Monday, 15 January 2018

Pattern Release in KnitPicks Windward Collection -- MacAskill Scarf!

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Well, I'm superbly excited to announce that I have a pattern available in Knit Pick's Windward Collection, the MacAskill Scarf!

A woman sitting on a log, wearing a wide cabled scarf draped over her shoulders. The scarf comes down to just above her lap, and has fringe on the ends
Photography: Knit Picks
This scarf came about because I have a love of big scarves that can double as hoods (which are amazing given the recent cold weather)!

It's written for one size; 13.5 inches by 55 inches (34.25 cm by 140 cm), and that doesn't include the length of the fringe.  But, it's very easy to lengthen, and the pattern does include notes on how to make the scarf longer.  

To Purchase both the print book and/or the digital pattern, you can do so from the Knit Picks Website, *here

If you're looking for the Ravelry Database Page, you can find it here.

In terms of construction and techniques, most of the pattern is pretty straightforward.  It's knit flat with cable stitches worked on the Right Side only. I worked my sample using 7mm  (US 10.75) 14 inch straight needles from Turn of the Century,  so this pattern is eminently suited to working on straight needles if you prefer them.  The main cable motif does have one cable stitch that uses two cable needles, so I do strongly suggest that you do use cable needles for the cable motif! 

The pattern has written instruction, but the entire cable motif is both charted and fully written, so this pattern is accessible to those who cannot read knitting charts. 

For yarn, the sample shown used four skeins  (548 yards/534 meters) *Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky in "Marble Heather", but could also be worked up easily in any wool blend bulky or aran yarn!  If you are thinking of yarn substitutions, I'd suggest sticking with a mostly-wool blend of yarn.  The scarf is a reasonably quick knit, because of the larger needles and bulky yarn, though it still requires some time and attention, because of the cable pattern. 

This is the first pattern collection I've ever had a design in, and it's actually quite thrilling (if a little terrifying to actually see my name in print)! But I very much enjoyed designing this, and I'm excited about the possibility of working with Knit Picks for future designs in one form or another!

Well, as usual, I always look forward to seeing what you make, so please, link me on social media, or tag your  projects with #SarahDawnsDesigns, so I can find your awesome things! If you've got feedback, comments, or  questions about the pattern, you can comment here, send me a PM on Ravelry, or e-mail me at sarahdawnsdesigns@gmail.com.  

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

WIP Wednesday: The Heel of the Gauntlet Socks

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Hello everyone, It's WIP Wednesday!  And that means, that today I get to show you more on the Gauntlet socks!
A knit sock laying flat.  Someone's hand is holding the beginning of the heel flap flat against the wooden background.  A dolphin stitch marker is locked in the work on one side.

So, while working on these at Knit Night last night, I got to where I want the heel turn. And yes, the only way to really show you folks the heel turn is to hold it in place right now for a photo. That's because of the way the fabric is biasing.  It's rather annoying, since it makes taking good photos hard. 

Getting the heel right's going to take a bit of figuring, since I want the heel turn to incorporate some of the patterning, plus, I don't want to mess too much with the striping if possible. The 
*"Orion" colourway from *Washtenaw Wool Company is a gradient yarn, but I think these would also work in a striping yarn, too, so I don't want to mess around too much. 

I'm going to put a lifeline in here, and I'll see how it goes.  I'm abandoning my previous idea of short rows to even out the heel, for now; and I'm thinking instead I'll change my increase position to level out the bias in the knitting.  Now it's just to see if it will work?

I'm also absolutely in love with the *jumping dolphin stitch marker you see there under my hand.  It's another wonderful find from  *Efficient Sense's Etsy Store.  It's a bit heavier then some of the other markers I've used, but I kind of like that it has a bit of weight to it. I particularly like it for beginning/end of round marking, but I think that's just my brain being it's usual weird self!

Well, that's it for this week's WIP Wed.   Stay tuned for more updates, and thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

WIP Wednesday: Birthday Sweater -- First Sleeve is Done!

