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!

New Pattern: Powder

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From Interweave Knits:

Chunky, soft, and quick to knit, the Powder Hat features fisherman’s rib stitch, which puffs up the already plump yarn. The ribbed stitch pattern alternates to create a natural brim in the fabric. This hat can be styled as a slouch or a beanie—and don’t forget the pom-pom!

This hat is worked in the round from the bottom up.

SIZE

One Size

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

20” circumference and 9.25” tall

MATERIALS

Cascade Yarns Boliviana Bulky (100% merino wool): #07 silver, 1 ball

NEEDLES

One 16” circular and set of DPNS, size 8 mm/US 11 (or size needed to obtain gauge)

GAUGE

8 stitches & 24 rounds = 10 cm/4” in Fisherman’s Rib*

*Measured after blocking.

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Stitch marker, tapestry needle

SKILL LEVEL

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Available in the Holiday 2017 issue of Interweave Knits here.

Visit the Ravelry pattern page here to add Powder to your favourites and queue!

New Pattern: Frost

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From Interweave Knits:

The Frost Mittens, inspired by classic Scandinavian motifs, feature a large Nordic star, bands of colorwork, and an optional lining for extra warmth. Worked in Icelandic Léttlopi, these mittens will keep your fingers toasty from the winter solstice to the spring equinox.

These mittens are worked from the cuff up with thumb gussets. The outer mitten is worked first, then stitches are picked up around the inside of the cuff and the lining is worked in the opposite direction. Once completed, the lining is tucked into the outer mitten.

SIZE

S/M and M/L

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

8.25 (9)” outer circumference, 7.25 (8)” inner circumference, and 10.5 (11.5)” long. Mittens shown measure 9” outer circumference.

MATERIALS

Ístex Léttlopi (100% Icelandic wool): #9419 ocean blue (MC), 2 balls; #0086 light beige heather (CC1), 1 ball; #9434 crimson red (CC2), 1 (2) ball(s).

NEEDLES

One set of DPNs in each of the following sizes: 4 mm/ US 6 and 5 mm/US 8 (or sizes needed to obtain gauge)

GAUGE

23 stitches & 24 rounds = 10 cm/4” in Snowflake pattern* on larger needles
20 stitches & 29 rounds = 10 cm/4” in Stockinette Stitch* on smaller needles

*Measured after blocking.

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Stitch markers, removable stitch marker, stitch holder, tapestry needle.

SKILL LEVEL

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Available in the Holiday 2017 issue of Interweave Knits here.

Visit the Ravelry pattern page here to add Frost to your favourites and queue!

{PATTERN WRITING} Indicating stitch count changes

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My September designer newsletter went out this morning, and in it I included some helpful information on how to handle stitch count changes when writing a pattern. In case you aren’t signed up yet (sign up here so you don’t miss anything else!), here’s what I wrote:


Indicating Stitch Count Changes

Most patterns have increases and decreases that change the stitch count and it’s helpful to provide knitters with stitch count information so that they can verify that they haven’t made a mistake.

Depending on the type of instruction, whenever the stitch count changes, I recommend that designers list either:

a) the new stitch count,
b) the number of stitches increased/decreased, or;
c) a combination of the two.

So, which one should be used when?

When an instruction is worked only once, include the new stitch count . The new stitch count is by far the most useful piece of information to give the knitter. And when the instruction is worked just once, there’s no reason not to provide the new stitch count. For example:

Cast on 10 stitches.
Row 1 (RS): K1, m1, k until 1 stitch remains, m1, k1. (12 stitches)
Row 2 (WS): P to end.
Row 3: K to end.

When an instruction is repeated later in the pattern, include the number of stitches increased or decreased. When you want to repeat the same increase or decrease instruction more than once, the new stitch count total is only accurate the first time the instruction is worked. For this reason, including the number of stitches increased or decreased becomes more useful (and correct). For example:

Cast on 10 stitches.
Row 1 (RS): K1, m1, k until 1 stitch remains, m1, k1. (2 stitches increased)
Row 2 and all WS rows: P to end.
Row 3: Repeat Row 1.

