give-away: knitgrrl guide

first, thanks for all of the sweet comments on my 32 weeks post!  they definitely made my day.

now on to business.  a very generous friend* of mine passed this book on to me and i thought i’d pay it forward to the next lucky person.

this book has lots of good information in it and is a very interesting read. and it’s the only one of it’s kind.  so if you’re interested in stepping up and being a designer yourself, if you’re just vaguely interested in the process of what it takes, or if you just want to read the interviews, comment on this post!  you can read amazon reviews here.

you have until thursday evening at 10 eastern time to comment.  i’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner.

p.s. all that said about this guide, i still am a total slacker designer who follows little to none of these very good suggestions.

p.p.s. and speaking of breaking rules, i’ve been knitting simple things.  the wrist braces are great.  the project i really want to get done?  lace.  can’t do that.  but i can knit!  hurrah!

*the friend who went skinny dipping with me at SOAR, if you must know :)

free pattern: striped glass mitts

striped glass mitts

It seems that every time I make a fold back mitt, I get asked for a pattern.  I made these as a commission for a Christmas gift and the recipient’s favorite color is, you guessed it, green!  And I wrote down a little recipe for you this time.  This particular pattern works best with one dark color and 1-3 other yarns that provide for some contrast in color and/or texture to both each other and the dark color.

Yarn: 100 yd [91.5 m] dark color aran weight wool (main color – mc) and 150 yd [137 m] of another color, I split this one up into 3 different colors
Needles: 7 US [4.5 mm] set of double–pointed needles, or whatever size needles you need to get gauge
Gauge: 4.75 sts/in. [2.5 cm]
Sizes: 8 in. [20.3 cm] hand circumference

free pattern: striped glass mitts

sts – stitches

Make one left (m1L) increase –
Place the strand between the two stitches on the left needle with the right side of the loop in the front. Knit through the back.

Make one right (m1R) increase –
Place the strand between the two stitches on the left needle with the left side of the loop in the front. Knit through the front.

Cast 38 sts onto double-pointed needles, using the dark color
Join in the round, being careful not to twist
Purl 1 round
Knit 6 rounds

Work for 3 in. [7.6 cm], striping as wanted. I worked 4 row stripes with 2 row dark stripes in between.

On the next round, place thumb where you would like it, paying attention to make the seam on the side or bottom of the mitt. When you reach where you want the thumb, place a marker, m1L, k1 stitch, m1R, place a marker, knit rest of round.

Work this increase round:
k to marker, slip marker, m1L, k to next marker, m1R, k to end of round
Every 2nd round twice
Every 3rd round 4 times
15 sts between markers

On the next round, place the thumb stitches (the sts between the markers) on a piece of scrap yarn, casting on one stitch over the gap and joining to complete the rest of the mitt body.

Continue in the striping pattern
I worked 2 more stripes
knit 1 round dark color to finish stripes
continuing in dark color, knit 1 round, increasing 2

Finish by working 2×2 rib so that when the top folds back, it is to the length you would like. I worked around 2 in. [5.1 cm].

Bind off.

Place thumb stitches on double-pointed needles, knit 6 rounds and bind off.

Repeat for the other mitt, sew in ends and enjoy!

my project is raveled here.

imagine knitting giveaway

with the onset of autumn turning into winter, all the knitters are churning out knit goods, casting on more than we can finish, and wearing our woolens with pride.  many knitters are thinking about what to knit and for whom, not just for the up-coming holidays, but because it is, indeed, wool season.  knitting season.  keep yourself, friends, loved ones, warm season.

initial publication on wednesday!

in celebration of the season, i’d like to give away 2 pdf copies of my new ebook.  to enter,

1) click over to ravelry to check out the patterns

2) then click back over to this post and comment, telling me what pattern you would make from the book and out of what.  your comment must be on this post – imagine knitting giveaway – in order to be counted.    use your imagination.  it could be for you, a friend, out of handspun that doesn’t exist yet, commercial yarn from your stash, just a vague color sense.  i want a description folks!

and in turn, i will give away a copy of the ebook pdf to two lucky folks.  i haven’t decided yet if i’m going to choose my favorite imagined projects or just random it, but imagine away.  this contest ends friday at 9 pm eastern time.

p.s. please note there are still 3 patterns pending that will be in the ebook – Bumble Vest, Croci Sweater, and Ripe Bananas Lap Blanket. they’re fair game for imagining too and should be out within the next few weeks.

snapdragon permafrost and giveaway

my permafrost pattern.

snapdragon permafrost

snapdragon worsted yarn.

snapdragon permafrost

my project is on ravelry here.

this size large only took less than half of a skein! that means two adult sized hats out of one skein. awesome. if you’d like your own skein, you can see the skeins that i have available here.

snapdragon permafrost

but since I have one half of a skein left, what better thing to do than share the love? if you’d like the other half of this lovely skein and a copy of the permafrost hat pattern, comment on this post. you have until monday 10 pm eastern time to comment and the winner will be chosen by a random number generator.

permafrost yarn

Knitcircus giveaway

jaala, the editor-in-chief of knitcircus magazine, has been generous to let me give away not one, but two copies of the PDF download of the Spring Pattern Collection.

the free magazine, which can be found here, includes reviews, articles, interviews, recipes and pattern previews. the collections are for purchase (for a very reasonable price!) and contain all of the patterns shown. the current issue has an interview with Terri Shea, the author of Selbuvotter: Biography of a Knitting Tradition and a fun article on visiting a sheep farm as well as much more.  the collection itself is full of fun and interesting patterns.  myself, i’m admiring the diamond hat and the seamless slippers.

if you would like to be in the running for this fabulous collection, go check out the patterns and comment on this post with your favorite and who you might possibly make it for.  this give-away will end on sunday at 9 pm.  i’ll random number generate and announce the winners on monday.

pattern giveaway: squares squared hat

first of all, thank you to everyone for the kind wishes to us and our family, and the nice comments on ben’s scarf and the baby eggplant.  next time i blog, we’ll be in alaska, so i’ll see you there!

this week’s giveaway is 5 copies of this pattern.  this will be the last of the giveaways for a while. thanks to everyone who participated!  it’s so fun watching everyone’s projects show up and i look forward to more.

squares squared hat

rules and regs:
1) you have until noon on wednesday to comment on the post
2) if you’re chosen by the random number generator, i email you the pdf
3) you have 2 months to complete this knit and put it up on ravelry as a project
4) email me your blog post and/or ravelry link and i will put your version of the hat up on the blog as an extra perk

squares squared hat

the squares squared hat (on rav here) is a fun, simple charted colorwork hat.  it uses 3 colors of worsted weight wool.  this hat offers, if nothing else, endless fun with color combinations. i even ended up keeping the one seen on my head below because i liked it so much!  comment for a chance to win.

squares squared hat

p.s. the next patterns i’m publishing can be previewed here and here.

pattern giveaway – reflection hat

today’s giveaway is for 5 copies of this pattern!

reflection hats

rules and regs:
1) you have until noon on wednesday to comment on the post
2) if you’re chosen by the random number generator, i email you the pdf
3) you have 2 months to complete this knit and put it up on ravelry as a project
4) email me your blog post and/or ravelry link and i will put your version of the hat up on the blog as an extra perk

reflection hats

today’s pattern giveaway is the reflection hat pattern (on rav here). i made this double thick hat to show off a small amount of  multi-color – like small balls of handspun, semi-solid, or hand dyed yarn.  comment for a chance to win!

nighttime reflection hat