Pattern re-release: In Transit

My In Transit hat, which was first published in February 2017 in Knotions, is now available as a FREE digital download! Scroll down for all the details.

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In Transit is a basic hat with a clever, transitional colourwork pattern. The zigzag colourwork is based on a simple, two-colour salt and pepper fair isle pattern. Working the pattern over an odd number of stitches hides the jog that naturally occurs when knitting stranded colourwork in the round; a seemingly simple detail that provides polished results!

In Transit can be worked in two highly contrasting colours that stand out, or in two similar colours for a more subtle look.

SIZE

Adult size S/M [M/L]

Shown in size M/L with no ease for a relaxed, slouchy fit. For a snugger fit, choose a size with about 2.5 – 4 cm/1 – 1.5” negative ease.

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

52 [56] cm/20.5 [22]” circumference, 23 [23.5] cm/9 [9.25]” height

MATERIALS

Cascade 220 Heathers* (100% Wool; 201m/220 yd per 100 g/3.53 oz skein) in colours 7803 Magenta (C1), 1 skein, and 8011 Aspen Heather (C2), 1 skein.

*Or similar worsted weight yarn.

NEEDLES

Size A (for single-colour stockinette stitch)

One 40 cm/16” circular needle and one set DPNs, size 4 mm/US 6 (or size needed to obtain single-colour stockinette gauge)

Size B (for Zigzag Pattern)

One 40 cm/16” circular needle, size 4.5 mm/US 7 (or size needed to obtain Zigzag Pattern gauge)

GAUGE

22 stitches & 26 rounds = 10 cm/4″ in Zigzag pattern after blocking
22 stitches & 28 rounds = 10 cm/4” in single-colour stockinette stitch, after blocking

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Stitch markers, including one in a unique colour to mark the beginning of round, tapestry needle

SKILL LEVEL

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Price: FREE!

Available for download through my Ravelry shop.

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New Pattern: Brier

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The Brier cowl is a basic cowl with a few clever touches that make it special. Knit mostly in squishy Garter Stitch, columns of slipped stitches add an element of style and also hide the jog that usually occurs when working both Garter Stitch and stripes in the round. The stripes follow the Fibonacci sequence; this provides a clever transition from one colour to the next and makes room for experimentation with different colour combinations.

SIZE

One size

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

57 cm/22.5” circumference and 26.5 cm/10.5” height

MATERIALS

Bulky weight yarn in the following approximate amounts:
C1: 90 m/98 yd
C2: 90 m/98 yd

Shown in Estelle Yarns Alpaca Merino Chunky (60% Superfine Alpaca, 40% Merino Wool; 125 m/137 yd per 100 g/3.53 oz skein) in colours C1: Teal (219) and C2: Mid Grey Heather (225); 1 skein each.

NEEDLES

One 60 cm/24” circular needle, size 6 mm/US 10 (or size needed to obtain gauge)

GAUGE

14 stitches & 30 rounds = 10 cm/4″ in Garter Stitch, after blocking

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Stitch markers (1 unique, 3 matching), tapestry needle

SKILL LEVEL

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Price: $7.00 CAD 15% off for release weekend only! Use coupon code BRIER-15 at checkout. Ends Sunday, April 1st, 2018 at 23:59:59 PDT. promo has ended

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

New Pattern: Wreckhouse Hat

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Wreckhouse is an area of Newfoundland named for its extreme winds. While the Newfoundland Railway was still in operation, the winds would occasionally blow railway cars off the tracks, and to this day transport trucks are still blown off the road from time to time.

The Wreckhouse hat is knit in thick, dense, Honeycomb Brioche Stitch, making it a stylish but also truly functional winter accessory. The honeycomb pockets trap warm air, making this hat an effective barrier against the briskest of winter winds.

SIZE

Adult size S [M, L]

Shown in size M with 4 cm/1.5” negative ease.

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

45.5 [50.5, 56] cm/18 [20, 22]” circumference and 23.5 [24, 25] cm/9.25 [9.5, 9.75]” height

MATERIALS

154 [174, 201] m/168 [190, 220] yd worsted weight yarn

Shown in Cascade Yarns 220 Heathers (100% Wool; 201 m/220 yd per 100 g/3.53 oz skein) in colour Rainier Heather (9454); 1 skein.

