Posted in colorwork, Knit Equals Joy Designs, knitters, knitting, knitting patterns, pattern, Ravelry

New Pattern – Large Colorwork Pumpkins

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.

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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!

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This button is a ceramic button from One of a Kind Buttons.  Her buttons are fabulous!

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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.

My pumpkin pic by Wanda

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!


Knit Equals Joy

Posted in colorwork, knitting, knitting patterns, pattern, PepperMitts


Dear Knitters,

I’m thrilled to share my latest pattern with you: PepperMitts.


PepperMitts are knit in worsted weight yarn on size 5 and 6 needles, so they work up very quickly. The colorwork repeat over four stitches and four rows is easy to memorize.

The pattern is written for three sizes with the following circumference at widest part of hand (above thumb gusset) for each size:
Small: 6 3/4 in.
Medium: 7 1/4 in.
Large: 8 in.

Length measures about 8 1/4 in. for Small and Medium, and about 9 in. for Large.

Pattern includes both written and charted instructions, and both are used together.


I’m so looking forward to wearing mine during the Christmas season. I am also going to make a pair in a wintry, pale blue and white. I can’t wait until the yarn arrives!

Here you can see the mitt made with all the ribbed sections in red:


The pattern will be on special for the entire month of November. Follow this link for 25% off the usual price of $4.00.  No coupon code is necessary.

Thank you to Main Street Designs in Jackson, California, for letting me use their beautiful shop to stage the mitts. It’s a lovely shop and definitely worth a stop if you are ever in the California Gold Country!

Many thanks also to amazing tech editor Tabitha (Tabitha’s Heart ), who always makes my patterns better!

I also am very grateful for test knitters who are willing to work through my patterns to find errors and to find places where I can clarify my instructions. I’m sending out a huge thank you to my friends Meg, Jen and Heather who tested this pattern – they did a bang-up job! Jen came up with the pattern name, too, and I think it’s perfect!!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and spend a few minutes with me. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


knit equals joy

Posted in knitting, knitting patterns, pattern, Spa Cloth

The Folk Tales Spa Cloth Collection

The Folk Tales Spa Cloth Collection is here!

It all started with Fairy Godmother’s Spa Cloth in 2015, with the five remaining Fairy Tale and Folk Tale related spa cloths being released this year. Purchasing the collection offers substantial savings and gives you a wide variety of fun spa cloth patterns to make for your own home and for gift-giving.

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Fairy Godmother’s Spa Cloth
Castle Beach Spa Cloth
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Cinderella’s Spa Cloth
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The Queen’s Spa Cloth, Photo by Alex (alexandknits), used by permission
Belle’s Spa Cloth, Photo by Melanie Arnold, used by permission
By WillowandTwist
Race Day Spa Cloth, photo by WillowandTwist, used by permission

Purchase all 6 patterns together for $4.00, no coupon code needed.  This is a 47% savings over purchasing them separately at $1.25 each. Follow this link to purchase: Folk Tales Spa Cloth Collection .

I am not sure whether the link will work if you have previously purchased any of these patterns or received them for free. Give it a try and let me know how it works!

I hope you’ll take advantage of this special offer, and I hope you will enjoy the spa cloth collection!

P.S. Writing a Folk Tales Spa Cloth Collection e-book is in the works – but I wanted to go ahead and offer the special now.

Posted in knitters, knitting, knitting patterns, pattern, Spa Cloth

Cinderella’s Spa Cloth Pattern is Live!

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Cinderella’s Spa Cloth is now available on Ravelry!

This is the newest pattern in my Folk Tales Spa Cloth Collection.  I am compiling an e-book of these patterns, and after having written several patterns of varying degrees of difficulty, I decided to write a pattern that would be simple yet elegant.

This pattern has just two rows, repeated until the cloth is the desired width.  It uses only knit stitches and slipped stitches, yet it creates a cloth that is both lovely and useful. Made with Cascade Ultra Pima Fine, it’s a wonderful, gently exfoliating facial cloth. I use my spa cloths daily!

My friend Alex of alexand knits is one of the amazing testers who test-knit this cloth for me, and she wrote about it here. She is an excellent writer and knitter and blogs about all kinds of lovely knits.

The pattern is available on Ravelry for $1.25, here.  I hope you will enjoy this pattern!

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Posted in knitting, knitting patterns, pattern

Castle Beach Spa Cloth is Here!

The Castle Beach Spa Cloth is the second in the Folk Tales Spa Cloth Collection. Like the Fairy Godmother’s Spa Cloth, it is knit sideways, using pima cotton to create a soft, luxurious and pampering facial cloth.

I designed this pattern for the Summer Spa Swap going on in my Ravelry group.  I wrote about the swap here.  Making this cloth is not a requirement for participation in the swap!

