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.
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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.
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.
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!
This weekend, our weather app predicts 100% chance of rain. Usually they’re not so certain and like to hedge their bets a bit, but rain must be a pretty sure thing around these parts today and tomorrow. (And, actually, it’s pretty much been raining non-stop since I started the first draft of this post earlier this morning).
This changes my plans somewhat, but it’s always a pretty safe bet that my weekend forecast includes chance of knitting: 100%.
You may have seen that I recently published Willow.
The name Willow evokes all things graceful: willows are strong and elegant, and, well, willowy. I find myself wearing my Willow often. It’s great to throw on when I get home from work in the evenings; I often get chilled, but if I can get my shoulders warm, the rest of me is warm, and Willow does that for me.
Willow is worked flat using bulky/chunky weight yarn, then seamed together with two quick seams. There’s even a tutorial for the seaming, here: Cabled Poncho Seam. This would be a great pattern for someone just starting out with cables.
Beth made this beautiful purple Willow.
I love what she says about her Willow:
I finished my Cabled Poncho test knit for @knitequalsjoy and I LOVE it! I thought I wasn’t a poncho person…turns out I just hadn’t found the right one. I knit mine in @blueskyfibers Extra, (alpaca and merino blend) which has beautiful drape and will keep me warm! And of course, it’s purple.
Such beautiful knitting! Thank you, Beth!
Currently in testing is Bold…with undertones of chocolate. Now, whether you interpret that as referring to coffee or to beer is up to you!
Bold is an oversized sweater knit top down, seamless, and stockinette-side-out. It took a bit of engineering to get the sweater to be reversible and to include a giant cable, so I was thrilled when I was able to make it work. If the ends are worked in carefully, the sweater truly is reversible, and can be worn with either the stockinette or the reverse stockinette side out, depending on your whim.
The pattern will be available for 5 sizes ranging from 32-50 in. (bust measurement). If in between sizes, one can choose from the actual finished sizes for the best fit. It’s worked on size 8 and 9 needles, so it’s a pretty quick knit.
I’ve worn my Bold to work a couple of times and have felt like a million bucks in it each time.
The pattern should be released sometime in the summer or early fall.
Finally, I’m working on a new sweater design. I recently found this yarn by Yama Fibre Arts and was smitten by its colors and textures. This is the YAMA Merino Linen Singles in Grey Sage and Nomad B3.
I’m using the two colors together. It’s a subtle contrast, and I love it, but I can see this sweater in so many different color combinations.
A few designs seem to write themselves (like last year’s Autumn Spice Pumpkin ) – and this one seems to be doing that as well. I think the color, fiber content, and spin of the yarn must suggest what will work for the yarn. It doesn’t always happen; sometimes the yarn puts up a stubborn and dogged fight against my ideas for it, but that’s another story…
This is worked in fingering weight and small(ish) needles, so it will be in the works for awhile before it’s ready for testing. I’ll probably be posting lots of progress pictures on Instagram, so you can catch those in either the Instagram feed or the Knit Equals Joy Facebook page.
I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend and that the chance of rain wherever you are isn’t 100%! Maybe your chance of knitting is.
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.