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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

 

Posted in knitting, knitting resources, Pumpkin-a-Long

Just for Fun – Stuffing a Plaid Pumpkin

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.

Have a Happy Halloween!!!

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

Fall, Mad About Plaid, Cheers to Ewe

Hey y’all!  I hope everyone is enjoying these great (almost) Fall days! I’m so happy that football is back, and tonight we had some amazing pumpkin pasta with Autumn alfredo sauce.  It was fabulous, and it tasted like Fall.

I know you’ve been seeing Plaid Pumpkin pictures all over the place along with a ton of Pumpkin-A-Long posts over the last few days.  My apologies for the inundation of information – I wanted to get all the info out there at the beginning and have it in an easily accessible place for any general questions about how the PAL works.

Main things to remember: make any Knit Equals Joy pumpkin, post finished picture on Instagram with correct tags or in the Knit Equals Joy Facebook group; finish everything by Halloween.  Prizes, fun.  That’s it!  This post: The Second Annual Pumpkin-A-Long (PAL) has all the details in much more detail-y form.  The prizes are there now, too.

So, speaking of pumpkins and patterns, I recently started adding my designs to a new pattern site, PatternVine.  I was drawn to the look of the site – it’s very lovely.  I’ve slowly been updating my patterns – adding the new logo and better photos – and then adding them to PatternVine.  I wanted my customers to have several different options available for purchasing my patterns.

Ladianne is one of the owners of PatternVine as well as of a yarn shop called Cheers to Ewe, and she purchased and is making the Large Colorwork Pumpkins pattern, spider version.   Cheers to Ewe has a weekly show, and last Saturday they chatted a bit about my pumpkin patterns.  I am of course biased because of that, but I really enjoyed the show.  The enthusiasm was contagious, and you can tell they were having a good time.  But I loved how the show was built around variations on a theme – plaid, in this case.  If you have time and are so inclined, you might enjoy the show.

Enjoy the rest of your week, and happy knitting!

xoxo
Carol

Posted in cable knitting, colorwork knitting, KAL, knit equals joy, Knit Equals Joy Designs, Knit-a-Long, knitters, knitting patterns, Pumpkin-a-Long

The Second Annual Pumpkin-A-Long (PAL)

As you know, we love Fall around here, and we love pumpkins!!  And to celebrate, we are having the Second Annual Pumpkin-A-Long.

There are two ways to participate: on Instagram and/or on Facebook.

On Instagram, hashtags make our job easier.  You can tag your photos with our specific hashtags, and you can also follow our hashtags, so that you will see any posts that anyone makes with those specific tags.  The tags we will be using are #knitequalsjoy2019PAL and #knitequalsjoy for any photos posted relating to the PAL.  If you follow those tags, you will see any announcement-type posts I make about the PAL on Instagram, too.  The tag for finished pumpkins is #knitequalsjoy2019PALFO (the FO is for finished object).  That tag will be important, because those finished object posts are the ones that are eligible for the random prize drawings.  I have some great prizes on deck and will be sharing about those in later posts. Please also tag me @knitequalsjoy so that I will see your post –  just in case the hashtags don’t work correctly.

Of course, some folks may not use Instagram, so we also will be posting photos in the Knit Equals Joy Facebook group.  You can find the group here: Knit Equals Joy Facebook Group.  I have set up an album there for progress photos and one for finished objects.

If this works well, my hope is that we can use the same format for upcoming KALs and for knitting along with next year’s Olympics.


How to Pumpkin-A-Long

  1.   To play along, knit any Knit Equals Joy pumpkin pattern (see below).
  2.   To be eligible for prizes, complete 1 or more Knit Equals Joy pumpkin by October 31, 2019.  Each completed and properly posted finished pumpkin counts as an entry for prizes.     You may enter as many times as you like.  No more than one prize per person.
  3.   Have fun!  Share your beautiful pumpkin pictures on Instagram or in the Facebook group (see above)!  We want to see what you are making and cheer you on.  If you have any questions, ask in the PAL.  We can share and learn new things from each other.

I think that’s it!  See the eligible patterns below…


Plaid Pumpkin, with a plaid colorwork design, a great basketweave design, and a fun graphic design a bit reminiscent of a spider web. Also includes instructions for non-stranded stripes or plain knitting.  Just published.

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Plaid Pumpkin PDF Pattern $5.00 at PatternVine.
Plaid Pumpkin PDF Pattern $5.00 at LoveCrafts.


Autumn Spice Pumpkin is knit in super-bulky and is nearly 40″ in circumference!  The jumbo cables are a joy to knit.  This is a statement piece knit in the recommended yarn, but it looks great in any weight yarn. Published 2018.

 

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Autumn Spice Pumpkin PDF Pattern $5.00 at PatternVine
Autumn Spice Pumpkin PDF Pattern $5.00 at LoveCrafts

 


Wee Pumpkin is knit flat, and it is reaaalllly tiny, about an inch tall and an inch-and-a-half in diameter.  It would be fun to make a wee pumpkin garland!  Published 2018.

Wee Pumpkin PDF Pattern $2.00 at PatternVine
Wee Pumpkin PDF Pattern $2.00 at LoveCrafts.


Large Colorwork Pumpkin has four fun colorwork designs.  Knit in worsted weight yarn and pretty much life-sized: about 12 inches in diameter and 12 inches tall.  Published in 2017.

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Large Colorwork Pumpkins PDF Pattern $5.00 at PatternVine
Large Colorwork Pumpkins PDF Pattern $5.00 at LoveCrafts.


Colorwork Pumpkins, with charts for Art Nouveau lilies and 2 versions of spiders.  Published 2016.

Colorwork Pumpkins PDF Pattern $4.00 at LoveCrafts.

Coming soon to PatternVine.


Mini Colorwork Pumpkins, a tiny pumpkin pattern with 6 different colorwork charts.  Published 2015.

Mini Colorwork Pumpkins PDF Pattern $4.00 at LoveCrafts.

Coming soon to PatternVine.


Prizes

The four wonderful items in the corner frames of the photo below are PAL prizes.

Clockwise, starting from top left, the prizes are
1. Amanda Hope Yarn Yankee Doodle Sock (Fingering Weight; 80% Merino Wool, 20% Nylon; 410 yards/100g) in Burnt Orange.
2. Amanda Hope Yarn Aussie Extra Fine Single (Fingering Weight; 100% 19.5 Micron Extra Fine Merino Wool; 437 yards/100g) in Nocturne II.
3. Awesome Pumpkin Scissors donated by Carla (thank you Carla!).
4. Fabulous Cookie Stamps featuring a sheep design and two knit stitch designs. Set shown is mine; winner’s set is sealed.

Winners will be chosen randomly from all completed and properly posted finished projects. We reserve the right to replace these prizes with items of equal or greater value.

I hope you will join us for our joyful Pumpkin-A-Long!  Questions?  Send me a message or ask on IG or Facebook.

xoxo

Carol

Posted in cable knitting, Knit Equals Joy Designs, knitting, knitting pattern, sweater knitting, sweater pattern

Bold Sweater Now Available

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.

You can find Bold here: Bold Sweater at LoveCrafts.

Lindsay Newton Photography
Lindsay Newton Photography
Lindsay Newton Photography

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!

xoxo

Carol

Posted in knit equals joy, Knit Equals Joy Designs, knitters, knitting

Moderation

Hi everyone:

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.

Other places to find me and to check out what’s happening in my design and knitting world are the Knit Equals Joy Facebook Page and the Knit Equals Joy Facebook Group. I’m also investigating other avenues and will keep you posted.

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,

Carol

xoxo