Posted in designer collaboration, knitting patterns, Rise Up 2021 Collection

The Rise Up Collection, Fourth Release: Shooting Star

The fourth pattern in the Rise Up Collection, Shooting Star, is now available.  Shooting Star is a top-down seamless steeked colorwork sweater designed by Marcela Chang.  This is a great stash-buster and a great opportunity to learn steeking or to exercise your steeking skills.

Rise Up is sold as an e-book on Ravelry and as an all-in-one collection on Payhip.  The whole collection is published in both English and Spanish.

From January 19 through the 25th, the entire collection is $21.  The price increases as patterns are added, ending with a selling price of $28.  No matter when you purchase the collection, you will own the whole thing as each new pattern is added.  Release dates (and price increase dates) are listed below.  The collection will be a great deal all the way through (even at the final price of $28, it’s just $4 per pattern) – but it’s a super deal right now!

January 5
Mountain View from Knit Eco Chic
Alcyone from Christine Guest Designs

January 12
Emergence from Fiber Dreams

January 19
Shooting Star from Marcela Chang Knits (these links lead to Ravelry)

January 26
Garden Cowl from Knit Equals Joy (Sneak Peek)

February 2
Ruth Brasch Design
Jill Wolcott Knits

Individual patterns may be purchased from the independent designers on February 9, 2021.


Jill Wolcott (Jill Wolcott Knits) has interviewed each designer, and the interviews go up on her website the same week as each designer’s pattern is added to the collection.  I’ve really loved learning about these designers and what drives their inspiration.

Marcela hails from Chile.  She is a trained fashion designer, and she is not afraid to use color!  Here, Jill interviews Marcela.  I like that Marcela’s designs are fun, just like she is!


My Rise Up pattern, the Garden Cowl, will be released next Tuesday the 26th.  I can’t wait to share it with you!

Have a great weekend!!

xoxo

Carol

Posted in designer collaboration, knitting patterns, Rise Up 2021 Collection

Rise Up Collection, Third Release: Emergence

And now for the third pattern release of the Rise Up Collection, Emergence!  Emergence is designed by Laura Patterson of Fiber Dreams.  I love that she started with the same colorwork stitch pattern (called Abstract Diamonds) I used in my design, but she morphed it into a lace stitch.  How creative is that?  Here it is knit in a lovely gradient.

Rise Up is sold as an e-book on Ravelry and as an all-in-one collection on Payhip.  The whole collection is published in both English and Spanish.

From January 12 through the 18th, the entire collection is $18. The price increases as patterns are added, ending with a selling price of $28.  No matter when you purchase the collection, you will own the whole thing as each new pattern is added.  Release dates (and price increase dates) are listed below.  The collection will be a great deal all the way through (even at the final price of $28, it’s just $4 per pattern) – but it’s a super deal right now!

January 5
Mountain View from Knit Eco Chic
Alcyone from Christine Guest Designs

January 12
Emergence from Fiber Dreams

January 19
Marcela Chang Knits

January 26
Garden Cowl from Knit Equals Joy (Sneak Peek)

February 2
Ruth Brasch Design
Jill Wolcott Knits

Individual patterns may be purchased from the independent designers on February 9, 2021.


Jill Wolcott (Jill Wolcott Knits) has interviewed each designer, and the interviews go up on her website the same week as each designer’s pattern is added to the collection.  I’ve really loved learning about these designers and what drives their inspiration.  Here: Jill interviews Laura.

I love that yarn talks to Laura, just as it does to me.  It absolutely lets us know what it wants to be – or when it doesn’t comply, what it doesn’t want to be.  And like me, she loves color.  I think her lace designs are just lovely!  You can find her website here: Fiber Dreams and here, Laura writes about Emergence.

I hope you are enjoying this collection as much as I am.  This staggered release is a boon, allowing me to have time each week to really savor each pattern and to learn more about each designer.

Have a great rest of the week!

xoxo

Carol

Posted in cowl pattern, designer collaboration, inspiration, knitting, knitting patterns, Rise Up 2021 Collection, sweater pattern

Rise Up Collection, First Two Patterns: Alcyone, Mountain View

Greetings from Oregon on a foggy Sunday afternoon!  The beautiful, saturated color of the Alcyone Sweater cheers me every time I see it, and Knit Eco Chic’s love for the North Carolina mountains surrounding her brings a smile to my lips in recognition of my own similar love for the beauty of nature here in Oregon.

These two are the first two patterns released in the Rise Up Collection, sold as an e-book on Ravelry and as a collection on Payhip.  On January 5 (through January 11) the entire collection is $15. The price increases as patterns are added, ending with a selling price of $28.  No matter when you purchase the collection, you will own the whole thing as each new pattern is added.  Release dates (and price increase dates) are listed below.

