Hey y’all! I hope everyone is enjoying these great (almost) Fall days! I’m so happy that football is back, and tonight we had some amazing pumpkin pasta with Autumn alfredo sauce. It was fabulous, and it tasted like Fall.
I know you’ve been seeing Plaid Pumpkin pictures all over the place along with a ton of Pumpkin-A-Long posts over the last few days. My apologies for the inundation of information – I wanted to get all the info out there at the beginning and have it in an easily accessible place for any general questions about how the PAL works.
Main things to remember: make any Knit Equals Joy pumpkin, post finished picture on Instagram with correct tags or in the Knit Equals Joy Facebook group; finish everything by Halloween. Prizes, fun. That’s it! This post: The Second Annual Pumpkin-A-Long (PAL) has all the details in much more detail-y form. The prizes are there now, too.
So, speaking of pumpkins and patterns, I recently started adding my designs to a new pattern site, PatternVine. I was drawn to the look of the site – it’s very lovely. I’ve slowly been updating my patterns – adding the new logo and better photos – and then adding them to PatternVine. I wanted my customers to have several different options available for purchasing my patterns.
Ladianne is one of the owners of PatternVine as well as of a yarn shop called Cheers to Ewe, and she purchased and is making the Large Colorwork Pumpkins pattern, spider version. Cheers to Ewe has a weekly show, and last Saturday they chatted a bit about my pumpkin patterns. I am of course biased because of that, but I really enjoyed the show. The enthusiasm was contagious, and you can tell they were having a good time. But I loved how the show was built around variations on a theme – plaid, in this case. If you have time and are so inclined, you might enjoy the show.
As you know, we love Fall around here, and we love pumpkins!! And to celebrate, we are having the Second Annual Pumpkin-A-Long.
There are two ways to participate: on Instagram and/or on Facebook.
On Instagram, hashtags make our job easier. You can tagyour photos with our specific hashtags, and you can alsofollow our hashtags, so that you will see any posts that anyone makes with those specific tags. The tags we will be using are #knitequalsjoy2019PAL and #knitequalsjoy for any photos posted relating to the PAL. If you follow those tags, you will see any announcement-type posts I make about the PAL on Instagram, too. The tag for finished pumpkins is #knitequalsjoy2019PALFO (the FO is for finished object). That tag will be important, because those finished object posts are the ones that are eligible for the random prize drawings. I have some great prizes on deck and will be sharing about those in later posts. Please also tag me @knitequalsjoy so that I will see your post – just in case the hashtags don’t work correctly.
Of course, some folks may not use Instagram, so we also will be posting photos in the Knit Equals Joy Facebook group. You can find the group here: Knit Equals Joy Facebook Group. I have set up an album there for progress photos and one for finished objects.
If this works well, my hope is that we can use the same format for upcoming KALs and for knitting along with next year’s Olympics.
How to Pumpkin-A-Long
To play along, knit any Knit Equals Joy pumpkin pattern (see below).
To be eligible for prizes, complete 1 or more Knit Equals Joy pumpkin by October 31, 2019. Each completed and properly posted finished pumpkin counts as an entry for prizes. You may enter as many times as you like. No more than one prize per person.
Have fun! Share your beautiful pumpkin pictures on Instagram or in the Facebook group (see above)! We want to see what you are making and cheer you on. If you have any questions, ask in the PAL. We can share and learn new things from each other.
I think that’s it! See the eligible patterns below…
Plaid Pumpkin, with a plaid colorwork design, a great basketweave design, and a fun graphic design a bit reminiscent of a spider web. Also includes instructions for non-stranded stripes or plain knitting. Just published.
Autumn Spice Pumpkin is knit in super-bulky and is nearly 40″ in circumference! The jumbo cables are a joy to knit. This is a statement piece knit in the recommended yarn, but it looks great in any weight yarn. Published 2018.
Autumn Spice Pumpkin PDF Pattern $5.00 at PatternVine
Autumn Spice Pumpkin PDF Pattern $5.00 at LoveCrafts
Wee Pumpkin is knit flat, and it is reaaalllly tiny, about an inch tall and an inch-and-a-half in diameter. It would be fun to make a wee pumpkin garland! Published 2018.
