Wednesday, 9 June 2021

WIP Wednesday: Feather On The Wind Mittens -- Oopsie!


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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday! And today, the second sample for the Feather on the Wind Mittens is -almost- done!  Now, originally, I thought they'd just need their ends sewn in and the bottom round sewn up  (they use a half-double crochet foundation rather then the usual foundation chain, so there's a one-round gap at the bottom of the cuff). 

Two crochet fingerless mittens on top of one another, laying flat.  The top of the hand is wider on the bottom mitten then the top mitten.
But no, as you can see,  I inserted some extra stitches when working the second mitten, probably in messing up around the thumb opening! So, that's going to have to be undone and frogged back!  The thumb opening edging is separate, so none of this should be too hard to frog, but this wasn't part of the plan! 

 This pattern got accepted into the WeCrochet IDP program, and so, this is sample number two, done in  *WeCrochet's Gloss DK, in the (gorgeous!) colourway "Kenai".   (Psst, this yarn is glorious! Just make sure you hand-wash it, as it's a bit delicate!)   

The hook I used is a *5 mm hook from Darn Good Yarn.  This hook is 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!) 

Once I fix it and get them sewn up and blocked, then it's off for photography and the start of the testing process!  I'll be posting the testing call on Yarnpond when it's ready to go!  (Oh, and if you want to get a sneak preview of the draft pattern,  that will be available for Pattern Muses over on Patreon!)

I'm actually really excited that these are almost done, and really disappointed that I have to frog back (I -hate- frogging, but it has to be done!)

So, given my need to frog back, I'm hoping to live vicariously through you this week!    Anything you folks are happy to have off the hooks and needles?  Feel free to share in the comments! (Please, no Ravelry project links though, as Ravelry is, unfortunately, still a seizure risk. But IG posts, Facebook posts, blog posts, or anything else is more then welcome, I'd love to see what you've finished up!)

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

June Featured Pattern and Knit-Along: Ice Cream Sundae Socks

Yeay for Summer Weather! And Summer weather means Ice Cream! 

 And yes, it also means new Knit-Along and Featured Pattern Sale!  The Ice Cream Sundae Socks are  the Featured Pattern for June, available at 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)! Use the code "JuneFeatPatt2021" at the link below!

Someone wearing a pair of ribbed lace socks. The socks are blue with flecks of white, pink, and yellow.

These socks were the result of playing with yarn and stitch dictionaries. I wanted a stitch pattern that would show off variegated yarn and keep it from being 'ugly'. The Ice Cream Sundae Socks were the result!

These socks are knit from the cuff-down, with either double-pointed needles or the Magic Loop method. They use a heel flap and gusset heel, with an slip-stitch heel flap for additional durability. The instructions are written; the lace pattern is both charted and written. Instructions are given for two sizes.

The sample was knit using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Super Sparkle, a 4 ply Superwash Merino yarn with Lurex blended into the plies. If you are substituting yarn, any Merino/Nylon or wool Sock Yarn will work up well. This pattern is designed to help break up repeats of highly variegated yarn, but solid, tonal, and gradient yarns will also be beautiful in these socks.

This pattern has written instructions, and the 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 only 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 "JuneFeatPatt2021"

Now, onto the Knit-Along!

For the month of June, any finished pair of Ice Cream Sundae 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 pair of socks by June 30, 2021 Please note that the socks don't have to have been started in June, just finished in June, -- 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, 14 May 2021

FO Friday: Penny Hat Commission

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Whelp, it's FO Friday, and the Penny Hat is done!  It's been washed, steam-blocked, and had the labels sewn in --  (sadly, my *fabric pen is running out of ink, so the writing on the labels is kinda faint -- I'll have to get another pen soon)

A knit lace hat.  Hat is knit in deep green tonal fingering-weight yarn.

The yarn is *Knit Picks Hawthorne Kettle-Dyed in the colourway "Serpent", and it's been wonderful to knit with!  It's a touch rougher on the hands then some of the other Knit Picks Sock yarns with Merino in the blend, but it's still been great to knit with.   I was worried about the colour maybe bleeding in the wash (deep blues/greens/reds are the worst culprits for colour bleeding, but it washed up just fine!) 

