Posted in KAL, Knit-a-Long, Pumpkin-a-Long, yarn

October, Pumpkins, a Wedding

Hey everyone!  It’s a chilly October morning here, gray and drab, but cozy inside.  We’re drinking coffee and trying to decide what to do with the day.

The Pumpkin-a-Long (PAL) continues!  I’m giving away free patterns weekly – randomly chosen from those who either email a photo of their pumpkin progress to knitequalsjoy@gmail.com or post their pictures on Instagram with the tag #pumpkinalong2020.  At the end (Thanksgiving) there will be a random drawing for some Amanda Hope yarn, a felted pumpkin, and other prizes, drawn from the pool of finished pumpkin projects that were emailed or posted as above during the PAL.

If this appeals to you, please join us, and invite your friends!

I love this pumpkin that Carla made:

Pattern: Because Pumpkins

And this one by Ginny:

Pattern: Plaid Pumpkin, using instructions for the one-color pumpkin

I made my original “Because…Pumpkins” pumpkins using Amanda Hope Yarns.  I used their Aussie Extra Fine Fingering (100% Merino – yummmmm!) held together with their Superkid Mohair/Silk (also yummmmm!).  Working with the two of them held together is heavenly!  They create an amazingly soft and halo-y fabric.  If you look closely, you can see that the colors are slightly tonal.  Tonals are my very favorite – the color changes stitch-to-stitch invariably keep my interest, even when working miles of stockinette.

Check out their website: Amanda Hope Yarn and see Because Pumpkins featured in their opening slides (thank you, Wendy)!!!


If you follow on Facebook or Instagram, you know that our younger son got married last month.  It was a joyous – outside, small, and socially distanced – occasion, and we are thrilled for them and so happy to welcome our new daughter-in-law to the family.  It was truly a sweet ceremony and represented them so well.  My pictures here were taken by cell phone, so I apologize that they’re not very clear.


This year I have truly missed my trips to the Oregon Coast.  I’m hoping to take a few days there around Thanksgiving and to have some pictures to share with you here.


I hope that you and yours are safe and well.  I hope that you can enjoy some fall festivities, fall knitting, or some fun fall decorating.  Pumpkins are always good!  😉

All the best,

Carol

 

 

Posted in KAL, Knit-a-Long, knitters, knitting, Pumpkin-a-Long

More Pumpkin Fun

Just for fun – and so that you can see the comparative sizes of the pumpkin patterns – I made this short little video:

Also for fun, here’s the intro video for the Because Pumpkins pattern. If you watched the previous one, this is a shorter version.


Here are prizes for the Pumpkin-A-Long:

Prizes for completed pumpkins, to be chosen randomly after we finish the PAL on Thanksgiving, include a skein of fabulous Amanda Hope Yarn Aussie Extra Fine and an adorable felted pumpkin by Wee Woolies.  Throughout the PAL, pattern winners (your choice from amongst all of my patterns) will be chosen randomly from those who post on Instagram or submit via email (knitequalsjoy@gmail.com) progress pictures of their pumpkins, post in response to PAL questions, or even post their PAL badge.  Here is the PAL badge (feel free to copy it):

Questions about how to PAL?  Interested in the discount (through October 15, 2020)?  Read here:  Pumpkin-A-Long (PAL)

And if you’re looking for the PAL patterns, here they are:

Happy Fall, Y’all!!!

xoxo

Carol

Posted in KAL, Knit-a-Long, knitting pattern, knitting patterns, Pumpkin-a-Long

New Pumpkin Pattern, PAL, Discount

I’m thrilled to announce that this year’s pumpkin pattern is now live!  It’s called Because…pumpkins.  

Because…pumpkins features chevrons – made simply, through the use of increases and decreases.  The fabric is created by holding a fingering weight yarn together with a mohair yarn, which produces a shimmery fabric with a soft halo.  You can make two shapes/sizes with this pattern, a short pumpkin and a tall one.

The pattern is 20% off through October 15th with the coupon code PUMPKINLOVE if purchased through knitequalsjoy.com or my Payhip store.  You can purchase the pattern here Buy Now or find it in the Pattern tab or Pumpkin-A-Long Patterns tab at the top of the webpage.

