Posted in knitting, knitting pattern, poncho, sweater pattern

Willow, Bold, and the next thing

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.

xoxo

Carol

Posted in cable knitting, design, fashion, Knit Equals Joy Designs, knitters, knitting, knitting pattern

Cabled Poncho Pattern Now Available

Hello dear knitters,

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.

I used baa ram ewe Dovestone Natural Chunky, a light and lofty single ply yarn, which showed the cables amazingly. The cables truly popped using the Dovestone.

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.

I hope you will check out this pattern!

xoxo

Carol

Photos by Lindsay Newton Photography.

Posted in cable knitting, Knit Equals Joy Designs, knitters, knitting, knitting pattern, knitting patterns

Passport Mitts

The Passport Mitts are a fun, quick knit, perfect for your February knitting!

Find the pattern here: Passport Mitts

Happy knitting!

xoxo
Carol

photo by
Element5 Digital

Light pink mitts and photo by Ravelry user cascott.  White mitts and photo by Ravelry user maashrink.  Used by permission.

Posted in Christmas, Indie Design Gift-a-Long, Knit Equals Joy Designs, Knit-a-Long, knitters, knitting, knitting pattern

The Fable of the Whimsy Tree, a New Pattern & Discount, and a Gaggle of Crochet Patterns

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)


Pattern Details:

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.

Discount:

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.

by Torunn
by Carla
by Linda
Posted in Indie Design Gift-a-Long, KAL, Knit-a-Long, knitters, knitting, Ravelry

The Indie Design Gift-a-Long (AKA GAL)!

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.

To Recap:

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!

Posted in Knit Equals Joy Designs, Knit-a-Long, knitting, knitting patterns, Pumpkin-a-Long, Ravelry

Pumpkin Party

The Fall colors have been great, the pumpkin spice lattes have been tasty, and the knit pumpkins have been a blast! I couldn’t wait any longer to share these beautiful pictures with you.

The Knit Equals Joy Pumpkin-a-Long goes through Halloween – which means it’s still possible to knit a Wee Pumpkin before the end of the PAL – you can make one while handing out treats Halloween night!  The Wee Pumpkin pattern is just $1.25 or is free through November 10th if you have purchased any of my other pumpkin patterns.  Look for the “free” promotion to return again in early 2019.

Three Wee Pumpkins by Carla, knit in different yarn weights
Wee pumpkin knit by and jumbo pumpkin grown by Elaine
Jen has a sweet pumpkin patch. I spy Large Colorwork Pumpkins, a Colorwork Pumpkin, Mini Colorwork Pumpkins, and an Autumn Spice Pumpkin
Large Colorwork Pumpkin by Carla
Large Colorwork Pumpkin by Jen
Back of Large Colorwork Pumpkin by Jen
Large Colorwork Pumpkin by Carla
Autumn Spice Pumpkin by Kathy

Autumn Spice Pumpkin by Elaine:

Wee Pumpkin by Ginny

I hope you enjoyed the Pumpkin Party!

Many thanks to these knitters for letting me share their photos with you.

Knit Equals Joy

Posted in Knit Equals Joy Designs, knitters, knitting, knitting pattern, pattern, Pumpkin-a-Long, Ravelry

Wee Pumpkin – Pattern Now Available

Hello, dear knitters!  Wee Pumpkin is here!

I wanted to write a pattern that would not only be cute, but would also be easy and quick to make.  This pattern is all three.  This diminutive pumpkin measures about 1 inch tall and about 1.5 inches in diameter.

It is knit flat, seamed using mattress stitch, then shaped, basically by cinching up the top and bottom.  Add a little fiberfill (I used cotton balls for the prototype, since I was on vacation when the inspiration hit), add a little stem, and you have a wee pumpkin.

They’re just the right size to make an adorable little gift.  Very quick to knit, too.  Mine was done, beginning to end, in under an hour.  My friend Missy knit two in about 40 minutes.

The pattern for this little cutie is for sale in my Ravelry store for $1.25.  It is available for free with the purchase of any of my other pumpkin patterns (past purchases also count). No coupon code is necessary.  This promotion will run through November 10th, then look for it to return again early next year.

This wee little pumpkin also qualifies as an eligible pattern in the Knit Equals Joy Pumpkin-a-Long (PAL), which continues through October 31.

Get your Wee Pumpkin pattern today!

Wee Pumpkin photo at top of page, knit by and photo credit Carla Scott, used by permission.

Tiny Pumpkin

Torunn's Wee Pumpkin
Tiny pumpkin by Torunn Borgen, used by permission
Val's Wee Pumpkin
Wee pumpkin by vmquint, used by permission

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