As for needles, the needles I used are an old set of 2.75 circular mm needles, and then some 2.25 mm double-pointed needles for the ribbing.

Yeay for a project off the needles!  What about you -- got any finished Objects you want to share?  Post pictures in the comments of the blog! (Or, come join my Facebook Group if you're on Facebook, and share them there, too!)

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

WIP Wednesday: Dr. Who Scarf Commission Continues!

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday!   And the Dr. Who scarf knitting continues!  (With assistance from the new ShadowKitten, of course!)
A striped scarf on a straight needle, a black cat is sitting next to the knitting needle.

Honestly, his commission hasn't been as onerous as I'd been afraid of.   While it's definitely time-consuming, it actually knits up fast, and being able to see my progress has really helped me keep my interest in it.   And because it's all garter-stich, I can work on it in meetings, workshops, and even on the bus to a vaccine appointment! (Yes, I've had my first COVID shot now, yeay!)

Most of the yarn is *StyleCraft Special DK, with the brown being *Knit Picks Brava Sport in "Brindle."  And this amazing fan-site was a superbly useful resource for colour-matching yarns for the scarf. The only yarn I couldn't figure out how to match without making many orders from many places was the Green - I went with *StyleCraft Special DK in "Khaki" after some additional research. 

When I first started this project, I looked at the BBC's official pattern, and it suggested 5.5 mm needles -- which actually worked out for my tension!    I'm almost spot on the estimated row gauge, which is actually more important for this pattern, as it's more about making each stripe line up as close as possible to the original then it is to duplicate the exact width.  It will continue to stretch with washing and wearing (apparently, the original scarf stretched to over 20 feet long with time!) 

Just after writing this, I'm taking this scarf and hopping over to a *Teachable Webinar  -- and I'll be taking this scarf with me!  So hopefully I can get some more work done on it today. 

So, same question as last time -- what are you folks working on this week? Any fandom-inspired knits you want to share? Feel free to post them in the comments! (Please, no Ravelry project links though, as Ravelry is, unfortunately, still a seizure risk. But IG posts, Facebook posts, blog posts, or anything else is more then welcome, I'd love to see what you're working on!)

Friday, 30 April 2021

May Featured Pattern and Knit-Along: Colours of Spring Shawl

 Whelp, it's May! And in addition to proper spring weather now, it means a new Knit-Along and Featured Pattern Sale! The Colours of Spring Shawl is the Featured Pattern for May, available at 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)!  Use the code "MayFeatPatt2021" at the link below!


The idea of a striped shawl using gradient sets had been something I’d been considering for a bit. It was some experimentation with gradient swatches that led to the creation of this shawl!

The Colours of Spring Shawl starts with a Garter Tab Cast on, and then is shaped into a crescent by 4 increases every two rows. The shawl is knit in alternating sections of garter stitch and lace. It was specifically designed to work up using mini-skein sets. The instructions are written and the lace motif is charted and written. There are two options for edging the shawl. The sample is edged with an i-cord bind off, but the pattern includes instructions for a ruffled edge, as well.

The sample was knit using two of a fingering-weight 100% Superwash Merino gradient set from OceanWind Knits.  If you’re substituting yarns, I’d suggest a fingering or sport weight with a mostly wool content. The placement of the garter stripes can be adjusted to account for differing yardages between mini-skein sets.

This pattern has written instructions, and the 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 only 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 "MayFeatPatt2021"

Now, onto the Knit-Along!

For the month of May, any finished Colours of Spring Shawl 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 shawl by May 31, 2021. Please note that the shawl doesn't have to have been started in May just finished in May, -- 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, 28 April 2021

WIP Wednesday: Penny Hat Commission -- almost done!

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday, and this time, I've got an almost-done project!  The Penny Hat is off the needles, but still needs to be blocked and have the labels sewn in before it goes off to its home!

A lace hat knit in dark green fingering-weight yarn.

