September Designer Newsletter: Setting Boundaries

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Hi everyone, and happy September! I hope you’ve had a nice summer. I’ve been trying to get outside as much as possible while the weather is nice, but have also been enjoying getting back down to business. I don’t have kids in school yet, but September always still feels like a fresh start to me!

This month I thought I would talk about something that I’ve been finding more and more important as I return to work: setting boundaries. My time is at such a premium these days that I’ve had to think long and hard about what I want and need (and should) be spending it on, and setting boundaries has been extremely helpful to me.

And as always, I’ve included my tech editing availability for the coming month. As the summer winds down, knitters are reaching for their needles, making this a busy time for designers and tech editors alike. My availability is still fairly limited as I work part-time while taking care of my son. Get in touch soon if you’ve got a pattern nearly ready for editing, as my September spots are already more than half full!


Setting Boundaries

As I have been slowly returning to work, I’ve been trying to find ways to save time and minimize both the amount of time wasted on administrative tasks, and the personal/family time spent distracted by work.

One thing I have realized is that when you are self-employed, and especially when your business is someone else’s hobby, people expect you to be constantly available. On all channels. They expect to be able to DM you on Instagram from their mobile phone on a Sunday afternoon and receive a response within hours. And many of us will respond because it’s convenient, and because we don’t want to let people down. The more frequently you respond to emails and DMs, the more people expect you to be constantly available.

I recently had a customer email me on a Friday night and then follow up within hours when I didn’t respond right away to their pattern support question. I do understand how it happens – they are relaxing at home on a Friday night working on a knitting project and they get stuck, so they reach out for help.

Even so, I have realized that I do not have to be constantly available on every platform to provide good customer service. I get to set the rules. And as long as these rules are clearly communicated, and I follow through and meet the expectations I set, I can still create a positive customer experience without feeling like I am always working. It also helps eliminate distractions, which makes me much more productive (and helpful!) when I am working.

Here are a few things I have done to help set boundaries and be more productive.


1. Turn off notifications for emails and DMs

I actually did this a long time ago for non-urgent emails, and it’s a great first step back from constant availability. For me, there’s nothing more distracting than having emails constantly popping up while you are either a) working on something important or b) enjoying personal or family time.

(If you’re not ready to turn off email notifications, I still recommend muting them while you are working on something that requires your full attention!)

I have actually gone one step further than this and have set up filters so that only urgent emails show up in my inbox. Everything else gets labeled and immediately moved to a folder for me to deal with during the time I set aside to answer emails.

2. Set “office hours”

I have a set time every day when I check/respond to emails. I think of it as “office hours”. The hours are listed on my website, my Ravelry designer page, and in my email auto-responder.

Do I actually check my email more than once a day? Of course. I am frequently going back and forth with designers when I am editing patterns, for example. But I try very hard to limit pattern support and responses to new inquiries to my posted office hours. This is much easier to stick to when notifications are off!

3. Set an email auto-responder

I have an email auto-responder set at all times. This may seem like overkill, but I think it’s a great way to ensure everyone who contacts me knows what to expect. During the week it looks like this:

Then on Friday afternoons, I change it to this:

I have the templates saved in a Google Doc so that on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons I can simply copy and paste the text from the Google Doc to my auto-responder to update it.

4. Specify how you wish to be contacted

Not only do you not have to be available all the time, but you also don’t have to be available via every possible method of communication. For example, it’s ok to specify that you only provide pattern support via email if that’s what works for you. I recently turned off Facebook messages for my business page and instead listed my email address in the “About” section.

Whenever I get pattern support questions on Ravelry or Instagram, I will always ask the knitter to send me an email. This not only helps me stay focused on what I am doing, but it allows me to keep track of requests and make sure nothing falls through the cracks!

5. Set up a specific email address for urgent emails

Before I went on maternity leave, I set up urgent AT kniterations DOT ca. Most people have someone else covering for them while they’re away, but when you’re self-employed you don’t have that luxury. I wanted to be sure that even though I was off, I would see any urgent messages and be able to respond to them quickly. I also wanted to take time fully “off” after my son was born, and didn’t want to feel obligated to respond to non-urgent business.

