Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Pattern Release: Garden Trellis Mittens


And, just in time for the cooler fall weather, the Garden Trellis Fingerless Mittens pattern is now available on Payhip,  and Etsy!
A person wearing a pair of fingerless crochet mittens. They have their hands around a small flower.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace

These mittens are a sister pattern to the upcoming Garden Trellis Hat; done in the same yarn -- the amazing Scuttleship Romney from Bobolink Yarns. They are designed for four adult sizes, and a customizable cuff length, too!

With simple bobbles and post stitches, it’s a good introduction to slightly more ‘adventurous’ crochet, while still being simple enough to work on while watching tv or commuting on the train.

Wrist Circumference: 6.5 (7.5, 8.5, 9.5) inches, 

Sample is shown in Scuttleship Romney, in "Pine", and uses 1 to 2 skeins, depending on the size. 

The patter is both written and charted, and, there is a large-print version available as well, that is also compatible with screen-reading technology! This pattern has been tech edited and is currently in the tag-end of testing (and will be updated with any feedback from testers).

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 mittens, and happy crafting!

Friday, 21 August 2020

FO Friday: Ar Lan Y Môr Socks

A pair of fingering-weight lace socks done up in striping sock yarn.   Yarn stripes between tan, grey, light teal, and royal blue.









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So, for this FO Friday, The Ar Lan y Môr Socks are done!  Whoot!  I'm thrilled these are finally done -- it was good to get them off the needles (I needed the needles for an upcoming project, so, it was a good  incentive to get these done)

Pattern is my Ar Lan y Môr Socks, published in Knotions Magazine.  And yarn is the wonderful *TurtlePurl Striped Turtle Toes in the colourway "Winter is Coming". While that particular colour isn't available, there's lots of other colours that are available!

The socks were cuff down, and knit on  *2.25 mm Hiya Hiya dpns -- it made at least the start of the socks a great transit project (they are a great transit project, but I've had no call to really go anywhere, due to virus). 

I'm happy to have another WIP off the needles -- I'm trying to pare down my stash of WIPs.  So far, I've been finishing things, but also casting on new things!  Does anyone else have that problem?  Let me know in the comments!


Thursday, 20 August 2020

Garden Trellis Fingerless Mittens Testing Call!

Well, it's been a busy week here, and now I'm thrilled to say that the Garden Trellis Fingerless Mittens are now up for testing on Yarnpond
A person wearing a pair of fingerless crochet mittens.  They have their hands around a small flower.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
Like their sibling pattern, the Garden Trellis Hat, they're  shown in Bobolink Yarns Scuttleship Romney yarn!  It's a glorious 100% wool blend that was such fun to work with!

Anyway, onto the testing details:

 You can find the test on Yarnpond.

Sample shown here is size XS, and used approximately 184 yards  (168 meters) of yarn.

If you're thinking of testing, I'd suggest a fingering-weight yarn in wool, a wool blend, or an acrylic (it might also work up well in cotton, but I wouldn't suggest something like bamboo or silk).

I'm looking for sixteen testers, across four sizes, and I'm also specifically looking for testers to test the large-print/screen reader accessible version of this pattern! So if that's something you're willing/able to do, just make a note of that on your Yarnpond application, and I'll send you the link to the large print pattern.

Deadline for the test is September 15th, 2020, and is a flexible deadline if need be.  The pattern may, in fact, go live before that date, since I'm working with the amazing folks at Bobolink Yarns, but, that doesn't ever mean that feedback won't be used!   Testers who complete the test will receive the finished pattern for free, as well as two patterns of their choice from my self-published patterns.

If you want to be notified about future testing calls, I post testing calls here on the blog, and to my other social media platforms (Facebook, Patreon, Instagram and Twitter), and, I'll send out calls to those on my mailing list, as well, so hopefully, anyone who's interested will see my testing calls.

And if you know someone else who might be interested, please, as always feel free to share this post with them!  I don't usually fill my pattern tests, so, the more testers the better!

Monday, 10 August 2020

Garden Trellis Hat Testing Call!

Hello folks! So, I'm happy to say, the testing call for my Garden Trellis Hat is now live on Yarnpond!

I haven't done the final photo shoot, so this photo isn't the best; but, hopefully, it's enough to spark some interest!

A crochet hat done in dark teal fingering-weight yarn; with columns of bobbles and raised post stitches.
It's shown in Bobolink Yarns Scuttleship Romney yarn. The amazing folks at Bobolink Yarns sent me 3 skeins to work with, and I've worked up both the hat and a matching pair of Mitts!

So, onto the testing details! You can find the test on Yarnpond

Sample shown here is size Large,  (hence why it's not modeled) and used approximately 300 yards of yarn.  

In terms of yarn for testers, I'd suggest a fingering-weight yarn in wool, a wool blend, or an acrylic (it might also work up well in cotton, but I wouldn't suggest something like bamboo or silk). 

I'm looking for eight testers, across three sizes, and I'm also specifically looking for testers to test the large-print/screen reader accessible version of this pattern, so if that's something you're willing/able to do, just make a note of that on your Yarnpond application, and I'll send you the link to the large print pattern.

Deadline for the test is August 31, 2020.  This test, unlike most of my tests, is not as flexible a deadline, since I'm testing for a third-party publication and want to get this hat up and running.  Testers who complete the test will receive the finished pattern for free, as well as two patterns of their choice from my self-published patterns.

If you want to be notified about testing calls, I post testing calls here on the blog, and to my other social media platforms (Facebook, Patreon, Instagram and Twitter), and, I'll send out calls to those on my mailing list, as well, so hopefully, anyone who's interested will see my testing calls.   

And if you know someone else who might be interested, please, feel free to share this post with them!

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

August Featured Pattern and KAL: Ar Lan y Môr Socks

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Well, the Ar Lan y Môr Socks are the Featured Pattern for August and is available at 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)  These socks are perfect for summer adventures by the side of a river or lake (as true to their name!)

A person wearing a pair of pale blue fingering-weight lace socks

Photo Credit: © Kellie Nuss for Knotions Magazine





The Ar Lan y Môr (Welsh for ‘by the seaside’) Socks were inspired by the ripples of seaweed and other water plants that grow just below the waterline of many lakes, rivers and seas around the world, as well as the imagery of the Welsh folk song of the same name – flowers and grasses rippling beside the sea.
The sample is shown in a relatively standard sock yarn; with 75% Superwash Merino Wool, and 25% nylon. If you’re looking to substitute yarns, any wool or wool/nylon sock blend should work up well!

The garter and stockinette stitch lace gives the socks some stretch without being too snug on the leg. The leg and foot length are both adjustable to the wearer’s preference, and the stitch pattern is complicated enough to keep some interest, while simple enough to be ‘television knitting’.  The socks are knit cuff down, using your choice of circular knitting method, with a grafted toe. 

You can buy the pattern through Etsy, Payhip, or Ravelry, the discount is available on all platforms. The discount should be be visible on Etsy, and will be applied automatically on Ravelry.  To get the discount on Payhip, you can use the coupon code on the top of the Payhip page. As always, let me know if something doesn't work! **Note, there are no direct links to Ravelry available due to seizure/migraine risk**

Now, onto the Mini-KAL!

For the month of August, any finished pair of Ar Lan y Môr Socks 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 socks by August 30, 2020! Please note that the socks don't have to have been started in August, just finished in August, -- 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.