The yarn is *Knit Picks Hawthorne Kettle-Dyed in the colourway "Serpent", which I also am very much in love with! It's a touch rougher on the hands then some of the other Knit Picks sock yarns, but I'm really enjoying it!  Right now, the hat is scrunched up and the kettle-dyed yarn is a bit busy, but I'm hoping it will even all out with blocking.   I plan to block it over a baking bowl and see what that does to the lace.  I also  have to sew in my labels (since I'm selling this hat a as commission, the law says I have to have a label with fiber content and mailing address). 

As for needles, the needles I used are an old set of 2.75 circular mm needles, and then some 2.25 mm double-pointed needles for the ribbing. 

So yeay for a project I can share for WIP Wednesday!  And if you want to show off your  WIP Wednesday projects, feel free to post them in the comments, as I love ooh-ing and aah-ing over peoples amazing projects! (Please, no Ravelry project links though, as Ravelry is, unfortunately, still a seizure risk. But IG posts, Facebook posts, blog posts, or anything else is more then welcome, I'd love to see what you're working on!)

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

WIP Wednesday: Penny Hat Commission

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday, and I've got a second project to share -- and this is one of the rare times I get to knit someone else's pattern!

A fingering-weight lace hat in progress on circular needles, knit in a deep green yarn.
For another commission piece, I was asked to make a Penny Hat, by TinCanKits; and I was happy to oblige.  I've knit from a bunch of TinCanKnits patterns (and even been lucky enough to test-knit a few!); and always know they're worth it.  (And yeay for an off-Ravelry designer!)

The yarn is *Knit Picks Hawthorne Kettle-Dyed in the colourway "Serpent", which I also am very much in love with!  It's a tighter twist then some of the other Knit Picks Sock yarns, so it's not super-soft on the hands like merino, but it's still a nice yarn to work with, and it feels sturdy without being rough on the hands.   

Needles are a very old set of 2.75 circular needles -- they might be old, but they're up to the task! 

The *"Faith" Stitch Marker is from *NotionsEmporium, and I absolutely adore the lobster-claw stitch markers for working in the round.   No more worries about a stitch marker slippiing off if I stop my knitting at the beginning/end of round!   (Yes, this happens, and yes, I'm clumsy!)

The ribbing took a bit of fiddling, as it isn't just standard 1 by 1 or 2 by 2 ribbing, but it's ribbing that matches the lace, so I messed that up a few times.   But the actual lace pattern is pretty easy to memorize, I almost don't have to look at the pattern chart any more, except to double-check  that I'm on the right row of the chart, so it's also something I can work on in meetings, while watching Netflix, ect.  Though, as you can tell from the picture above, this is a pattern that will need to be blocked to bring the lace out to its full glory, as right now it's still rather scrunched up. 
   
I'm actually really happy I have projects I can share here again -- it's nice to be able to show stuff off!  And if  you want to show off your projects, feel free to post them in the comments, as I love ooh-ing and aah-ing over peoples amazing projects!  (Please, no Ravelry project links though, as Ravelry is, unfortunately, still a seizure risk. But IG posts, Facebook posts, blog posts, or anything else is more then welcome, I'd love to see what you're working on!)

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

WIP Wednesday: Dr. Who Scarf Commission!

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday, and with a few more things sorted, I can get started on some commissions -- the first of which is a Dr. Who scarf (yes, the absurd 12 foot long one!)

a striped scarf in garter stitch.
I originally swore I would never make one of these, but, surprisingly, it knit up really fast, I think because it's all garter stitch, so I can do it during class/meetings/etc.   I've been working on it over on Twitch, and enjoying it immensely!

Most of the yarn is *StyleCraft Special DK, with the brown being *Knit Picks Brava Sport in "Brindle".  In my research for this project, I found an amazing fan-site that's dedicated to putting together information for all the Dr. Who scarves throughout the seasons, and they were an amazing resource for colour-matching yarns for the scarf.   The only colour I couldn't match from their list was the Green -- I went with *StyleCraft Special DK in "Khaki" after some additional research.  (For some reason that I no longer recall, I also ordered a skein of "Meadow", but that's skein is definitely not going to colour match at all; so that will become something else!)

