Thursday, November 19, 2015

Gift-A-Long 2015

The Indie Design Gift-A-Long, a hotly anticipated annual event on Ravelry, starts tonight at 7 pm central time.

"Um, I don't know what that is, why should I even care, ugh," you say.

Well, you should care, and here's why. From tonight until midnight on Friday November 27th, you can get 20 of my patterns on Ravelry for 25% off with coupon code giftalong2015. (See my discounted patterns here.) And it's not just me- there are 334 other designers participating this year. That's a lot of potential discounts. After the sale period, KALs will run until December 31st for ALL paid patterns by participating designers, not just the sale patterns. There are tons of prizes, including a copy of Charmed: Whimsical Knitted Accessories donated by yours truly.

In my magical world where I will have tons of free time to knit non-design stuff this Christmas season, I'm totally going to make either Graupel or Marooned socks by Hunter Hammerson, both of which will be discounted this week:

Graupel on the left, Marooned on the right

And Estheray by Annie Watts, which I ordered yarn for last month (not discounted, but it counts as part of the KAL):

And maybe this Hobby Horse for my nephew Simon, because I think it would so cute to watch him run around the yard riding a hobby horse. (Discounted, which is awesome because I've had my eye on this pattern for a year.)

I mean, this is all totally wishful thinking because I have five samples due before the end of the year, and I want to knit a sweater for my husband for Christmas, but I've only done the gauge swatch so far, and I'm halfway through a blanket that I really, really wanted to have done before Thanksgiving. I might end up just buying the patterns while they're discounted and finding time to knit them later.

Had your eye on one of my patterns? Now's the time to get it for 25% off! Patterns! 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Giveaway Winner and a Couple New Patterns.

The winner of the sweater pattern from my last post is Tori, aka lilwestie on Ravelry. She's been contacted!

In the past week or two, I've had two new patterns come out, both for accessories. One is a self-published slipper sock pattern, and the other is a polka dot hat in Issue 54 of Knit Now magazine.

These are the Bienville Slipper Socks. They start with a cabled cuff that's knit sideways and seamed, then stitches are picked up around the bottom of the cuff for the sock itself. Knitted in worsted weight yarn, these are quick and make great gifts!

You can get the pattern on Ravelry for just $2 until November 21st.

Next is the Polka Dot Hat (clever name, I know) from Knit Now magazine.

Stranded colorwork doesn't get much easier than this. The hat is worked in two colors of Malabrigo Worsted, one of the lovliest yarns on the planet, and it's topped with a pompom. I love pompoms. A hat is not a hat without a pompom. 

This magazine is available in the UK, but you can get a copy here if you live elsewhere. 

In other news, yesterday was the first day that I wasn't too hot, so I think fall has finally arrived in Louisiana. I opened up the handknits bin this morning, and I'm looking forward to a day of football, knitting, apple cider, and kitty snuggles. Happy Sunday knitters!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I wrote a tutorial for Holla Knits.

Last stop on the Holla Knits Winter Issue blog tour! And yes, I know it's my second stop. I designed a pattern AND wrote an article, so that means I get to go twice.

The Winter issue of Holla Knits features a tutorial I wrote. I've had this article/tutorial in my head for over a year, and I'm really glad that I finally got a chance to write it and publish it where knitters will (hopefully) read it. My article is called Picking Up Stitches: The Sometimes, Always, Never Rule. I talk about picking up stitches (like for a collar or a button band), and I make an analogy between the "sometimes, always, never" rule about buttons on a suit coat and my own personal "sometimes, always, never" rule about which leg of a stitch to pick up a new stitch from. If that sounds complicated, it's actually not, it's just wordy. Anyway. Read my article and go forth, more confident in your knitting decision making! If you're not already a Holla Knits subscriber, you can get a copy of the magazine here so that you, too, can make good choices about picking up stitches. (It also has my AWESOME pattern for Fair Isle PANTS, so there's that incentive, too.)

To celebrate me finally writing something I've meant to since early 2014, let's have a giveaway! You can win one of my patterns that requires picking up stitches for a collar so that you can test out my rule.

Leave a comment before Sunday, November 15th, and you could win one of these sweater patterns, shown top to bottom, left to right:
Electric OasisGhost StoriesBellefonte, Tullamore
Kenner Street Pullover, Over the Fence, Fenwick IslandVistoire,
OlmstedEverett Henley.

Your choice! Tell me which sweater you like best, and be sure to leave me a way to contact you! I'll pick a random winner sometime on Sunday.

If you haven't read the other posts about this collection, here's a blog tour schedule.

Oct 26: Launch Day
Oct 27: The Sweatshop of Love - pattern giveaway
Oct 28: Cosmos and Cashmere - pattern giveaway
Oct 29: Brown Sheep Company Blog - SEG 2 balls Nature Spun Worsted Ash

Nov 3: Klever Knits
Nov 4: Canary Knits
Nov 5: Aphaia- pattern giveaway / SEG: 4 balls KP Brava Bulky

Nov 9: Ashwini J Designs - pattern giveaway
Nov 11: Cosmos and Cashmere

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

PANTS winner

The winner of a copy of the Fair Isle PANTS pattern is AnnBan. Thanks to all for commenting! I can't wait to see some finished pants!

