Friday, 8 January 2021

January Featured Pattern and KAL: Wrought Mithril Hat

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Welcome to 2021, and that means a new Featured Pattern Sale and Knit-Along!  The Wrought Mithril Hat is the Featured Pattern for January, available 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)!


A fingering-weight cable and lace beanie hat laying flat. The hat has a lengthy ribbed rib that flows into intricate cables and lace.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace


The design for this hat came about from the Initiate Knit Design Challenge, hosted by Francoise Danoy of Aroha Knits. The goal of the challenge is to help people get their design ideas off the ground, and this fingering-weight lace and cable hat is the result! For the initial prompt, I drew inspiration from the vertical lines of wrought-iron fencing and the leading of stained glass. The result is a hat that's lightweight, but still warm, and a great layering piece. 

The Wrought Mithril Hat is knit in the round from the brim up, using small cables and twists.  Decreases are done within the cable pattern for the crown; and the top is secured by running the end of the working yarn through the live stitches. 

The yarn is *Northbound Knits Merino/Silk Fingering in the colourway "Ethereal". When looking for a substitute, most fingering-weight yarns would work well. I'd suggest wool or alpaca for a cold-weather hat, but you could also work it in cotton or linen for warmer weather. 
This pattern has written instructions, and the stitch pattern charted with written instructions available in a secondary download. 

In addition, this knitting pattern also has an accessible large print option that is compatible with screen-reading software, which includes the written instruction.


You can buy the pattern through Etsy, or Payhip, the discount is available on both platforms. The discount should be be visible on Etsy, To get the discount on Payhip, you can use the coupon code "JanFeatPatt2021"

Now, onto the Knit-Along!

For the month of January any finished Wrought Mithril Hat has a chance to win a $25 USD gift card from *EatSleepKnit; and one pattern from any of my self-published patterns! To enter on the blog, simply post a link to a picture of your completed hat by January 31, 2021! Please note that the hat doesn't have to have been started in January just finished in January, -- so it's a good reason to pull out any WIPs!

Please note, due to the seizure/migraine risks, you may not post links to Ravelry.com in the comments of this blog. Such links will be removed and will not count as entries to the Knit-Along. IG posts, public Facebook posts, blog posts, or even direct image links are all acceptable alternatives.

You can also win by posting to the giveaway on Facebook, and on Instagram, 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 share them to my Facebook Group if you're on Facebook! That way, I can see the awesome that you folks make!

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

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Pattern Release: Convertible Mittens


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I'm happy to announce that the Convertible Mittens pattern is now available on Payhip, and Etsy, hopefully just in time to help keep your hands warm with the colder weather! 

The convertible Cable Mittens are basically just what they sound like, a set of densely knit mittens done in Aran-weight yarn, designed to stand up to a Canadian winter, but also leave the fingers free for texting, using car keys, or all those other fiddly tasks that are near-impossible in standard mittens!

a person wearing a pair of flip-top convertible mittens. They are unbuttoning the left-hand mitten from the back of the hand.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace

The mitts are knit from the cuff to the tip, with the mitten flap picked up across the back of the hand. The slipped-stitch palm helps provide warmth, traction, and durability to the mitten; while the cables up the back provide a dash of style to a functional and durable mitten.

Sizes Available: XS, (S, M, L, XL)
Hand Circumference: 7 (7.5, 8, 8.5, 9) inches (18, 19, 20.5, 21.5, 23) cm, measured at base of knuckles.
Cuff and thumb length are adjustable.
Pattern is intended to be worn with approximately 0.5 to 1 inches (1.5 to 2.5) cm of ease.

176 (189, 245, 263, 291)yards, 161 (173, 224, 241, 266) of worsted/aran yarn. Blue Sample is knit in *Blue Sky Fibers Worsted Hand Dyes: (50% Alpaca/50% Merino);

The pattern is both written and charted, and, there is a large-print version available as well, that is also compatible with screen-reading technology!

As always, I love seeing what you make! So please, tag your creations on Social Media with #SarahDawnsDesigns, so I can find your awesome things!  And thanks to the amazing Pattern Muses on Patreon for their input and ideas into this pattern! 

If you've got feedback, comments, or questions about the pattern, you can comment here, or e-mail me at sarahdawnsdesigns@gmail.com.

I hope you enjoy the mittens, and, as always, happy crafting!

Monday, 14 December 2020

December Featured Pattern and KAL: Snowdrop Lace Cowl


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Well, the colder weather is here, and it looks like it's staying for a bit!  As winter arrives properly, stay nice and warm with the Snowdrop Cowl! (Also, it's a quick knit in bulky yarn, perfect for any last-minute gift-knitting!  The Snowdrop Cowl Featured Pattern for December, available 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)!

A woman wearing a blue bulky knit cowl. The cowl has a lace and cable pattern.
Photography:  Douvlak Photography

This cowl was created as part of the Initiate Knit Design Challenge, hosted by Francoise Danoy of Aroha Knits. The goal of the challenge was to help people get their design ideas off the ground, and this super-bulky lace and cable cowl was the result!

