Friday, 20 December 2019

Pattern Release: Necessity of Innovation Legwarmers!

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Hello folks! So the Necessity of Innovation Legwarmers are now live on Ravelry and Etsy

Photography: Stephanie Wallace:
$ 5.50 CAD
These are lace and cable legwarmers in 7 sizes, knit in sock/fingering yarn!  They're 23 inches (58 cm), but can be made longer or shorter as you desire! Sizing runs from a 14 inch/36 cm circumference to a 31 inch/79 cm circumference.

Why the "Necessity of Innovation"?  Because I got tired of having to take my boots off to take off my legwarmers!  So, these are knit flat, then  fasten up the side with buttons or a zipper (instructions for both are included). See?  Necessity inspired innovation! 

The samples are shown in *Dream in Colour Smooshy, in the colourway "Brilliant" 

Buttons shown on the sample are *12 mm buttons from *BonjourHandmadeDIY, but any 12 or 14 mm (1/2 or 5/8 inch) buttons would work nicely for the button-up version.    

The pattern also has the option to add a piece of ribbon or cord at the top, to help keep the legwarmers from slouching down your legs over the course of the day. Sample also uses *Organic Cotton Ribbon, from *TheSewingRetreat, but since this doesn't require a lot of ribbon -- 79 to 96 inches (200 to 244 cm), depending on your size -- it's a great way to use up the end of a spool of ribbon! (You could also make an i-chord to use up some stash yarn, too!)

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

Well, as always, I look forward to 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, post to the Ravelry Pattern thread, send me a PM on Ravelry, or e-mail me at sarahdawnsdesigns@gmail.com.

Also, this post wouldn't be complete without thanks to my amazing Pattern Muses over on Patreon! And the pattern is now available to Pattern Muses over on Patreon!

I hope you enjoy, and happy crafting!

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

WIP Wednesday: First Dragon Scale Glove Done!

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Welcome back to WIP Wed, and the last WIP Wed post of 2019 (how did that happen!  Eeek!)

A textured glove, knit with variegated dark green yarn. The cut ends of the yarn are dangling from the tips of the fingers and the bottom of the cuff.

Well, this means I have exactly a week to finish the Dragon Scale Gloves, and I'm doing relatively ok, with one glove done, and a second glove started!

These gloves are based on the same motif as my Silver Dragon Cowl, (and yes, I will be publishing these gloves at a future date!)

The gloves will be mirrored, like many of my mitten/glove designs are. I like having the slipped-stitch palm, both for texture and for durability. So far, I haven't knit two right hand gloves, and I'm rather hoping I don't!  Oh, and yes, this glove doesn't quite fit my hand properly -- this is Christmas Knitting, and it's going to someone with larger hands then me, so my attempts at modelling leave a bit to be desired.

Yarn is the now-discontinued Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 in "Spruce". It's 100% Merino, and it's knitting up quite nice and dense on *2mm (US 0) needles.  It pools quite differently on the fingers then the body of the glove, no surprise, but I'm still happy with it! And yes, I still have ends to weave in, but those won't take more then a minute or two!

Well, that's it for 2019!  So, a question, to round out the year on a high point -- what did you folks accomplish in 2019 that you're proud of?  It can be anything -- share in the comments below!

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

WIP Wednesday: Dragon Scale Gloves Thumb Gusset!

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Welcome back to WIP Wed! And, the Christmas Knitting continues!  

the cuff of a textured glove on small double-pointed needles.  Two stitch markers show where the thumb gusset increases have been placed.
These are a start to the Dragon Scale Gloves. which are based on the same motif as my Silver Dragon Cowl, and they're going to be a Christmas Present!  I would be further, except that I had to unravel back a good bit to fix some mistakes (you can see that debacle on Twitch, if you like)!  

The gloves will be mirrored, like many of my mitten/glove designs are.  I like having the slipped-stitch palm, both for texture and for durability. (This does mean, however, that I must pay attention, or risk knitting two right handed mittens and no left-hand mittens, (this has happened before. . .)