Hello all, and welcome back to the first WIP Wed of 2018!

What have I been up to over the holidays?  I've been working along on the now very belated Birthday Sweater. And yes, it's quite late, I know.
A sweater sleeve knit in the round.  It is laying flat on a wooden floor.  Three cables run down the sleeve.

And oh, look, what's this odd-looking thing?  Well, it's a sweater sleeve.  Only one sweater sleeve, that refused to lay flat (or in any other decent position) to get a good photograph.

But, photography woes aside, it's still progressing along.  I took this to Knit Night and got many compliments on the yarn.  Sadly, the yarn is discontinued -- yarn is Dream in Colour Groovy in the colourway "Emerald Darkness."

As of last night, I've started the second sleeve, so I'm hoping to have this finished soon-ish. The pattern (Sterling Cables Sweater, from Bernat) says to have all the sleeve cable crossing the same way, but I've decided to mirror the cables on the second sleeve.  We'll see how that looks!

Also, I've discovered that my usual trick of  knitting through loading screens and dialog holds true with Fallout 4 (it was my treat I got with Christmas Money, so yeay!), so I've been working along with that, as well.

I did get a chance to try the sleeve on my gift-ee.  It looks odd knit up, but on the arm, it looks like it should actually fit.    Yeay!  I was worried about fit, considering I'm knitting the Medium size, but with a few mods, since my giftee didn't want quite that much positive ease.

Well, I'll keep working on this for now, though there are several other projects coming down the pipes.  Stay tuned for more of what I'm working on, and thanks for reading!

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

January Featured Pattern and Mini-KAL: Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens

The January 2018  Featured Pattern is here: The Spiralling Star Mittens are 50% off at $2.75 CAD for the month of January!
Someone wearing a pair of fingerless mittens. The mittens are knit in a dark green fingering-yarn and use a textured star stitch over the body of the mitten.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
CAD $2.75
You can buy the pattern through Ravelry or Etsy, the discount is available on both platforms.  The discount should be applied automatically on Ravelry, and be visible on Etsy.   As always, let me know if something doesn't work!

Now as usual, onto the Mini-KAL!

For the month of January, any finished pair of Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens has a chance to win a pattern from any of my self-published patterns!  To enter on the blog, simply post a link to your completed Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens in the comments of this post by January 31, 2018.  Please note that the mittens don't have to have been started in January, just finished in January!

You can also win by posting to the giveaway on Facebook, and in my Ravelry Group, giving 3 chances to win in total!*

I always look forward to seeing your Finished Objects! Please post them to various social media with #SarahDawnsDesigns, and/or to my Ravelry Group if you're on Ravelry.  That way, I can see the awesome that you folks make!

*One entry per person for each project per platform (three entries total for each completed project). Winners will be drawn at random using random number generation. Winners must have a valid e-mail address to receive the patterns. Participants may enter the same project on more then one platform, but may only enter each project once per platform.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Woodland Mittens Test-Knit Call

Welcome, all, to my newest call for test-knitters!  So, this call is for my Woodland Mittens.

I've been quiet on these, since they're the January 2018 release for my Pattern Muses on Patreon.  But, they're finally to the test-knit stage, and I'm now looking for test-knitters!
A mitten knit in deep turquoise yarn laying flat.  There is a cable pattern on the back of the hand.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace

These are DK-weight cabled mittens, with a mirrored pattern on the front and back so the cables are always on the back of the hand.   The sample was knit in Baa Ram Ewe Dovestone DK, in the colourway "Eecup," using 3.5mm (US 4) needles.

If people are interested, sign ups are here on the Ravelry Thread!  You will have to be a Ravelry.com member to view and post to the thread, but sign up is free.

The deadline for this test is Jan 9, 2018.  Testers who complete the test will receive the finished pattern for free, as well as one pattern of their choice from my self-published patterns.

