Monday, 13 December 2021

December Featured Pattern and Knit-Along: Woodland Hat

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Alright it's been snowing, we're in to December,  so, a warm wooly hat seems just the thing! So, the Woodland Hat is the Featured Pattern for December!

It's available at 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)! Use the code DecFeatPatt2021 after clicking the button below!

A woman wearing a blue cabled knit hat with the brim folded up, revealing an off-white layer underneath.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace

The design for this hat came about thanks to two things: first, the (now defunct) Ravelry Designer’s Challenge, based on a woodland theme, and second, my roommate needed a new hat! 

She wanted something that was thick and warm with a brim that could fold up over the ears. So, I started experimenting with different hat designs, but most of them didn’t seem warm enough. After trying various knitted linings, I came up with this idea. It’s thick, warm, and heavy enough to keep all but the worst of the winter winds out!

Blue Sample is done in *Squoosh Fiber Arts Ultra Worsted.  When looking for a substitute, the yarn should have a good bit of structure to it. Something multi-ply with a high wool content is recommended. 

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 in my Web Shop, the discount is available on both platforms. The discount should be be visible on Etsy, To get the discount on my web shop, you can use the coupon code "DecFeatPatt2021"

Now, onto the Knit-Along!

For the month of December, any finished Woodland Hat has a chance to win a Digital Copy of Nomadic Knits Issue Ten!   To enter on the blog, simply post a link to a picture of your completed hat by December 31 2021!   Please note that the hat don't have to have been started in December, just finished in December,-- so it's a good reason to pull out any WIPs!  (And absolutely, you can double-dip into the Fasten-Off Yarn-Along, as well!) 

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 #SarahDawnsDesignsDec2021 and/or 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. Prize will be distributed by Ravelry coupon code or by e-mail,  winner's choice of method.   Participants may enter the same project on more then one platform, but may only enter each project once per platform. 

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

WIP Wednesday: More Hat Knitting!

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday.  And the Mosaic Hat is further along!  Yeay! (I've been actually neglecting this somewhat due to some swatches and samples for magazines, but I've still gotten a few more rows done!) 

A colourwork hat on circular needles, knit in blue and grey.  Silver flower stitch markers are clipped into the stitches.
Alright, so I've -finally- got the hat doing what I want in terms of tension.   I have one repeat of the mosaic colourwork pattern, then, I turn back with a purl row (not required, I just like the look), and start mathing out the decreases for the crown of the hat.   I want the decreases to stay in pattern with the colourwork, so that will definitely need some playing around with the pattern!

The yarn is deep stash.  It's from a  dyer who's since gone out of business, and it's a high-twist 100% Merino Wool, and honestly, it's a bit sad. There's a number of places where I've been able to snap the wool, which does not bode well for a high-twist wool.  If they were still in business, I'd be contacting them with a quality control issue, sadly.   Since I don't like wasting yarn, I've been using the various shorter pieces and joining them in as needed  - there's going to be a whole bunch of ends to weave in on this one! 

I'll definitely be doing a second sample of this somewhere down the line, to see how it works in a different yarn.  

Needles are my 4mm *Lykke Interchangable needles.  I bought them on a splurge a few years ago and, honestly, while I don't hate them, I wouldn't use these on fingering yarn again. . The tips are just a bit duller compared to my *HiyaHiyas, and really noticing that as I knit.   I  suspect they'd be fine for worsted and up, though!   The other problem I'm having is that the interchangable tips are too short for me.  I have the same problem with 9 inch circulars - I just don't find the short needle tips comfortable, at all!  I mean, I'll use them, since I own them, but I'm not going to be buying more.   Lykke does offer a *5 inch needle tip that I might try;  but I'll probably just stick with the *fixed circulars instead.

And yes, there are still many, many stitch markers and yes, knitting on this during my langauge class proved that I still, in fact, need them so I don't mess up the repeats!  

 My beginning/end of round stitch marker is a *shell stitch marker from *WineMakersSister's Etsy Shop , while my repeat markers are *Silver Roses*Celtic Knots, and *Silver Flowers  from *NotionsEmporium.  

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Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Statement Cabled Socks Test-Knit Call!

 Alright!  Sample Knitting is done, and the (tentatively titled) Statement Cabled Socks, are now up for testing on Yarnpond!  