January 5
Mountain View from Knit Eco Chic
Alcyone from Christine Guest Designs

January 12
Fiber Dreams

January 19
Marcela Chang Knits

January 26
Garden Cowl from Knit Equals Joy (Sneak Peek)

February 2
Ruth Brasch Design
Jill Wolcott Knits

Individual patterns may be purchased from the independent designers on February 15, 2021.


Jill Wolcott (Jill Wolcott Knits) has interviewed each designer, and the interviews will go up on her website the same week as each designer’s pattern is added to the collection.  I’ve really loved learning about these designers and what drives their inspiration.

Lindsay (Knit Eco Chic) 

Lindsay and her Great Dane Puddles are inseparable.  Here he is assisting her in choosing which one to use in a photo shoot!

Lindsay’s Rise Up pattern is Mountain View.  Lindsay uses ecologically-friendly yarns in her designs; this yarn is AppleOak FibreWorks LinCot, shown in the color Mayfly.  I love the rustic look created by the blend of linen and cotton!  It would also be really lovely in a smooth yarn, like this Amanda Hope Yarn Luxe DK in Chartreuse (80% Superwash Extra Fine Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon, approximately 100 grams/246 yards).  All of her colors are fab but I’m also really drawn to this Oil Rubbed Bronze.  No matter what yarn you choose, you’ll have a winner in the Mountain View Cowl.

Here Jill Interviews Lindsay  🙂


Christine Guest’s Alcyone Sweater is the second pattern in Rise Up.  Christine’s background is chemistry with a minor in math.  The structural influence of elemental building blocks really comes through in her designs.  Here’s another photo of Alcyone, where you can see that the lovely stitch motif is carried on at the base of the sweater.

I think this sweater design is just gorgeous!  You can read more about the pattern here: Alcyone.

And here, Jill Interviews Christine. 🙂

Alcyone photos by Avi Dascaloff.


Purchase the entire collection today or tomorrow, 1/11/2021, for $15 at Payhip or Ravelry.  The collection will be a great deal all the way through (even at the final price of $28, it’s just $4 per pattern) – but it’s a super deal right now!

My pattern will be available separately on February 15, at $7.  So grabbing the entire collection is still the best way to go.

Tuesday (1/12), Laura of Fiber Dreams will be adding her pattern to the collection.  I believe she and I used the same stitch pattern, but while I used the original colorwork pattern, she morphed it into a lovely lace stitch pattern.  It’s another winner!


Hoping that you will enjoy this collection and the fun insight into the creative process in each of the interviews.

All the best,

xoxo

Carol

Posted in designer collaboration, knitting patterns, Rise Up 2021 Collection

The Rise Up 2021 Collection

Happy New Year!!

I’m super-excited to be part of a wonderful collaboration of seven designers.  The Rise Up 2021 Collection is a collection of seven patterns, with release dates of January 5, 12, 19, 26, and February 2, 2021.  We started with a concept, a set of colors, and a group of stitch patterns.  It was great fun to see how we each interpreted the same inspiration.  The photo above is Alcyone by Christine Guest Designs.

January 5
Mountain View from Knit Eco Chic
Alcyone from Christine Guest Designs

January 12
Fiber Dreams

January 19
Marcela Chang Knits

January 26
Garden Cowl from Knit Equals Joy (Sneak Peek)

February 2
Ruth Brasch Design
Jill Wolcott Knits

Individual patterns may be purchased from the independent designers on February 15, 2021.

On January 5 the entire collection is $15. The price increases as patterns are added, ending with a selling price of $28.  No matter when you purchase the collection, you will own the whole thing as each new pattern is added.  The Rise Up 2021 Collection is available on Ravelry and Payhip.

For more information, see: Knitwear by the Book

My pattern, Garden Cowl, is a big, bold, bright and colorful colorwork cowl, worked in the round in worsted weight yarn.  It very easily can be a stash buster, or mostly a stash buster, as 4 of the 6 colors require only about 75 yards of yarn.  The picture below is a sneak peek of the cowl worn doubled.  I’m so very happy with this design.  It’s fun to make and fun to wear.  I will be able to show you the whole design in a few weeks…

 

Enjoy this great collection of patterns!  What a fun way to usher in 2021!

xoxo

Carol

Posted in knitting, Pumpkin-a-Long

The Great Pumpkin-a-Long!

Hi everyone!!  I hope everyone is staying safe and well.  It’s getting dark quite early here now, and I’m very grateful that DH put up some lights outside and our lighted Christmas tree inside.  That will help me get through the first three weeks of December, when it’s dark when I leave for work, and dark when I get home.  Once we get past the Winter Solstice, I will take hope from the fact that the days are getting longer again.