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The design is based around a vintage stitch pattern, Cockleshell Edging, resembling a clam shell. This fit well with our Summer Spa Swap’s beachy theme. Next, I started searching for the right name for this pattern. I wanted something related to summer/ beaches/ clamming that would also go nicely with Fairy Godmother, since the two spa cloths are constructed so similarly.

I rejected names like “Clam Digger” and “Clam Bake.”  I wanted the pattern to evoke ideas of the clam shells, not the meat. Next, I looked at clamming beaches in Oregon, and they had names like Netarts – not the least bit romantic and nothing like Fairy Godmother.

I began thinking about fairy tales, many originating in other parts of the world, and so I started looking for clamming beaches in the UK. Eventually my search led me to Castle Beach (Tenby) in Wales. Although it doesn’t appear to be a clamming beach, it does have a castle. It satisfied both of my requirements and made me happy!

You can find the Castle Beach Spa Cloth pattern here. Thank you and I hope you will enjoy this spa cloth pattern!

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Posted in knitting patterns, pattern

New Pattern: The Wayfarer Hat

Continuing the theme of travel and exploration is my newest pattern, The Wayfarer Hat, a companion to the Passport Mitts.  A wayfarer is one who travels, especially on foot.  Johnny Appleseed was a wayfarer, as are those who travel the Camino de Santiago.  To my mind, a wayfarer is a wanderer, one open to what the road may bring, an explorer.  Here then, is The Wayfarer Hat:

Hat and photo by Alex; used by permission.

This hat is fun to knit and stylish to wear.  The pattern is written for four sizes, fitting head sizes 18-25 inches.  It is written for a snug fit and includes modifications for a more relaxed fit.  It calls for Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo, a lovely sport weight in amazing colorways.

This is the original snug fit, worked in Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the colorway Indiecita:



This is Leanne’s lovely Wayfarer, knit in the Malabrigo Arroyo in the colorway Lavanda, relaxed fit:

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Hat and photo by Leanne; used by permission.

This beautiful Wayfarer was knit by Alex, using madelinetosh Tosh DK in the colorway Cousteau.  The madelinetosh shows the stitch definition beautifully.  This is also the relaxed fit.

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Hat and photo by Alex; used by permission.

Martha’s gorgeous Wayfarer (relaxed fit) and Passport Mitts, at the Oregon Coast.  Malabrigo Arroyo in the colorway Aguas:

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Knitwear and photo by Martha; used by permission.

I am offering an introductory special for The Wayfarer.  Follow the link and enter the coupon code Wayfarer20 here for 20% off the regular price of $5.00.  This code is good through 11:59 pm Pacific Time January 9, 2016.

Or, purchase Passport Mitts and The Wayfarer Hat together for the discounted price of $8.00, no coupon code needed, here: Passport Mitts/The Wayfarer Hat Set.  If you have previously purchased one of the patterns, this link does not work and you will need to purchase the second pattern singly on Ravelry.  In addition, it does not work if you have received one of the patterns for free.

I hope that you will check out this pattern.  It was a joy to design and it is a joy to see it become a reality at the hands of other knitters.  Thank you for letting me share it with you!


Posted in knitting, pattern, Ravelry

Indie Design Gift-a-Long 2015

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Something big is happening on Ravelry, the 3rd annual Indie Design Gift-a-Long!  The Gift-a-Long (GAL), a collaboration of 335 independent knit and crochet designers, features a week-long sale and a knit-a-long/crochet-a-long (KAL/CAL) through the end of the year.  There are tons of prizes, for ongoing games throughout the GAL and, at the end of the GAL, random winners drawn from among those who have posted pictures of their finished objects.

All 335 designers are here.  There’s one post per designer – most posts include a photo indicative of the designer’s style, and each post has a link to the designer’s Ravelry page.

This bundle shows all the sale patterns.  The sale ends November 27, 2015 at 11:59 P.M. EST.

I love this infographic!  It’s amazing the amount of effort, talent and enthusiasm being poured into this event!

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I am hoping to have the time to make these lovely mitts, Carry On Fingerless Mitts, by Cheryl Chow:

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Picture copyright Cheryl Chow; used by permission.

I think these mitts are a lovely design, and I love the muted colors Cheryl used.  The pattern is clearly written and the mitts look to be a fun project.  I can’t wait to go hunt through the stash to find the right yarn.  Also very cool, Cheryl is another Pacific North Westerner, hailing from North Bend, Washington!

Knitting friends, I hope you’ll come check out the Indie GAL.  It’s lots of fun and is a wonderful way to meet some new designers.


These are my patterns which are on sale through 11/27/15 11:59 P.M. EST as part of the GAL (see details, here), and they’re also prize-eligible patterns:

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See you at the GAL 😉  …