The company policy here at MDK is that a good knitalong never ends. While it can be fun to bang out an FO in an impressively short period of time, knitting is a leisure pursuit for most of us. It elevates and enriches our lives, and it should never feel like deadline pressure.
But it’s also important not to let a knitalong just fade away without remarking on some of its wonders, while the awe (or the “awwwww”) factor is still fresh.
That’s why the phrase “so long,” with its built-in sense that we will keep meeting again, seems appropriate. (And also a good excuse to put up a video of one of my favorite movie scenes.) We will see the Fringe and Friends Log Cabin Knitalong again. We will keep checking the #fringeandfriendslogalong hashtag on Instagram, whenever we are in need of an inspiration boost from our fellow knitters and crocheters.
The Log Road Home
First, a report on my own logalong progress, which may explain why I’d like everyone to go easy on the end-zone celebrations.
I’m getting close (ish) to the finish line on my Relaxed Log Cabin pullover (a mashup of log cabin construction and one of my favorite pullover patterns, Relax by Ririko). A fair bit of time with the US 3s still lies ahead of me. I need to work the shoulders, neck and wee flipper sleeves.
I feel good about the decision to do the yoke in reverse stockinette stitch.
I’m loving every minute of my time with this lightweight cashmere/linen blend yarn, Jade Sapphire Sylph, which has become one of my all-time favorite yarns.
The approach of spring is all the motivation I need to finish, as my Relaxed Log Cabin will be the perfect light pullover for the season of returning sunshine.
A Log Day’s Journey (into Awesome)
We should all strive to be the log cabin knitting we want to see in the world. So it’s appropriate to give an enthusiastic round of muffled applause (because: mitts) to three logalongers who turned their Fringe and Friends Log Cabin Knitalong projects into patterns for all of us to enjoy.
Presenting: the patterns of the Fringe and Friends Logalong.
Karen Templer’s Log Cabin Mitts
These little nuggets of knitting are going to be A Thing, and for a long time to come. They are delicious potato-chip knitting, a good use for all our scraps, and a gift that even a misguided, anti-handmade pal will covet. They already have their own hashtag. Thank you, Karen!
Karen has made a few pairs. Photo: Karen Templer.
Lynn Garrett’s Log Cabin Cardigan.
Watching Lynn Garrett build this cardigan gave me strength for my log cabin pullover journey. It takes faith to see clothing in the flatness of garter stitch strips, and fortitude to make it happen. The Log Cabin Cardigan is a wonderful, wearable, flattering garment. Thank you, Lynn!
Krityum’s Log Hat
Of course I’m thinking: Log Cabin Mitts + Log Hat = a set. And there’s a crochet version, too. Thank you, Krityum Designs!
Did I miss any published patterns coming out of the Fringe and Friends Log Cabin Knitalong? Let me know!
In Closing (But Not Really Closing)
The Fringe and Friends Log Cabin Knitalong has been a rich experience of community learning and experimentation. Knitters have stepped up with projects large and small, traditional and totally not traditional, and taken off on open-ended adventures with this simple technique. I really do want it to go on and on. There are dozens of ideas I want to try myself.
Karen, thank you for knowing that so many knitters and crocheters would embrace log cabin, and for sounding the call to knitalong. And thank you for taking us along on the ride.