Setting up a separate “urgent” email address, with those emails forwarded to my personal inbox, gave me peace of mind that I wouldn’t let anyone down. And now that I’m working again, I’m still finding it to be a helpful tool to stay focused and avoid distraction.


It’s important to remember that it’s ok to set boundaries. As long as you set clear expectations, and follow through on what you promise, it’s a great way to avoid distraction, be more productive, and protect your precious personal/family time while still providing great customer service.


Tech Editing Availability

I have the following tech editing spots available for September:

  • Sept 9-13: all booked up!
  • Sept 16-20: 1 spot remaining
  • Sept 23-27: 2 spots available

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

– Allison

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Pattern release: Red Cliff Cowl

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The Red Cliff cowl is as lightweight as it is warm. The stranded colourwork pattern creates a dense fabric that blocks out the wind, while the use of fingering weight yarn prevents it from being bulky.

SIZE

One size

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

60 cm/24” circumference, 23.5 cm/9.25” height

MATERIALS

Fingering weight yarn* in the following approximate amounts:

C1 (red): 190 metres/208 yards
C2 (grey): 75 metres/83 yards

*Shown in Tukuwool Fingering (100% Wool; 195 m/213 yd per 50 g/1.76 oz skein) in colours C1: Hohka (H20) and C2: Auri (03).

NEEDLES

One 60 cm/24” circular needle, size 3.75 mm/US 5 (or size needed to obtain gauge in Red Cliff colourwork pattern)
One 60 cm/24” circular needle, size 3.25 mm/US 3 (or two sizes smaller than needed for gauge)

GAUGE

30 stitches & 32 rounds = 10 cm/4” in Red Cliff colourwork pattern, after light wet blocking, on larger needles

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

1 stitch marker, tapestry needle

SKILL LEVEL

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PATTERN NOTES

When working the Red Cliff chart, all stitches are knit using the colours denoted in the chart. The colourwork pattern is worked all the way around the circumference of the cowl.

Red Cliff colourwork pattern is charted only. (no written instructions).

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Price: $7.00 CAD 15% off for release week only! Use coupon code REDCLIFF. Offer ends Saturday, September 7th at midnight PDT. promo has ended

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


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Knit Picks Outrageous Insteps eBook Giveaway!

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Hi everyone! I am officially back from maternity leave. While I am focusing mostly on ramping back up the tech editing side of my business to start, I actually had a couple of new patterns published in the Knit Picks Outrageous Insteps collection while I was away (which I shared here on the blog last week). To celebrate, I’m giving away TWO free copies of the collection eBook!

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This collection contains 18 beautiful sock patterns, including Change of Scenery and Straight Arrow by yours truly. It makes a great addition to any sock knitter’s library!

There are TWO chances to win this awesome prize, so make sure you enter on Facebook and Instagram to increase your chances of winning.

Here’s how to enter:

TO ENTER ON FACEBOOK:
1. Like the Kniterations Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kniterations
2. Leave a comment on this post

TO ENTER ON INSTAGRAM:
1. Follow @Kniterations on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kniterations/
2. Leave a comment on this photo

Tell me who you’d knit either pattern for, what Knit Picks yarns and colours you’d use, anything at all!

Contest closes Thursday, August 29th at midnight and winners will be announced the following day.

Be sure to add the patterns to your Ravelry favourites or queue by visiting the pattern pages: Straight Arrow and Change of Scenery.

Good luck and happy knitting!

– Allison

New Pattern: Change of Scenery (plus an upcoming giveaway!)

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Change of Scenery is designed to make the most of colorful yarns with lots of dimension. Centered increases and decreases separate alternating columns of Garter and Stockinette Stitch, creating a zig-zag effect.