The Statement Socks are specifically designed to be beautiful heavy socks, perfect for cold winter weather or for participating in winter sports!

someone wearing a pair of blue cabled heavy socks.
Sample is shown in size S (there are four adult sizes, Adult Small to XL) and used approximately 160 yards (146 meters) of yarn. It is shown in some beautiful Finn/Gotland/BFL from All Sorts Acres farm, but, as that's not really a commercially available yarn I'd suggest a Worsted or Aran weight multi-ply wool, or a wool/nylon blend designed for heavy socks (sometimes labeled 'boot socks').

I'm looking for sixteen testers, across all 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, please, don't worry, you don't have to have a Ravelry account to participate -- I just need somewhere I can see some examples of your work, so Instagram, or even a blog, is perfect! 

Deadline for the test is December 31, 2021, 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 (FacebookPatreonInstagram 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!

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

WIP Wednesday: Mosaic Knit Hat. . . . again.

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday.  Remember how I said I'd already had to frog the Mosaic Hat once?  Yeah, I had to do that again. Twice.  /sigh/ So now I'm. . . almost exactly where I was last week.  

The brim of a hat on circular needles, knit in two-colour ribbing with grey and blue fingering-weight yarn.

The ribbing is 2 colour fishermans rib, which, while a stitch that I very much love, is a -very- different tension then the mosaic-knit main body of the hat. So it was either: jump down several needle sizes, (which I could do), or, do an absolutely absurd increase round.   Since I'm personally the sort of knitter who doesn't like having to find more then one needle size for a project, I went with option number two, which sees the amount of stitches on the needle more than double in a single round! (That was interesting to figure out, believe me!)  After two different tries of trying to get the increase count working right, I finally got it this time! (I'll have to re-math it for the other sizes when I get to my grading, but that's a problem I can foist off on Future Me). 

The yarn is deep stash.  It's from a now-defunct dyer; and it's a high-twist 100% Merino Wool. You'd think it would be super durable, but sadly, no.  There's a number of places where I've been able to snap the wool, which is, honestly, really disappointing, because I've tried other high-twist yarns and loved them!  If they were still in business, I'd be contacting them with a quality control issue, sadly.   Initially, I thought it was just some of the skeins getting a section sliced/nicked in shipping/packaging, but no, it's a bigger problem then that, unfortunately.

I'll definitely be doing a second sample of this somewhere down the line, to see how it works in a different yarn.  

This does  mean, however, since I don't want to waste the yarn, I've got a whole bunch of ends of the different parts of the skein that I'm going to have to weave in!   But I don't actually mind weaving in ends too much, I just put on a podcast or something on Netflix, and it goes pretty quickly. (And yes, I'm a huge podcast listener, my current binge is Queer Theology, and I'm trying to catch up on back episodes!  It's not to everyone's interest,  but I find it absolutely fascinating!). 

Needles are my 4mm *Lykke Interchangable needles.  Honestly, I wouldn't use these on fingering yarn again. . The tips are just a bit duller compared to my *HiyaHiyas, and I'm noticing that.   They'd be fine for worsted and up, though!   The other problem I'm having is that the interchangable tips are too short for me to be super-comfortable.  Lykke does offer a *5 inch needle tip that I might try;  but I'll probably just stick with the *fixed circulars instead of the interchangables if/when I need to buy more needles

And yes, there are still many, many stitch markers.  I dropped the number of repeats from 11 to 9, and the hat should still work out fine.   But, yep, I still needed them, it was still too easy to mess up  a repeat!  My beginning/end of round stitch marker is a *shell stitch marker from *WineMakersSister's Etsy Shop , while my repeat markers are *Silver Roses, *Celtic Knots, and *Silver Flowers  from *NotionsEmporium.  

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Wednesday, 3 November 2021

WIP Wednesday: Mosaic Knit Hat!

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the brim of a hat on circular needles.   It's knit in two-colour ribbing. in grey and royal blue.  Various stitch markers with charms are sitting on the needle.

Welcome back to WIP Wednesday, and a new project! I've technically had this hat on the needles for a while, but it had to be frogged, as the sample was -way- too big. 

This is a mosaic knit hat, originally inspired by the Pattern Muses over on Patreon (and patrons will get fun stuff like access to the rough drafts and a guaranteed spot in the test-knitting!) 

