Cranberry Biscotti project gallery
As part of our 100 days of patterns retrospective, we'll be sharing some project galleries featuring some favourite projects made from our patterns. Cranberry Biscotti (a free sock pattern) is my design with the most projects on Ravelry. I'm sharing a few of my favourites here, but do check out the project pages on Ravelry to see many, many more beautiful projects.
My original pattern notes and swatch for Cranberry Biscotti from 2004
Although it's not my first officially published pattern, I consider Cranberry Biscotti one of my very first original designs. I designed and knit my first pair back in 2004 - well before I had any idea that I could publish my designs or that I would one day start Sweet Paprika with Debbie.
I knit a couple of pairs as gifts before working up the pair in Messa di Voce in the cranberry biscotti colour combination of Canneberge, Café au Lait, and Hot Cocoa shown above.
Cranberry Biscotti is a great pattern for playing with colour combinations and using up leftover sock yarn. Here are some projects for inspiration!
Cheerful spring colours
Knitter/photo credit: Rodica (4CriniAlbi on Ravelry)
Biscotti socks with 3 colours of naturally dyed yarn
Knitter/photo credit: Ina (Inaknits on Ravelry)
Using a 4th colour for contrasting cuffs, toes and heels
Knitter/photo credit: Gabriela (Gabreta on Ravelry)
Keeping the sole of the foot in Stockinette is a popular modification
Knitter/photo credit: Rebekka (Patsy55 on Ravelry)
Lovely colour combination and mix of yarns
Knitter/photo credit: Joyatee (jocrafts on Instagram)
"Blender Biscotti", a true stash-busting project
Knitter/photo credit: Janet (jkauder on Ravelry)
Another 4-colour version with a stockinette sole
Knitter/photo credit: Norma Jean (dogtooth Ravelry)
Mint Chocolate biscotti
Knitter/photo credit: Melanie (missmelly on Ravelry)
This patterned cuff with a plain stockinette foot is a nice variation
Knitter/photo credit: Uta (Meise on Ravelry)
Because tea and scones is the best pairing with handknit socks!
Knitter/photo credit: Junko (junjunjun on Ravelry)
Of course the next best thing to tea and scones paired with knitting is café au lait and cookies, right? Cranberry Biscotti is our only pattern (so far) to include a recipe! The pattern PDF includes directions for making your very own cranberry biscotti cookies, as well as full instructions for knitting the socks. You can download your free copy here on our website, or through Ravelry. Please let us know if you decide to make either the cookies or the socks, we'd love to know how they turn out for you!
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The story of this pattern starts back in 2008 when Elizabeth and I, along with our sister Margaret, decided that we wanted to make a blanket for our parents as a gift for their 25th wedding anniversary. Elizabeth suggested we base our blanket design on the traditional Attic Windows quilting pattern, and she came up with a simple technique to knit the squares.
We wanted to share the basic technique for the Attic Windows squares, because it's so adaptable, and so much fun to play with! So, we decided to create a free "recipe" version of the pattern, that shares the basic technique as well as a step-by-step guide on planning your Attic Windows project.