Large Colorwork Pumpkin has four fun colorwork designs. Knit in worsted weight yarn and pretty much life-sized: about 12 inches in diameter and 12 inches tall. Published in 2017.
Large Colorwork Pumpkins PDF Pattern $5.00 at PatternVine
Large Colorwork Pumpkins PDF Pattern $5.00 at LoveCrafts.
Colorwork Pumpkins, with charts for Art Nouveau lilies and 2 versions of spiders. Published 2016.
Colorwork Pumpkins PDF Pattern $4.00 at LoveCrafts.
Coming soon to PatternVine.
Mini Colorwork Pumpkins, a tiny pumpkin pattern with 6 different colorwork charts. Published 2015.
Mini Colorwork Pumpkins PDF Pattern $4.00 at LoveCrafts.
Coming soon to PatternVine.
The four wonderful items in the corner frames of the photo below are PAL prizes.
Clockwise, starting from top left, the prizes are
1. Amanda Hope Yarn Yankee Doodle Sock (Fingering Weight; 80% Merino Wool, 20% Nylon; 410 yards/100g) in Burnt Orange.
2. Amanda Hope Yarn Aussie Extra Fine Single (Fingering Weight; 100% 19.5 Micron Extra Fine Merino Wool; 437 yards/100g) in Nocturne II.
3. Awesome Pumpkin Scissors donated by Carla (thank you Carla!).
4. Fabulous Cookie Stamps featuring a sheep design and two knit stitch designs. Set shown is mine; winner’s set is sealed.
Winners will be chosen randomly from all completed and properly posted finished projects. We reserve the right to replace these prizes with items of equal or greater value.
I hope you will join us for our joyful Pumpkin-A-Long! Questions? Send me a message or ask on IG or Facebook.
Hello, dear knitters! I hope that you are having a lovely holiday season. Christmas will be here before we know it, and I wish you a Christmas Day filled with love, warmth, joy…and maybe even a little knitting time.
I’m so thrilled to announce the publication of the latest Knit Equals Joy pattern, Whimsy Tree. All the details are further down the page.
But first, my friend Jen has created an adorable Far Northern Woods, populated by elves, snowmen, and a variety of knit trees. Here’s what happened when a new species of tree was discovered in the Northern Woods:
The Fable of the Whimsy Tree
Tooty elf (the one in yellow behind Joyful elf), fancies himself a dendrologist (when he is not making toys) and was therefore thrilled to discover a new tree species in the far Northern woods 😍. Being the first to see it, he named it after himself…Pinus tooty tooty😁. The other elves who are not serious biologists, found the name quite whimsical 🤣😂 and just refer to it as the Whimsy tree. (copyright Jennifer Wiatrowski)
Use self-striping or speckled yarn, or go with a single color and decorate with buttons, baubles, mini-ornaments and lights. This tree is posable so that you can express your whimsical style.
Diameter: 2.25 in. 5.7 cm at base. Height: 11 in. 27.9 cm before bending or curling.
Yarn: About 100 yds sock yarn.
Other Materials: 1 stitch marker for beginning of round, tapestry needle, ruler, 12-inch pipe cleaner in coordinating color, small amount of polyester fiberfill. Optional: wooden base, buttons, ornaments, battery-operated lights, and other decorations for your tree; as needed: glue gun or sewing needle and embroidery floss/scrap yarn to attach decorations to your tree.
25% off with the coupon code WHIMSY through 12/20/18, 11:59 pm PST.
About the Indie Design GAL
I’m still participating in the Indie Design GAL #giftalong2018. The pattern I’m working on is the Adult Modular Cardigan by Loraine Birchall (Woolly Madly Deeply Designs). I’m using my all-time favorite colorway EVER, Malabrigo’s Frank Ochre. It’s a fun knit and it’s working up into a beautifully squishy fabric.
Gaggle of Crochet Patterns:
One of the fun things we as designers got to do was to look through all of the patterns by the other craft. In my case, the other craft is crochet. I browsed through many crochet patterns by Participating Designers, and created a group of my favorites. If you crochet, here are some patterns you might enjoy: Carol’s Fave #giftalong2018 Crochet Patterns.
