Posted in design, Knit-a-Long, Pumpkin-a-Long

Design Plans, Pumpkins, etc.

Good Saturday morning to you.  Again it’s a gray Oregon morning – not at all surprising for this time of year.  Hubby is watching an episode of The Great Courses on Shakespeare.  He loves his subscription to The Great Courses Plus so he can learn about anything that catches his imagination, whenever he wants!

We’ve finished our coffee…and I don’t have a design on the needles right now, but I do have ideas flitting around my brain.

I’ve ordered the sampler set of all 150 colors of Knit Picks fingering weight yarn, Palette.   One Hundred and Fifty colors of fingering weight yarn!  Squee!!!  Quite truthfully, I’ve always had it in mind to redesign the Willamette Valley Tee (which is now out of print) as a round yoked sweater in multiple sizes.  It takes lots of colors, and I spent a lot of time and money trying to determine the right colors for the first pattern, so having these 150 colors to choose from should make that aspect of designing go more smoothly.

Willamette Valley Tee (out of print)

The one aspect of the design that I anticipate will be a challenge is how to make the single flower motif fit into a round yoke correctly, taking into account its size and the increases needed for the yoke to fit well.  I’m looking forward to having the time during my upcoming vacation to really sit down to crunch the numbers, make some drawings, and work on the charting.  Yay for vacation!!

Other good news is that I have used that single flower motif in an upcoming cowl pattern!  I’m very happy with the cowl – it’s a bright and colorful graphic design.  It’s planned to be released in Jan/Feb as part of a collection with several other designers.  We all had the same 6 stitch patterns from which to choose and then expand upon, so it will be fun to see how each person was inspired by something different and how our imaginations ran in different directions.  For now, I have to keep that design under wraps…


Thank you to everyone who has joined the pumpkin fun in our third annual Pumpkin-a-Long!  The PAL continues through Thanksgiving (November 25).  I know many of you are now thinking of Christmas gift knitting, but if you are wanting to add to your Thanksgiving/Fall décor before then, our pumpkin designs knit up pretty quickly.  To enter the PAL and be eligible for prizes, please email a picture of your finished pumpkin to knitequalsjoy@gmail.com or post it on Instagram with #pumpkinalong2020 and @knitequalsjoy.

Here are the PAL patterns:

And just for fun, Green Pumpkins…a montage.  Two minutes of green pumpkin zen:


I’ve had two of my patterns, Ethereal Sweater and Little Ethereal Sweater translated into Spanish.  The new upcoming cowl pattern will also be translated into Spanish.  I’m looking into having Willow Poncho translated into French.  If having any of my patterns translated would make a difference for you, please let me know.  Thank you!


I’ll leave you with a picture of the new sample of the Colorwork Pumpkin I finished right before Halloween.  It’s modified from the pattern in two ways:  I made the base of this one striped, by making alternating 2-row stripes, and I used duplicate stitching on the hourglass shape on the spiders.  These modifications were a big hit.

Thank you, everyone.  Until next time…

xoxo

Carol

Posted in Christmas, colorwork knitting, Knit-a-Long, knitting, Pumpkin-a-Long

Newsy News Post (as opposed to a newsy newsletter)

It’s not a newsletter, exactly…I tried that earlier this year, and it just wasn’t a fit.  I really didn’t enjoy the newsletter format.  For me, it felt like putting together an advertisement. Well, yes, I want people to buy my patterns…but the blog’s purpose is broader than that.  The blog is a place where I can write about stuff that, hopefully, brings a little beauty, whimsy, and maybe useful information from my world to yours.  It’s where I can write about things that caught my eye, that bring me joy, or that I thought were interesting.


I’m a nerd (or is it geek?).  I posted a picture on my personal Facebook page about one of my patterns, and one of my high school friends commented with something to the effect of “you’re so talented.”  My response was that I have always loved beautiful things, crafting, writing, and math…and in my older years I’ve discovered that I like problem-solving, so it all came together in this fun pastime.  So, yeah, basically I’m a nerd.  🙂


Independent Knitting and Crochet Designers.