I’m so happy with the way this pattern turned out.  I hope you will enjoy it!


Speaking of pumpkins. come knit some pumpkins with us during the third annual Pumpkin-A-Long (PAL)!

  1.  The PAL goes through Thanksgiving.
  2.  All of the Knit Equals Joy pumpkin patterns are eligible.  Pumpkin-A-Long Patterns
  3.  Discount through October 15th using coupon code PALpumpkins here on the website or my Payhip store.
  4.  If on Instagram, use the tags #pumpkinalong2020 and #knitequalsjoy.
  5.  If you’re not on Instagram, email your finished pumpkin pictures to me at knitequalsjoy@gmail.com.
  6.  Prizes.
  7.  Post this picture to your Instagram feed if you would like to announce your pumpkin love!

If you are local, join the PAL at Wild Knits Salem!  In collaboration with Holly, we are offering a special discount on the patterns to the LYS patrons.  I’m so excited that this is happening locally this year!

If you are an LYS owner or indie dyer, contact me at knitequalsjoy@gmail.com if you’re interested in joining the PAL and/or offering the pattern to your customers.


Have a wonderful weekend!  Please share your pumpkins on IG, and tag me @knitequalsjoy so I can see your wonderful Autumnal creations.  The happiest of Falls to all of you.

xoxo

Carol

Posted in KAL, Knit-a-Long, knitters, knitting, knitting pattern, knitting patterns

Pumpkin-A-Long (PAL)

This year’s Pumpkin-A-Long has begun!  It’s easy to play along, and I hope you will.

There are seven eligible patterns, see below.

The premise of the PAL is very easy: knit one of the Knit Equals Joy pumpkins, post a picture of your pumpkin on Instagram with the tags #pumpkinalong2020 and #knitequalsjoy.  Follow those tags to see everyone else’s pumpkin progress and anything related to Fall that we post (because we love Fall!!!).  If you’re not on Instagram, email your pumpkins to me at knitequalsjoy@gmail.com.

At the conclusion of the PAL (Thanksgiving), I’ll randomly choose from the finished pumpkins and will award prizes.  I have an adorable felted pumpkin (not made by me) and yarn, of course, to offer as prizes.

Use the coupon code PALpumpkins for 15% off any of these patterns through October 15, 2020.  Discount available only on patterns purchased through knitequalsjoy.com or my Payhip store.

Come join us and get in on some Autumn-knitting joy!!!

Pumpkin-A-Long Patterns – hover over photo for pattern name, click to read about the pattern or to purchase.

Enjoy!!!

Carol

Posted in knitting pattern, sweater pattern

Little Ethereal Sweater Pattern Release and a Discount

Hello dear friends,

I’m thrilled to announce the release of the Little Ethereal Sweater Pattern.  This children’s sweater is written for newborn through size 8-10 years.  This cute little sweater is so much fun to knit!  And of course, choosing your yarn and colors is half the fun.

I used Amanda Hope Yarn Aussie Extra Fine in the colorways Lisa’s Purple and Princess.  The colors worked together perfectly, and the yarn is a delight to work with.  I love the finished sweater!

My friend Marcela Chang from Chile translated the pattern into Spanish.  The purchase of the pattern includes two PDFs, one in English and one in Spanish.

I’m offering the pattern at a steep discount this weekend here on the website (click on “Patterns” above) and on Payhip.  Use the coupon code INTRO40 for 40% off– coupon expires 9/14/2020.  However, if you miss that discount, the pattern is still on sale with a 25% discount here and on Payhip with the coupon code HELLO25 through 9/30/2020.


The Pumpkin-a-Long (PAL) is starting shortly, and I will post again soon about it.  As usual, there will be prizes (!) and a new pattern for this year.  Stay tuned!!!

Plaid Pumpkin

I hope that you will stay well, and if you are here in the West, that you are staying safe from the wildfires.  Our kids were evacuated from their honeymoon because of the wildfires…they will have stories to tell, but they are safe and sound, and I am very grateful.

All the best,

Carol

Posted in knitters, knitting, test knitters, test knitting

Little Ethereal Test Knit and Improved Pattern Store

Hello dear friends,

The test-knit for Little Ethereal is open on Yarnpond.  I could still use a couple of testers, if anyone is interested.  Sizes 4-6 yrs and 8-10 yrs are still available.  You can find the test here.