The cowl is worked in the round, with garter stitch edging and the Snowdrop Cable and Lace Pattern forming the body of the cowl.

The yarn used in the pattern is *Blue Sky Fibers Bulky, shown in "Frost" ,which is 50% alpaca, 50% wool. It is classified as a super-bulky, so for substitution purposes, you’ll want to double most yarns if you want to knit this in anything below a bulky-weight. Also, if you’re substituting yarns, I’d suggest a yarn with at least 50% wool content.

The cable stitch pattern is both written and charted. This pattern also has an accessible large print option that is compatible with screen-reading software. This option includes the written instruction.


You can buy the pattern through Etsy, or Payhip, the discount is available on both platforms. The discount should be be visible on Etsy, To get the discount on Payhip, you can use the coupon code "DecFeatPatt2020"

Now, onto the Mini-KAL!

For the month of December, any finished Snowdrop Lace Cowl has a chance to win a $25 USD gift card from *EatSleepKnit; and one pattern from any of my self-published patterns! To enter on the blog, simply post a link to a picture of your completed cowl by December 31, 2020!  Please note that the cowl doesn't have to have been started in December just finished in December, -- so it's a good reason to pull out any WIPs!

Please note, due to the seizure/migraine risks, you may not post links to Ravelry.com in the comments of this blog. Such links will be removed and will not count as entries to the Knit-Along. IG posts, public Facebook posts, blog posts, or even direct image links are all acceptable alternatives.

You can also win by posting to the giveaway on Facebook, and on Instagram, 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 share them to my Facebook Group if you're on Facebook! That way, I can see the awesome that you folks make!

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

Friday, 4 December 2020

FO Friday: Riotous Noise Socks!

*This post contains affiliate links. Any link marked with an * may give me a reward or commission if you visit and/or purchase something using that link, at no additional cost to you! And, if you do purchase from my affiliate links, thank you for helping to keep rent paid!**So, I finished the Riotous Noise Socks! I've been knitting these to clear my needles for another upcoming sample knit; and I managed to get them off the needles in pretty good time!

The needles I used were my 2 mm (US 0) *double-pointed needles. I know some people find double-pointed needles intimidating, but they are my favorite way to do socks. 
a pair of textured socks knit in brightly coloured variegated yarn

Yarn is Tina's Toasty Toes Sock in "Ben Day Dots", and it's such a fun colour! Rachy Newin Designs was graciously kind enough to send me a skein, and I'm adoring it! .

The socks are cuff-down; with a heel-flap and gusset heel, and the toes are fastened off with Kitchener stitch.  I'm hoping to have these up for testing soon; so stay tuned here on the blog (or other social media spots), for the test-knit calll!

So yeay for another project off the needles! 
What awesome projects have you finished up today! Links in the comments, please, I'd love to see!

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Fasten Off 2020 Yarn-Along!

 Well, today is a hopefully fun announcement -- the start of the Fasten Off 2020 Yarn-Along!

YAL 2020 Logo.  Text Reads: Fasten Off YAL Designer 2020

This started when the amazing Rachy Newin and Kathleen Sperling got the idea to host an off-Ravelry alternative to the annual GAL, due to the accessibility issues still plaguing Ravelry.   They put their brains together, and the Fasten Off Yarn Along was born! 

What does this mean?   

Well, it means 93 indie crochet and knitting designers offering 2084 patterns at 25%  with the discount code FO2020! (This discount works on many places, including my own Etsy Shop!)  The discount runs to Dec 5th; and you've got until the turn of the new year to get your finished objects done!

It means amazing prizes, a wonderful Twitter and IG community, an active discord, and a lot of fun (and we're still only on the first day!)

How do I enter?

Tag your projects with #FastenOff2020, or #FastenOffYAL on various social medias (or, post your pictures to Discord).   Then, submit them via this online form!

(And yes, you'll be able to double-dip with the FastenOff Yarn-Along and my December Featured Pattern Knit Along!)

So, come hang out with all of us and craft away the last month of 2020!  I'd love to see you there! 

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

WIP Wednesday: Riotous Noise Socks!

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday, and I have a WIP to show off (finally!) 

A sock on double-pointed needles, with stitches picked up from the gusset edge of a heel flap.  The sock is knit in brightly coloured variegated yarn, with a smocked diamond stitch on the leg of the sock.
In an attempt to clear my needles of some WIPs (so that I can do even more sample knitting), I've made a focus on clearing out a pair of socks.  I started these ages ago for a magazine submission that wasn't accepted; and now get to show them off to you!

