Wonderful News: A Log Cabin Knitalong Is Coming

By Kay Gardiner
October 25, 2017
Log cabin knitting is a never ending adventure in improvisation with color and form. It's our kind of fun.

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  • Wow! Sounds like the most fun evvah!

    • Something to look forward to! And January is the best time for house mousing it with a new project. Thanks and good morning.

  • This knit-along comes along at the perfect time. I’ve just learned of two babies coming next spring. One, for sure, will need a Log Cabin blankie in his/her life.

  • Since my “Buncha Squares” afghan (created by Kay; there isn’t much of a pattern, but there is a Ravelry page) is already in progress, I was already in this game before it began. My Albers scarf (the cowl made with twice as many squares) is probably the most complimented such item I have worn in the last few years. I have only made 10 of the 35 intended squares, so i will still be knitting away when January begins.

    A word of warning for anyone planning a garment: Be very careful about where those squares are positioned: you may not want the center, or “bullseye” of the square centered over certain body parts; imagine how I know this.

    • Excellent tip! I’m making notes!

  • Interesting! I’ve always loved The Modern Quilt Wrap by Mags Kandis in KSH. Maybe now is the time. Will start with a cloth first as I’m new to this technique.

  • Sounds promising. January is a good month for blank knitting!

    • “Blank knitting”, ;). Great phrase..

  • Hopefully the Christmas knitting will be done by Jan. 1. I’m lusting after either the Albers Cowl to use up my miles of leftover sock yarn (though the Modern Quilt Wrap might be better for small quantities of zillions of yarns) or the Vasa in shades of gray. I’ve never participated in a Knitalong before, so this will be a new learning experience!

    • We can continue our sweater twinning! My Granito is going to reach the pockets today, h*ck or high water.

  • YES!!! Can’t wait!

  • Not so much about the knit-along to come as one going on here in Byrdstown, TN where our little group of 10 or so knitters have gathered to knit lapaghans for the VA hospital in Nashville and our favorite pattern is the Moderne Log Cabin from the original (I think) Mason Dixon Knitting book. It lends itself to a endless variety of color combinations along with the ever popular red, white and blue. Three colors work out just perfectly with the slightly small version we make to fit with wheelchairs. If we were closer to NYC we would knit for the veterans there so please don’t feel discriminated against. So 3 cheers for log cabins in any iteration.

    • Betty,

      It is so heartwarming to hear that the good old Moderne Log Cabin is being made for such a loving, healing purpose. You all are way out in front on this knitalong!

      I have to take this opportunity to show you one of my favorite knitter interpretations of the Moderne: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mustaavillaa/moderne-log-cabin-blanket

      Tehri’s version shows that stripes are a great solution for dealing with limited yardage on some of your colors, as often happens when you are using leftovers for a log cabin project.

      Everything Terhi knits is an elevation of the original. I think I would recognize her work anywhere. Here’s another brilliant log cabin-y thing, Terhi’s take on Laura Aylor’s City Block Shawl:

      https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mustaavillaa/city-block-shawl

      Thank you Betty!

  • Awesome! How about a log cabin poncho? Poncho’s are really popular this year(have you seen Stone Point poncho?-gorgeous & fun to wear!) and a log cabin version would certainly be fun to knit & wear!!

  • The phrase “log-cabin badge of honor or stunt” got me–what would that kind of stunt look like? Can’t think of many knitting projects that are stunts (aside from yarn bombing and hmm, maybe pussy hats?) but stunts can be terrific! Really support the idea of a log-cabin stunt.

    • Sorry for being vague! I had in mind some runway sweaters (was it Rodier? can’t recall) that were big log cabin squares, very bright, made into thick, square sweaters. Debbie New, in her brilliant book Unexpected Knitting, also did some log cabin sweaters that, to my very opinionated eye, looked like they would be more fun to knit than to wear. I’m aiming for something more fluid and flattering.

      But on a baby? A log cabin sweater looks super cute, as proven by Cirilia Rose: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/log-cabin-baby-sweater

      • Somewhere in an era long ago, Valentina Devine did a log cabin kimono: in keeping with her spirit and aesthetic, it was really wild in both yarn and color choice. It was published in more than one of the mags. That was my virgin log cabin adventure, with the untortunate targets placed over each butt cheek. Maybe 20+ years ago.

        • I just did a google image search to see her work. She also did a lot with mitered corners!

  • Sounds wonderful.

  • I’m planning on a lap blanket to donate to Little Black Dog Rescue for a raffle to raise funds for a rescue from TX that has drained the funds of the organization. Follow my progress in the Ravelry M-D group and post yours also!

  • I think a log cabin garment would be an excellent way to experiment with Ann’s single speckledy yarn technique of cabining. Low-key yet intriguing!
    (Re: stunt knitting, that’s what I consider skipping the lifeline before beginning unscripted toe decreases.)

  • I don’t plan to take on a garment. I thought I would finally make Fussy Cuts or another Mitered Crosses but then I saw this on Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KellenMeyer/moderne-log-cabin-blanket. I already have the yarn for the other two projects but I was so blown away by how fantastic the Moderne looked with the added stripes and the colors of the yarn, that I went and and bought more yarn so I could make that version with a couple color adjustments.

    • Ooh that’s a lovely pattern!!!

  • New Year’s resolution — stash busting — and this is perfect! I will say — for a garment — I would envision a log cabin inset of some kind within a garment– but my brain has not quite wrapped around that into a real idea as of yet. Think I’ll stick to a blanket. And perhaps use the opportunity to hone my Continental skills (or lack there of) since In am a SLOOOOOW english style knitter.