When an instruction is repeated a fixed number of times, include both. If an instruction (or group of instructions) containing an increase or decrease is repeated a fixed number of times before moving on, you can include the number of stitches increased or decreased in the line-by-line instructions, and then list the new total stitch count at the end. For example:

Cast on 10 stitches.
Row 1 (RS): K1, m1, k until 1 stitch remains, m1, k1. (2 stitches increased)
Row 2 and all WS rows: P to end.
Repeat Rows 1 – 2 three times more. (8 stitches increased in total; 18 stitches)

Having clear, consistent rules for how to indicate stitch count changes not only makes things easier for the knitter, but it makes pattern writing quicker because you don’t have to stop and think about how to phrase things; you just follow the rules you’ve set!


Oh, and I also included my tech editing availability for September. At blog post publication time, I have the following spaces available:

September 4th – 10th: 2 spaces remaining!
September 11th – 17th: 4 spaces
September 18th – 24th: 7 spaces
September 25th – October 1st: 8 spaces

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

New Pattern: Chance Cove

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Chance Cove provides a modern twist on the classic, triangular shawl. Worked from side to side in a worsted weight yarn, it features a sleek, geometric lace pattern. The clean lines of the lace paired with simple, garter stitch edgings make it anything but fussy. It can be worn traditionally over the shoulders or wrapped around the neck like a scarf. The tassels are for more than just style; they add weight in the right places, helping the shawl to stay put no matter which way it’s worn. Big enough to be warm, but not overwhelming, Chance Cove is a wearable piece you’ll reach for again and again.

This shawl is knit from side to side (i.e. from one top corner to the opposite edge) with a garter stitch border and central lace pattern.

SIZE

One size

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

180 cm/71” wingspan and 92 cm/36” depth, after wet blocking

MATERIALS

Approximately 804 m/880 yd worsted weight yarn

Shown in Cascade 220 Heathers (100% Wool; 201m/220 yd per 100 g/3.53 oz skein) in colour Iridescence (8872).

NEEDLES

One 120 cm/47” circular needle*, size 6 mm/US 10 (or size needed to obtain gauge)

*A longer or shorter needle could be used if necessary, as long as it can comfortably accommodate the number of stitches.

GAUGE

12 stitches & 24 rows = 10 cm/4″ in Lace Pattern*
16 stitches & 24 rows = 10 cm/4″ in Stockinette Stitch*

*Measured after blocking.

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Stitch markers (2; optional), tapestry needle

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.

New Pattern: Morganite + 15% off all sock patterns!

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Morganite is a fingering weight sock that’s both basic and interesting to knit. The simple texture pattern is easy to memorize and works great for breaking up tonal and variegated yarns. These lightweight socks knit up surprisingly quickly, with beautiful results.

These socks are worked from the cuff down in the round with a heel flap and gusset.

SIZE

Adult sizes S [M, L] to fit 19.5 [22, 25] cm/7.75 [8.75, 9.75]” foot circumference

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

18.5 [21.5, 24] cm/7.25 [8.5, 9.5]” leg circumference and 18 [20.5, 23.5] cm/7 [8, 9]” foot circumference, unstretched

MATERIALS

One 384 m/420 yd skein fingering weight yarn

Shown in madelinetosh Twist Light (75% Merino, 25% Nylon; 384 m/420 yd per skein) in colour Opaline.

NEEDLES

One set 2.25 mm/US 1 needles* (or size needed to obtain gauge)

*Either one set of DPNs, two circular needles, or one long circular needle, as you prefer for small circumference knitting in the round.

GAUGE

30 stitches & 56 rounds = 10 cm/4″ in Texture Stitch
32 stitches & 48 rounds = 10 cm/4″ in Stockinette Stitch

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Stitch marker, tapestry needle

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.