SIZE

Adult S/M [Adult M/L]

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

19 [23.5] cm/7.5 [9.25]” leg circumference,
18.5 [23.5] cm/7.25 [9.25]” foot circumference

MATERIALS

Knit Picks Stroll Tonal (75% Merino, 25% Nylon; 422 m/462 yd per 100 g/3.53 oz skein) in Cold stream (203497); 1 skein

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

42 stitches & 44 rounds = 10 cm/4″ in Texture Pattern, after blocking
32 stitches & 48 rounds = 10 cm/4″ in stockinette stitch, after blocking

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Tapestry needle, scrap yarn or stitch holder, stitch markers

SKILL LEVEL

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PATTERN NOTES

This pattern is worked cuff-down with the Change of Scenery Texture pattern worked all the way around the leg and continuing onto the instep. The sole is worked in Stockinette Stitch. A classic heel flap and gusset ensure a great fit.

Available in Knit Picks Outrageous Insteps Collection, which is on sale now in both hard copy and eBook format from the Knit Picks website. The Change of Scenery pattern is also available on its own here.

Be sure to add the pattern to your Ravelry favourites or queue by visiting the pattern page here.

Also, visit the Kniterations Facebook page and Instagram feed next week for details on how to enter to win one of two copies of this beautiful collection.

New Pattern: Straight Arrow (plus an upcoming giveaway!)

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Straight Arrow is a colorwork sock pattern that lets the yarn shine. The main portions of the leg and foot, as well as the Straight Arrow motif, are worked in a subtle, speckled yarn. The cuff, short row heel, toe, and the background of the colorwork band are worked in a vibrant contrast color that makes the hues pop.

SIZE

Adult S [M, L]

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

18 [20.5, 23] cm/7 [8, 9]” leg and foot circumference

MATERIALS

MC: Knit Picks Hawthorne Speckle Hand Paint (80% Superwash Fine Highland Wool, 20% Polyamide (Nylon); 326 m/357 yd per 100 g/3.53 oz skein) in Confetti Speckle (26870); 1 skein
CC: Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering Kettle Dye (80% Superwash Fine Highland Wool, 20% Polyamide (Nylon); 326 m/357 yd per 100 g/3.53 oz skein) in Delphinium (26694); 1 skein

NEEDLES

One set 2.25 mm/US 1 needles* (or size needed to obtain plain stockinette stitch gauge)
One set 3 mm/US 2.5 needles* (or size needed to obtain stranded stockinette stitch 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

32 stitches & 48 rounds = 10 cm/4″ in stranded stockinette stitch in the round on larger needles (suggested size 3 mm/US 2.5), after blocking
32 stitches & 48 rounds = 10 cm/4″ in plain stockinette stitch on smaller needles (suggested size 2.25 mm/US 1), after blocking

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Tapestry needle, scrap yarn or stitch holder, stitch markers

SKILL LEVEL

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PATTERN NOTES

These socks are worked top down from the cuff and the colourwork pattern is fully charted.

Available in Knit Picks Outrageous Insteps Collection, which is on sale now in both hard copy and eBook format from the Knit Picks website. The Straight Arrow pattern is also available on its own here.

Be sure to add the pattern to your Ravelry favourites or queue by visiting the pattern page here.

Also, visit the Kniterations Facebook page and Instagram feed next week for details on how to enter to win one of two copies of this beautiful collection!

Pattern release: Intercoastal

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Intercoastal is a bulky weight hat pattern with infinite colour possibilities. The simple geometric colourwork pattern is easy to follow and lets the yarn shine, making it perfect for specialty and hand-dyed skeins. Pair a variegated yarn with a solid for a subtle contrast that breaks up the colour changes in the yarn, or use two solids for a more striking look.

From east to west, Intercoastal will keep your head warm all the way from Cape Spear to Port aux Basques through the wildest Newfoundland weather!

