Coming November 3rd: Slush Hat KAL!

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With gift-giving season quickly approaching, I thought it would be a great time to host a Slush hat KAL!

The Slush toque is the perfect quick knit to give as a gift (or keep for yourself). It uses less than one skein of super bulky weight yarn, requires only a couple of hours of knitting time, and results in a finished item that’s both warm and stylish (with or without a pom pom – although I must confess, I prefer WITH)!

I can’t wait to see your finished objects (FOs) and give out some awesome prizes! I’ll also be sending weekly emails with tips on yarn selection, tutorials on making pom poms, information on featured prizes, and more.

Here’s how the KAL will work:

What: Knit Slush hats all month, share FOs with hashtag #slushkalfo, qualify for prizes!
When: November 3rd – 30th, 2017
Where: Instagram

How (aka “The Rules”)

  1. Sign up for the KAL (even if you’ve already signed up for my newsletter and received the pattern, you’ll need to sign up for the KAL specifically by clicking the link above).
  2. Select your yarn. In general, one skein of super bulky weight yarn per hat will do (check the pattern for the specific yardage required for each size). Dive into your stash, visit your LYS, or support an indie dyer online!
  3. Knit, share, chat! Share your progress (and follow others) using the hashtag #slushkal.
  4. Post those FOs to qualify for prizes! There’s no limit – you get one entry into the prize draw for each finished project. To ensure your entry counts, be sure to post one photo per finished object using the hashtag #slushkalfo
  5. Watch for the prize draws on December 1st! We are still compiling the list of prizes, but I’ll be sending out an email with the goods once I have them all.

Please note that there are two different hashtags – #slushkal and #slushkalfo. Be sure to use #slushkalfo for prize entries only – i.e. one photo per FO should have the hashtag #slushkalfo. Use #slushkal freely when posting anything related to the KAL, including not only finished projects, but also photos of yarn you’ve selected, in-progress shots of your projects, etc.

That’s it! This is meant to be a fun, chill KAL and you can participate as much or as little as you like. As long as you post your FOs with the hashtag #slushkalfo, you’ll be entered to win prizes.

Looking forward to seeing your projects starting November 3rd.

Happy knitting!
Allison

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Pattern re-release: Denali

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Denali is an Aztec-influenced two-colour cowl. The fabric is doubled for added warmth, but it is knit at a relaxed gauge that produces a beautiful drape. It is also reversible; the inside is worked in a simple salt and  pepper pattern that provides a nice break from following the larger chart.

Knit in the round from side to side to form a doubled fabric, the cowl is finished by grafting live stitches to the cast on edge, forming a seamless tube. This construction gives the piece extra warmth and structure, and also allows for a continuous, jog-free colourwork pattern.

SIZE

One size

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

56 cm/22” circumference and 20.5 cm/8” height, after wet blocking

MATERIALS

Sport weight yarn in the following approximate amounts:
C1: 275 m/301 yd
C2: 215 m/236 yd

*Shown in SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Sport (100% Merino; 300 m/328 yd per 115 g/4 oz skein) in colours Raspberry (C1) and Snowfall (C2).

NEEDLES

One set 4.5 mm/US 7 needles* (or size needed to obtain gauge)

*Either one set of DPNs, one 40 cm/16” circular needle, or two circular needles, as you prefer for knitting in the round.

GAUGE

25 stitches & 26 rounds = 10 cm/4” in colourwork  pattern, after wet blocking

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Stitch marker (1), two tapestry needles, waste yarn

SKILL LEVEL

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Price: $6.50 CAD

Available through my Ravelry Store or directly via PayPal by clicking the “buy now” button below.

{PATTERN WRITING} Writing patterns with both charts and written instructions

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My October designer newsletter went out this morning, and in it I included a new resource for designers that I am excited to share with you.

The one thing I see designers struggle with the most is how to present patterns that contain both charts and written instructions. The guide I’ve put together contains information on when and why you might want to include both charts and written instructions in your patterns, as well as how to organize and present the information so that it is clear and easy to follow for all knitters, no matter which set of instructions they choose to follow.

If you’re not on the list you can sign up here to get this new free resource!


And as always, here’s my tech editing availability for the coming month:

October 2nd – 8th: 2 spaces remaining!
October 9th – 15th: 6 spaces
October 16th – 22nd: 7 spaces
October 23rd – 29th: 9 spaces

Get in touch if you’d like to reserve a spot!