Wednesday, 14 April 2021

WIP Wednesday: Dr. Who Scarf Commission!

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday, and with a few more things sorted, I can get started on some commissions -- the first of which is a Dr. Who scarf (yes, the absurd 12 foot long one!)

a striped scarf in garter stitch.
I originally swore I would never make one of these, but, surprisingly, it knit up really fast, I think because it's all garter stitch, so I can do it during class/meetings/etc.   I've been working on it over on Twitch, and enjoying it immensely!

Most of the yarn is *StyleCraft Special DK, with the brown being *Knit Picks Brava Sport in "Brindle".  In my research for this project, I found an amazing fan-site that's dedicated to putting together information for all the Dr. Who scarves throughout the seasons, and they were an amazing resource for colour-matching yarns for the scarf.   The only colour I couldn't match from their list was the Green -- I went with *StyleCraft Special DK in "Khaki" after some additional research.  (For some reason that I no longer recall, I also ordered a skein of "Meadow", but that's skein is definitely not going to colour match at all; so that will become something else!)

Needles are some Aero 5.5 mm needles, as suggested from the original BBC pattern. Apparently, though the official pattern is somewhat inaccurate (it was published a minimum of 6 years after the scarf was made); the needle size it suggested worked out almost perfectly for me.  I'm almost spot on the estimated row gauge, which is a bit more important in this pattern to get the absurd length correct. It's a teeny bit wider then the original scarf is suggested to be (estimates put the original scarf at somewhere between 11 to 12 inches in width, while mine is sitting at 13), but as the scarf will stretch with wear and time; I'm not too worried about that.  If I went down to 5 mm needles, it's enough of a difference to make the scarf a bit less drapey and compress the stripes a bit from their original estimated measurements, so I'll take the compromise of a bit wider scarf instead. 

This has been -perfect- balcony knitting, now that the weather has become quite glorious!  Once I finish a few other submission knits; I might take a day and just knit on this in one of the local parks!  (It's also become my knitting for my Welsh Class -- because it's just garter-stitch with a slipped-stitch edge, I can knit on it while keeping my attention on the class!)

What are you folks working on this week?  Any fandom-inspired knits you want to share?   Feel free to post them in the comments! (Please, no Ravelry project links though, as Ravelry is, unfortunately, still a seizure risk.  But IG posts, Facebook posts, blog posts, or anything else is more then welcome, I'd love to see what you're working on!)


Thursday, 1 April 2021

April Featured Pattern and Knit-Along: Spring Leaves Market Bag

 Welcome to April!  Spring is finally here, (along with a plethora of birds!) And that means a new Knit-Along and Featured Pattern!  The Spring Leaves Market Bag is the Featured Pattern for April, available at 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)!

A drawstring bag mesh bag left partially open. The bag has apples inside.


The inspiration for this Market Bag came from the (now defunct) Ravelry Designer’s Challenge with the theme of “spring awakening”.  The bag starts with a pinhole cast on. Increases are worked into a leaf lace pattern to form the base of the bag. The leaf lace transitions to a lace mesh, and finishes with a garter stitch edging. A twisted cord allows for easy carrying and helps to keep the bag tied shut!

The sample was knit in FibraNatura Good Earth Solids, (which is, sadly, now discontinued), a worsted/aran blend of 53% cotton and 47% flax. The flax content makes the yarn quite durable, so if substituting yarns, I’d suggest a cotton/flax or cotton/hemp blend. 

This pattern has written instructions, and the 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 only 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 "AprFeatPatt2021"

Now, onto the Knit-Along!

For the month of April, any finished Spring Leaves Market Bag 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 bag by April 30, 2021.  Please note that the bag doesn't have to have been started in April, just finished in April, -- 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.

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Pattern Release: Celtic Hood

Well, after a bit of a delay, the Celtic Hood Pattern is now available on Payhip, and Etsy!  It's perfect for cold spring mornings to keep the rain and snow off your head -- and I've been testing my pattern sample during a Canadian winter, and it definitely does the job!

