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.
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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.
Yardage requirements, from the pattern: Main Color (MC): 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7) skeins Yama Fibre Arts Merino Linen Singles (Fingering; 90% South African Merino, 10% Linen, Superwash; 394 yds/100 g) in Gray Sage. If substituting yarn, 920 (1105, 1300, 1500, 1705, 1995, 2205, 2360, 2595) yds [840 (1010, 1190, 1370, 1560, 1825, 2015, 2160, 2375) m] fingering weight yarn.
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.
Here’s some inspiration for colors and yarns that work for Ethereal.
Rowan Felted Tweed in Avocado and Bilberry.
Manos del Uruguay Feliz in Petal and Grizzly.
Koigu KPPPM in Cobalt and Blue & White.
Shibui Knits Echo and Silk Cloud, both in Cove.
Madelinetosh Twist Light in Medieval and Brienne of Tarth Battles a Bear.
Malabrigo Susurro in Aguas and Fire Agate.
Shibui Knits Lunar (held double) and Tweed Silk Cloud, both in Twilight.
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.
Here’s a little gift for you: a 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.
This pattern is free for now, and you can download it here: Gnome. 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,
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!