I really love how this little sweater turned out.  It’s just so tiny in this little 0-6 mo size.  As it approaches the larger sizes, the proportions become more like those in Ethereal.

Also, I have improved the pattern shop here on Knit Equals Joy.  I realized after the previous post that you would need to know what you were looking for in order for the previous shop to be very useful, and even so, the drop-down boxes were a pain to use.

The new and improved shop is now found by using the Pattern tab in the navigation bar.  You’ll now see all the patterns at once.  Hovering over each thumbnail provides the pattern name.  There is now a search bar, and you can also filter by tags if you’d like to see all the pumpkin patterns, for instance, or all the lace patterns.  Clicking on the photo will take you to the pattern page with the description of the pattern and the capability to buy now or add to a cart.  Since this is so much easier to use than the previous shop, I’d like to offer 25% off all my patterns purchased through this website through mid-August.  Just use the coupon code shopthewebsite2 at checkout between now and August 15th for that 25% discount.

Thank you, as always, for your support.  Please stay safe and well.

xoxo

Carol

 

Posted in knitting, knitting patterns, sweater knitting, sweater pattern, test knitters, test knitting

News!! News!! News!!

Hi everyone!

I hope this finds you all safe and well!

I’m thrilled to announce that the Ethereal Sweater pattern is now available in Spanish.  Designer Marcela Chang, who hails from Chile, has added pattern translation to the services she offers, so I took her up on it.  Now when you purchase the pattern here on knitequalsjoy.com or on my Payhip or Etsy shops, you will receive two PDFs, one in English and one in Spanish.  I’m looking forward to offering more patterns in Spanish, as well.

Also news – my patterns are now available for purchase right here on knitequalsjoy.com.  I am so happy to offer this capability to you now – it’s at least one step easier than before.  Just go to the Patterns tab in the navigation bar and find the pattern(s) you want.  You can sort under tags and you can also search now.  And to celebrate, use the coupon code shopthewebsite2 from July 25th to August 16th for 25% off.  The coupon is good on all Knit Equals Joy patterns purchased through knitequalsjoy.com.

The last bit of news is that I’ve designed a Little Ethereal. It’s currently in tech editing, and when it is through that process, it will be ready for test knitting. I’ll be looking for a few test knitters who have a little one available who can try on the sweater and also maybe provide some great pictures – because I don’t have any little ones nearby and no grands yet. Additionally, I will be looking for testers who can knit this pretty quickly and who have previously completed test knits. If this sounds like you and sounds like something you would like to do, please email me at knitequalsjoy@gmail.com. I wanted to give my fabulous knitting friends first stab at this, and then will offer the test on Yarnpond.  The sizes are 0-6 mo, 6-12 mo, 1-2 yr, 2-4 yr, 4-6 yr, 6-8 yr, and 8-10 yr, and it is knit in fingering weight yarn.

I have a couple of vacation days coming up, so I’m hoping that I can start working on 2020’s pumpkin design. I have some great yarn for it, and I think it will be a cute but not too difficult addition to the pumpkin patch!  Now that Little Ethereal is written up and out of my head, I’m starting to get excited about pumpkins and the 2020 Pumpkin-A-Long!  I hope you will join in!!!

xoxo

Carol

 

Posted in knitting, knitting pattern, knitting patterns

Another Free Pattern and Another Pattern Sale!

It’s a May Pattern Sale!!!


First of All, the Free Pattern

Wibbly Wobbly Spa Cloth Pattern

DOWNLOAD THE FREE PATTERN PDF THROUGH JUNE 30, 2020.  This special offer has now expired.

You can read more about this pattern here:  Wibbly Wobbly Spa Cloth Pattern Page or find it in the website’s pattern menu.

I hope you enjoy this pattern!


Knit Equals Joy Pattern Sale on Etsy

During the month of May, enjoy $1 off your purchase in my Knit Equals Joy shop on Etsy.  This coupon is applied to your cart at purchase, so if you’d like to use it for multiple patterns (please do!), I would suggest purchasing them one at a time.  Use the code MAYJOY at checkout.

A few of the patterns you’ll find in my Etsy shop

Click here to go to my Etsy shop.