The Celtic Hood was to fill a gap in my own knitting library. I found I only had few hood patterns, and none for adults. And when an internet search failed to turn up what I wanted, I decided to design it myself!

A woman wearing a red knit hood, with a cabled-stitch border around the front of the hood. The hood has a ribbed neck that falls over the top of the shoulders.


This hood starts with the cable panel, which is knit flat. The neck is knit in the round, then the cable section is joined to the neck with a three-needle bind off. The body of the hood is knit back and forth, picking up stitches from the edge of the cable pattern. Finally, stitches are picked up from the other side of the cable pattern to make the edge of the hood. So while it is an exercise in more unusual construction, there's absolutely nothing scary about it, I promise!

Sizes Available:  Adult Small and Large.
Hood Depth: 9.75(10.75) inches, 25(27.5)cm.
Top of Neck to Top Seam: 12(14) inches, 30.5(35.5) cm

1100 (1550) yards/1006 (1418) meters of worsted/aran yarn. Sample knit in Cascade Yarns Cascade 200, (100% Superwash Wool), in the colourway "Rose."

The pattern is both written and charted, and, there is a large-print version available 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! 

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 hood, and, as always, happy crafting!

Friday, 26 March 2021

FO Friday: Statement Scarf

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Whelp, I did it, I finished the scarf

A pink scarf worked in bulky-weight yarn. The scarf is knit in garter stitch with a centre cable motif

The Statement Cable Scarf is going to be published as part of the Malabrigo Quickies Program, so the fact that it knits up so fast is absolutely perfect!

It takes 2 skeins of *Malabrigo Mecha (shown in "English Rose" and uses them up almost completely (I haven't weighed this yet, but it's not much yarn left at all!) that was wonderfully given to me as yarn support from the folks at Malabrigo!   It's a single-ply yarn, so I wouldn't suggest it for anything hard-wearing, but, for a scarf, it makes a wonderfully squishy, snuggly fabric, especially with the garter stitch!

I used 7 mm wooden needles from Turn of The Century, and I'm really happy with how well knitting on these worked out!

Now to get this out to my photographer and get the pattern written up!  Stay tuned soon for the test-knitting call!


Wednesday, 24 March 2021

WIP Wednesday: Statement Cable Scarf

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday, and the big sample-knitting project is done!  So it's on to new samples, and these are samples I can show you!
A pink scarf in bulky weight yarn.  It has one centre cable on a background of garter stitch.

This is the upcoming Statement Scarf (name isn't finalized yet, it might stick or not!)  It will be published as part of the Malabrigo Quickies program (a bunch of quick-knit projects done up in Malabrigo Yarn!)

Yarn is some beautiful *Malabrigo Mecha, that was sent to me from the amazing folks at Malabrigo!  The colourway is "English Rose", and I'm really happy with  how this scarf is turning out!  Originally, I'd planned for it to be a touch wider, but I'm adjusting based on the amount of yarn I got (total math error on my part!), and I'm quite happy with it!   The only minor thing is that it is hand-dyed, so you want to alternate skeins as you get near the end of the first skeins, just so the difference between skeins isn't as obvious.

Needles are my 7 mm Wooden needles from Turn of the Century  They're usually in my Twitch Blanket, but they were the needles that I got the tension I wanted on them, so, I'm trying to power through the scarf so I can get back to work on the blanket!

The *Sea Glass Stitch Markers for the Cable Section are from *WineMakersSister's Etsy Shop, while the *Dolphin Stitch Marker that I'm using to mark where I'm alternating yarn is from *NotionsEmporium (previously known as efficientsense's Etsy shop).  The *Sea Glass Stitch markers are great for being completely no-snag (the rings are soldered shut, so there's absolutely no gap for yarn to potentially get caught in!)  And the lobster claw for the *dolphin stitch marker is perfect for marking where I'm alternating yarns!   I'm alternating yarns two stitches in on the garter stitch, so  that the edge stays neat. 