Needles are some Aero 5.5 mm needles, as suggested from the original BBC pattern. Apparently, though the official pattern is somewhat inaccurate (it was published a minimum of 6 years after the scarf was made); the needle size it suggested worked out almost perfectly for me.  I'm almost spot on the estimated row gauge, which is a bit more important in this pattern to get the absurd length correct. It's a teeny bit wider then the original scarf is suggested to be (estimates put the original scarf at somewhere between 11 to 12 inches in width, while mine is sitting at 13), but as the scarf will stretch with wear and time; I'm not too worried about that.  If I went down to 5 mm needles, it's enough of a difference to make the scarf a bit less drapey and compress the stripes a bit from their original estimated measurements, so I'll take the compromise of a bit wider scarf instead. 

This has been -perfect- balcony knitting, now that the weather has become quite glorious!  Once I finish a few other submission knits; I might take a day and just knit on this in one of the local parks!  (It's also become my knitting for my Welsh Class -- because it's just garter-stitch with a slipped-stitch edge, I can knit on it while keeping my attention on the class!)

What are you folks working on this week?  Any fandom-inspired knits you want to share?   Feel free to post them in the comments! (Please, no Ravelry project links though, as Ravelry is, unfortunately, still a seizure risk.  But IG posts, Facebook posts, blog posts, or anything else is more then welcome, I'd love to see what you're working on!)


Thursday, 1 April 2021

April Featured Pattern and Knit-Along: Spring Leaves Market Bag

 Welcome to April!  Spring is finally here, (along with a plethora of birds!) And that means a new Knit-Along and Featured Pattern!  The Spring Leaves Market Bag is the Featured Pattern for April, available at 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)!

A drawstring bag mesh bag left partially open. The bag has apples inside.


The inspiration for this Market Bag came from the (now defunct) Ravelry Designer’s Challenge with the theme of “spring awakening”.  The bag starts with a pinhole cast on. Increases are worked into a leaf lace pattern to form the base of the bag. The leaf lace transitions to a lace mesh, and finishes with a garter stitch edging. A twisted cord allows for easy carrying and helps to keep the bag tied shut!

The sample was knit in FibraNatura Good Earth Solids, (which is, sadly, now discontinued), a worsted/aran blend of 53% cotton and 47% flax. The flax content makes the yarn quite durable, so if substituting yarns, I’d suggest a cotton/flax or cotton/hemp blend. 

This pattern has written instructions, and the 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 only 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 "AprFeatPatt2021"

Now, onto the Knit-Along!

For the month of April, any finished Spring Leaves Market Bag 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 bag by April 30, 2021.  Please note that the bag doesn't have to have been started in April, just finished in April, -- 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, 31 March 2021

Pattern Release: Celtic Hood

Well, after a bit of a delay, the Celtic Hood Pattern is now available on Payhip, and Etsy!  It's perfect for cold spring mornings to keep the rain and snow off your head -- and I've been testing my pattern sample during a Canadian winter, and it definitely does the job!

The Celtic Hood was to fill a gap in my own knitting library. I found I only had few hood patterns, and none for adults. And when an internet search failed to turn up what I wanted, I decided to design it myself!

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.


This hood starts with the cable panel, which is knit flat. The neck is knit in the round, then the cable section is joined to the neck with a three-needle bind off. The body of the hood is knit back and forth, picking up stitches from the edge of the cable pattern. Finally, stitches are picked up from the other side of the cable pattern to make the edge of the hood. So while it is an exercise in more unusual construction, there's absolutely nothing scary about it, I promise!

Sizes Available:  Adult Small and Large.
Hood Depth: 9.75(10.75) inches, 25(27.5)cm.
Top of Neck to Top Seam: 12(14) inches, 30.5(35.5) cm

1100 (1550) yards/1006 (1418) meters of worsted/aran yarn. Sample knit in Cascade Yarns Cascade 200, (100% Superwash Wool), in the colourway "Rose."

The pattern is both written and charted, and, there is a large-print version available 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! 

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 hood, and, as always, happy crafting!

Friday, 26 March 2021

FO Friday: Statement Scarf

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Whelp, I did it, I finished the scarf

A pink scarf worked in bulky-weight yarn. The scarf is knit in garter stitch with a centre cable motif

The Statement Cable Scarf is going to be published as part of the Malabrigo Quickies Program, so the fact that it knits up so fast is absolutely perfect!

