The Indie Design Gift-A-Long on Ravelry is starting TONIGHT at 8pm EST!
What is the Gift-A-Long you ask?
The Indie Design GAL is a multi-designer promotion to help you kick your holiday gift-making into high gear while also supporting independent designers (like me!)!
There’s a sale, too!
From Nov. 13 at 8pm EST through – Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:59pm EST the 293 participating indie designers will be discounting between 4 – 20 of their patterns 25% for this event (there are 3,822 patterns on sale)! All of my paid patterns are included in the sale! Just use the coupon code giftalong2014 during the sale period to get 25% off any of my patterns!
Join us! And win stuff!
You can knit along with us in the Indie Design GAL group and be eligible to win LOADS of fabulous prizes! There will be games and chit-chat and tons and tons of FUN! All paid patterns by the participating designers are eligible for prizes (not just those offered in the sale!). That’s 11,512 eligible patterns! I am moderating the Shawls & Stoles thread so if you’re knitting/crocheting a shawl during the GAL, you get to hang with me!
What designers are participating?
You can see all 293 designers (along with photos of their patterns) in this thread and a full list of designers here. There are also Pinterest boards that have the sale patterns categorized (scarves and cowls, shawls, etc) for easy browsing!
Some neat stats about this year’s GAL
Here is a map of participating designers (I’m all by myself in Mississippi!) and here is an ever-growing map of the GAL participants!
And here is a mind-boggling amount of data about this year’s GAL! It’s so fun to see all the stats!
I hope you’ll join us for this year’s Gift-A-Long! Whether you’re making gifts for loved ones or yourself, it’s much more fun to do so with friends!
To everyone who voted in the Craftsy Pattern Design Awards, THANK YOU!
My Entrelac Scarf pattern was chosen as the WINNER of the 2014 Craftsy Pattern Design Award for Knitting! To have one of my patterns rise to the top out of over 98,000 (!!!) knitting patterns on Craftsy is both thrilling and humbling, to say the least!
But now is not the time to rest on my laurels! There is work to do! I’ve got more patterns in the pipeline! And I have more exciting things to tell you about later this week! So stay tuned! Things are about to get REALLY fun!
Picabia is now available on Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy, and Patternfish! This is a warm and squishy cowl knit in the round using only one skein of Madelinetosh Tosh DK (the color in the sample is Candlewick).
I named this pattern after the cubist painter Francis Picabia because the stitch pattern reminds me of a cubist painting.
This is a super quick knit that you could complete in probably two or three evenings so it’s perfect for gifting! And the stitch pattern is easy to memorize!
The pattern includes both charted and written instructions so no matter your preference, you’re covered!
Also, voting is still open in the Craftsy Pattern Design Awards! See my previous post on how you can vote to make my Entrelac Scarf pattern a winner! Voting ends tomorrow (Thurs, Nov. 6) at midnight (US-MST). Thanks for voting! And remember, your vote could win you a FREE Craftsy class!
Exciting news! I’m one of FOUR finalists in the Knitting Category of Craftsy’s Pattern Design Awards!
My Entrelac Scarf pattern has been chosen by Craftsy members as one of their favorite patterns and I could use YOUR help to make it a winner! I need your vote!
VOTE HERE! (scroll down to the knitting category)
Voting ends at midnight MT this Thursday, November 5th!
Your vote will enter you in a drawing for a FREE Craftsy Class!
Thanks for your vote!
Pesto is now available on Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy and Patternfish!
Pesto is a garter stitch shawl with lace border knit in one piece from end to end. It can be knit with one skein of sock yarn. The size of the shawl can be customized depending on the amount of yarn you have so it is the perfect pattern for making the most of a special skein of yarn! Instructions on how to do this are included. The pattern instructions are both charted and written.
When I first started designing this shawl I knew I wanted it to meet three important criteria. It needed to be simple. It needed to be quick. And it needed to use only one skein of yarn. The sample is knit using only one skein of SweetGeorgia’s Tough Love Sock in the color Lettuce Wrap. I came up with the name because the vibrant green and the little leaves running along the edge remind me of yummy pesto!
This shawl can be knit up in less than a week so it makes for perfect gift knitting with the holidays just around the corner! Or make it as a gift for yourself!
My newest pattern, Addiena, is now available on Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy and Patternfish (whenever their admins post it to the site)! Pin it for later! Ravelry users will get 20% off for the first week! (No coupon code needed! Sale ends at 11:59 pm Wed., Aug. 27 CDT)
This is a half-circle shaped lace shawl that is based on Elizabeth Zimmermann’s pi shawl formula. It calls for approx. 865 yards of lace-weight yarn. The sample is knit with Madelinetosh Pure Silk Lace.
It is knit from the top down using US size 4 needles and the finished size is around 53 in x 30 in (you could probably block it out larger, too! I just ran out of room!).
The pattern has been test knitted and professionally tech-edited and both charted and written instructions are provided. Wear it draped over your shoulders or wrapped around your neck! It’s large enough to wear many different ways!
I think I want another one in a deep red for winter and the holidays! Maybe in a solid wool? So many options to think about! I had a blast designing and knitting this shawl and I hope that you love it as much as I do!
Halona is now available for purchase on Ravelry, Craftsy, Patternfish and, of course, here on my blog!
Halona is a semicircular shawl with an elongated wingspan to help with draping (and wrapping!). The finished size is approximately 74 inches x 20 inches, depending on gauge and how severely you block it. Instructions for the body of the shawl are written and the border has both written and charted instructions so you can pick your preference. The pattern is super simple to memorize and knits up fairly quickly so you can have it ready in time for the cooler fall weather (which a lot of you are already experiencing! Jealous!).
The pattern calls for 455 yards of a solid worsted-weight yarn and 245 yards of a long strand variegated worsted-weight yarn (the sample uses Cascade 220 and Noro Kureyon). I think it would also look great using two solid colored yarns! Also, the “wrong side” is gorgeous so I’m declaring this sucker reversible.
When I was designing this shawl I was really wanting something I could use instead of a coat this winter. While it does get cold down here, winters are really not too bad and having to lug around a coat or even a jacket seems like overkill sometimes (and because of that I will sometimes go without and freeze my tookus off). This shawl is perfect to wrap up in when I head outside and I can just leave it draped over my shoulders the rest of the time. A win-win!
A couple of my test knitters expressed an interest in knitting another one in a fingering- or sport-weight yarn which would make it a light and airy shawl perfect for spring and summer. A shawl for every season!
Oh, and I’ve started a Freckles & Purls group on Ravelry for Ravelers to discuss or ask questions about my patterns and just chit-chat in general about knitting, crocheting and life. I’ll also use the group to find future test knitters and maybe have some fun promotions and giveaways! So if you’re on Ravelry, stop by and pull up a chair!
Also, many thanks to my friend Whitney for modeling for me! I definitely owe her a beer.