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 email@example.com.
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!
Hello, dear friends! Easter is nearly upon us, and Holy Week is here. This means choir rehearsals and much singing for me over the next six days. It also means many happy memories of coloring Easter eggs, egg hunts, dresses made by Mom…
Every year Mom made me an Easter dress. I always loved the pretty fabrics and the pretty dress designs. Looking at the fabrics she chose – maybe she influenced me in my love of color. Did anyone else have this Easter tradition in your family? What other Easter traditions did you or do you have?
Speaking of Easter, my friend Torunn designed this adorable Easter egg hat pattern.
Good news, the Willamette Valley Tee is in testing!
After much thinking and problem-solving – and practically throwing in the towel – I realized that the pattern was already nearly written for size 38 – and I was confident that it would work in this size. So why not move forward and write the pattern for sizes 35 and 38?
Therefore, this design is available for sizes 35 and 38. The actual measurement of the sweater is 37 ¾ in. (39 ½ in.) at the bust, and could also work for those in the 32-34 in. range, if a looser fit is acceptable. The pattern uses fingering weight yarn on size 4 needles. It is written to use 10 colors, but fewer colors may be used. It also could be a stash buster.
A couple of people are testing the pattern, but I could use a couple more experienced colorwork testers. If you would like to test this sweater in one of these two sizes please let me know. I expect the test knit to run about 2 months.
Here’s the pre-blocking photo:
Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful Easter!
Once again it is time for the Indie Design Gift-A-Long on Ravelry! This is a six-week knitalong and crochetalong intended to encourage us all to get our holiday crafting done. It starts this Tuesday and finishes with a huge bang on New Year’s Eve!
The Indie GAL is organized by an amazing group of people who have already been doing a lot of work gathering designers (more than 300 of us!), organizing the creation of over 1800 prize codes for free patterns, collecting physical prizes, planning games, categorizing, and on and on! There will be maps, fun stats (which states and countries are the finished objects coming in from?), lots of chatter and encouragement, and the SALE!!!
The Sale: 25% Off All GAL Sale Patterns
Tues. Nov. 21 at 8:00 PM (EST) through Tues. Nov. 28 at 11:59 PM (EST)
Discount Code: giftalong2017
Each participating designer has selected 10-20 patterns that will be offered at 25% off during the sale period. You will find each designer’s sale patterns in a special bundle on his or her designer page. I’m not sure exactly what it will look like, but there will also be a jumbo bundle of all of the GAL sale patterns.
My bundle is here: Gift-A-Long Bundle 2017. Although you can view the bundle now, the coupon code will not work until Tuesday, November 21st at 8:00 PM EST. Be sure to use the coupon code during the week of the sale. Also of note – you can use it on as many GAL sale patterns as your heart desires!
All of a designer’s paid (not free) patterns are prize-eligible. That means that if you complete one of a designer’s paid patterns (whether is was part of the sale or not) and post your finished object picture in the related finished object thread, you are then eligible to win prizes.
Throughout the GAL, moderators and admins will offer random prizes just for fun. There will be fun games – again, with prizes. Did I mention fun?!?
If you’d like a little encouragement as you knit gifts for Christmas and for other holiday festivities, the GAL is really a great place to find it. If you’d like to make something for yourself, no one is going to mind whatsoever! I’m looking forward to using the time to make something designed by someone else. I’m not sure yet what type of item I’d like to make, and I’m looking forward to looking through other designers’ bundles or the mega-bundle to find just the thing. I’ll be sharing here, on Instagram, and on the Knit Equals Joy Facebook page about the patterns that catch my eye.
This pumpkin’s going to Rhinebeck (AKA the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival)! If you’re going, stop by Weston Hill Farm‘s booth in Building A, 42-43. The pumpkin and some of my patterns will be there. While you’re there, check out their amazing yarn, roving, and Eileen’s amazing felted sculptures!
Eileen and Chris chose the spider motif as their favorite, and I set to work. The darker yarn is their sport weight, which worked fine for the colorwork sections. I held it double for the stem, which created quite the gnarly stem! To go with this stem, a weighty, dramatic button was needed, and I found this button in Mom’s button tin. I’m not sure whether it was Mom’s or Grandma’s, and I’m not sure of the vintage (50’s-70’s?), but it was the perfect finishing touch.
If you go, let me know if you see the pumpkin! Have a wonderful time!!!
P.S. If you’re looking for the pattern, you can find it here, $5.00:
I’m thrilled to announce my newest pattern, Large Colorwork Pumpkins! Inspired by a love of all things Fall and an enduring love of colorwork, this softee pattern is just pure fun to knit and creates a lovely work of art. One pattern, four motifs. There is also an optional top that makes more of an oblong pumpkin.
This pumpkin is pretty much life-sized, about 12 by 12 inches, depending on which motif you choose and how much stuffing you use.
Knit using worsted weight yarn on size 5 needles, you will need about 200 yds each of two contrasting colors and some scrap yarn for the tendrils. You will also need fiberfill – my favorite after making three of these is Cluster Stuff by Morning Glory.
And the button! While the button is optional, I think it really adds personality to each pumpkin. This button came straight out of Mom’s button tin, and I think it was perfect!