A huge thank you to Jen for allowing me to share her whimsical story here. It’s so perfect for her Northern Woods that she’s created, and perfect for the Whimsy Tree. I love it.
Here are a few more Whimsy Trees for you to enjoy. You can see all of the great Whimsy Trees if you click on “projects” while on the Whimsy Tree pattern page on Ravelry. Thanks for spending a few minutes of your day here with me.
Hi again, dear knitters. The sale portion of the Indie Design GAL on Ravelry ends Thursday night, November 29th, at 11:59 pm EST. I wanted to share one more set of patterns that I love, designed by other designers. These designs appeal to me because of their use of texture, color, and pattern, because of the techniques used, or because of an elegance of style. Remember to use the coupon code giftalong2018 to save 25% on these patterns. My sale patterns are also on sale with the giftalong2018 coupon code through Thursday night (11/29/18).
As promised, here are a few more not-by-me designs that caught my eye during the Indie Design Gift-a-Long on Ravelry. I’ve linked to each pattern, and each one is 25% off through 11/29/18, 11:59 pm EST with the coupon code giftalong2018.
Adult Modular Cardigan Jacket by Loraine Birchall (Woolly Madly Deeply). Besides the lovely fit, the construction looks really interesting. I can definitely see this as a workday staple:
Party Bones by Stephanie Lotven (TellybeanKnits). You probably already know that I love the Day of the Dead:
Bunty MItts by Ella Austin (BomBella Designs). Loving this 70’s vibe:
Of course, as a participating designer, I have patterns on sale as well. They can be found here. Edit: the sale is now over, but the GAL continues through the end of the year! My patterns can be found here: Knit Equals Joy Designs
Check back tomorrow for my next group of favorites! Happy knitting!!!
Hi everyone! I’ve been spending some time going through the sale bundles of all 349 participating designers in the Indie Design GAL. It took quite some time, as I looked at the sale bundle of each one. If you don’t know about the GAL, it’s a knit-a-long/crochet-a-long on Ravelry. It runs through the end of the year, with games, prizes, and a discount for the first week.
349 designers (including me) are offering from 10-20 of their designs at 25% off until Thursday, November 29 at 11:59 PM EST.
I am one of the participating designers, so you can knit any of my paid patterns (even if you already own said patterns) during the GAL to be eligible for prizes. I’d love to see your finished projects in the GAL, if you feel so led to make one.
But I digress. As I said in the first paragraph, I browsed through every single one of the designers’ sale bundles to find my favorites. To be chosen as a favorite, the pattern had to be one that I’d like to make. You’ll notice that there are very few socks or shawls included. While I enjoy making those, I don’t seem to enjoy wearing them so much. That’s also why there are none of those yet in my portfolio (although I do want to add some shawl patterns eventually). Click here for my Bundle of Favorite Sales Patterns – GAL 2018. You should be able to view it even if you are not a Ravelry member. To be clear, these are not my patterns but patterns of some of the other 348 designers. EDIT: The sale is now over, but the GAL continues through the end of the year.
The two patterns I purchased immediately are these two:
Petal Drift by Christelle Nihoul – I have admired this ever since it was published:
I’ll share more favorites throughout the GAL, and if I am able to actually work on something by not-me, I will definitely share here about it. I hope you will check out the GAL; it might be just the thing to encourage your gift-giving knitting (and crocheting, too)!
The Indie Design Gift-a-Long (GAL) starts at 8:00 pm Eastern Time tonight (11/23/18). The Indie GAL is a Ravelry-wide knit-a-long and crochet-a-long that starts this evening and runs through 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) New Year’s Eve. This year, nearly 350 designers are participating, which means that they contribute coupon codes for pattern prizes as well as offering 10-20 patterns each at 25% off for the first week of the GAL.
There are TONS of prizes (both electronic prizes and prizes like YARN), games, chat…it’s an all-around fun time and a great inspiration for starting (and maybe completing) holiday gifts (for others, or possibly for yourself).
Designer and podcaster Sarah Schira (AKA Imagined Landscapes, designer of the adorable gnomes that took over the GAL last year) has put together a great video describing the GAL and how it works. With permission given to all of us to share, I’m sharing it with you. It’s a very clear and engaging explanation of the GAL.
