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.
I know that some of you share with me an affection for the button tins that our mothers or grandmothers created over time, clipping serviceable buttons from garments that had reached the end of their usable life and saving those buttons for future use. Some of you may have been fortunate, as was I, to inherit these tins. I have memories of sorting through Mom’s button tins, and Grandma’s before her, as a child. These days, I use the buttons to decorate some of my hand-knits.
After releasing the Whimsy Tree pattern, I had the idea of making a second tree using natural, undyed yarn, and decorating it with white, silver, and gold buttons from Mom’s and Grandma’s button tins. I am so happy with the result.
I’m going to offer the 25% off introductory discount through the end of 2018, no coupon code necessary. You can find the pattern here: Whimsy Tree.
The Indie Design Gift-a-Long on Ravelry is nearing the last week of this year’s GAL. I was fortunate to have been interviewed by Stana D. Sortor (Fifinka on Ravelry). Her website is Stana’s Critters, Etc. Here’s one of her adorable designs, Chameleon Leon:
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)
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.
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.
Hi everyone! I’ve been spending some time going through the sale bundles of all 349 participating designers in the Indie Design GAL. It took quite some time, as I looked at the sale bundle of each one. If you don’t know about the GAL, it’s a knit-a-long/crochet-a-long on Ravelry. It runs through the end of the year, with games, prizes, and a discount for the first week.
349 designers (including me) are offering from 10-20 of their designs at 25% off until Thursday, November 29 at 11:59 PM EST.
I am one of the participating designers, so you can knit any of my paid patterns (even if you already own said patterns) during the GAL to be eligible for prizes. I’d love to see your finished projects in the GAL, if you feel so led to make one.
But I digress. As I said in the first paragraph, I browsed through every single one of the designers’ sale bundles to find my favorites. To be chosen as a favorite, the pattern had to be one that I’d like to make. You’ll notice that there are very few socks or shawls included. While I enjoy making those, I don’t seem to enjoy wearing them so much. That’s also why there are none of those yet in my portfolio (although I do want to add some shawl patterns eventually). Click here for my Bundle of Favorite Sales Patterns – GAL 2018. You should be able to view it even if you are not a Ravelry member. To be clear, these are not my patterns but patterns of some of the other 348 designers. EDIT: The sale is now over, but the GAL continues through the end of the year.
The two patterns I purchased immediately are these two:
Petal Drift by Christelle Nihoul – I have admired this ever since it was published:
I’ll share more favorites throughout the GAL, and if I am able to actually work on something by not-me, I will definitely share here about it. I hope you will check out the GAL; it might be just the thing to encourage your gift-giving knitting (and crocheting, too)!
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.
Autumn Spice Pumpkin by Elaine:
I hope you enjoyed the Pumpkin Party!
Many thanks to these knitters for letting me share their photos with you.
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.