SIZE

Youth [Adult S/M, Adult M/L] to fit 49.5 [54.5, 59] cm/19.5 [21.5, 23.25]” head circumference

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

48.5 [53.5, 58] cm/19 [21, 22.75]” circumference, 24.5 [25, 25.5] cm/9.75 [9.75, 10]” height

Because of the fabric density created by the colourwork pattern, this hat does not have much stretch and is therefore intended to be worn with only a small amount of negative ease (approximately 1 cm/0.5”). If in between sizes, choose the smaller size.

MATERIALS

Bulky weight yarn* in the following approximate amounts (not including optional pom pom):

C1 (Siren): 81 [91, 100] metres/89 [100, 109] yards
C2 (Cream): 18 [21, 23] metres/20 [23, 25] yards

*Shown in Hypothesis Yarns Bulky (100% Merino; 100 m/109 yd per 100g/3.53 oz skein) in colour Siren (C1) and Estelle Yarns Alpaca Merino Chunky (60% Alpaca, 40% Merino; 125 m/137 yd per 100g/3.53 oz skein) in colour Cream/201 (C2).

NEEDLES

Size A (for colourwork body)

One 40 cm/16” circular needle, size 5.5 mm/US 9 (or size needed to obtain gauge in Intercoastal colourwork pattern)

Size B (for crown decreases)

One set DPNs, size 5 mm/US 8 (or one size smaller than Size A)

Size C (for brim)

One 40 cm/16” circular needle, size 4.5 mm/US 7 (or two sizes smaller than Size A)

GAUGE

16.5 stitches & 20 rounds = 10 cm/4″ in Intercoastal colourwork pattern, after wet blocking, on Size A needles

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

8 stitch markers (1 unique, 7 matching), tapestry needle

SKILL LEVEL

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PATTERN NOTES

Intercoastal colourwork pattern is charted only (no written instructions).

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Price: $7.00 CAD 15% off for release weekend only! Use coupon code INTERCOASTAL. Offer ends Sunday, January 27th at midnight PST. promo has ended

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


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January Designer Newsletter: Designer Resource Roundup

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Hi everyone, and happy new year! As mentioned in my December newsletter, I will be going on maternity leave soon. I have included the timeline below.

For January’s newsletter, I’ve decided to do a roundup of previous topics I’ve covered. I hope having all these resources linked in one place will be helpful. I’ll be back with brand new content in April or May, so if you have suggestions for future newsletters, please send them along at any time!

I have also been busy fitting in as many of your beautiful patterns for editing as I can, and all remaining tech editing spots are now full. If you’re in need of a tech editor while I’m away, please send me an email and I’ll refer you to a trusted colleague. I am planning on returning to work in late April/early May, and will notify this list when I have settled on a date.


Maternity Leave

Here is my tentative timeline:

January 4th, 2019: Deadline for booking new tech editing jobs

All spaces have been spoken for. If you’ve got a pattern ready for editing, please send me an email and I will refer you to a trusted colleague.

January 18th, 2019: Deadline for receiving revised versions of jobs-in-progress

Any outstanding follow-up tasks related to previously booked work (2nd edits, final looks at previously edited patterns, etc.) will need to be received by this date.

February 3rd, 2019: Invoices for outstanding work go out

Invoices for any work completed up to this point will be sent out.

Late April/Early May 2019: Return to work (limited availability)

I plan to start taking on jobs again in late April/early May, with increasing availability in the months that follow. I will notify this list when I have settled on a date.
I will be checking my main email, allison AT kniterations DOT ca, once a week while away. Urgent inquiries can be addressed to urgent AT kniterations DOT ca.


Resource Roundup

It’s hard to believe this newsletter is a year and a half old! Below are links to all the topics I’ve covered. I’ve included links to the original emails, plus links to accompanying blog posts, where available. I’ve also listed them both chronologically and then organized them into categories for easy searching. Enjoy!