If you like supporting independent designers, Barbara Benson has created the Indie Pattern Portal.  The purpose of the portal is “…to help you find stores where you purchase patterns directly from the designer, no middle-man. Each designer may use a different service (Payhip, Shopify, etc …) but the stores are entirely under their control.”  It’s a great place to find professional designers.


It’s two months till Christmas today!  I get pretend-annoyed by folks who announce how many days remain until Christmas, but I don’t really mind.  I promise not to be one of them after today, however.

There are two Knit Equals Joy Christmas patterns, Whimsy Tree and Gnome Spa Cloth.  When you start thinking about Christmas, you might enjoy making them.

Whimsy Tree
Gnome Spa Cloth

Finally, pumpkins!  This year I added shaping to 2016’s Colorwork Pumpkin pattern, so I’ve been reknitting samples of that pattern.  It’s been really fun!

We have this volunteer pumpkin plant in our back yard, and it makes the perfect foil for knit pumpkins.

Colorwork Pumpkin

I made the pumpkin using Alexandra’s Crafts Dark Side of the Moon in Saffron Spice and Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Saffron.  They were lovely yarns to work with!

I made a short (30 second) video showing how I hold the yarn in two hands for colorwork.

Here’s another lovely pumpkin made this week by Ginny.  It’s the Wee Pumpkin.

Wee Pumpkin by Ginny

I’ll leave you with that lovely picture by Ginny.  It captures the warmth and beauty of Fall for me, and it makes my heart smile.

May the rest of your Fall days be warm with a touch of chill in the air.  May you enjoy the rich Fall colors and the taste of apple cider.  May you enjoy the warmth of friendship and family (even if virtually).  Catch you next time!

xoxo

Carol

Posted in KAL, Knit-a-Long, Pumpkin-a-Long, yarn

October, Pumpkins, a Wedding

Hey everyone!  It’s a chilly October morning here, gray and drab, but cozy inside.  We’re drinking coffee and trying to decide what to do with the day.

The Pumpkin-a-Long (PAL) continues!  I’m giving away free patterns weekly – randomly chosen from those who either email a photo of their pumpkin progress to knitequalsjoy@gmail.com or post their pictures on Instagram with the tag #pumpkinalong2020.  At the end (Thanksgiving) there will be a random drawing for some Amanda Hope yarn, a felted pumpkin, and other prizes, drawn from the pool of finished pumpkin projects that were emailed or posted as above during the PAL.

If this appeals to you, please join us, and invite your friends!

I love this pumpkin that Carla made:

Pattern: Because Pumpkins

And this one by Ginny:

Pattern: Plaid Pumpkin, using instructions for the one-color pumpkin

I made my original “Because…Pumpkins” pumpkins using Amanda Hope Yarns.  I used their Aussie Extra Fine Fingering (100% Merino – yummmmm!) held together with their Superkid Mohair/Silk (also yummmmm!).  Working with the two of them held together is heavenly!  They create an amazingly soft and halo-y fabric.  If you look closely, you can see that the colors are slightly tonal.  Tonals are my very favorite – the color changes stitch-to-stitch invariably keep my interest, even when working miles of stockinette.

Check out their website: Amanda Hope Yarn and see Because Pumpkins featured in their opening slides (thank you, Wendy)!!!


If you follow on Facebook or Instagram, you know that our younger son got married last month.  It was a joyous – outside, small, and socially distanced – occasion, and we are thrilled for them and so happy to welcome our new daughter-in-law to the family.  It was truly a sweet ceremony and represented them so well.  My pictures here were taken by cell phone, so I apologize that they’re not very clear.


This year I have truly missed my trips to the Oregon Coast.  I’m hoping to take a few days there around Thanksgiving and to have some pictures to share with you here.


I hope that you and yours are safe and well.  I hope that you can enjoy some fall festivities, fall knitting, or some fun fall decorating.  Pumpkins are always good!  😉

All the best,

Carol

 

 

Posted in KAL, Knit-a-Long, knitters, knitting, Pumpkin-a-Long

More Pumpkin Fun

Just for fun – and so that you can see the comparative sizes of the pumpkin patterns – I made this short little video:

Also for fun, here’s the intro video for the Because Pumpkins pattern. If you watched the previous one, this is a shorter version.


