I wanted to write a pattern that would not only be cute, but would also be easy and quick to make. This pattern is all three. This diminutive pumpkin measures about 1 inch tall and about 1.5 inches in diameter.
It is knit flat, seamed using mattress stitch, then shaped, basically by cinching up the top and bottom. Add a little fiberfill (I used cotton balls for the prototype, since I was on vacation when the inspiration hit), add a little stem, and you have a wee pumpkin.
They’re just the right size to make an adorable little gift. Very quick to knit, too. Mine was done, beginning to end, in under an hour. My friend Missy knit two in about 40 minutes.
The pattern for this little cutie is for sale in my Ravelry store for $1.25. It is available for free with the purchase of any of my other pumpkin patterns (past purchases also count). No coupon code is necessary. This promotion will run through November 10th, then look for it to return again early next year.
This wee little pumpkin also qualifies as an eligible pattern in the Knit Equals Joy Pumpkin-a-Long (PAL), which continues through October 31.
Get your Wee Pumpkin pattern today!
Wee Pumpkin photo at top of page, knit by and photo credit Carla Scott, used by permission.
It’s quite interesting to me, designing knitting patterns. Not only in the ways you might expect: the conception of an idea, the swatching and trying out the different possibilities, even working out the most logical way to lay out the instructions. But also in this unexpected way: my sense of responsibility to my audience – the knitters who will be following my instructions and expecting beautiful results.
This sense of responsibility can and does cause anxiety. It is the reason that it’s taken more than 3 years to go from conception to publication for the Willamette Valley Tee.
Finally, I threw in the towel with The Creative Project from H-E-Double Toothpicks (Sept 26, 2016). Well, maybe I didn’t throw in the towel, but I put the sweater away for a bit (a year plus!), hoping that the ideas might ruminate for a while and finally coalesce into a pleasing organic whole.
You just don’t know which events will give you the confidence to give something a try. Last year, our local yarn shop, Tangled Purls, hosted a series of customer trunk shows. It was a lovely way to create community and to allow us to appreciate the talent of our fellow local knitters. Toward the end of the series, they graciously invited me to participate. I included the old version of the Colorwork Tee in the tubs with my other knits, not really thinking it would be displayed since I didn’t use a yarn that the shop carries. However, they did display it, and people responded very positively (thanks, guys!), causing me to reconsider and to think that it might be time to give it the old college try once again.
During this year’s February week of vacation, I reconstructed the neck, shoulders, and sleeves, changed the palette slightly, and loved the result. Finally, I had the sweater I had dreamed of. In the writing of it, though, I was not able to make it work in many sizes, as I had the Color Bliss Sweater. So, this pattern is currently available for Ladies Small (32-34 in.) and Medium (36-38 in.) at bust. If there is interest, I will continue to work to come up with a different construction that will work for more sizes.
Here are the pattern deets:
This wearable piece of art is a delight to make and wear. Using ten colors to create a beautiful interplay of pattern and light, this sweater would also look lovely in just two or three colors. Or experiment with stashbusting to create your own unique work of art.
This sweater is designed to be worn with 1 1/2 to 5 3/4 inches positive ease at the bust. It is knit top-down, with no seaming necessary.
The sweater shown was knit using Sunday Knits Yarn in 3-ply (light sport weight) (50 grams/approx. 246 yards), (20 grams/approx. 98 yards), in three interchangeable bases, Angelic, Eden, and Nirvana in the following colorways:
A. Bronze (Eden) 2 50g skeins.
B. Teal (Angelic) 2 50g skeins.
C. Lagoon (Eden) 1 50g skein.
D. Aqua (Angelic) 2 50g skeins.
E. Rain (Nirvana) 1 20g skein.
F. Ocean (Nirvana) 2 50g skeins.
G. Espresso (Nirvana) 1 20g skein.
H. Pickle (Nirvana) 1 50g skein.
I. Celery (Eden) 1 50 g skein.
J. Khaki (Angelic) 1 20g skein.
Body: US size 4 (3.5 mm) 24 in. (60 cm) and 36 in. (90 cm) circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Sleeve: US size 4 (3.5 mm) DPNs (set of 5) or appropriate needles for small-circumference knitting.
Neckband: US size 3 (3.25 mm) 24 in. (60 cm) circular needles.
Optional, for single-color sections: US size 3 (3.25 mm) 36 in. (90 cm) circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Introductory Special: Use the coupon code WVT25 for 25% off through September 30, 2018 (Pacific Time).
NOW, finally, I am so thrilled to be able to offer this pattern to you. It truly was a labor of love, and I am grateful and pleased that it has, at last, become the design it was meant to be.
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.
I am so excited to introduce this upcoming design to you. This cowl pattern was so much fun to design, and it’s very fun to knit. I just want to share pictures with you right now. The pattern is to be released next Monday, June 4. Then I think I’ll tell you the story of its genesis and the inspirations for the design. For now, pictures. And an invitation to come join the KAL also starting June 4. We’ve started a thread in the Ravelry group, here: Bridgetown Cowl KAL. As always, there will be prizes and encouragement.
