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Braided Joggers

Wow! I really impressed myself with these joggers! This is without a doubt the the hardest thing I've ever knit. I have never knit pants before, and I wasn't following any pattern. I was, quite literally, making it up as I went. I don't want to pat myself on the back or anything, but I think these joggers turned out pretty darn nice! I'll take you on my journey of knitting the Braided Joggers. What better place to start than with the yarn. I won this yarn several months ago through a giveaway with Stylecraft Yarns. I had no idea what I wanted to do with it, but of course I was excited about free yarn! I picked this light blue because I thought it was pretty. This yarn sat in the corner of my room for months. It was just kind of mocking me because I didn't have a clue what to do with it. It is DK weight, which is lighter than the yarn I normally use. At first, I thought I was going to use the yarn to make a triangle scarf. I even bought some yarn to make a striped sc
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