The ribbing is 2 colour fishermans rib, which is -very- similar to brioche.  I'm not sure this was the best choice for 2 colour ribbing, but the first time I tried  this, carrying the yarn behind traditional ribbing caused a very non-stretchy ribbing; so I'm hoping this is a better choice, even if it's still not as compact as traditional one-colour ribbing.  I will have to see!

The yarn is deep stash.  It's from a now-defunct dyer; and it's a high-twist 100% Merino Wool. So it should be super durable?  I'm not sure, I've had several broken strands and weak points in this yarn.  If the dyer were still in business, I'd be contacting them for issues with their skeins.  But, when it doesn't have the broken strands or weak points, I can feel the difference between this and a standard Merino/Nylon sock yarn, and I do like it!  It's a subtle difference, and hard to describe, but it's there. 

Needles are my 4mm *Lykke Interchangable needles.  And for the most part, they're solid needles.  I like the feel of the wood.  They don't have the super-sharp points of some of the metal needles, but for this sort of knitting?  They're perfectly fine; with two big 'buts'.  

One:   I unscrew most interchangeable needles as I knit.  I asked someone to help me tighten these, and they really went at it.  I don't unscrew these now, but I also -can't- unscrew these now!  So functionally, these are a pair of fixed circulars now!  But usually, I tend to unscrew interchangeable needle tips, which makes them not worth it for me. 

Two:  The needle tips are only 3.5 inches.  They're uncomfortably short.  For some people this is a non-issue, but for me?  They're uncomfortably short. Lykke does offer a *5 inch needle tip that I might try;  but honestly, given point one, I'll probably just stick with fixed circulars (which Lykke does offer as well!)

Finally, the many stitch markers!  This hat size is 11 repeats of the mosaic colourwork, and I found that yes, I do need to mark the repeats.  I was missing them and messing up the pattern!   So, my beginning/end of round stitch marker is a *shell stitch marker from *WineMakersSister's Etsy Shop (the small purl has finally come loose, sadly, but I still love it!), while my repeat markers are *Silver Roses and *Silver Flowers  from *NotionsEmporium.  In this case, I'm not using them as locking markers -- I don't have to, the lobster clasps are big enough to slip nicely along the needles and the cord.  

Do you have a project you're frogging/fixing/redoing? I'd love to see your success stories in the comments!  


Monday, 1 November 2021

November Featured Pattern and Knit-Along: Necessity of Innovation Legwarmers!

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Well, I've been pulling out the winter clothing.  It hasn't snowed yet, but it's only a matter of time now.  

And one of the things I've been pulling out is my legwarmers; to go over stockings and help keep me warm! So, it's perfect timing that the Necessity of Innovation Legwarmers are the Featured Pattern for November! 

They're available at 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)! Use the code NovFeatPatt2021 after clicking the button below!
Someone wearing a blue-green lace knit legwarmer, tied at the top with a pale blue ribbon.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace

These legwarmers came about because “Necessity is the Mother of Invention!” And, because I wanted legwarmers I could remove without taking off my boots. These lace and cable leggings are knit flat, and then fasten up the side of the leg with either buttons or a zipper -- directions for both are included!

The yarn used for the sample is *Dream in Colour Smooshy, in the colourway "Brilliant" .  Any superwash wool/nylon blend would also work up well as a substitution. 

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 in my Web Shop, the discount is available on both platforms. The discount should be be visible on Etsy, To get the discount on my web shop, you can use the coupon code "NovFeatPatt2021"

Now, onto the Knit-Along!

For the month of  November, any finished pair of Necessity of Innovation Legwarmers 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 legwarmers by Nvember 30th 2021!   Please note that the legwarmers don't have to have been started in November, just finished in November,-- 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 #SarahDawnsDesignsNov2021 and/or 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, 29 October 2021

FO Friday: Cabled Boot Socks!

 Well, the Cabled Boot Socks are finally done!  These have just been blocked and are currently drying on my feet (the easiest and best way to block socks, if possible, at least I think so!)

someone wearing a pair of blue cabled heavy socks.

Yarn is from All Sorts Acres Farm, and it's a local Finn/Gotland/BFL blend.   So far, it's super comfortable and quite warm (not that I need that right now -- while the temp is dropping outside, we live in an old apartment with an overpowered radiator!

