Wednesday, 28 October 2020

WIP Wednesday: Ar Y Traeth Tank Top Back!

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Well, I'm back from super-secret sample knitting, now that Patrons have told me they wanted a Tank Top with a V-Neck!   And this means that the back of the Ar Y Traeth Tank Top is done!  I've split, done the armholes, and done the short-rows for the shoulders, so, now to start the front!
The back of a tank top laying flat, knit in pale blue yarn, with a lace motif in the centre.  The back and shoulder stitches are still live on the needle.

Yarn is  *Rowan Creative Linen, and I'm really enjoying the linen blend  Some linens can be rough on the hands while knitting, but this really isn't, and I'm quite enjoying it!

The tank top design is pretty simple, as I'm still learning and teaching myself how to grade garments, but, so far, I'm really happy with it.  It's designed to be worn over a bathing suit or camisole, and I'm really crossing my fingers that I have enough yarn!  I got 3 skeins of this from a *yarn sale on Lovecrafts, and I'm really hoping I can eke out a tank top in the smallest size with it! 

The needles are a very basic 3.5 mm circular needle, and that's all I'm really needing right now (I will need a spare 3.5 mm needle when I get to the 3-needle bind-off for the shoulders, but I can use a spare DPN for that when I get there. 

Stitch Markers are *Sea Glass Stitch Markers from *WineMakersSister's Etsy Shop.  The rings are welded shut on these stitch markers, so, when they say 'no snag' they really mean it, which is wonderful!

Well, that's my WIP Wed!  How are your works-in-progress coming?   Show off in the comments!

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Celtic Hood Test-Knit Call

Now that I can post the sample, I'm happy to say that the Celtic Hood is now up for testing on Yarnpond!  

This is a knit hood, done in Worsted/Aran-weight yarn, perfect to keep the cold off your ears and head as the winter closes in! 

A woman wearing a knit hood done in worsted-weight yarn, with a cabled-stitch border around the front of the hood, and a garter-stitch hood edging.
Anyway, onto the testing details:

Sample is shown in size S (there are two sizes, Adult Small and Large) and used approximately 1100 yards (1006 meters) of yarn.   It is shown in Cascade 200 Superwash Worsted; if you're thinking of testing, I'd suggest a worsted or aran-weight wool blend.

I'm looking for twelve testers, across both sizes, to test both the charted and written instructions. 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.

To test, you will need to make a Yarnpond account (you do need to sign up if you haven't before, but, don't worry, it's free, all you need is an e-mail address!)  From there, you can link your Instagram and Ravelry accounts, if you have either. And, for those who can't use Ravelry right now, please, don't worry, you don't have to have a Ravelry account to participate!

Deadline for the test is November 30, 2020, and is a flexible deadline if need be. 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!

Friday, 9 October 2020

FO Friday: Celtic Hood!

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So, this is something new for this FO Friday, the Celtic Hood!   It was originally written up as a possible magazine submission,  but, I've decided to self-publish it, instead, so, look for the test-knit call coming soon!  This is the Celtic Hood, a worsted-weight knit hood with a cabled border!

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.

I've been testing this hood out in our cool fall weather, and, I may be biased, but I'm absolutely in love.  It keeps my head warm, and works over a hair bun (an important consideration for me when I'm looking at hats and hoods!)  And I can even say it kept my head dry in a cold fall rain. 

Yarn for the sample is the ubiquitous Cascade 220 Superwash in "Rose", though any worsted-weight wool or wool blend would work up well (acrylic would also work well, but wouldn't be quite as warm).  

The sample is knit both flat and in the round, but don't worry, it only needs one set of *4mm (US 3.5) circular needles, plus 1 spare needle for three-needle bind off.    The cable section is knit first, working flat, then the ribbing for the neck and shoulders is worked in the round.  The hood section is knit flat, picking up stitches from the cable panel as you go.  Finally, a garter stitch border is picked-up-and-knit around the edge of the hood. 

And yeay!  I'm so happy I can finally share this pattern with you all!

What awesome projects have you finished up today!  Links in the comments, please, I'd love to see! 

Monday, 5 October 2020

October Featured Pattern and KAL: Woodland Mittens!

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Well, the Woodland Mittens are the Featured Pattern for October, available 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)  They're a DK-weight pair of mittens, themed after the knots in tree trunks, to keep your hands warm this coming Winter!

Someone wearing a cabled mitten and gripping a chain. The mitten cables enclose a sectio
Photography: Stephanie Wallace

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 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.