It's this time of the year again: the Indie Design Gift-A-Long event has started!
What's this, you ask? Now, the Indie Design Gift-A-Long takes place on Ravelry, a free website for all fibre enthusiasts, and it is an almost 6 week long KAL/CAL of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by a rather extensive list of independent designers. From November 22nd to December 31, 2022 there will be fun games, contests, and 8 KAL/CALs that will help you get your holiday knitting and crocheting done with companionship and fun!
The event always starts with a pattern sale for a couple of days only, with all participating designers giving you a 25% discount on some of their patterns. And as so often in the past, I'm thrilled to be one of them. See some of the patterns included in my sales bundle below. Do you want to learn more? Check out the Indie Design Gift-A-Long group on Ravelry for all the information and join the fun - see you there!
Knotions is an online magazine, dedicated to make crafts as accessible as possible to crafters of all skill level. You can't only get new and trendy and also professionally tech edited knit and crochet patterns, but also find tutorials for a variety of techniques to guie you through the crafting process.
The latest issue of Knotions Magazine is now life and it's a collection with patterns in different colourwork techniques. And I am more than happy to tell you that one of my sock designs was chosen for this issue: Up, Down and All Around.
The color sections on these socks form staircases that go up and down and all around. These socks are knitted from the cuff down, mostly in an intarsia in the round technique. Whether intarsia in the round is a new technique or not, these socks will be a gorgeous addition to your sock drawer! There is a detailed tutorial with pictures to explain the technique and lets you confidently try out intarsia in the round.
The pattern is written for two colors named MC and CC, although there can be up to four colors used, as shown in the sample. It is a great pattern to use up partial skeins of yarn.
The pattern includes three sizes, women's S, M and L with about 7 (8, 9)“ 17.75 (20.25, 22.75) cm circumference, and 6 (6.5, 7)” 15.25 (16.5, 18) cm leg length to heel; foot length is adjustable.
For more information please visit the Knotions Website, here, and also check out the five other patterns included in the colourwork issue. Happy crafting everyone!
Not even the middle of November and I keep singing Christmas songs? That's unheard of, but there is a reason: my newest pattern!
Scandi X-mas Socks, inspired by the Scandinavian knitting tradition with all their stranded motifs and my love for socks, that are easily made unique.
The pattern comes with lots of different motifs, from traditional to cute and funny, which can be used as an accent stripes or form an all-over pattern. Instructions are given for either way and for three different sizes.
For this pattern I collaborated with The Fibre Co. and I had the pleasure to knit with their Amble yarn. Amble is a fingering-weight yarn made from a blend of eco-friendly washable wool and alpaca for comfort as well as recycled nylon for strength. It comes in 26 different colours and is a perfect match for colourwork projects.
The pattern for Scandi X-mas Socks is now available for download from my Ravelry store, here.
And while I continue to happily hum away, you might want to check out the Fibre Co. website, because they curated a kit for this pattern which includes three skeins of Amble in your chosen colourways, a project bag and the pattern. And for you, who follow me here, until December 9th 2022 there's even a 10% discount with the discount code scandixmassocks10.
This is a reason to sing Christmas songs, don't you agree?
It's November, folks, and you know what that means? In our neck of the world the colder season is about to start and we will probably spend more time indoors than in the past few months. And what makes a home more welcoming and cosy than handmade decorations?
This matching pair of cushion covers uses stranded knitting. Both are worked using the same colours, but feature different patterns that combine the clean look of geometric shapes with traditional Scandinavian stitch patterns.
The pattern for Wintertime Cushions, a while back published in Knit Now Magazine, is now available for iindividual download from my Ravelry store, here.
I was very happy when I learnt that one of my patterns was chosen for Brown Sheep Company's mystery knit along this autumn and I am even happier that I can finally share some pictures with you. So, so hard to keep the design a secret to not spoil the fun for all the knitters how play along in the mystery knit. But now it's over, the first finished shawls were already posted on Instagram, so here it is: Swift as an Arrow.
The shawl illustrates the versatility of Brown Sheep Company’s Shepherd’s Shades yarn, utilizing the three hues within a colour gradient to mark the progress of an asymmetrical triangle shawl as it moves from light to dark or dark to light. The heavy weight yarn combined with easy to work lace and mosaic stitch patterns contribute to a swift and enjoyable knit even for less experienced knitters.
The shawl is an asymmetrical triangular shawl knitted on the bias from one top corner towards one of the long sides. The colour blocks feature an easy to memorize lace stitch pattern, reminiscent of rows filled with arrowheads. Utilizing a three-colour gradient amplifies the design of the shawl. Knitters can choose for their shawl to progress from light to dark or dark to light. The colour blocks are connected with stripes in mosaic knitting technique. This technique is worked with one colour at a time.
Do you like the design? Then don't hesitate. Even though the mystery bit of the KAL is over, you can still get the design for free. For more information, read on here.
Even though it feels a lot like spring - 18 ° C today and more to come in the next couple of days - we are well into autumn and the colder season lies ahead. So the perfect time to start knitting on a new hat and mittens, don't you think?
The Boreal set, named for the coniferous forests of the northern hemisphere, uses a simple yet stunning colourwork motif to transition from one color to the other and back again. The colours are reversed between the hat and mittens not only for the effect, but also to make two skeins of worsted weight yarn sufficient for both items. The sample was worked in Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in colourways Moorland and Thyme.
The Boreal pattern, previously published in Interweave Knits, is now available for individual purchase from my Ravelry store, here.
Seems I'm in full swing these days - yet another pattern was added to my Ravelry store. Okay, the pattern was ready months ago, but as so often it took forever to take pictures. But the autumn weather was kind to me and for once we had pleasant days with our vine in full autumn leaves. Perfect photo spot and thankfully someone was around to model the cardi.
The Sandness Cardigan has a wide cable panel that runs down both fronts and the back. To make the eye-catching cable panel the main feature all other parts are worked in Stockinette stitch. The cardi is supposed to have a slightly oversized silhouette, enhanced by the way the dropped shoulders are worked.
The cardigan is worked back and forth in rows from the bottom up in separate pieces and seamed. Small details like the cabled cuffs add an extra touch to the design.
The pattern is now available from my Ravelry store, here.
If you follow my chitchat here, you've probably heard before that I would love to live somewhere near the sea. It definitely is my happy place, not the least because it is always such a spectacular sight when the tide rolls in and waves crash the shore. The waves foam up the water and the sea glitters in multiple colors.
So it's no wonder, that the sea inspires me again and again in my knitting designs. The motif used in my latest designs, Tides hat and mittens, is reminiscent of breaking waves, and the motif is worked in multiple colors to further enhance the idea.
The pattern is included in the newest Knit Picks collection Scrappy Knits: Projects for Partial Skeins, a collection compiled to make use of leftover bits of yarn and single skeins. Included are hats, mittens, cowls and adorable home decor projects in a vairety of techniques including stranded colourwork, stripes, colour blocking and texture. These quick projects will be suited to anyone's style based on the chosen palette and they work up fast enought to make some fun treats for yourself or your loved ones.
My contribution to the collection is the Tides set, worked from just three skeins of Brava Sport, one in each colour, for both items. Hat and mittens are worked in rounds from the bottom up. The bands in stranded knitting are used to change from one color to the other.
The pattern is available for individual download or as part of the Scrappy Knits collections from the Knit Picks website, here.