NEEDLES

Size A (for Honeycomb Brioche Stitch body)

One each  40 cm/16” circular needle and set of DPNs*, size 4 mm/US 6 (or size needed to obtain gauge)

*Or preferred style for small circumference knitting in the round

Size B (for Brioche Stitch brim)

One 40 cm/16” circular needle, size 3.75 mm/US 5 (or one size smaller than Size A)

GAUGE

15 stitches & 26 rounds = 10 cm/4″ in Honeycomb Brioche Stitch, after light blocking

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Stitch markers (2), tapestry needle

SKILL LEVEL

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Price: $7.00 CAD 15% off for release weekend only! Use coupon code wreckhouse-web at checkout. Or get 25% off both patterns in the Wreckhouse Collection (scroll down to see how)! promo has ended

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


eBook (email)

The Wreckhouse collection is now available as an eBook! This means:

New Pattern: Digger

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At first glance, Digger is a basic garter stitch hat with a contrasting texture panel, but don’t be fooled; this piece contains a few clever details that make it special. Instead of plain 1×1 rib, the brim is worked in a tidier Slipped Stitch Rib pattern. Two slipped stitch columns flow from the ribbing to border the texture panel, eliminating the jog that usually occurs when knitting garter stitch in the round.

Digger is a versatile pattern and can be knit with a small amount of negative ease (1.5 – 2.5 cm/0.5 – 1”) to be worn as a fitted toque, or with more ease (2.5 – 5 cm/1 – 2”) to be worn slouchy as modeled.

SIZE

Adult size S [M, L]

Shown in size L with 1.5 cm/0.5” negative ease for a slouchy fit. For a snugger fit, choose a size with more negative ease.

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

43.5 [49, 54.5] cm/17.25 [19.25, 21.5]” circumference and 24 [24.5, 25.5] cm/9.5 [9.75, 10]” height

MATERIALS

108 [124, 144] m/118 [136, 157] yd bulky weight yarn*

*Shown in Estelle Yarns Alpaca Merino Chunky (60% Superfine Alpaca, 40% Merino Wool; 125 m/137 yd per 100 g/3.53 oz skein) in colour Mid Grey Heather (225); 1 [1, 2] skein(s).

NEEDLES

Size A (for body)

One each size 40 cm/16” circular needle and set of DPNs, size 6 mm/US 10 (or size needed to obtain gauge)

Size B (for ribbing)

One 40 cm/16” circular needle, size 5.5 mm/US 9 (or one size smaller than Size A)

GAUGE

14.25 stitches & 28 rounds = 10 cm/4″ in garter stitch*
16 stitches & 28 rounds = 10 cm/4” over texture panel*
*Measured after gentle blocking

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Stitch markers (2), tapestry needle

SKILL LEVEL

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Price: $6.50 CAD 15% off for release weekend only! Use coupon code digger-web at checkout. promo has ended

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

New Pattern: Wreckhouse Cowl

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Wreckhouse is an area of Newfoundland named for its extreme winds. While the Newfoundland Railway was still in operation, the winds would occasionally blow railway cars off the tracks, and transport trucks are occasionally blown off the road to this day.

The Wreckhouse cowl is knit in thick, dense, Honeycomb Brioche Stitch, making it a stylish but also truly functional winter accessory. The honeycomb pockets trap warm air, making this close-fitting cowl an effective barrier against the briskest of winter winds. And if the thermal fabric gets too warm, the cowl can be worn partially unbuttoned (a stylish and practical option).

SIZE

One size

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

51 cm/20” circumference and 24 cm/9.5” height

MATERIALS

201 m/220 yd worsted weight yarn*
4 x 15 mm/9/16” buttons

*Shown in Cascade Yarns 220 Heathers (100% Wool; 201 m/220 yd per 100 g/3.53 oz skein) in colour River Rock (2441).

NEEDLES

Size A (for Honeycomb Brioche Stitch body)

One 60 cm/24” circular needle, size 4 mm/US 6 (or size needed to obtain gauge)

Size B (for Brioche Stitch ribbing)

One 60 cm/24” circular needle, size 3.75 mm/US 5 (or one size smaller than Size A)

GAUGE

16.5 stitches & 24 rounds = 10 cm/4″ in Honeycomb Brioche Stitch, after wet blocking

Note: Please take time to check gauge. Changes in gauge will affect the amount of yarn used and could result in requiring more than one skein.

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Stitch markers (2), tapestry needle

SKILL LEVEL

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Price: $6.50 CAD 15% off for release weekend only! Use coupon code wreckhouse-web at checkout.  promo has ended

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

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Happy February! My Designer Newsletter went out yesterday, and in it, I shared a few more of my favourite online resources for pattern writing and design. If you’ve been on my list for a while you’ll remember that back in August I shared my favourite sock resources. This month I have combed through my Knitwear Designer Resources Pinterest board and put together a few more of the pages I go back to again and again, as well as a few of my own tutorials and resources that you may not have seen before (I’ve marked these with a *).