I've had a few nice days to go and knit out on our balcony, and this scarf has come with me!   Have you cast on anything new this spring?

Monday, 1 March 2021

March Featured Pattern and Knit-Along: Mitered Drawstring Project Bag


Welcome to March, and that means a new Knit-Along and Featured Pattern!  The Mitered Drawstring Project Bag is the Featured Pattern for March, available at 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)!
A drawstring bag made primarily of joined mitered squares. The top has eyelets with a twisted cord threaded through them, and a skein of yarn is partially out of the open bag.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace

Inspiration for this Mitered Drawstring Project Bag came from the (now defunct) Designer’s Challenge forum on Ravelry. The challenge was to create a bag using mitered squares, and this was the result! I was looking for something durable, big enough to be a project bag for my knitting, and something that would use up those leftover skeins I had in my stash. This pattern uses about half-a-skein of the suggested yarn per colour, (a little more for the MC) making it the perfect project to use up leftover half-skeins of yarn!

The bag starts with the same cast on used for toe-up socks, and increases from that to form the bottom of the bag. There are two different bottoms, one for a bag with a tapered bottom, (shown on the sample), and one for a flat bottomed bag.

The mitered squares are knit individually without seaming, picking up stitches from the work below. Then, the bag is finished in the round and eyelets are added for a twisted cord. The top border of the bag is edged with garter stitch stripes.

The yarn used for the sample is Red Heart Eco-Cotton Blend, shown in the colourways "Chocolate" "Denim", "Snow," and "Moss"  but any worsted or aran-weight cotton yarn should work up fine -- you could also work it in acrylic, or wool as well! 

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 "FebFeatPatt2021"

Now, onto the Knit-Along!

For the month of March any finished Mitered Drawstring Project Bag 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 bag by March 31, 2021. Please note that the bag doesn't have to have been started in March, just finished in March -- 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.



Wednesday, 24 February 2021

WIP Wednesday: Feather On the Wind Mittens, Sample Two!

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday, and though the big sample knitting project (still) isn't done, I do have a new WIP to show off!

But first: my knitting and crochet has been slow the last few weeks.  For those who don't know, we lost both our kitties within a week this February. There was a lot of running back and forth with vet appointments, and caring for our old ladies took quite a bit of our time.   

They both, thankfully, were sick only for a short time before they left us.  But it's been hard to get any knitting/crocheting done, and I'm only now finding the emotional energy to really get back into the actual crafting side of this job. 
A crochet tube, worked in the round in Feather Stitch in a deep turquoise yarn.  A stitch maker with the words "Faith" is clipped into the bottom edge of the work.

So, it's time to show you something new. 

This is the second sample that I'm crocheting up for the Feather On The Wind Mittens.   This pattern got accepted into the WeCrochet IDP program, and so, I'm working it up in *WeCrochet's Gloss DK, in the beautiful colourway "Kenai".  


The hook is the same as last time: it's a *5 mm hook from Darn Good Yarn.  This hook is what you get in the first month of the *Darn Good Yarn Subscription Box (which was ever so generously gifted to me by JennyKnits on Twitch;  who sadly, doesn't seem to be streaming any more!) 

And the *"Faith" stitch marker is from *NotionsEmporium (previously known as efficientsense's Etsy shop),  and, I'm reminded once again how much I love their lobster-claw stitch markers for crochet! In this case, it's more a casual round marker, as this pattern spirals, so I don't need a joining slip-stitch in the round. But it works wonderfully to make sure I know where my round begins and ends so I know where to properly split and start working flat for the thumb opening. 

I've been working on these over on Twitch a little bit (speaking of which, I plan to be back to streaming on my normal schedule on Friday.  The last few months have been a scheduling nightmare, it seems!)  They come together quite quickly; which is good, because after these, I have some commission knitting to do! 

With the warmer weather slowly setting in, Fingerless mittens are going to become a wardrobe staple again.  What are you folks working on as the snow (slowly) melts?