Friday, 17 May 2019

FO Friday: Marianna Shawl!

 A woman with her back to the camera.  A large green-blue lace shawl is over her shoulders.  The shawl is square and hangs down over her back.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
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After a (failed) game of Yarn Chicken, the Marianna Shawl is finally done. . . and yes, it's huge. 1578 yards huge.    And a huge thanks to the wonderful knitter who stepped up and mailed me yarn so that I could finish the pattern! 

Yarn is *Knit Picks Gloss Lace in the now-discontinued colourway "Marina". The yarn base is still available, just this colourway was bought during a sale several years ago.  (Hence why running out of yarn was a serious problem)! 

It's worked in the round from the centre out on a 3 mm circular.  I did (barely) manage to fit all 580 stitches on a circular with a 16 inch cable, (much to my surprise), but that was helped by the fact that the edging is knit flat and joined.  (The edging, much to my surprise, took an entire skein in and of itself, but I'm thrilled at how it turned out!)

I'm thrilled to have this done -- I'm so happy with how it came out, but I'm also glad to have it done and off the needles.  It was getting. . . rather unwieldy!  

Anyway, stay tuned for the test-knit call coming soon; and, on that note, a quick reminder that Patrons get access to the test-knit draft and have a guaranteed spot in the test-knitting process!  

What have you folks finished in the past few weeks?  Post your links in the comments so I can admire your awesomeness!

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

WIP Wednesday: More Fingers on the Symbol Gloves!

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed! This week, I've gone back to the Symbol Gloves, while I try and get the Marianna Shawl done and out for test-knitting (Hoping for a test-knit call some time next week, if all goes well)

A double-knit fingerless glove on double pointed needles. Two fingers are complete and another finger is on the needles.  A sewn double-pointed needle case is just behind.
So my actual big project for this week I can't tell you about yet (sssh!  It's a secret!  More will be forthcoming as soon as I can talk about it!)    But, I've also gotten further on the fingers on the Symbol Gloves!  I'm working on the fourth finger now, and I've figured out a much neater way to pick up stitches from the cast-on edges (it does involve the dreaded "pick up and purl", but it's not too bad!

Yarn is *Northbound Knitting Superwash Merino/Nylon Fingering, in "Littoria" and "Espresso".   Not my usual colour palette, I know, but these were a requested project and are a gift, so, I picked out what my gift-ee wanted!   Needles are my *HiyaHiya 2mm dpns. and they're working out well -- I was originally worried that the 2 mm needles would be too dense, but not at all, the fabric is working up well!

And the *DPN needle case I got from *SewSandySew has been -so- helpful, especially as the fingers got more fiddly.  Much less losing the needles in transit (or even to feline 'helpers' around the house!)

Well, as always, I'd love to see what you're working on, so, please, feel free to post links to your projects in the comments, so I can see all the amazing things that you folks make! Also, if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesigns so I can find you on Social Media!

Until next week, and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

May Featured Pattern and KAL: Spring Leaves Market Bag

It's May, and it's finally Spring (thunderstorms included!)  With the farmer's market's finally in full tilt, and wonderful spring produce coming in, what better then a reusable bag to carry it all in?

The Spring Leaves Market Bag Pattern is now 50% off at $2.50 CAD (Regular Price $5.50 CAD) until 11:59, May 31!
 A cream-coloured mesh bag with a drawstring. The drawstring is pulled closed and has been tied into a bow.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
$2.50 CAD
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, 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.The instructions are written, and the lace pattern is both charted and written. The pattern and has been tested and tech-edited as well.

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 May, any finished Spring Leaves Market Bag 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 Spring Leaves Market Bag in the comments of this post by May 31, 2019. Please note that the bag doesn't have to have been started in May, just finished in May!

You can also win by posting to the giveaway on Facebook, my Ravelry Group, and on Instagram, giving 4 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 (four possible 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.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

WIP Wednesday: Fingers on the Symbol Gloves!

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed! This week, I've gone back to the Symbol Gloves!  The Marianna Shawl is done and blocked -- pictures coming soon!

This week, I've separated out for the fingers on the second of the Symbol Gloves.  The first glove is, in fact, done (except for the thumb), but I forgot to do the fingers on it, so I've got to unravel and do that first.   Figured it was better to do the fingers on this one, first!

Double-Knit Gloves laying on a computer keyboard.  The top of the glove has been separated into two fingers, with the remaining stitches on a stitch holder.
Honestly, they're a bit messy.  The picking up of stitches means that a few things are showing through where the fingers join together.  I'm glad these are a proof of concept. 

That said, the yarn is working out well.  I was worried how well it would work up with the picking up of stitches -- I have to pick up purlwise for the green side of the work, and wasn't sure if the yarn would cooperate, but it does!  Yarn is  *Northbound Knitting Superwash Merino/Nylon Fingering, in "Littoria" and "Espresso". I was worried it would be too dense on 2 mm needles, but it's not!  Needles are my *HiyaHiya 2mm dpns. and they're working out well.

Quick update, I know, but I wanted to get something out today -- I've missed the last few WIP Wed posts, mostly due to the busyness that was Holy Week.  