And now, pictures!
Katherine’s beautiful cowl:
Paula’s beautiful cowl:
This is my two-color cowl:
And the four-color cowl:
Tempted yet?? Look for the pattern release on June 4th. And come knit-a-long with us. You’ll be glad you did!
I hope this finds you well and enjoying the time of year when school is over or nearing its end, the flowers are blooming, and the temperatures are warming!
The Willamette Valley Tee is finally completed and photographed. I love how it looks on my friend Hydie. She’s so adorable and she’s an artistic soul herself. I think that shows in these pictures.
It has also gone through its first set of tech edits and is currently awaiting the final okay. Before the pattern can be published, however, it also needs to be test-knitted. A few lovely friends are testing it for me. These friends are wonderful test knitters, and their sweaters will be knit lovingly and well. However, I am looking for 2 more colorwork knitters to knit the size small (32-34 inch bust measurement).
The size small has about 3 1/2 to 5 1/2 inches positive ease built into the pattern.
The sweater is knit in the round, top-down, on size 4 circular needles using fingering weight yarn. The pattern calls for 10 colors, but fewer colors may be used. It also would be great for stash-busting.
If you are interested in testing the pattern or would like further information about test knitting, please contact me. You can leave me a message here on the blog or I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a fun cable-and-lace spa cloth. It knits up quickly and the stitch pattern is engaging. The vintage stitch pattern, Tilting Ladders, looks somewhat like the TARDIS, hence this pattern’s name: Wibbly Wobbly. If you’re not familiar with these allusions, I refer you to Doctor Who. Start with the Ninth Doctor (2005) and work your way through the seasons. Some of you probably grew up on Classic Who; the series has been around for over 50 years.
You can purchase this pattern for $1.50 on Ravelry. It will be free through 4/19/18; use the coupon code TimeyWimey at checkout.
I hope you have as much fun knitting this spa cloth pattern as I did. As always, it was test knitted and tech edited.
I’ll also be hosting a knit-a-long of the Wibbly Wobbly Spa Cloth in my Ravelry Group through May 15th. I’ll be offering some fun yarny prizes and some coupon codes. Come check out the group here for more details.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by, and I hope to see you at the KAL!
This week’s challenge is silence, and this afternoon I was able to find a small window of silence. I was the only one at home, and I was able to savor a few minutes of quiet time with coffee and knitting.
Team Knit Equals Joy is joining the Ravellenic Games! The Ravellenic Games – a fun way to connect with other knitters and to challenge your own skills. They take place during the Olympic Games but, of course, are not affiliated with those games. The goal is to challenge yourself to begin and complete at least one project between Friday, February 9 and Sunday, February 25 – and to have fun doing it.
15 events cover just about any type of project you want to make: Alpine Afghan Combined, Bag Biathlon, Cowl Curling, Aerial Unwind, Super G(arment), Hat Halfpipe, Cross Country Living, Mitten Moguls, Short Track Scarf, Shawl Skating, Sock Hockey, Sweater Skeleton, Freestyle Spinning, Toy Bobsleigh, and WIPs Dancing. Curious? More info about the events here: 2018 Medal Categories.
The Ravelry-wide event awards virtual prizes. Generally these are a graphic you can post on your Ravelry profile page and on your project page. Pretty fun to post those prizes proudly!
We will have prizes in our Knit Equals Joy team, too…real prizes like yarn, bags, patterns… Prizewinners will be chosen randomly from those posting pictures in our finished objects thread. Projects may be made from any patterns, not just mine. However, we will again have a special event (outside of the official events) called Event Knit Equals Joy (tag = eventkej). Anyone completing any of my patterns will be entered for a prize package, drawn by random number generator from all the completed (and tagged) eventkej projects.
As it gets closer to the actual event, I will be posting more information , both here and in our Team Knit Equals Joy thread.
We would love to have you join our team! It’s like a giant KAL, and so much fun. Come join Team Knit Equals Joy here!
Don’t miss out on the Indie Design Gift-A-Long sale on Ravelry!! The SALE ends tomorrow (Tuesday), November 28, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time! Grab those patterns now at 25% off!!! Use coupon code giftalong2017.
While the sale ends tomorrow, the Gift-A-Long is just getting started and goes through the end of the year.
Click GAL Sale Bundle to check out ALL the sale patterns – over 5,400 of them!
Find my 20 sale patterns here (click on the picture):
(My sale bundle and the jumbo GAL sale bundle will disappear shortly after the sale ends.)
One other item of note, you can knit (or crochet) any paid pattern by any of the participating designers during the GAL. This means that all of my paid patterns are eligible. You can use patterns already in your Ravelry library for the GAL – new purchases are not required! Check out the gift-a-long here: Indie Design Gift-A-Long.
Soon I’ll share about the patterns that have caught my eye and new designers I’ve discovered. Stay tuned!