Here are prizes for the Pumpkin-A-Long:

Prizes for completed pumpkins, to be chosen randomly after we finish the PAL on Thanksgiving, include a skein of fabulous Amanda Hope Yarn Aussie Extra Fine and an adorable felted pumpkin by Wee Woolies.  Throughout the PAL, pattern winners (your choice from amongst all of my patterns) will be chosen randomly from those who post on Instagram or submit via email (knitequalsjoy@gmail.com) progress pictures of their pumpkins, post in response to PAL questions, or even post their PAL badge.  Here is the PAL badge (feel free to copy it):

Questions about how to PAL?  Interested in the discount (through October 15, 2020)?  Read here:  Pumpkin-A-Long (PAL)

And if you’re looking for the PAL patterns, here they are:

Happy Fall, Y’all!!!

xoxo

Carol

Posted in KAL, Knit-a-Long, knitting pattern, knitting patterns, Pumpkin-a-Long

New Pumpkin Pattern, PAL, Discount

I’m thrilled to announce that this year’s pumpkin pattern is now live!  It’s called Because…pumpkins.  

Because…pumpkins features chevrons – made simply, through the use of increases and decreases.  The fabric is created by holding a fingering weight yarn together with a mohair yarn, which produces a shimmery fabric with a soft halo.  You can make two shapes/sizes with this pattern, a short pumpkin and a tall one.

The pattern is 20% off through October 15th with the coupon code PUMPKINLOVE if purchased through knitequalsjoy.com or my Payhip store.  You can purchase the pattern here Buy Now or find it in the Pattern tab or Pumpkin-A-Long Patterns tab at the top of the webpage.

I’m so happy with the way this pattern turned out.  I hope you will enjoy it!


Speaking of pumpkins. come knit some pumpkins with us during the third annual Pumpkin-A-Long (PAL)!

  1.  The PAL goes through Thanksgiving.
  2.  All of the Knit Equals Joy pumpkin patterns are eligible.  Pumpkin-A-Long Patterns
  3.  Discount through October 15th using coupon code PALpumpkins here on the website or my Payhip store.
  4.  If on Instagram, use the tags #pumpkinalong2020 and #knitequalsjoy.
  5.  If you’re not on Instagram, email your finished pumpkin pictures to me at knitequalsjoy@gmail.com.
  6.  Prizes.
  7.  Post this picture to your Instagram feed if you would like to announce your pumpkin love!

If you are local, join the PAL at Wild Knits Salem!  In collaboration with Holly, we are offering a special discount on the patterns to the LYS patrons.  I’m so excited that this is happening locally this year!

If you are an LYS owner or indie dyer, contact me at knitequalsjoy@gmail.com if you’re interested in joining the PAL and/or offering the pattern to your customers.


Have a wonderful weekend!  Please share your pumpkins on IG, and tag me @knitequalsjoy so I can see your wonderful Autumnal creations.  The happiest of Falls to all of you.

xoxo

Carol

Posted in knitters, knitting, test knitters, test knitting

Little Ethereal Test Knit and Improved Pattern Store

Hello dear friends,

The test-knit for Little Ethereal is open on Yarnpond.  I could still use a couple of testers, if anyone is interested.  Sizes 4-6 yrs and 8-10 yrs are still available.  You can find the test here.

I really love how this little sweater turned out.  It’s just so tiny in this little 0-6 mo size.  As it approaches the larger sizes, the proportions become more like those in Ethereal.

Also, I have improved the pattern shop here on Knit Equals Joy.  I realized after the previous post that you would need to know what you were looking for in order for the previous shop to be very useful, and even so, the drop-down boxes were a pain to use.

The new and improved shop is now found by using the Pattern tab in the navigation bar.  You’ll now see all the patterns at once.  Hovering over each thumbnail provides the pattern name.  There is now a search bar, and you can also filter by tags if you’d like to see all the pumpkin patterns, for instance, or all the lace patterns.  Clicking on the photo will take you to the pattern page with the description of the pattern and the capability to buy now or add to a cart.  Since this is so much easier to use than the previous shop, I’d like to offer 25% off all my patterns purchased through this website through mid-August.  Just use the coupon code shopthewebsite2 at checkout between now and August 15th for that 25% discount.