Chronological listing

2017

August – Sock design resources: email
September – Indicating stitch count changes: email | blog post
October – Writing patterns with both charts and written instructions: email | blog post
November – Sending single-use Ravelry coupon codes with MailChimp: email | blog post
December – Submitting patterns to third parties for publication: email | blog post

2018

January – Using checklists for repetitive tasks: email | blog post
February – Online resources for pattern writing and design: email | blog post
March – Promoting your patterns: email
April – Building your email list: email | blog post
May – Diversifying your income: email
June – GDPR going forward: email | blog post
July – Top 10 pattern mistakes and how to avoid them: email | blog post
August – 10 Apps to help streamline your design workflow: email | blog post
September – How to give your pattern a unique, memorable name: email | blog post
October – No newsletter
November – Indie Design Gift-A-Long (GAL) 2018: email | blog post
December – Ravelry Pro – Beyond the basics: email | blog post

Listing by category

Pattern writing and design

  • How to give your pattern a unique, memorable name: email | blog post
  • Indicating stitch count changes: email | blog post
  • Online resources for pattern writing and design: email | blog post
  • Sock design resources: email
  • Top 10 pattern mistakes and how to avoid them: email | blog post
  • Writing patterns with both charts and written instructions: email | blog post

Tech tips

Business growth

Organization

Other


Tech Editing Availability

As mentioned above, my remaining tech editing spots have all been filled. If you’d like to be referred to a trusted colleague of mine, please send me an email.

I hope you have a creative and productive few months and I look forward to working with you again when I return.

Best,
– Allison

Pattern re-release: Daya

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Columns of stockinette emerge from plush garter stitch to create the unique combination cable on this versatile headband. Requiring just one skein of super bulky weight yarn and an hour of knitting time, this quick knit makes a great gift. Knit it in a neutral to go with anything, or in something bold to add a pop of colour.

This headband is knit flat from end to end. A provisional cast on allows the ends to be grafted together seamlessly.

SIZE

One size (Adult)

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

46 cm/18” circumference, 13 cm/5” at widest point, 9.5 cm/3.75” at narrowest point, after grafting

MATERIALS

Approximately 40 m/44 yd super bulky weight yarn

Shown in Knit Picks Tuff Puff (100% Wool; 40 m/44 yd per 100 g/3.53 oz skein) in colour Celestial (26845).

NEEDLES

One set 10 mm/US 15 needles* (or size needed to obtain gauge)

*Either one set of straight or circular needles, as you prefer for flat knitting. If using a circular needle, an additional needle will be needed to hold the provisional cast on stitches for grafting.

GAUGE

9 stitches & 17 rows = 10 cm/4″ in Garter Stitch, after blocking

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Cable needle, tapestry needle, scrap yarn, additional circular needle for grafting (optional; not required if knitting with straight needles)

SKILL LEVEL

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Price: $7.00 CAD 15% off for re-release week only! Use coupon code DAYA. Offer ends Saturday, December 22nd at midnight PST. promo has ended

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


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December Designer Newsletter: Ravelry Pro – Beyond the basics

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Hi everyone, and happy December! I’ve got a lot to cover this month, so I’ll get right to it:

  • We’re expecting! Information on my upcoming maternity leave.
  • This month’s designer topic: Selling patterns on Ravelry using Ravelry Pro – some new/niche features you may not know about!
  • My tech editing availability for December and January.

Maternity Leave

I have some news to share this month, along with my usual newsletter content and availability. My husband and I are expecting our first child in February, and I’ll be taking a short maternity leave in the new year. I will be in touch with current clients directly with more details, but I thought it would be helpful to keep you all in the loop so that you know what to expect while I’m away.

Here is my tentative timeline (subject to change; babies tend to be a little unpredictable 😉):

January 4th, 2019: Deadline for booking new tech editing jobs

I am accepting new tech editing jobs until January 4th for spaces up to and including the following week (January 7th – 11th). Inquiries about booking new jobs after this date will be passed along to a trusted colleague of mine who has agreed to take care of my clients while I am away. I have expanded availability in December and January so I hope to be able to accommodate as many of you as possible before I leave.

January 18th, 2019: Deadline for receiving revised versions of jobs-in-progress

Any outstanding follow-up tasks related to previously booked work (2nd edits, final looks at previously edited patterns, etc.) will need to be received by this date.