Hoping that you and yours are remaining safe and well.

xoxo
Carol

Posted in knitting, knitting pattern, knitting patterns

Two Free Patterns and a Pattern Sale

It’s an April Pattern Sale!!!


First of All, the Two Free Patterns

Gnome Dishcloth

DOWNLOAD THE FREE PATTERN PDF THROUGH JUNE 30, 2020.  This special offer has now expired.

You can read more about this pattern here:  Gnome Spa Cloth Pattern Page or find it in the website’s pattern menu.

Wee Pumpkin

DOWNLOAD THE FREE PATTERN PDF THROUGH JUNE 30, 2020.  This special offer has now expired.

You can read more about this pattern here:  Wee Pumpkin Pattern Page or find it in the website’s pattern menu.

I hope you enjoy these patterns!


Knit Equals Joy Pattern Sale on Etsy

For the month of April, enjoy $1 off your purchase in my Knit Equals Joy shop on Etsy.  This coupon is applied to your cart at purchase, so if you’d like to use it for multiple patterns (please do!), I would suggest purchasing them one at a time.  Use the code APRILJOY at checkout.

A few of the patterns you’ll find in my Etsy shop

Click on the photo above or here to go to my Etsy shop.


Hoping that you all are staying safe and well.

xoxo
Carol

Posted in Knit Equals Joy Designs, knitters, knitting, knitting pattern, pattern, sweater knitting, sweater pattern

Ethereal Sweater Pattern is Here!

Hi everyone!

The Ethereal Sweater pattern is live!

Ethereal Sweater is light as air, soft as breath, and a joy to knit and wear. The design features a rolled neckline, stranded stripes and a slipped stitch pattern in the two-color yoke, a split hem, and textured two-color cuffs. It is knit top-down and seamless in fingering weight yarn, and can be tried on as you go along.

The pattern is written for 9 sizes ranging from 28-62 inches (71-157 cm), with several inches of positive ease added so that the finished sweater measures 31.5-68.5 inches (80-174 cm).

Skills Needed: Working with two colors, stretchy/flexible cast on, backward loop cast on, working in the round, slipping stitches, m1 and kfb increases, ssk and k2tog decreases, knitting through the back loop.

Get the pattern here:

Ethereal Sweater PDF Pattern on Etsy

Ethereal Sweater PDF Pattern on Payhip

Yardage requirements, from the pattern:
Main Color (MC): 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7) skeins Yama Fibre Arts Merino Linen Singles (Fingering; 90% South African Merino, 10% Linen, Superwash; 394 yds/100 g) in Gray Sage. If substituting yarn, 920 (1105, 1300, 1500, 1705, 1995, 2205, 2360, 2595) yds [840 (1010, 1190, 1370, 1560, 1825, 2015, 2160, 2375) m] fingering weight yarn.

Contrasting Color (CC): 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) skeins Yama Fibre Arts Merino Linen Singles (Fingering; 90% South African Merino, 10% Linen, Superwash; 394 yds/100 g) in Nomad. If substituting yarn, 245 (280, 350, 390, 420, 495, 560, 595, 610) yds [225 (260, 320, 360, 385, 450, 515, 545, 560) m] fingering weight yarn.

Like all of my patterns, Ethereal has been test knit and tech edited.

My second Ethereal in progress, knit in Dragonfly Fibers Pixie in Captain Nemo and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

I love that this sweater lends itself to each knitter’s own creativity with yarn and color!  Some knitters have used stash yarn in more than one color for the contrasting color.  Some have modified the pattern by making short sleeves.  Each time I see a new Ethereal, I think:  “This is my favorite!”  (shh…just don’t tell the others.)

Here are some lovely sweaters by some lovely knitters.  At the bottom of the page are some swatches I’ve made of the pattern stitch so that you can see how it looks in different yarns.

by Annette
by Katrin
by Dee, photo by Lindsay Newton Photography
by Claudia

We are having a knit-a-long, but this post is getting pretty wordy, so more about that in a future post.  However, if you want to find out about it sooner, search for and follow #etherealkal on Instagram.  Pictures of the beautiful yarny prizes to come, as well.

Thank you…stay safe and well.

xoxo

Car