Cast On, Hike!

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 4.31.12 PMThe students are back, the weather is cooling.  For some that signals FOOTBALL SEASON which in Oxford is a spectacle unlike any other.

For many though, it is also KNITTING SEASON and we want to be prepared.  We have some knitting ideas for those who watch football while knitting!

We have all experienced the agony of dropping a stitch just as our receiver drops the ball, losing our place in a row at the exact moment our team loses the down, and, of course, having to restrain ourselves when the other team scores so as not to throw the project at the TV.

This football season, Knit1 wants to help you have as few penalties as possible and ensure your season is a winning one!  To that end, we have compiled a few appropriate football knitting projects – simple enough that you will not lose your place, small enough to stuff into a hoodie pocket, and sturdy enough that you can celebrate touchdowns without fear.  So without further ado,

Knit1’s Football Season Starting Lineup:


nelsie slippersNelse Slippers

Knitted in Quince Puffin, these slippers are the perfect football project.  They are knit flat in garter stitch and work up in a few hours.  They make wonderful Christmas gifts, meaning while watching your team dominate the field, you can also be checking off your gift list!  See how many you can get done before the end of the game.

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 2.37.49 PMFaux Fair Isle Hat

Fair Isle is a wonderful knitting technique and look, but we can all agree, it is not football knitting.  Luckily Blue Sky Alpacas has a wonderful pattern that allows for the beauty of Fair Isle with none of the fussiness!  Their Faux Fair Isle hat is another excellent quick knit.  It is made in Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky and uses slipped stitches to create the Fair Isle look.  It is cozy and the perfect way to incorporate team colors into your knitting.

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 3.00.09 PMMen’s Knucklers

A pair of fingerless gloves always makes a good project and these have the benefit of being simple as well as quick.  They are made with Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted and although the pattern calls for DPNs, there are a number of options for knitting in the round.  There is ribbing at the top and bottom, but no thumb gusset or stitch pattern to worry about in between.  You’ll love making them and he’ll love wearing them!

Dishcloth Diva

dishcloth diva 1You know the thing we love about washcloths?  If you mess up, no one will notice!  Luckily, these patterns will not trip you up.  Deb Buckingham provides 36 fabulous dishcloth patterns in her books Dishcloth Diva and Dishcloth Diva Knits On You will love the patterns for their simplicity, their funk, and their delightfully short commitment time.  You’ll have one finished before the last play is up!

knitting new scarvesKnitting New Scarves

A scarf cannot be beat in terms of solid fallback projects and this book is teeming with them!  Although these scarf patterns are simple enough to execute between downs, they are “Distinctly Modern”, as the subtitle says and will keep you both warm and fashionable all the way into postseason.

Knit1 also has a variety of red and blue (or maroon and white or purple and gold, etc.) yarns to fuel your football knitting all season.  Come in to kick off today!


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