Wednesday, 24 February 2021

WIP Wednesday: Feather On the Wind Mittens, Sample Two!

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday, and though the big sample knitting project (still) isn't done, I do have a new WIP to show off!

But first: my knitting and crochet has been slow the last few weeks.  For those who don't know, we lost both our kitties within a week this February. There was a lot of running back and forth with vet appointments, and caring for our old ladies took quite a bit of our time.   

They both, thankfully, were sick only for a short time before they left us.  But it's been hard to get any knitting/crocheting done, and I'm only now finding the emotional energy to really get back into the actual crafting side of this job. 
A crochet tube, worked in the round in Feather Stitch in a deep turquoise yarn.  A stitch maker with the words "Faith" is clipped into the bottom edge of the work.

So, it's time to show you something new. 

This is the second sample that I'm crocheting up for the Feather On The Wind Mittens.   This pattern got accepted into the WeCrochet IDP program, and so, I'm working it up in *WeCrochet's Gloss DK, in the beautiful colourway "Kenai".  


The hook is the same as last time: it's a *5 mm hook from Darn Good Yarn.  This hook is what you get in the first month of the *Darn Good Yarn Subscription Box (which was ever so generously gifted to me by JennyKnits on Twitch;  who sadly, doesn't seem to be streaming any more!) 

And the *"Faith" stitch marker is from *NotionsEmporium (previously known as efficientsense's Etsy shop),  and, I'm reminded once again how much I love their lobster-claw stitch markers for crochet! In this case, it's more a casual round marker, as this pattern spirals, so I don't need a joining slip-stitch in the round. But it works wonderfully to make sure I know where my round begins and ends so I know where to properly split and start working flat for the thumb opening. 

I've been working on these over on Twitch a little bit (speaking of which, I plan to be back to streaming on my normal schedule on Friday.  The last few months have been a scheduling nightmare, it seems!)  They come together quite quickly; which is good, because after these, I have some commission knitting to do! 

With the warmer weather slowly setting in, Fingerless mittens are going to become a wardrobe staple again.  What are you folks working on as the snow (slowly) melts? 


Wednesday, 3 February 2021

February Featured Pattern and Knit-Along: Spiralling Star Fingerless Mitten

Whelp, it's February, and that means a new Knit-Along and Featured Pattern! The Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens are the Featured Pattern for February, available at 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)!

Someone wearing a pair of fingerless mittens. The mittens are knit in a dark green fingering-yarn and use a textured star stitch over the body of the mitten.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace

Purchase on Etsy!

The idea for the Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens came from an online knit-along which challenged participants to create something using the Star Stitch pattern. While swatching, I found a particular version of the Star Stitch that created a spiral effect, and these mittens were born from that!

These fingerless mittens are worked from the cuff-up in the round, with the Star Stitch pattern continuing onto the thumb gusset. The top cuff, bottom cuff, and thumb are edged with 1 by 1 ribbing.

The yarn used for the sample is MadelineTosh Eyre Light, shown in the colourway “Mill Pond”, but any fingering-weight yarn should work up fine. If substituting yarns, be aware that the yarn chosen should be a yarn with a considerable amount of stretch.

Please note that these these mittens are designed to be worn with no positive ease, and that the stitch pattern does not have a lot of stretch. They are specifically designed to be quite snug to the hand, especially around the thumb gusset. For best results, knit the size that is closest to or larger than your actual hand measurements. If in doubt, go up a size.

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 "FebFeatPatt2021"

Now, onto the Knit-Along!

For the month of February any finished pair of Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens 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 February 28th 2021! Please note that the mittens don't have to have been started in February, just finished in February -- 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.

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

WIP Wednesday: Fireside Crochet Mittens

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday, and I (finally) have a new WIP to show off, amidst the frantic sample knitting!

So, I started the Fireside Mittens, inspired by a magazine call. But, I wasn't accepted (which is very common, magazines way more submissions then they could ever publish and the decision process is very challenging!) so, I thought, lets publish them myself! 

A crochet mitten cuff done in a textured crochet stitch.  It uses fingering-weight variegated yarn in yellow, orange, red, and black.  Two silver stitch markers are clipped into the cuff.
And since I'm going to need that hook for a new project very soon, I want to get them done!

Hook is a 3.5 mm (US E) hook from Leither Co. that I was lucky enough to win on the Yarn Thing podcast, and it's been in one project or another pretty much every day since it came to me in the mail. 

Yarn is a Merino/Nylon/Cashmere blend that came to me as a random act of internet kindness, but it came without the ball band, so I'm not sure on the dyer!  But, it spoke perfectly to me on the theme of "Fire" so, here we are! 

Both the *Silver Feather and the *Angel Wing stitch markers are from *NotionsEmporium (previously known as efficientsense's Etsy shop), and they're great for use in crochet -- the lobster claps work well, both to mark stitches, and to keep the work from unravelling when I put it away!

The fabric isn't super-dense, these wouldn't be suitable for the depths of winter on their own.  But as a layering mitten, or a mitten to be worn on cooler spring days?  They should work out amazingly well! 

So, yeay for a return to WIP Wed!  What have you folks been working on in the early days of 2021?  Any New Years cast ons?

Friday, 8 January 2021

January Featured Pattern and KAL: Wrought Mithril Hat

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Welcome to 2021, and that means a new Featured Pattern Sale and Knit-Along!  The Wrought Mithril Hat is the Featured Pattern for January, available 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)!


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


The design for this hat came about from the Initiate Knit Design Challenge, hosted by Francoise Danoy of Aroha Knits. The goal of the challenge is to help people get their design ideas off the ground, and this fingering-weight lace and cable hat is 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, and a great layering piece. 

The Wrought Mithril Hat is knit in the round from the brim up, using small cables and twists.  Decreases are done within the cable pattern for the crown; and the top is secured by running the end of the working yarn through the live stitches. 

The yarn is *Northbound Knits Merino/Silk Fingering in the colourway "Ethereal". 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. 
This pattern has written instructions, and the stitch pattern charted with written instructions available in a secondary download. 

In addition, this knitting pattern also has an accessible large print option that is compatible with screen-reading software, which 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 "JanFeatPatt2021"

Now, onto the Knit-Along!

For the month of January any finished Wrought Mithril 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 a picture of your completed hat by January 31, 2021! Please note that the hat doesn't have to have been started in January just finished in January, -- 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.