Thank you, as always, for your support.  Please stay safe and well.

xoxo

Carol

 

Posted in knitting, knitting patterns, sweater knitting, sweater pattern, test knitters, test knitting

News!! News!! News!!

Hi everyone!

I hope this finds you all safe and well!

I’m thrilled to announce that the Ethereal Sweater pattern is now available in Spanish.  Designer Marcela Chang, who hails from Chile, has added pattern translation to the services she offers, so I took her up on it.  Now when you purchase the pattern here on knitequalsjoy.com or on my Payhip or Etsy shops, you will receive two PDFs, one in English and one in Spanish.  I’m looking forward to offering more patterns in Spanish, as well.

Also news – my patterns are now available for purchase right here on knitequalsjoy.com.  I am so happy to offer this capability to you now – it’s at least one step easier than before.  Just go to the Patterns tab in the navigation bar and find the pattern(s) you want.  You can sort under tags and you can also search now.  And to celebrate, use the coupon code shopthewebsite2 from July 25th to August 16th for 25% off.  The coupon is good on all Knit Equals Joy patterns purchased through knitequalsjoy.com.

The last bit of news is that I’ve designed a Little Ethereal. It’s currently in tech editing, and when it is through that process, it will be ready for test knitting. I’ll be looking for a few test knitters who have a little one available who can try on the sweater and also maybe provide some great pictures – because I don’t have any little ones nearby and no grands yet. Additionally, I will be looking for testers who can knit this pretty quickly and who have previously completed test knits. If this sounds like you and sounds like something you would like to do, please email me at knitequalsjoy@gmail.com. I wanted to give my fabulous knitting friends first stab at this, and then will offer the test on Yarnpond.  The sizes are 0-6 mo, 6-12 mo, 1-2 yr, 2-4 yr, 4-6 yr, 6-8 yr, and 8-10 yr, and it is knit in fingering weight yarn.

I have a couple of vacation days coming up, so I’m hoping that I can start working on 2020’s pumpkin design. I have some great yarn for it, and I think it will be a cute but not too difficult addition to the pumpkin patch!  Now that Little Ethereal is written up and out of my head, I’m starting to get excited about pumpkins and the 2020 Pumpkin-A-Long!  I hope you will join in!!!

xoxo

Carol

 

Posted in knitting, knitting pattern, knitting patterns

Another Free Pattern and Another Pattern Sale!

It’s a May Pattern Sale!!!


First of All, the Free Pattern

Wibbly Wobbly Spa Cloth Pattern

DOWNLOAD THE FREE PATTERN PDF THROUGH JUNE 30, 2020.  This special offer has now expired.

You can read more about this pattern here:  Wibbly Wobbly Spa Cloth Pattern Page or find it in the website’s pattern menu.

I hope you enjoy this pattern!


Knit Equals Joy Pattern Sale on Etsy

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.

A few of the patterns you’ll find in my Etsy shop

Click here to go to my Etsy shop.


Hoping that you and yours are remaining safe and well.

xoxo
Carol

Posted in knitting, knitting pattern, knitting patterns

Two Free Patterns and a Pattern Sale

It’s an April Pattern Sale!!!


First of All, the Two Free Patterns

Gnome Dishcloth

DOWNLOAD THE FREE PATTERN PDF THROUGH JUNE 30, 2020.  This special offer has now expired.

You can read more about this pattern here:  Gnome Spa Cloth Pattern Page or find it in the website’s pattern menu.

Wee Pumpkin

DOWNLOAD THE FREE PATTERN PDF THROUGH JUNE 30, 2020.  This special offer has now expired.

You can read more about this pattern here:  Wee Pumpkin Pattern Page or find it in the website’s pattern menu.

I hope you enjoy these patterns!


Knit Equals Joy Pattern Sale on Etsy

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.

A few of the patterns you’ll find in my Etsy shop

Click on the photo above or here to go to my Etsy shop.


Hoping that you all are staying safe and well.

xoxo
Carol

Posted in easy knits, knitting, knitting patterns

Gnome Spa Cloth for Christmas!

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.

Introducing the 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.

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!!

xoxox

Carol