I’ve organized these by category and I hope you find them helpful. You can also follow my Knitwear Designer Resources Pinterest board to see new resources as I find and collect them!

Online Resources for Pattern Writing and Design

Tutorials

Pattern writing

Misc.

Tech Editing Availability

I also included my tech editing availability for the coming month. Definitely get in touch soon if you were planning on having a pattern ready for editing over the next two weeks – my planned snowboarding trip has limited my availability and I already have just a few spots left for the first half of the month! At blog post publication time, I have the following spaces available:

February 5th – 11th: 2 spaces remaining!
February 12th – 18th: 2 spaces remaining!
February 19th – 25th: 5 spaces
February 29th – March 4th: 6 spaces

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

Best,
– Allison

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New Pattern: Snowsquall

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Snowsquall is a textured infinity cowl that will keep you warm in the most wicked weather. The easy-to-follow chevron texture pattern adds just enough interest to keep the pattern firmly in the “TV knitting” category without being boring. This is a quick knit that you will want to wrap around your neck the moment it is off the needles!

SIZE

One size

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

126.5 cm/49.75” circumference and 18 cm/7” height

MATERIALS

Approximately 140 m/153 yd super bulky weight yarn

Shown in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (82% Acrylic, 10% Wool, 8% Rayon/Viscose; 97 m/106 yd per 170 g/6 oz skein) in colour Grey Marble (154).

NEEDLES

One 100 cm/40” circular needle*, size 10 mm/US 15 (or size needed to obtain gauge)

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

GAUGE

8 stitches & 14 rounds = 10 cm/4″ in Texture Pattern, after wet blocking

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Stitch marker, tapestry needle

SKILL LEVEL

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PATTERN NOTES

This cowl is worked in the round. The seed stitch border allows for a seamless transition between rounds, and the Latvian Bind Off perfectly mirrors the Long Tail Cast On, making both edges of the cowl look identical.

Price: $6.50 CAD 15% off for release weekend only! Use coupon code snowsquall-web at checkout. **promo has ended**

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

New Pattern: Sleet

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Sleet is a cozy, slouchy toque that knits up quickly in super bulky weight yarn. Great for beginners to colourwork, this is a quick knit that can easily be finished in an evening. The two-colour pattern looks great in highly contrasting colours, or it can be worked in two similar shades for a more subtle look.

SIZE

Adult sizes S/M [M/L] to fit 53-55.5 [57-59.5] cm/21-22 [22.5-23.5]” head circumference with 5-7.5 cm/2-3” negative ease.

Shown in size S/M with 3” negative ease.

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

48 [52] cm/19 [20.5]” circumference and 25 [26] cm/9.75 [10.25]” height, after wet blocking

MATERIALS

Super bulky weight yarn in the following approximate amounts*:

C1: 40 [45] m/44 [50] yd
C2: 40 [45] m/44 [50] yd
*Plus approximately
18 m/20 yd more if making a yarn pom pom

Shown in Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick (82% Acrylic, 10% Wool, 8% Rayon/Viscose; 97 m/106 yd per 170 g/6 oz skein) in colours C1: Black (153) and C2: Grey Marble (154).

NEEDLES

Size A (for body of hat)

One 40 cm/16” circular needle and one set of DPNs, size 9 mm/US 13 (or size needed to obtain gauge)

Size B (for brim)

One 40 cm/16” circular needle, size 8 mm/US 11 (or one size smaller than Size A)

GAUGE

10 stitches & 14 rounds = 10 cm/4″ in Colour Pattern on size 9 mm/US 13 needles, after wet blocking

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Stitch marker, tapestry needle

SKILL LEVEL

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Price: $6.50 CAD 15% off for release weekend only! Use coupon code sleet-web at checkout. promo has ended

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

Pattern Release Checklist + How to use checklists for completing repetitive tasks

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Happy New Year! I hope those of you who celebrate had a wonderful holiday season. I’ve been busy planning for 2018 and am looking forward to developing and sharing more helpful resources and information for designers in the new year!

This month I am going to talk about the importance of using checklists for completing repetitive tasks and I’ll even be sharing the checklist I use when publishing and promoting a new pattern release.