Yarn is the now-discontinued Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 in "Spruce" that has been in my stash for a bit now.   It's 100% Merino, and it's knitting up quite nice and dense on *2mm (US 0) needles.  It is a bit of a 'sticky' yarn, as evidenced by the frogging, but, otherwise it's working up well! 

The stitch markers are *Sea Glass Stitch Markers from *WineMakersSister's Etsy Shop.  In a break from my usual tradition, these are not lobster claw stitch markers, but instead are solid metal rings that slip over the needles.  However, because these metal rings are solid, there's no risk of the yarn snags that can sometimes happen with jump rings (or, even lobster claw stitch markers)! 

So yes, the holiday knitting continues, and I might actually finish!  How goes your knitting over this holiday season?  Sound off in the comments! 

Sunday, 8 December 2019

"How Do I Knit That"? Podcast, Episode 7! Yarn Weight and Yarn Fibres!

Hello folks!

So for those who don't know, I have a podcast!  The first six episodes are available on Patreon, while Episode 7 (and future episodes), are available on Youtube as well!

Anyway, this is Episode 7; an overview of yarn weights and yarn fiber types.

Have a Question for the Podcast? Head to Youtube and Leave a Comment! Questions should be related to knitting, crochet, or yarn. Questions about specific knitting/crochet patterns may or may not be answered, depending on if I have access to the pattern.  Oh, and Patrons can submit audio or video recordings of their question, plus, they get early access to the podcast!
Anyway, hope you enjoy! Episode 8 will be available Mid-December! And remember, Yes, you can, in fact, knit  that!

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

WIP Wednesday: Christmas Knitting (Dragon Scale Gloves)


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Welcome back to WIP Wed! And, the dreaded Christmas Knitting has started (Honestly, I probably should have started sooner!)

Knitting on a set of double-pointed needles  The yarn is fingering-weight in shades of green, brown, and deep blue.  There is a silver rose stitch marker clipped into the work.
 These are a start to the Dragon Scale Gloves. which are based on the same motif as my Silver Dragon Cowl, and they're going to be a Christmas Present!

Yarn is the now-discontinued Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 in "Spruce" that I picked up at a yarn sale a couple of years ago.  It's 100% Merino, but considering I'm knitting it on *2mm (US 0) needles, it is so far coming out quite dense!   Even with the yarn over stitches in the pattern, these should turn out nice and warm for my gift-ee! 

Stitch Marker is one of my *Silver Rose Stitch Markers  that I got from *EfficientSense's Etsy Store. It's quite nice for working with DPNs, since the lobster claw means I can clip it right into the work, rather then have it falling off the tip of the dpn. 

So who's started their Holiday knitting (and, even more importantly, who's -finished- their holiday knitting?)   Post your successes (or your overambitious projects!), in the comments!  

Sunday, 1 December 2019

December Featured Pattern and KAL: Woodland Hat

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With the weather turning cold now, and another Polar Vortex predicted for North America, what's better for cold weather then a worsted-weight, double-layered hat with a thick brim to keep your ears warm!

So, the Woodland Hat Pattern is now 50% off at $2.75 CAD. (Regular Price, $5.50 CAD). until the end of December!

A woman wearing a blue cabled knit hat with the brim folded up, revealing an off-white layer underneath.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
$2.75 CAD
This hat is knit in the round from the brim up, using a provisional cast on to create both sides of this reversible hat.  One side is cast on and knit, then, the provisional cast on is picked up, and the second layer of the hat is knit.

Sample was knit in Squoosh Fiber Arts Ultra Worsted in "Rock Candy" and "Mallowmar". Though the particular colours are no longer available, the yarn is *still easily available.

The pattern has been test-knit and tech-edited, and is both charted and written.

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 Mini-KAL!

For the month of December, any finished Woodland 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 your completed Hat in the comments of this post by December 31, 2019. Please note that the hat doesn't have to have been started in December just finished in December!

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). 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.