As always, I'd love to see what you're working on, so, please, feel free to post links to your projects in the comments, so I can see all the amazing things. Also, if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesigns so I can find you on Social Media!


Until next week, and Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Pattern Release: Wrought Mithril Hat

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Well I'm thrilled to announce that the Wrought Mithril Hat is now available for purchase on both Ravelry and Etsy!

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
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$6.00 CAD
The Wrought Mithril Hat is a fingering-weight hat with lace and cables, knit in the round from the brim up. It's a perfect piece for those not-quite cold spring night, or as a hat to wear under a winter hood!

The cable pattern and crown decreases are charted, with written instructions available as a secondary download.  Also, this pattern is my first pattern that has an accessible large print option that is compatible with screen-reading software. If you choose the accessible option, it includes the written instruction.  All versions are included with the purchase!

This hat 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 lace and cable fingering-weight hat was 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!

The yarn is *Northbound Knits Merino/Silk Fingering.  and the sample is knit in the colourway "Ethereal"; shown in size Small.  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.

And finally, this post wouldn't be complete without thanks to my amazing Pattern Muses over on Patreon!  This was the first release for the Pattern Muses in 2019, and the pattern is now available to Pattern Muses over on Patreon!

As always, I look forward to seeing what you make, and 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, post to the Ravelry Pattern thread, send me a PM on Ravelry, or e-mail me at sarahdawnsdesigns@gmail.com.

I do hope you enjoy my newest pattern release, and happy crafting!

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

WIP Wednesday: Second Symbol Glove!

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed! This week, I've gone back to the Symbol Gloves (while I try and hunt down yarn for the Marianna Shawl, since I did, in fact, fail at Yarn Chicken.

I'm working along on the thumb gusset for the second glove. .  but, I will have to double back.  

See, these are a gift for my photographer.  She knows she's getting them, and asked me to make them.  But, I'd forgotten that she'd asked that they be fingerless gloves -- that is, that the top of the glove separate into fingers.  So, I'll have to undo the cast off on the other glove and go back and give it fingers.   Whoops!  (I also still have to do the thumb on the other glove, as well!)
A double-knit glove live on double-pointed needles  Yarn is brown, with a dragon motif around the cuff knit in green.  Two stitch markers with charms that read "Faith" are clipped into the work, and a stitch marker with a silver feather charm is at the side of the work.

I'd originally hoped to have them done for Christmas. .  yeah, that didn't happen.  But I'm ok with that and so is my Photographer. 

Anyway, yarn for these is *Northbound Knitting Superwash Merino/Nylon Fingering, in "Littoria" and "Espresso". It's a merino/nylon sock yarn blend, and it's quite good and solid.  I'm really happy with the fabric that's it's creating! Needles are my *HiyaHiya 2mm dpns. and I'm glad I chose these needles.  The sharper tips are really helpful, especially for the m1p (make 1 purl) stitch on the thumb gusset. 

Stitch markers are more from *EfficientSense's Etsy Store -- the *Silver Feather stitch marker is my beginning/end of round marker, while the *"Faith" stitch markers are for the thumb gusset.   Both are technically 'crochet' stitch markers, meaning that they're lobster claws, so I can clip them over small needles, or I can clip them right into the work -- I love the versatility!

Well, that's it for this week's update!  As always, I'd love to see what you're working on this Wed (well, really, whenever you see this blog post!) so, please, feel free to post links to your projects in the comments, so I can see all the amazing things. Also, if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesigns so I can find you on Social Media!

Until next week, and Happy Crafting!

Monday, 1 April 2019

April Featured Pattern and KAL: Colours of Spring Shawl!

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It's April, and it's finally starting to feel like Spring! The snow has (mostly) melted, and stuff is starting to grow! What better way to celebrate then with a shawl? Light enough to be packed away when you don't need it, but heavy enough to keep you warm in the cool nights!

The Colours of Spring Shawl Pattern is now 50% off at $3.00 CAD (Regular Price $6.00 CAD) until 11:59, April 30!

A woman wearing a garter stitch and lace crescent shawl. The shawl is striped in a blue-green gradient. One edge of the shawl is out of frame, with the other end wrapped around her shoulder, with the wingspan held open.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace


$3.00 CAD
This garter-stitch and lace crescent shawl is specifically designed to use those mini-skein sets that are tucked away in your stash. Don't worry, it will work up just as well with a gradient yarn, or even a solid coloured yarn.  Sample is shown using two *gradient sets from *OceanWindKnits.

The instructions are written, and the lace pattern is both charted and written. The pattern and has been tested and tech-edited as well.

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, onto the Knit-Along!

For the month of April, any finished Colours of Spring Shawl can be entered to win a pattern from any of my self-published patterns! To enter on the blog, simply post a link to your completed Colours of Spring Shawl in the comments of this post by April 30, 2019 Please note that the shawl doesn't  have to have to have been started in April, just finished in April!

You can also win by posting to the giveaway on Facebook, my Ravelry Group, and on Instagram, giving 4 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 (four possible 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.