The Third Annual Pumpkin-a-Long is now complete.  It was so wonderful to see the 21 pumpkins that folks knitted and sent photos to me via email or messenger or posted on Facebook or Instagram.  There were 3 Because…Pumpkins, 4 Plaid Pumpkins, 1 Large Colorwork Pumpkin, 1 Colorwork Pumpkin, 2 Mini Colorwork Pumpkins, 2 Autumn Spice Pumpkins, and 8 Wee Pumpkins in our community pumpkin patch this year!  From all of the entries, Hubby and I randomly drew winners for these two prizes:

@ogrebite on Instagram won this sweet little hand-needle-felted pumpkin, made by local crafter Wee Woollies.

And Sarah from Instagram won the fabulous yarn prize:

I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who participated, whether you made a pumpkin (or several), purchased a pattern, shared posts, made encouraging comments, or shared in the general atmosphere of Fall joy.  I also want to thank Wild Knits Salem for wholeheartedly jumping into the Pumpkin-a-Long spirit.  I think we might still have a wrap-up to do for any Wild Knits participants!

I hope the next few weeks into the Advent season are good ones for you.  Please stay safe and well.

xoxo

Carol

 

Posted in Fasten Off Yarn-a-Long, Knit-a-Long, knitting event

Fasten Off Yarn Along!!!

Hey everyone!!  There’s something new and exciting, and YOU are invited: The Fasten Off Yarn Along (also known as the FO2020 or the YAL)!!!  It’s a big online event featuring the work of over 90 independent knitting and crochet designers – with discounts, a make-a-long, games, prizes, and lots of cheerleading.  It starts tomorrow (Wednesday, 11/25/2020) and ends at the end of the year.

Here’s what’s what [and official information can be found here (website) and here (the Discord server – it’s where all the chat, games and fun will happen)]:

A discount!!!  All of the designers will be offering a 25% discount on at least some of their designs starting tomorrow and going through December 5th using the coupon code FO2020 on their own websites or platforms like Payhip or Etsy.  All Knit Equals Joy patterns will be on sale with that code here on knitequalsjoy.com and on my Payhip store and my Etsy shop.  There will be searchable lists of designers and patterns once the discount period begins (Wednesday 11/25/20 at 9 pm ET) on the Fasten Off Yarn-a-Long 2020 website – but those lists will be hidden until the magic hour tomorrow evening!!!

Do you have to purchase a pattern to participate?  No!  In order to participate, all you need to do is make a design by one of the participating designers (me, hint, hint!).  Seriously, if you have already purchased, won, or received one of my patterns as a gift, I would love it if you made that during the YAL.  This would be a great time to make a Gnome Spa Cloth as a gift or another Wee Pumpkin for your pumpkin patch, or even to start an Ethereal Sweater.  It’s also a GREAT opportunity to discover some other wonderful designers.  I will be talking up some of my favorite designers, and I’m sure I’ll be picking up some new patterns with that discount!

Prizes!!  There will be pattern prizes from all of the designers; there will be yarny prizes as well.  To be eligible for the yarny prizes, you need to wait to cast on until 9 pm ET tomorrow night and you’ll need to finish by the end of the year.  I think the pattern prizes will be given for games, etc.

There’s even an available playlist!

You can copy and use this nifty graphic if you’d like:

More information can be found here: @FastenOffYAL | Linktree

Feel free to email me at knitequalsjoy@gmail with questions, too.

I hope to see you there!!

xoxo

Carol

P.S. The cover picture is 100 colors of Palette yarn I mentioned in the last blog post.  It’s already being very helpful for design purposes!

 

Posted in design, Knit-a-Long, Pumpkin-a-Long

Design Plans, Pumpkins, etc.

Good Saturday morning to you.  Again it’s a gray Oregon morning – not at all surprising for this time of year.  Hubby is watching an episode of The Great Courses on Shakespeare.  He loves his subscription to The Great Courses Plus so he can learn about anything that catches his imagination, whenever he wants!

We’ve finished our coffee…and I don’t have a design on the needles right now, but I do have ideas flitting around my brain.

I’ve ordered the sampler set of all 150 colors of Knit Picks fingering weight yarn, Palette.   One Hundred and Fifty colors of fingering weight yarn!  Squee!!!  Quite truthfully, I’ve always had it in mind to redesign the Willamette Valley Tee (which is now out of print) as a round yoked sweater in multiple sizes.  It takes lots of colors, and I spent a lot of time and money trying to determine the right colors for the first pattern, so having these 150 colors to choose from should make that aspect of designing go more smoothly.