In other news, last night I finished my weird Lisa Frank sort-of-rainbow socks. I didn't take a picture so you'll have to trust me. Here's a WIP shot.

This yarn is The Lemonade Shop's Stormy Day, and it was only ok. The yarn oddly felt like a cotton blend, and was a little bit rough on my hands. But now they're done, and I can start some new socks.

Someone gifted me the Jellyfish sock pattern a few weeks ago; are these too wild? Would I never wear them, or are they awesome? I tend to prefer knitting plainer socks, but these... I think I might have to go for it.

photo © Cookie A.

Saturday, October 31, 2015


Over a year ago, my cropped pullover pattern Coronis was published in the Autumn 2014 issue of Pompom Quarterly. Now that a year has passed, the rights have reverted to me, so I've updated the pattern to my style sheet, added some pictures of me wearing the design, and re-released it into the wild.

This is a top-down circular-yoked sweater with a slip-stitch stripe detail. As written, it has a definite cropped shape, but many, many knitters who have made this lengthened the body. I might rip out the ribbing and knit the body longer- cropped is not totally my jam, and there's nothing worse than a sweater in your closet that never gets worn. 

It IS kind of cute with the tied shirt though, right? Not something I could wear to work, because I usually end up kind of dirty at the end of the day, but maybe to a holiday party this coming season. 

This sweater uses DK weight yarn in three colors. I'm wearing size 3 (34" bust). This is also the size the model wore on the cover. By "size", I mean "exact same sweater." I originally designed it to have a bit of positive ease, but I've learned about myself that I really, really prefer a bit of negative ease at the bust for my sweaters. Lots of knitters have made Coronis with positive ease, though, and they look great. Personal preference: we all haz it. 

Slip-stitch stripe detail

The pattern is now available for individual download on Ravelry. (Also Craftsy, Patternfish, and Loveknitting, if you like one of those better.)

Just for blog readers: you can use the coupon code CORONIS on Ravelry and get this pattern for just $4. Expires on December 31st, so there's time.

$6 on Ravelry... but only $4 with the coupon code.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Pattern Number 50!

On Monday, my fiftieth (!!) knitting pattern was released in the Winter 2015 issue of Holla Knits!

Unsurprisingly, this pattern is just a bit off the wall. These are the Fair Isle PANTS! and they are awesome. Before you go thinking, "This girl is nuts and knitted pants are not A Thing," let me enlighten you. No, they've not been A Thing in the past, but from what I can tell, it's for no good reason. Knitted pants are warm and snuggly, no more difficult to knit than a raglan sweater, and best of all, you can knit them perfectly to your size. Also they're Fair Isle. Can't beat that. 

Both pairs of pants are shown in size M, and both are knitted with Knit Picks Swish Worsted. There aren't any really difficult techniques here. The waistband starts with a provisional cast on for the inner waistband, then you purl a turning row and knit the outer waistband and join them together with elastic and/or an i-cord tie inside. Switch to stranded colorwork, knit yourself some PANTS, then finish the legs off with ribbing and a tubular bind off (which is super easy and explained in the pattern.) Behold, you have knitted pants. 

Download the entire issue here (which also features a picking-up-stitches tutorial by yours truly, and really is a great deal for only $14) and get knitting! You can also get the individual pattern here for $6. 

Want to win a copy of this awesome pattern? Leave a comment by Wednesday, November 4th  (giveaway is now closed!) to have a chance to win! If you're already a Holla Knits subscriber, meaning you already have this pattern, you can win a copy of any one of my self-published patterns. You pick. 

Check out the rest of the blog tour, and enter to win other prizes!

Oct 26: Launch Day
Oct 27: The Sweatshop of Love - pattern giveaway
Oct 28: Cosmos and Cashmere - pattern giveaway
Oct 29: Brown Sheep Company Blog - SEG 2 balls Nature Spun Worsted Ash

Nov 3: Klever Knits 
Nov 4: Canary Knits
Nov 5: Aphaia- pattern giveaway / SEG: 4 balls KP Brava Bulky

Nov 9: Ashwini J Designs- pattern giveaway
Nov 11: Cosmos and Cashmere (me again, talking about my article, giving away another pattern!)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

KnitPicks Charmed: Whimsical Knits Collection

Knit Picks has just released a lovely pattern collection called Charmed: Whimsical Knitted Accessories, and I've got a pattern in it! This is the Gnome and Toadstool Scarf.

It's a textured scarf with intarsia pockets- one is a gnome, the other: a trio of toadstools. You knit the scarf and pockets all in one piece, then fold up the pockets and sew them to the sides of the scarf. It's completely adorable. 

The gnome's nose is a little bobble, just for fun. 

You will need several colors for the pockets, but if you've got a lot of wool leftovers like I do, bust into them and use your scraps! The main color of the scarf requires 3 balls of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport

You can get the individual pattern for $4.99, or download the entire ebook (23 adorable patterns) for $14.99- a complete bargain. I already spy at least two patterns that I MUST. KNIT. from this collection. It's great for Christmas gifts, and the timing is right! There's tons of time to knit for Christmas. Of course I say that, and tomorrow is going to be Thanksgiving, and the next day will be December 20th. Time, it flies.