A mitten laying flat, palm-up. There is a slipped-stitch textured pattern along the palm.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
Also, if you want to be notified on Ravelry about new test knits, you can PM me on Ravelry to sign up in my test-knitter's thread.  I'll also post test-knit calls here, to my other social media platforms (Facebook, G+, Patreon), and, I'll send out test-knit calls to those on my mailing list (e-mail sign up link), so hopefully, anyone who's interested will see my test-knit calls.

As always, any questions, feel free to reach out, and thanks for checking out this test-knit call!  Stay tuned for more test-knits and other fun things in 2018!

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

WIP Wednesday: Gauntlet Socks, Take 3 (Last WIP Wed of 2017!)

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Hello everyone!

It's WIP Wednesday once again, and that means another try on the Gauntlet Socks!

The cuff of a sock on circular needles. The sock is knit on the bias. I realized that there was a way better way to do the front decrease stitches, namely, to increase stitches just after the ribbing, and to use a central decrease for the front, rather then what I was doing before. It's a lot neater, and a lot easier, plus, it means the ribbing is less likely to flare at the top of the socks (thus defeating the purpose of ribbing, in my opinion!)   I thought about going down to 2mm needles for the ribbing, but I don't like switching needle sizes on my socks (I don't quite know why, it's just something that bugs me!)

With all this frogging and re-knitting, It's a very good thing the Leelanau base from *Washtenaw Wool holds up to frogging as well as it does!  It's a bit kinked up, but that's no surprise after multiple froggings!  A lot of times, merino/nylon sock yarns tend to fuzz up at this point if they've been frogged multiple times, but this yarn hasn't done that, which is great!

Well, hopefully third time's the charm and I can get to the heel on these this time.  Ugh.  But, the pattern is coming together in my notes, it's just the question of if the yarn will actually do what I think it should do.  


And since next Wed is the 27th of December, I'm taking some time to be with family and friends over the holidays, so there won't be a WIP Wed post next week.  Stay tuned the week after that for the first WIP Wed post of 2018!

P.S.  I was given the yarn as yarn support for this design, but all opinions about the yarn are my own!

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Free Pattern Release: Tributary Hat

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I'm so glad I can finally show this to all you folks!  This is my Tributary Hat pattern, which is now live in the December 2017 issue of Knotions Magazine!

  A woman wearing a deep purple hat, face on to the camera.   The hat is a slouchy worsted weight hat, with a cabled band above the ribbing.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
This hat originally came from me playing around with different cable swatches.  I loved this one so much; I wanted to feature it on something!  It was originally designed for a friend of mine who wears winter caps over visors and baseball caps, so I wanted a hat design that had enough positive ease to accommodate that.  After some experimentation, this hat was born!

The cable band is knit first, working flat, and using an optional provisional cast on.  The hat is then picked up from both edges of the cable band to form the ribbing and the crown of the hat.
 A woman wearing a deep purple worsted-weight knit hat. She is shown looking down towards the ground, you can see the top of the hat. The cable band is shown going around the head just above the ribbing. It is a Celtic knot style cable that runs end-to-end around the circumference of the hat. The top of the hat has gathers where the stitches were pulled in
Photography: Stephanie Wallace

The sample shown was done in *Queensland Collection Kathmandu Aran 100, which is a blend of 85% Merino, 10% Silk, and 5% Cashmere.  Sample was knit in the colourway "Purple."

For the direct pattern link, you can find this pattern here and the Ravelry Pattern Page is here.  If you're looking for a downloadable PDF, there's a link to it the on top right of the Knotions Pattern Page.

A purple worsted-weight knit hat laying flat.  The hat has a ribbed brim, and a stockinette main body.  Just above the ribbing, there is a celtic-knot style cable band that is knit horizontally.  The top of the hat is gathered in slightly.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
I do hope you all enjoy the pattern! This was my first time publishing with Knotions Magazine; and I've had a wonderful time doing so! I'm really glad I can finally talk about this pattern -- unusually for me, I -wasn't- knitting until the last possible moment, so this has been sitting ready-to-go in my box of yarn things for a while now. 

So, thanks for checking out my newest pattern, and  until next time, folks!