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Here it is.  The fruits of my labor.  Proof that knit presents can  be presentable and on time.

Pictured here is the Star Crossed Beret I made from soft as butter Malabrigo yarn, and a pair of almost finished thrummed socks.  The star crossed beret is  a very popular pattern – many friends have made this hat and it always turns out charming.  Fast and simple to knit make one yourself the pattern can be found on ravelry.com:


These socks are a riff on the traditional and o-so-cozy thrum mittens.  These mitts are knit with bits of roving (unspun wool – to the layman) making an insulated layer of fluff on the inside and a cheerful polka dot pattern on the outside.  Created in Newfoundland where they have a vested interest in making wooly things that know what to do with frigid and frosty.  These mittens are warm.  The socks are more like slippers but made the same way.  I knit them both at once as you can see, since they are still on the needles.  they made it off the needles for the unwrapping I will assure you.  The light stripe of yarn through the centre is where I added the heels on.  After-thought heels is what this technique is called and they worked perfectly for this pattern allowing me to not waver from my thrum pattern as I knit uninterrupted through the socks.  Thank you to Robbie Eddison for all her helpful advise on sock knitting.  Robbie will be teaching a very special class here at the Knit Cafe, on March 3, 10, and 17.  The “Sock Master”class teaches you how to knit two socks at one time, as well as many other clever things that will turn a regular old sock knitter into a master.

If you have never, ever, knit a sock before you may want to check out the Knit Cafe’s beginner sock class on February 14, 21, 28.  then graduate to the master class starting the following week.  All sock dreams fulfilled! Happy New Year!

I also made this goldilocks trio of “French Press Slippers”.  The cream ones for Baby Bear without embellishments.  The magenta ones for Mama bear with the added straps and extra big buttons.  Big brown ones for Papa Bear.

You can purchase a French Press slipper pattern here:


What a lovely pattern!  I made some alterations to the original pattern for Papa Bear. The description of which is below.  Now go out and buy this great pattern and make your own!

French Press for Monsieur

To Knit Bottoms

Cast on 7 sts

Follow the pattern as is till row 18.  Here- you can follow the instructions to fit length, add on a few extra rows for men’s shoe sizes larger then 10.

Row 19: K4, k2tog, knit to end

Row 25: K4, k2tog, knit to end

Row 33: K4, m1, knit to end

Row 39: K4, k2tog, knit to end

For the rest of the decrease rows do your decreases at the beginning and end of each row as described

To Knit Tops (really the sides)

For sizes larger then 10 add on a few extra rows after row 26

Follow the pattern to row 35.  Between row 35 and 43 do stocking stitch with no shaping.

Follow pattern to end

Instead of a strap make slipper tops:

Cast on 7 sts

Row 1: knit

Row 2: P3, M1, P1, M1, P3

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: P4, M1, P1, M1, P4

Stocking stitch 6 rows

Row 11: K1, K2tog, K5, K2tog, K1

Stocking stitch 5 rows

Cast off

Seam together as instructed.  Sew the slipper tops on last.  After felting I added some extra decorative stitches where the tops met the sides of the slippers.


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