February 3rd, 2019: Invoices for outstanding work go out

Invoices for any work completed up to this point will be sent out.

Late April/Early May 2019: Return to work (limited availability)

I plan to start taking on jobs again in late April/early May, with increasing availability in the months that follow.

I will be checking my email once a week while away in order to respond to any urgent inquiries.


Ravelry Pro: Beyond the basics

Ravelry Pro, much like Ravelry itself, has more features than I could ever use, as a knitter or a designer. Outside of the basics (which I won’t get into here – most of you are Ravelry pattern shop veterans), there are tons of features and customizations you can use to maximize your use of Ravelry Pro. The team at Ravelry are always listening to user feedback and tweaking features so that they more accurately reflect the way users actually use the site.

Here are some of my favourite new/lesser-known features of Ravelry Pro:

1. Save money on PayPal fees by using a “micropayment” account.

When you sell patterns through Ravelry, all payments are processed through PayPal. When you use a regular PayPal business account to receive payment for Ravelry pattern sales, PayPal charges you 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction. With a micropayment account, the fee is 5% plus $0.05 per transaction.

This works out such that for transactions less than $12 (i.e. most Ravelry pattern sale transactions), you pay less in fees with a micropayment account. For transactions of more than $12, fees will be lower when using a regular business account.

Ravelry Pro allows you to link both types of PayPal accounts, ensuring you will always be paying the lowest PayPal fee amount possible. It can be configured so that payments under a certain amount go into your micropayment account, and payments over a certain amount go into your regular account (the default is the optimal $12 threshold). This guarantees that you are always paying the smallest PayPal fee percentage on each and every transaction.

All you have to do is create a new business PayPal account, phone PayPal and ask to have the rate on your new account changed to the micropayments rate, then add your new account to the “configure store” section of Ravelry Pro.

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2. Link testers’ projects to your pattern before it is published

Yes, Ravelry Pro now allows you to link tester projects to a pattern while it is still in “draft” status! Many pattern customers like to browse linked projects before purchasing a pattern, and now you can be sure there are projects associated with your pattern from the moment it is published (instead of having to notify testers after publication in hopes they will be quick to link their projects).

To take advantage of this small but incredibly useful new feature, make sure you create your pattern in Ravelry Pro a few days in advance of your scheduled publication date and save it as a draft. You will notice a new section in the “add new pattern” wizard called “Testing”. All you need to do is fill out the information in this section and pass the Tester Code along to your testers. They’ll be able to enter the code into their project’s “Pattern Name” field to link their project to your draft pattern, and you’ll be able to see a list of linked projects! Then once the pattern goes live, all those projects will be visible on the pattern’s “Projects” tab.

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3. Make the most out of coupon codes

I could write an entire newsletter about the versatility of Ravelry coupon codes and how to use them. For now, I will just highlight a few new (and exciting) features that I am enjoying!

i. Generating coupon codes before a pattern is published

Until recently, when setting up unique, single-use coupon codes, you had to set up your offer terms when you created the promotion. So if you wanted to create a percentage discount coupon, you would need to select the eligible patterns at the time you created the promotion.

For me, the problem with this workflow was that when I wanted to set up a percentage discount coupon code for my mailing list in advance of a pattern release, my yet-unpublished-pattern wouldn’t be available to select from the list, so I would have to make the coupon code valid for another pattern (or, *gasp*, all my patterns!) and then remember to go back and add the correct pattern to the promotion before activating it once the pattern was published. While this workaround wasn’t *terrible*, it wasn’t ideal, either.

Ravelry Pro now allows you to generate the codes without specifying the offer terms in advance. This means you can set up the rest of the promotion details (such as the start and end times and other requirements), and even generate the coupon codes themselves before the pattern is published without having to fake which patterns the promotion applies to.

ii. Creating coupon codes exclusive to Patreon subscribers

This one is a bit of niche integration, but I know at least a few of you have creator accounts on Patreon, so I thought it was worth including.

