Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Pattern Release: Convertible Mittens


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I'm happy to announce that the Convertible Mittens pattern is now available on Payhip, and Etsy, hopefully just in time to help keep your hands warm with the colder weather! 

The convertible Cable Mittens are basically just what they sound like, a set of densely knit mittens done in Aran-weight yarn, designed to stand up to a Canadian winter, but also leave the fingers free for texting, using car keys, or all those other fiddly tasks that are near-impossible in standard mittens!

a person wearing a pair of flip-top convertible mittens. They are unbuttoning the left-hand mitten from the back of the hand.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace

The mitts are knit from the cuff to the tip, with the mitten flap picked up across the back of the hand. The slipped-stitch palm helps provide warmth, traction, and durability to the mitten; while the cables up the back provide a dash of style to a functional and durable mitten.

Sizes Available: XS, (S, M, L, XL)
Hand Circumference: 7 (7.5, 8, 8.5, 9) inches (18, 19, 20.5, 21.5, 23) cm, measured at base of knuckles.
Cuff and thumb length are adjustable.
Pattern is intended to be worn with approximately 0.5 to 1 inches (1.5 to 2.5) cm of ease.

176 (189, 245, 263, 291)yards, 161 (173, 224, 241, 266) of worsted/aran yarn. Blue Sample is knit in *Blue Sky Fibers Worsted Hand Dyes: (50% Alpaca/50% Merino);

The pattern is both written and charted, and, there is a large-print version available as well, 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!  And thanks to the amazing Pattern Muses on Patreon for their input and ideas into this pattern! 

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, as always, happy crafting!

Monday, 14 December 2020

December Featured Pattern and KAL: Snowdrop Lace Cowl


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Well, the colder weather is here, and it looks like it's staying for a bit!  As winter arrives properly, stay nice and warm with the Snowdrop Cowl! (Also, it's a quick knit in bulky yarn, perfect for any last-minute gift-knitting!  The Snowdrop Cowl Featured Pattern for December, available 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)!

A woman wearing a blue bulky knit cowl. The cowl has a lace and cable pattern.
Photography:  Douvlak Photography

This cowl 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 super-bulky lace and cable cowl was the result!

The cowl is worked in the round, with garter stitch edging and the Snowdrop Cable and Lace Pattern forming the body of the cowl.

The yarn used in the pattern is *Blue Sky Fibers Bulky, shown in "Frost" ,which is 50% alpaca, 50% wool. It is classified as a super-bulky, so for substitution purposes, you’ll want to double most yarns if you want to knit this in anything below a bulky-weight. Also, if you’re substituting yarns, I’d suggest a yarn with at least 50% wool content.

The cable 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 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 "DecFeatPatt2020"

Now, onto the Mini-KAL!

For the month of December, any finished Snowdrop Lace Cowl 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 cowl by December 31, 2020!  Please note that the cowl doesn't have to have been started in December just finished in December, -- 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.

Friday, 4 December 2020

FO Friday: Riotous Noise Socks!

*This post contains affiliate links. Any link marked with an * may give me a reward or commission if you visit and/or purchase something using that link, at no additional cost to you! And, if you do purchase from my affiliate links, thank you for helping to keep rent paid!**So, I finished the Riotous Noise Socks! I've been knitting these to clear my needles for another upcoming sample knit; and I managed to get them off the needles in pretty good time!

The needles I used were my 2 mm (US 0) *double-pointed needles. I know some people find double-pointed needles intimidating, but they are my favorite way to do socks. 
a pair of textured socks knit in brightly coloured variegated yarn

Yarn is Tina's Toasty Toes Sock in "Ben Day Dots", and it's such a fun colour! Rachy Newin Designs was graciously kind enough to send me a skein, and I'm adoring it! .

The socks are cuff-down; with a heel-flap and gusset heel, and the toes are fastened off with Kitchener stitch.  I'm hoping to have these up for testing soon; so stay tuned here on the blog (or other social media spots), for the test-knit calll!

So yeay for another project off the needles! 
What awesome projects have you finished up today! Links in the comments, please, I'd love to see!