Two Kinds of Log Cabins


Here’s the knitted log cabin blanket I started when I was recuperating from my surgery. The pattern is from Mason Dixon knitting. The yarn felt wonderful to work with and the colors kept me happy. I am sending it to a relative as a late Christmas present. She’s having some tough health problems, too, so I hope it will bring her some comfort. You followers of this blog will know that I also knitted a hat during my recuperation. The two were very different projects. The log cabin blanket involved just plain knitting, knitting, and more knitting. The hat involved knitting in the round, purling, counting stitches, etc. I think I’ll try to keep a log cabin knitting project going most of the time — it’s so simple and keeps my hands busy. Plus, I have lot of little bits of yarn left. My friend, Julie Owen, turned me on to log cabin knitting this summer when she would turn up at the pool with knitting when I turned up with quilting.


Now for the kind of log cabin I am more familiar with — a quilt. My first log cabin project, when I was a teenager, was a Christmas table cloth. It turned out so well that I made a bunch of them. My grandmothers, my godmother, and our family’s best friends all got Christmas table cloths that year. I had never tried a full-sized log cabin quilt until now. I chose yellow, blue, creams, tans, and browns. At first I had it laid out in diagonal lines, but Richard suggested this layout and I love it.

Update: The Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book stickers I ordered arrived today so I went to Lemuria to leave them enough for their signed stock. Here’s a post on A Year of Reading by a teacher who went by her local bookstore and picked up a copy of Wolfsnail.

6 Responses to Two Kinds of Log Cabins

  • Franki says:

    Thanks for the link.
    LOVE the new book and so happy to see that it won a Geisel. So well deserved. I am sharing it with my K-4 students this week! What a fascinating topic!

  • Julie Owen says:

    The knitted blanket is beautiful. I hope your relative enjoys the touch of the cotton, the play of the intersecting colors, and the love of its thousands of stitches.

  • Irene Latham says:

    Hi Sarah – I am a big fan of the Log Cabin pattern, or “Housetop,” as it is also know. The knitted version is new to me and looks like fun to create. Thanks for sharing!

  • Patty says:

    I really like the new layout–though it seems to create problems for the scond block on the far right.

  • admin says:

    Oh, yes, that is one of the problem blocks. We’ll have to see where it ends up in the end. I want to put it where the mistake will be least obtrusive.

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