It's candy corn season! Hurray! Not only is this one of my favorite candy treats, but it is everywhere in the knitting/decorating world too. It's a perfect storm of Candy Corn.
Last month, I noticed some of my favorite bloggers knitting socks that self striped in candy corn colors. Susan B. Anderson blogged about hers. Betz White blogged about hers. So, by the time I took notice, the sock yarn was out. As with most things I can't have, I became obsessed. Luckily, I work in a yarn store and am surrounded by yarn on a 3 days out of the week basis.
I happened to spot 2/3 of the candy corn color trifecta on the 2.50$ shelf in a fingering weight. Yellow and orange came home with me that day and I scavenged some white from the stash. Now, I love socks, but they take some time and they are hard to see, unless you knit knee socks and wear a skirt. So, I decided to make something slightly more visible and faster.
Arm warmers! Simple, fast, visible!
Boot toppers! Again, simple, fast, visible and they keep the cold out of the tops of your boots. That's not why I make/wear them though. I just like seasonal accesories.
Before I knit my arm warmers and boot toppers, I had to measure a piece of Candy Corn. G happened to come in to the studio while I was bent over my tiny candy corn with my ruler, making copious notes and doing very "high" level math. All I needed was a jewelers loupe to complete the image. He just shook his head and walked out. I'm pretty sure he thinks I'm crazy, but when it comes to Candy Corn, it's all about proportion. I'm committed to Candy Corn accuracy.
Here are the patterns-
Candy Corn Arm Warmers
Size: Fits most older chidren/women
Finished measurements: 8.5 inches in length
8 inches in circumference
Yarn: Whatever you can find in Candy corn colored fingering weight. I suggest Cascade 220 fingering in Burnt Orange, Goldenrod, and White
Needles: US Size 3 or needles needed to obtain gauge
Gauge: 7 sts per inch in stockinette stitch
Cast on 54 stitches with yellow, working in the round with whatever method you prefer. (I'm a double pointed needle girl)
Work in k2, p1 rib for 1/2"
Change to k all sts until piece measures 3" from cast on
Change to orange and k all sts until piece measures 7" from cast on
Change to white and k all sts until piece measures 8" from cast on
Work in k2,p1 rib (in white) until piece measure 8.5 inches from cast on, Bind off loosely in pattern.
Make one more.
Size: One size fits most, they are very stretchy
Finished measurments: 7 inches in length
10 inches in circumference
Yarn: Same as above
Needles: US size three, or needles needed to obtain gauge
Gauge: 7 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch
Cast on 69 stitches with yellow, working in the round with whatever method you prefer.
In k2,p1 rib work: 4 rounds yellow
6 rounds orange
2 rounds white
Work this pattern 5 times. Bind off loosely in pattern. Make one more. (I know there are a lot of ends to weave in but I think it's worth it for the stripes.)
Now you have the perfect Candy Corn inspired accessories!
With your extra yarn you could always knit these, tons of them!