Needles are 2 mm (US 0) *double-pointed needles (which as my personal favorite way to do socks, and work quite well for this stitch pattern!)
Yarn is Tina's Toasty Toes Sock in "Ben Day Dots", and it's such a fun colour!  I got introduced to this yarn via an act of Random Yarn Kindness from Rachy Newin Designs, and I'm adoring it!  This type of 'rainbow' yarn isn't my usual choice of colours, but these socks have been such fun to knit!  One minor grumble -- because this yarn is so wonderfully colourful, it took several tries to find a stitch pattern that wasn't just a jumble of colours (and let's face it, this is still a jumble of colours, but I like it!)


I'm tentatively calling them the Riotous Noise socks.  They're wonderfully colourful, and 2020 definitely needs a colourful, joyful pair of socks!  But they're also named such because 2020 has been riotous (in both the literal and non-literal sense!), exposing the faults in our societies and bringing many social issues to the forefront -- something I hope that folks continue to remember.   Just because the civil disobedience across the world isn't making the news (or Twitter) anymore doesn't mean these issues have magically gone away. 

My very original name for these socks was the "Joyful Noise" socks, drawing from Psalm 100 of the Bible, but that didn't quite fit, mostly because I can't claim that 2020 has been joyful.   "Riotous Noise" just seemed to fit a lot better. 

I'm working on these to clear the needles for another upcoming magazine submission -- so I'm -so- excited to have something to share here on WIP Wed again!

How is your crafting going?  What WIPs are you working on!  Feel free to share in the comments! 

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

November Featured Pattern and KAL: MacAskill Scarf!

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Welcome to the first snowfall of the year here in Toronto!  And, to help keep you warm during the upcoming cold months, the MacAskill Scarf is the  Featured Pattern for November, available 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)!
Click here to purchase on Etsy!  The original inspiration for Woodland Mittens was the Woodland Hat, also based on the same woodland theme. This stitch pattern brought to my mind the image of moss in the knots of trees, with it’s double-moss stitch enclosed within the cable sections, and the Woodland Mittens were born as well!  The mittens are mirrored, with a different left-hand and right-hand mitten. Each mitten has a cable pattern on the back of the hand and a slipped-stitch textured palm. The extra yarn on the palm helps keep the hand warm and provides an additional layer against friction and wear (as well as providing help in making snowballs!)  This pattern has written instructions, and the stitch pattern is both written and charted.  You can buy the pattern through Etsy, or Payhip, the discount is available on both platforms. The discount should be be visible on Etsy, To get the discount on Payhip, you can use the coupon code "OctFeatPatt2020"   Now, onto the Mini-KAL!  For the month of October, any finished pair of Woodland Mitens l has a chance to win a $25 USD gift card from *EatSleepKnit; and one pattern from any of my self-published patterns! To enter on the blog, simply post a link to a picture of your completed pair of Mittens by October 31! Please note that the mittens don't have to have been started in October, just finished in October, -- so it's a good reason to pull out any WIPs!  Please note, due to the seizure/migraine risks, you may not post links to Ravelry.com in the comments of this blog. Such links will be removed and will not count as entries to the Knit-Along. IG posts, public Facebook posts, blog posts, or even direct image links are all acceptable alternatives.  You can also win by posting to the giveaway on Facebook, and on Instagram, 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 share them to my Facebook Group if you're on Facebook! That way, I can see the awesome that you folks make!  **One entry per person for each project per platform (three possible entries total for each completed project). One Winner will be drawn at random using random number generation. Winner must have a valid e-mail address to receive the pattern and electronic gift card. Participants may enter the same project on more then one platform, but may only enter each project once per platform.
Photography: Knit Picks


Striding through the damp and windy winter moors, even the largest Scotsman in recorded history, “Black Angus” MacAskill, would have welcomed this giant scarf. Big enough to reach your ears while wrapped around your neck, deep enough to make a hood thrown over your head, and bulky enough to keep you warm no matter how you wear it.

The cable stitch pattern is both written and charted. This pattern also has an accessible large print option that is compatible with screen-reading software. This option includes the written instruction.

The sample is shown in *Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky in "Fjord Heather". If looking to substitute yarn, any aran/bulky weight wool will substitute well, or, you can knit with sport or dk-weight held double.

You can buy the pattern through Etsy, or Payhip, the discount is available on both platforms. The discount should be be visible on Etsy, To get the discount on Payhip, you can use the coupon code "NovFeatPatt2020" 

Now, onto the Mini-KAL!

For the month of November, any finished MacAskill Scarf has a chance to win a $25 USD gift card from *EatSleepKnit; and one pattern from any of my self-published patterns! To enter on the blog, simply post a link to a picture of your completed scarf by November 30th! Please note that the scarf doesn't have to have been started in November, just finished in November, -- so it's a good reason to pull out any WIPs!

Please note, due to the seizure/migraine risks, you may not post links to Ravelry.com in the comments of this blog. Such links will be removed and will not count as entries to the Knit-Along. IG posts, public Facebook posts, blog posts, or even direct image links are all acceptable alternatives.

You can also win by posting to the giveaway on Facebook, and on Instagram, 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 share them to my Facebook Group if you're on Facebook! That way, I can see the awesome that you folks make!

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