This year’s Pumpkin-A-Long has begun! It’s easy to play along, and I hope you will.
There are six eligible patterns (see below), and this year’s pattern is currently being tech edited and tested. I hope to have it published very shortly.
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!!!)
At the conclusion of the PAL (Halloween), I’ll randomly choose from tagged 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 September 30, 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.
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.
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.
Like all of my patterns, Ethereal has been test knit and tech edited.
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.
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.
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.
If you know me, you probably know that I am moderate in all things. Drama does not become me. In my politics as well, I am moderate. I prefer to keep my political opinions to myself.
I believe in treating everyone with respect. This does not depend upon anything they do, say, believe, or are. Human beings deserve to be treated with respect because they are human beings. People deserve to be treated with kindness – because we are all in this together.
I believe we can discuss even difficult things if we are kind, if we are open to the other’s point of view, and if we allow for the foibles in us all.
The things that make me shine are those things that are beautiful, pure, kind.
So my heart sank when Ravelry made their anti-Trump proclamation. Not because of what I think or don’t think about Trump, but because of the blanket statement that anyone who supports the Trump administration “undeniably supports white supremacy.”
Racism is wrong, and there is no place for it. Prejudice (“pre judging”) is wrong, and there is no place for it. But the Ravelry statement is guilty of that which they are purporting to fight. My dismay was with the prejudicial nature of their statement, prejudice being “…feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding an ethnic, racial, social, or religious group” (Dictionary.com) [emphasis mine]. My disquietude was at their stating that everyone in a certain group (supporters of the Trump administration) is a certain way (undeniably supports white supremacy).
This makes me so very sad, because I have loved Ravelry over the years. Casey is a coding genius. There’s nothing like Ravelry in ease of use. The many, many functionalities are amazing. The site has made it possible for me to meet knitters from around the world. It’s where I got my start in pattern publishing.
Anyway, all of this to let you know that I am in the process of closing my Ravelry storefront. You will still be able to find my patterns here on knitequalsjoy.com. They are also available on the LoveCrafts website. I’m not sure what the Ravelry Knit Equals Joy group will look like or even if it will continue to exist.
This post was not intended to change anyone’s mind, but to give everyone a heads up. If you must leave, please accept my heartfelt thanks for the years that you have supported my design work and my blog. If you are staying, thank you so much – you will never know how much your support and friendship mean to me.
All my best, and hoping that knitting continues to bring you joy,
Can you believe it is July already? I guess we never cease to be amazed at how quickly time seems to pass. I’m listening to a great novel on Audible, A Town Like Alice, by Nevil Shute. My hubby and I first saw it many years ago on PBS. The show was terrific; the book is even better. What an amazing story!
If you have seen my Instagram feed, you’ll know that I battled migraines in June. I’m hopeful that they’ve run their course for the time being and that it will be some time before they come back.
About a month and a half ago, I thought that it would be a good idea for me to extend the outlets at which my patterns may be purchased. As a first step, I added my patterns to the existing two or three I had available on the Lovecrafts site. This is a different market for me, and folks who shop there don’t really know me yet. The more favorites that my patterns receive, the more likely they will come to the attention of knitters who visit Lovecrafts. If any of you feel so inclined to “follow” me there and/or to like any of my patterns, I would be ever so grateful. Projects can also be linked to the patterns. My Lovecrafts designer link is here: Knit Equals Joy on Lovecrafts. Thank you, if this is something you’d like to do.
We are wrapping up the test knit of Bold. It will be released by mid-August – possibly sooner!
I’m working on some more goodies for you! Be on the lookout for a Bold KAL and the Second Annual Pumpkin-A-Long within the next few months. I hope you all have a fabulous July and I can’t wait until I can share some of these fun things with you!
I am so pleased to introduce my newest design, Willow. I designed this poncho as a sort of “shoulder hug” to keep my shoulders and upper arms warm but leave my hands and arms free. I also wanted dramatic cables and a pretty edging.
This poncho is pretty easy to knit if you have done cabling before. If you haven’t done cables, this is a good one to learn them on.
Probably the most daunting part is constructing the poncho, but I made a little conceptual model that you can actually cut out and tape together to see where to make the two short seams. It’s sort of like paper dolls! I don’t know whether anyone will want to use the model, but I found myself referring to it when seaming my own poncho.
Sometimes seams can be scary, so I put together a tutorial (some written instructions and a 3-minute video just with music, no speaking) here: Cabled Poncho Seam. There’s also a link to the tutorial in the pattern.
Finally, the pattern is 20% off through this Friday, March 22, 11:59 pm (PST), no coupon code needed.
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.
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!