The socks were done on my 3.25 mm (US 3) aero double-pointed needles.   These are definitely my workhorse needles, and worked really well for this yarn -  with one catch: because the yarn is closer to handspun, there were a few thick-and-thin sections.   The thick sections were no problem, but the needles didn't have sharp enough tips to make the thin sections really work well.  Oh, they were useable, but I always noticed when I came to a thin section in the yarn, because it  was harder to pick up the yarn and work the stitch. 

That said, I plan to wear these extensively this winter, rumour has it we'll be getting lots of snow

Thanks to all the folks on social media who suggested two-at-a-time socks as  a way to combat Second Sock Syndrome!  Sadly that's a technique I've yet to master, my last attempt resulted in tangles, and some strong language, and I've never quite quite figured it out! 

I'm hoping to have the test-knit call up soon, but will have to sort some scheduling-related stuff with my photographer, so final photography may take a bit longer then usual.  Either way, you can get notifications of all my test-knit and test-crochet calls in my testing pool over on Yarnpond!

Anyway, what have you folks finished up this week?   Anything exciting?  Please, share in the comments and let us all know!  



Wednesday, 27 October 2021

WIP Wednesday: Second Sock Syndrome Defeated!

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday, and the Statement Cabled Boot Socks are on to the second sock!

I keep being amazed  at how fast worsted-weight socks come together, which is a really nice change from fingering/lace weight knits!

And the pattern is easy enough to remember (it's a variant of the cable pattern on my Statement Scarf -- I liked it so much I decided to use it again!), so this has become my Netflix/Podcast/Occasional-Bus -Ride Knitting. 

Yarn is from All Sorts Acres Farm, and it's a Finn/Gotland/BFL blend.  It looks a bit scrunched up right now, but it blocks out well, and stretches nicely on the feet.  I err my socks on the side of being a bit too snug -- I'd rather have socks that are a bit too snug then a bit too loose, and these are snug but not too snug -- the cables do pull the yarn in just a touch, but it all works out!

Needles are my inherited 3.25 mm Aero needles, and I am -so- glad for my inherited needle collection.  While there are a few questionable needle choices in there, a few flimsy plastic needles that I don't use nearly as often, most of the needles in there are solid metal workhorse needles, and there's a bunch of 14-inch long straight needles, as well, which is the length of straight needle I actually prefer! 

It's really something to know that the needles I'm using on these might be the same needles that my mum made skate socks for me on when I was young.  

And the *Silver Rose Stitch Marker continues to mark my beginning/end of round.   Do I need it?  Strictly speaking, no; because I work my cuff-down socks so that the beginning/end of round falls between two needles at the centre bottom of the sole of the sock.  Does it help?  Absolutely!  Without the stitch marker as a visual reminder, my ADHD brain will easily knit an extra row or two where there really shouldn't be an extra row.  The stitch marker serves as an additional reminder that I'm onto the next cable row. 

Usually, a finished sock  languishes without a mate for ages in this apartment.   This time, I defeated Second Sock Syndrome, and I call that a win for this week!  What crafting wins have you had this week?   Big, Small, please, share in the comments!  

Thursday, 21 October 2021

Youtube Tutorials: How to do Ribbing in the Round

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So here's the last of the back catalog of Youtube Tutorials now posted -- this one's all about ribbing!

Welcome to this tutorial on how to knit 2 by 2 ribbing in the round on dpns!  

Working on double-pointed needles has been sometimes likened to "wrestling a porcupine"! So, for those who've struggled with knitting 2 by 2 ribbing in the round on dpns (double pointed needles) this tutorial is for you!  

This video is available with Described Video on YouDescribe

Pattern is the Diamond Lace Boot Toppers

Stitch Marker is an *Ocean Shell Stitch Marker from *WineMakersSister's Etsy Shop

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Wednesday, 20 October 2021

WIP Wednesday: Heel on the Cabled Boot Socks!

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday, and the Cabled Boot Socks continue! 

A sock-in-progress in worsted-weight yarn on double-pointed needles.  A cable pattern runs down the front leg and instep of the sock.  A stitch marker with a silver rose charm is clipped in at the back of the sock.



I'd forgotten how quickly worsted-weight socks come together -- it's nice to have a quick-knit project like these!  Since the Dr. Who scarf is done, these actually have become my knitting for the rare times I have to take a bus or streetcar  (unfortunately, getting a bit more necessary now that the weather's getting colder here),  The cable pattern is relatively easy to remember -- after one repeat, I occasionally have to double-check the chart just to make sure I'm on the right round, but otherwise, it's been fine! 