It takes 2 skeins of *Malabrigo Mecha (shown in "English Rose" and uses them up almost completely (I haven't weighed this yet, but it's not much yarn left at all!) that was wonderfully given to me as yarn support from the folks at Malabrigo!   It's a single-ply yarn, so I wouldn't suggest it for anything hard-wearing, but, for a scarf, it makes a wonderfully squishy, snuggly fabric, especially with the garter stitch!

I used 7 mm wooden needles from Turn of The Century, and I'm really happy with how well knitting on these worked out!

Now to get this out to my photographer and get the pattern written up!  Stay tuned soon for the test-knitting call!


Wednesday, 24 March 2021

WIP Wednesday: Statement Cable Scarf

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday, and the big sample-knitting project is done!  So it's on to new samples, and these are samples I can show you!
A pink scarf in bulky weight yarn.  It has one centre cable on a background of garter stitch.

This is the upcoming Statement Scarf (name isn't finalized yet, it might stick or not!)  It will be published as part of the Malabrigo Quickies program (a bunch of quick-knit projects done up in Malabrigo Yarn!)

Yarn is some beautiful *Malabrigo Mecha, that was sent to me from the amazing folks at Malabrigo!  The colourway is "English Rose", and I'm really happy with  how this scarf is turning out!  Originally, I'd planned for it to be a touch wider, but I'm adjusting based on the amount of yarn I got (total math error on my part!), and I'm quite happy with it!   The only minor thing is that it is hand-dyed, so you want to alternate skeins as you get near the end of the first skeins, just so the difference between skeins isn't as obvious.

Needles are my 7 mm Wooden needles from Turn of the Century  They're usually in my Twitch Blanket, but they were the needles that I got the tension I wanted on them, so, I'm trying to power through the scarf so I can get back to work on the blanket!

The *Sea Glass Stitch Markers for the Cable Section are from *WineMakersSister's Etsy Shop, while the *Dolphin Stitch Marker that I'm using to mark where I'm alternating yarn is from *NotionsEmporium (previously known as efficientsense's Etsy shop).  The *Sea Glass Stitch markers are great for being completely no-snag (the rings are soldered shut, so there's absolutely no gap for yarn to potentially get caught in!)  And the lobster claw for the *dolphin stitch marker is perfect for marking where I'm alternating yarns!   I'm alternating yarns two stitches in on the garter stitch, so  that the edge stays neat. 

I've had a few nice days to go and knit out on our balcony, and this scarf has come with me!   Have you cast on anything new this spring?

Monday, 1 March 2021

March Featured Pattern and Knit-Along: Mitered Drawstring Project Bag


Welcome to March, and that means a new Knit-Along and Featured Pattern!  The Mitered Drawstring Project Bag is the Featured Pattern for March, available at 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)!
A drawstring bag made primarily of joined mitered squares. The top has eyelets with a twisted cord threaded through them, and a skein of yarn is partially out of the open bag.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace

Inspiration for this Mitered Drawstring Project Bag came from the (now defunct) Designer’s Challenge forum on Ravelry. The challenge was to create a bag using mitered squares, and this was the result! I was looking for something durable, big enough to be a project bag for my knitting, and something that would use up those leftover skeins I had in my stash. This pattern uses about half-a-skein of the suggested yarn per colour, (a little more for the MC) making it the perfect project to use up leftover half-skeins of yarn!

The bag starts with the same cast on used for toe-up socks, and increases from that to form the bottom of the bag. There are two different bottoms, one for a bag with a tapered bottom, (shown on the sample), and one for a flat bottomed bag.

The mitered squares are knit individually without seaming, picking up stitches from the work below. Then, the bag is finished in the round and eyelets are added for a twisted cord. The top border of the bag is edged with garter stitch stripes.

The yarn used for the sample is Red Heart Eco-Cotton Blend, shown in the colourways "Chocolate" "Denim", "Snow," and "Moss"  but any worsted or aran-weight cotton yarn should work up fine -- you could also work it in acrylic, or wool as well! 

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 March any finished Mitered Drawstring Project Bag 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 bag by March 31, 2021. Please note that the bag doesn't have to have been started in March, just finished in March -- 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, 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.