Within the pattern are instructions for the various increases, decreases and i-cord. However, the pattern does presume that you have a working knowledge of colorwork and working in the round.
Here is Ravelry user cascott’s Haunted Village pumpkin. Isn’t it adorable? I love how she staged it with her homegrown real pumpkins! I have added more detail to the Haunted Village motif since this pumpkin was knitted.
For even more options, you can knit this pattern using sock yarn and smaller needles – I would suggest US Size 1 or 2. This pumpkin ended up being about 6 or 7 inches in diameter.
Here’s the pumpkin with the oblong top, knit by Ravelry user PLC1. Her button was perfect, too!
The pattern is available in my Ravelry store for $5.00. This button will take you right to checkout:
Thank you also to Ravelry user greenhorngirl for the use of her photo of her jack-o-lantern pumpkin at the top of the page.
Thanks for your support. It means so very much to me!
Dear knitters, I’m thrilled to introduce the Color Bliss Sweater! The pattern is on special for my blog readers and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram followers through the end of June: 25% off the regular price of $5.50. Follow this link; no coupon code is necessary: Color Bliss Introductory Sale.
This pattern was a joy to write – because it’s all about color!
Color is its defining element: beautiful, happy, joyful color. You can go bright, muted, multi-color, monochromatic, just a few colors or lots of colors! The pattern includes suggestions and worksheets for creating your own palette and stripe sequence. Here you will find a Pinterest board with lots of different palettes I’ve collected over the years. Use them as a springboard for your own imagination.
The pattern is written for 10 sizes: 36 (38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54) in. /91.4, (96.5, 101.6, 106.7, 111.8, 116.8, 121.9, 127, 132.1, 137.2) cm Bust. Sample shown in the pattern has zero ease at bust and 4 1/2 inches positive ease at waist.
It’s worked in the round, top-down and seamless.
When my youngest son was in high school, I found a sweater for him that I absolutely loved. It was your basic seamed, striped sweater, but the colors and order of the stripes made me happy every time I saw that sweater. I mimicked that stripe sequence in the gray/orange/blue/red version of this sweater.
I like to design things that I want to wear myself, so this sweater was designed with a round yoke. I like the way that the round yoke hangs on my frame and I feel like a million bucks every time I wear either of my Color Bliss Sweaters.
Here are a few of the finished sweaters. You can see all of the Color Bliss Sweaters, finished or in progress, here.
WillowandTwist made this lovely for her daughter. Beautifully made, and a wonderfully cool palette!
I love the modification MsMEdge made to her sweater, which was to make the striped section mimic short sleeves rather than 3/4 sleeves. It’s perfect on her!
Melanie modified her sweater by lengthening it. This is easy to do if you get some extra yarn. Just keep on knitting until you reach the length you like. I am thinking of doing this with one of own my Color Bliss Sweaters. If I do, I’ll add an addendum to the pattern, and if you have purchased the pattern through Ravelry or through the links on the blog, you’ll receive an update at that time. Here’s Melanie’s gorgeous sweater!
I think Patricia may have lengthened her sweater as well. But, these colors! This sweater makes me smile every time I see it. Must be the happiest color palette ever!
The pattern also includes a hand-drawn schematic (the measurements are computer-typed, however, for easier reading). This is just a little gift from me to you.
I hope you’ll come join the fun and make your own Color Bliss Sweater. Playing with color really is tremendous fun and is another way that Knit Equals Joy!
And just for fun, a couple of photo shoot outtakes…
Greetings, dear knitters and creative friends! It has been a while since I’ve posted, and that’s because I’ve been working madly on the Color Bliss Sweater design.
Color Bliss is a seamless, top-down yoked sweater. Color is its defining design element: beautiful, happy, joyful color. The pattern is written for 8 colors, but any number of colors may be used. The colors in this first version were inspired by a ready-to-wear sweater I bought for my son when he was in high school – I just loved these colors in this order.
I’m now making a second Color Bliss, using a palette of greens, purples and blues. I’m loving this palette and can’t wait to finish this one!
The pattern is written for ten sizes, for chest measurements of 36-54 inches. It has been tech edited and is now being test-knit. We are testing through the end of April in my Ravelry group, and it’s a bit like a knit-a-long. I am looking for a few more testers; let me know if you are interested.
Check out #colorblisssweater on Instagram to see the great sweaters that the amazing testers are knitting and to check out their gorgeous palettes!
Yes, it’s another spa cloth pattern! And free – at least through February – with the coupon code spaclothlove on Ravelry. Or follow this link: Missy’s Spa Cloth, and the discount will be automatically applied.
Missy’s Spa Cloth is a luxurious, pampering facial cloth. The lace stitches create a lovely design with the practical result of a fabric that provides gentle cleansing and exfoliation. Made in the suggested yarn, Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima Fine, it can be machine washed and dried.
Cover photo and spa cloth by jenb69. Every test knitter made a stunning cloth. You can see most of them by clicking on the “Projects” tab on the Missy’s Spa Cloth pattern page on Ravelry . I am so very grateful for their beautiful knitting!
Come add the pattern to your pattern library!
P.S. The How Did You Learn to Knit? giveaway is open for a few more days – leave a comment on that post sharing your knitting story!