Using Checklists for Repetitive Tasks

Designing knitting patterns is a largely creative process. However, there is still a lot of administrative “grunt work” involved, including many repetitive tasks that have to be executed for each and every pattern you develop and release. This is where checklists come in handy. I have checklists for every process in my business. From developing a design submission to tech editing a pattern, checklists help me stay organized, be productive, and feel confident that I’m not forgetting anything. One example is my Pattern Release Checklist (which you can download by signing up for my mailing list here), containing the steps I follow when publishing and promoting a pattern.

Using my Pattern Release Checklist as an example, here are a few of the benefits of using checklists:

  1. Organization
    Checklists help ensure you don’t forget anything or skip any steps.

    For example, Ravelry generates pattern page URLs at the time the patterns are published. This means you won’t have a link to your pattern’s Ravelry page until you actually click “publish” on release day, at which point you’ll need to copy that link to a bunch of different places before you can do any promotion. A checklist will help you make sure you know exactly where to copy and paste that link before you email your mailing list, promote the pattern on social media, publish your blog post, etc.

  2. Efficiency
    Checklists can also help you make sure you aren’t doing anything out of order, making things more efficient because you’re not jumping all over the place.

    For example, the very first tasks on my Pattern Release Checklist involve creating all my promotional images. I like to do these in one batch at the very beginning so that for each subsequent step in my process I know that all the images I need have already been created. By spending a small block of time creating everything I need at the outset, I don’t have to drop everything and mess around creating a new graphic every time I need one. It’s much more efficient to do them all at once, at the beginning. Having this as the first step on my checklist means I always know to do it first.

  3. Productivity
    Checklists enable you to take the decision-making process out of the equation when completing mundane, repetitive tasks. This allows you to just focus on completing the tasks themselves, saving your brain power for more creative things, like new design ideas!

    For example, having a checklist is especially useful when it comes to completing all the tasks that need to be done before pattern release day. Instead of spending time trying to figure out if you’re ready (did I create all the promo codes I need?) or worrying that you are forgetting something (did I finish writing the email I’m sending to my subscribers?), you can blow through all those repetitive tasks feeling confident that once you have all the items checked off your list, you are ready to click that publish button!

  4. Consistency
    Following a checklist helps ensure you do similar tasks consistently every time, and that your followers and fans know what to expect from you. Consistency gives your brand credibility.

    For example, if you usually start promoting your pattern in advance of its release, people will get used to seeing this from you. This is especially important if you offer a promotional discount for a period of time after publication, because your followers will be waiting for the pattern to go live so that they can buy it at the promotional price during the promotional window. This is not to say that you can’t ever change your promotional strategy, just that consistency over time will build trust from your followers and fans and differentiate your brand from others.

It’s important to note that your checklists need not be set in stone. My checklists are constantly evolving as I refine my processes, and you will likely find that as you start using them, you’ll make little tweaks and changes along the way that help improve them for the next time.

To download a copy of my Pattern Release Checklist, sign up for my mailing list by clicking here.

(Note: I have tried to make this checklist as general as possible, but it does contain some tasks and workflows that are specific to the way I do things. So while it may not work for you exactly, I hope it will be a good jumping off point for you to develop your own checklist that is tailored to your own pattern release process. The most important thing is to have all your steps written down so you don’t forget anything!)


Tech Editing Availability

I have the following tech editing spaces remaining for January:

January 1st – 7th: 2 spaces remaining!
January 8th – 14th: 4 spaces
January 15th – 21st: 4 spaces
January 22nd – 28th: 5 spaces
January 29th – February 4th: 6 spaces

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

Best,
Allison


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New Pattern: Rowe

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Rowe is a simple-but-sweet, rectangular, textured baby blanket. The Leaf Texture Pattern is a neutral choice for any baby, making this blanket a great shower gift for parents-to-be. Worked in a soft, superwash wool for both warmth and ease of care, Rowe is a great size for cribs, bassinets, and strollers.

SIZE

One size

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

68 x 103 cm/26.75 x 40.5”, after wet blocking

MATERIALS

Approximately 804 m/880 yd worsted weight yarn

Shown in Cascade 220 Superwash (100% Wool; 201m/220 yd per 100 g/3.53 oz skein) in colour White (871).

NEEDLES

One set 5 mm/US 8 needles* (or size needed to obtain gauge)

*Either one long circular needle (cable length at least 80 cm/32”) or one set of straight needles, as you prefer for flat knitting.

GAUGE

19.5 stitches & 26 rows = 10 cm/4″ in Moss Stitch*
19.5 stitches & 26 rows = 10 cm/4″ in Leaf Texture Pattern*

*Measured after blocking.

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Stitch markers (2 required, 8 optional), tapestry needle, blocking tools (optional) – mats, wires, and pins

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.