Willamette Valley Tee (out of print)

The one aspect of the design that I anticipate will be a challenge is how to make the single flower motif fit into a round yoke correctly, taking into account its size and the increases needed for the yoke to fit well.  I’m looking forward to having the time during my upcoming vacation to really sit down to crunch the numbers, make some drawings, and work on the charting.  Yay for vacation!!

Other good news is that I have used that single flower motif in an upcoming cowl pattern!  I’m very happy with the cowl – it’s a bright and colorful graphic design.  It’s planned to be released in Jan/Feb as part of a collection with several other designers.  We all had the same 6 stitch patterns from which to choose and then expand upon, so it will be fun to see how each person was inspired by something different and how our imaginations ran in different directions.  For now, I have to keep that design under wraps…


Thank you to everyone who has joined the pumpkin fun in our third annual Pumpkin-a-Long!  The PAL continues through Thanksgiving (November 25).  I know many of you are now thinking of Christmas gift knitting, but if you are wanting to add to your Thanksgiving/Fall décor before then, our pumpkin designs knit up pretty quickly.  To enter the PAL and be eligible for prizes, please email a picture of your finished pumpkin to knitequalsjoy@gmail.com or post it on Instagram with #pumpkinalong2020 and @knitequalsjoy.

Here are the PAL patterns:

And just for fun, Green Pumpkins…a montage.  Two minutes of green pumpkin zen:


I’ve had two of my patterns, Ethereal Sweater and Little Ethereal Sweater translated into Spanish.  The new upcoming cowl pattern will also be translated into Spanish.  I’m looking into having Willow Poncho translated into French.  If having any of my patterns translated would make a difference for you, please let me know.  Thank you!


I’ll leave you with a picture of the new sample of the Colorwork Pumpkin I finished right before Halloween.  It’s modified from the pattern in two ways:  I made the base of this one striped, by making alternating 2-row stripes, and I used duplicate stitching on the hourglass shape on the spiders.  These modifications were a big hit.

Thank you, everyone.  Until next time…

xoxo

Carol

Posted in Christmas, colorwork knitting, Knit-a-Long, knitting, Pumpkin-a-Long

Newsy News Post (as opposed to a newsy newsletter)

It’s not a newsletter, exactly…I tried that earlier this year, and it just wasn’t a fit.  I really didn’t enjoy the newsletter format.  For me, it felt like putting together an advertisement. Well, yes, I want people to buy my patterns…but the blog’s purpose is broader than that.  The blog is a place where I can write about stuff that, hopefully, brings a little beauty, whimsy, and maybe useful information from my world to yours.  It’s where I can write about things that caught my eye, that bring me joy, or that I thought were interesting.


I’m a nerd (or is it geek?).  I posted a picture on my personal Facebook page about one of my patterns, and one of my high school friends commented with something to the effect of “you’re so talented.”  My response was that I have always loved beautiful things, crafting, writing, and math…and in my older years I’ve discovered that I like problem-solving, so it all came together in this fun pastime.  So, yeah, basically I’m a nerd.  🙂


Independent Knitting and Crochet Designers.

If you like supporting independent designers, Barbara Benson has created the Indie Pattern Portal.  The purpose of the portal is “…to help you find stores where you purchase patterns directly from the designer, no middle-man. Each designer may use a different service (Payhip, Shopify, etc …) but the stores are entirely under their control.”  It’s a great place to find professional designers.


It’s two months till Christmas today!  I get pretend-annoyed by folks who announce how many days remain until Christmas, but I don’t really mind.  I promise not to be one of them after today, however.

There are two Knit Equals Joy Christmas patterns, Whimsy Tree and Gnome Spa Cloth.  When you start thinking about Christmas, you might enjoy making them.

Whimsy Tree
Gnome Spa Cloth

Finally, pumpkins!  This year I added shaping to 2016’s Colorwork Pumpkin pattern, so I’ve been reknitting samples of that pattern.  It’s been really fun!

We have this volunteer pumpkin plant in our back yard, and it makes the perfect foil for knit pumpkins.

Colorwork Pumpkin

I made the pumpkin using Alexandra’s Crafts Dark Side of the Moon in Saffron Spice and Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Saffron.  They were lovely yarns to work with!

I made a short (30 second) video showing how I hold the yarn in two hands for colorwork.

Here’s another lovely pumpkin made this week by Ginny.  It’s the Wee Pumpkin.

Wee Pumpkin by Ginny

I’ll leave you with that lovely picture by Ginny.  It captures the warmth and beauty of Fall for me, and it makes my heart smile.

May the rest of your Fall days be warm with a touch of chill in the air.  May you enjoy the rich Fall colors and the taste of apple cider.  May you enjoy the warmth of friendship and family (even if virtually).  Catch you next time!

xoxo

Carol