Sale Dates: Friday, November 23 at 8:00 pm Eastern Time to Thursday, November 29 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. The coupon code is giftalong2018. Look for the GAL sales bundle on each designer’s page or view and/or search the giant sale bundle in the GAL group.
Find my sale bundle on my designer page, here: Knit Equals Joy Designs. Bundles are found on the page above the single patterns.
GAL Dates: Friday, November 23 at 8:00 pm Eastern Time to Monday, December 31 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.
The GAL group is super-well organized, and has answers to any questions you might have. I hope you will come check it out!
The Fall colors have been great, the pumpkin spice lattes have been tasty, and the knit pumpkins have been a blast! I couldn’t wait any longer to share these beautiful pictures with you.
The Knit Equals Joy Pumpkin-a-Long goes through Halloween – which means it’s still possible to knit a Wee Pumpkin before the end of the PAL – you can make one while handing out treats Halloween night! The Wee Pumpkin pattern is just $1.25 or is free through November 10th if you have purchased any of my other pumpkin patterns. Look for the “free” promotion to return again in early 2019.
Autumn Spice Pumpkin by Elaine:
I hope you enjoyed the Pumpkin Party!
Many thanks to these knitters for letting me share their photos with you.
Hello, dear knitters! I am so thrilled to announce our first annual Pumpkin-a-Long ! Fall is my favorite time of the year, and apparently I am also pumpkin-obsessed, so the idea of the PAL was hatched.
The PAL runs through October 31, 2018, so there is plenty of time to knit a pumpkin (or three). There are two ways to win prizes:
1. Winners of a coupon code good for one of my Knit Equals Joy patterns will be chosen randomly and at random times from among comments in the PAL thread.
2. Winners of yarn and other prizes will be chosen after the PAL ends from among posts in the Finished Objects thread.
Questions? Just come on over to the PAL thread and we will be happy to explain how it all works.
Autumn Spice Pumpkin. This jumbo pumpkin is a joy to knit. Cables that twine over the surface are reminiscent of garden vines. Knit in the super-bulky yarn called for, your pumpkin will be a statement piece (39 inches around!), but it will be amazing knit in any weight yarn. Use the coupon code pumpkins for 25% off through September 22.
Check out these beautiful Autumn Spice Pumpkins (photos used by permission). Each one is uniquely beautiful and I love them all:
We would love it if you joined us in our pumpkin madness in the Knit Equals Joy group on Ravelry. Questions? Send me a message here or on Ravelry. Follow the links in the sidebar or find me there as CarolEHerman.
Hello, dear knitters. The Bridgetown Cowl pattern has been published and is now available on Ravelry! This link gives you 25% off the regular price of $5.00 through Friday, June 8th (11:59 pm Pacific Time): Bridgetown Cowl.
The show-stopping Bridgetown Cowl is characterized by movement, color, and grace. This is the perfect pattern for that special skein of speckled or variegated yarn.
Make the two-color cowl for a color block effect or the four-color cowl for a stacked effect. The cowl is knit in the round from the bottom up, and the colors are worked by slipping stitches, so you only work one color at a time. This is one of those “bang for your buck” patterns!
• Use yarn with low to moderate twist, such as a single-ply yarn. The slipped stitch pattern works best with yarn that has some give and will relax in blocking.
• Use variegated or speckled yarn as the Background Color (BC).
• Use solid or tonal yarn for the Contrasting Color (CC) or Colors A, B, and C.
For Two-Color Cowl:
Background Color (BC): 1 skein Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (Fingering, 100% Merino, 420 yds/100 g) in Beautiful Liar. If substituting yarn, 190 yds (174 m)fingering weight yarn.
Contrasting Color (CC): 1 skein Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (Fingering, 100% Merino, 420 yds/100 g) in Coquette Deux. If substituting yarn, 145 yds (133 m) fingering weight yarn.
For Four Color Cowl:
Background Color (BC): 190 yards (174 m) fingering weight yarn.
Color A: 65 yards (60 m) fingering weight yarn.
Color B: 20 yards (18.3 m) fingering weight yarn.
Color C: 60 yards (55 m) fingering weight yarn.
I hope you will come check out this fun knit. This makes a great gift – but you should make one for yourself, too! Don’t forget to check out the knit-a-long while you’re at it.