You can now create promotions that are limited to Patreon supporters. You can even specify the tier level(s) for which the promotion is valid!

As a Patreon creator, I was struggling to find a way to provide pattern rewards to my supporters in a way that was convenient for my patrons, convenient for me, and didn’t require too much admin/maintenance.

First, I tried simply uploading the pattern PDF to a post on my creator page that was visible to the tier levels entitled to the reward (this is how Patreon recommends providing rewards). However, as a Ravelry user, I knew that personally, I would much prefer to have patterns delivered through Ravelry so that I could re-download them from my library whenever I liked without having to worry about saving (and keeping track of) the PDF files on my computer. I then tried just creating a regular coupon code and only sharing it on Patreon. This solved the Ravelry library issue, but I was afraid the code would get shared with non-subscribers. Next I tried generating unique coupon codes and emailing/messaging them to my supporters individually. This solved both the Ravelry library and sharing issues, but was too labour-intensive.

Now that Patreon creators can link their Patreon accounts to Ravelry, both of my problems have been solved. I can create a single coupon code, post it to Patreon (or anywhere!) and only users who support me on Patreon can use it. This is another seemingly minor improvement to Ravelry Pro that has drastically improved my workflow and saved me tons of time.

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One last thing. If you have any questions about Ravelry Pro, the Ravelry Shopkeepers group forum is a wealth of information. There are lots of knowledgable Ravelers that will answer questions, plus Ravelry staff monitors the forum and contribute regularly!


Tech Editing Availability

I have expanded availability in December and January as I prepare for my maternity leave. Get in touch if you’d like to reserve a spot as they are bound to fill up quickly!

December
December 3rd – 7th: 4 spaces
December 10th – 14th: 6 spaces
December 17th – 21st: 6 spaces
December 24th – 29th: Off for Christmas holidays!

January
December 31st – January 4th: 8 spaces
January 7th – 11th: 8 spaces

Send me an email (allison at kniterations dot ca) if you’d like to reserve a spot!

Best,
– Allison

Pattern release: Red Cliff Mittens

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The Red Cliff mittens are as lightweight as they are warm. The stranded colourwork pattern creates a dense fabric that blocks out the wind, while the use of fingering weight yarn prevents them from being bulky.

The colourwork pattern is worked on both the palm and back of the hand, as well as across the thumb gusset. Because it is both vertically and horizontally symmetrical, it flows seamlessly up the outside of the thumb and cleverly down the inside of the thumb using a section of horizontally mirrored charts.

SIZE

Child [Adult S, Adult M, Adult L]  to fit 14 [16.5 ,19, 21.5] cm/5.5 [6.5, 7.5, 8.5]” hand circumference

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

16.5 [19, 21, 23.5] cm/6.5 [7.5, 8.25, 9.25]” hand circumference (measured at knuckles), height is adjustable

Because of the dense colourwork pattern, these mittens do not have much stretch and are therefore intended to be worn with a small amount of positive ease. For the best fit, choose a size that is approximately 2 to 2.5 cm/0.75 to 1” larger than the wearer’s hand circumference.

MATERIALS

Fingering weight yarn* in the following approximate amounts:

C1 (red): 151 [180, 211, 250] metres/165 [197, 231, 273] yards
C2 (grey): 51 [61, 70, 84] metres/56 [67, 77, 92] yards

*Shown in Tukuwool Fingering (100% Wool; 195 m/213 yd per 50 g/1.76 oz skein) in colours C1: Hohka (H20) and C2: Auri (03).

NEEDLES

One set 2.75 mm/US 2 needles* (or size needed to obtain gauge in Red Cliff colourwork pattern)

One set 2.25 mm/US 1 needles* (or two sizes smaller than needed for 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

36 stitches & 34 rounds = 10 cm/4″ in Red Cliff colourwork pattern, after light wet blocking, on larger needles

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

3 stitch markers (including 1 unique for BOR), removable stitch markers (2 in different colours), tapestry needle

SKILL LEVEL

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