn’t any weaving in ends!! I will be using that technique in the future because I really, really don’t like spending hours hiding all those tails.

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  1. Lovely. Lovely. Just lovely. Iwant to knit one but my fears have overcome me. Did you use leftover yarns from your stash or just piece through the self stripping?

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    1. I used bits of sock yarn leftovers in my stash. I do wonder how a self-striping would look in the pattern. On ravelry, someone used a yarn similar to Noro with a solid that produced an interesting look.

      It’s not an easy pattern at first. I cast on and ripped out the beginning of the scarf about 6 times before I figured out what I was doing. It was the SB2 that threw me the most. Instead of slipping stitches back to the left needle, I was slipping them from the left needle to the right which threw the stitch count WAY off. I suppose that was largely due to the fact that I didn’t read the instructions carefully. 🙂

      One of the rows has a large amount of increases which makes for some tight knitting. BUT, if you can get through one iteration of the feet pattern (16 rows), then it gets much easier. I used stitch markers between pattern repeats which helped me keep track of where I was in the pattern and I counted my stitches at the end of every-other-row which also helped. If you are familiar with increases & decreases and can tolerate some tighter knitting, then I think this is a do-able pattern. Just don’t expect to watch TV and knit this thing at the same time. lol. I had to pay attention and count stitches the entire time. I think my hubby is glad this project is done because I couldn’t even talk to him while knitting or I got lost in the pattern.

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      1. parece como que yo soy la unica que no puede tejerlo. It seems like I’m the only one who can not knit this.

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  2. Really the most amazing and beautiful piece of knitting ever! Do I understand correctly that each color was a different yarn? What a lot of ends to weave!

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    1. Thanks!! The pattern designer posted a video showing how to weave in the ends as you knit so it was all done by the time I got to the end. I will be using that technique again in the future because I don’t enjoy weaving in hundreds of yarn tails!

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  3. Oh my! To think that we both began knitting at the same time. I’m still knitting dishcloths and you, you, well, you are phenomenal! So much for our sit-and-knits. You need to be teaching classes and publishing books. Great work.

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    1. This stitch pattern was challenging but also very rewarding! It’s one of the most creative stitch patterns I’ve ever seen and it was actually really fun to knit. There’s actually someone on ravelry turning it into a cardigan!! I can’t wait to see that finished! 🙂

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  4. Hace dos días que estoy tratando de tejer este patrón, y no me sale, ya tengo ampollas en mis dedos. Estoy muy triste. two days I’m trying to knit this pattern, and I do not go out, and have blisters on my fingers ago. I am very sad.

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