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.
I’m thrilled to announce that the Ethereal Sweater pattern is now available in Spanish. Designer Marcela Chang, who hails from Chile, has added pattern translation to the services she offers, so I took her up on it. Now when you purchase the pattern here on knitequalsjoy.com or on my Payhip or Etsy shops, you will receive two PDFs, one in English and one in Spanish. I’m looking forward to offering more patterns in Spanish, as well.
Also news – my patterns are now available for purchase right here on knitequalsjoy.com. I am so happy to offer this capability to you now – it’s at least one step easier than before. Just go to the Patterns tab in the navigation bar and find the pattern(s) you want. You can sort under tags and you can also search now. And to celebrate, use the coupon code shopthewebsite2 from July 25th to August 16th for 25% off. The coupon is good on all Knit Equals Joy patterns purchased through knitequalsjoy.com.
The last bit of news is that I’ve designed a Little Ethereal. It’s currently in tech editing, and when it is through that process, it will be ready for test knitting. I’ll be looking for a few test knitters who have a little one available who can try on the sweater and also maybe provide some great pictures – because I don’t have any little ones nearby and no grands yet. Additionally, I will be looking for testers who can knit this pretty quickly and who have previously completed test knits. If this sounds like you and sounds like something you would like to do, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I wanted to give my fabulous knitting friends first stab at this, and then will offer the test on Yarnpond. The sizes are 0-6 mo, 6-12 mo, 1-2 yr, 2-4 yr, 4-6 yr, 6-8 yr, and 8-10 yr, and it is knit in fingering weight yarn.
I have a couple of vacation days coming up, so I’m hoping that I can start working on 2020’s pumpkin design. I have some great yarn for it, and I think it will be a cute but not too difficult addition to the pumpkin patch! Now that Little Ethereal is written up and out of my head, I’m starting to get excited about pumpkins and the 2020 Pumpkin-A-Long! I hope you will join in!!!
During the month of May, enjoy $1 off your purchase in my Knit Equals Joy shop on Etsy. This coupon is applied to your cart at purchase, so if you’d like to use it for multiple patterns (please do!), I would suggest purchasing them one at a time. Use the code MAYJOY at checkout.
For the month of April, enjoy $1 off your purchase in my Knit Equals Joy shop on Etsy. This coupon is applied to your cart at purchase, so if you’d like to use it for multiple patterns (please do!), I would suggest purchasing them one at a time. Use the code APRILJOY at checkout.
Click on the photo above or here to go to my Etsy shop.
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.
Greetings, everyone! Here we are a week from Christmas; I hope you are finding time to be with those you love and to do some things that bring you joy.
Introducing the pattern for my Gnome Spa Cloth (…or dishcloth, washcloth…whatever). This sweet little gnome will help you with all your cleaning projects. Just a hat, a beard, and a button nose – with a wee bit of mischief and a lot of heart. I just love this cute little gnome!
Skills Needed: Knitting, purling.
Size: About 10 in. [25 cm] square.
Yarn: 1 ball Appalachian Baby Design U.S. Organic Cotton (Sport; 100% Cotton; 194 yds/85 g). If substituting yarn, try using the largest needle size recommended on the ball band. You may have to experiment a bit to find the fabric you like best.
Needles: US Size 6 [4 mm]: 24 in. [60 cm] circular needle or straight needles.
Gauge: 20.4 sts and 32.4 rows = 4″ [10 cm].
Other Materials: Stitch markers (optional), tapestry needle.
The pattern includes written instructions and a chart, so that you can work it in the way makes the most sense to you. I’ve also included some helpful tips on chart-reading.
In other news, the sweater I have been designing using this beautiful Yama Fibre Arts yarn is now being tech edited, and we are writing it for sizes XS through 5X! I am super excited to be able to offer my sweater designs in more sizes. I will post more as the publishing date gets closer. For now, enjoy this beautiful yarn.
I wish you the most wonderful of holidays. Thank you for sharing in my design adventure – it means so much to me that you are along for the ride!!
Here’s a short video Cliff and I made showing how to fill your Plaid Pumpkin with fiberfill…just for fun and because some knitters might like to see how to fill the pumpkin to retain the short, squat shape of this design.
Hope you enjoyed that and I hope it may be helpful to someone!
The Pumpkin-A-Long is wrapping up on Halloween; if you have made a Knit Equals Joy Pumpkin, don’t forget to post a picture on Instagram with the tags #knitequalsjoy2019palfo and #knitequalsjoy2019pal. Tag me, too: @knitequalsjoy. If you’re not on Instagram but are on Facebook, find the Knit Equals Joy group and post a picture of your pumpkin. The group is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2255137488135031/. Sorry, there was a glitch with the link that was sent in the notification email, but this one works.
Good Monday evening to you all! I am so thrilled to let you know that the Bold Sweater is now available.
Bold is a comfy cropped sweater with fun texture detail on the extra-long cuffs, knit top-down with the stockinette side out. The jumbo cables are reversible, which means that if you weave the ends in carefully, you will have a completely reversible garment. It knits up quickly on large needles in Aran weight yarn, making this sweater a joy to make and to wear.
The sweater is written with a couple of inches of positive ease. Actual measurements are 34.25, 38.25, 42.25, 48.25, and 52.25 inches (87, 97, 107, 123, and 133 cm) at bust.
The cable is a 24 round repeat and the sweater ends with a round 24 of the cable, so plan on extra yarn if you want to make a longer sweater.
This pattern is currently free – through the end of July 2019.
The original name of this pattern was Bold…with undertones of chocolate…because that’s how I like my coffee (and the cables remind me of the swirls in my coffee). But it works for beer, too. Coffee or beer…you decide.
Thank you for your support and I wish you a most excellent week!
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,