If you're interested in testing these socks once they're ready, Pattern Muses over on Patreon get guaranteed spots in the test-knitting process, as well as sneak previews of the draft charts and pattern!  

Yarn is from All Sorts Acres Farm, and it's a Finn/Gotland/BFL blend.  I was a touch worried about it not having any nylon, but the tension is pretty dense -- I'm getting 6 stitches per inch before blocking, and the cables are snug enough to sometimes be challenging on the hands!  I don't think I'd want to be knitting these much tighter, honestly.  

Needles are my 3.25 mm Aero Double-Points, and it looks like they were the right call for tension.  I actually could have probably gone up a needle size, but I'm expecting these socks to grow a touch when I wash them, so we shall see with the first sock.  

If you're not a traditional swatcher,  like me, I still strongly advocate washing whatever part of the project you start with -- take it off the needles,  thread it on a contrast-yarn, and give it a wash, before you get too far along your project!  Better to find out your yarn grows massively when you're a few inches into your project, rather then with the entire project!  So, in this case, I'll be washing the first sock before I start the second.  I'm not expecting any problems, in that when I tried on the first sock-in-progress this morning, it fit but was a bit snug, so unless this yarn grows A Lot, I will be fine.  And if it doesn't grow at all, I will just have snug socks, which isn't a bad thing.  

The *Silver Rose Stitch Marker is one of my favorites from *NotionsEmporium (you've probably seen it on the blog before!) and it's currently marking centre back of the sock which is also the beginning/end of the round. 

I've said it before and I'll say it again, locking stitch markers are absolutely amazing for working with DPNS, because they don't need to stay on the needles, which is great, especially if you have to mark something at the beginning/end of a needle.  And if you can't find them immediately at your favorite stores, try looking for stitch markers specifically made for crochet, or, sometimes they'll also be called 'progress keepers'.  

And if you still can't find them, I get most of my locking stitch markers from *NotionsEmporium, *WineMakersSister on Etsy, or *Fibremancy

So yeah, that's my knitting progress for the week.  What have you been working on!  Let me know in the comments!


Friday, 15 October 2021

FO Friday: More Crochet Corals!

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For this FO Friday, these are the last of my Crochet Corals the Ontario Satellite Crochet Coral Reef! Thanks to everyone on Twitch, who had me making these!

Different coloured mock coral forms made with crochet yarn.


The light blue Bulky Coral is leftovers of Dream in Color Groovy from very deep stash,  while the small blue one is leftovers of Tanis Fiber Arts from the Hooded Cardigan prototype.  

The yellow is the very last of my Alpine Hat, and it's Wool with Neps from Wool Is The Answer.  

And finally, the red, grey and purple corals are all *Stylecraft Special DK -- they're leftovers of the Dr. Who Scarf (which -did- go out to my customer, finally, so I hope they're thrilled with it!)

The exhibit runs until Oct 31, so I'll be dropping those off, hopefully over the weekend! And while I'm done making corals, if you want to make more, you can still make them and participate virtually with the hashtag #OntarioSatelliteReef I'd love to see your fun coral creations!

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

WIP Wednesday: Cabled Boot Socks

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Welcome back to WIPWednesday, with a new cast on!  See, I loved the cable pattern from the Statement Scarf so much, I figured I'd bring it over to a pair of heavy cabled socks!

The cuff of a sock done in 2 by 2 ribbing on Double-Pointed Needles.  They're knit in blue worsted-weight yarn, and there's a silver rose stitch marker clipped into the knitting.


These socks will be available to the Pattern Muses over on Patreon (who will also get access to draft patterns, previews, and first-dibs on test-knitting)

Yarn is from All Sorts Acres Farm, and it's a Finn/Gotland/BFL blend that I'm really hoping will work up well for socks!  

Needles are my 3.25 mm Aero Double-Points, and it looks like they were the right call for tension. I'm not sure how this yarn will change with blocking, so I'll want to do a test, see what happens when I get it wet and how that impacts the tension. 

The *Silver Rose Stitch Marker is one of my favorites from *NotionsEmporium (you've probably seen it on the blog before!) and I'm using it as a beginning/end of round marker.  It's nice because it's a locking stitch marker, so it works really well for working with DPNS. 

What have you folks cast on this week -- I'd love to see 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)!

Thursday, 7 October 2021

Youtube Tutorials: How to do the Long Tail Cast on On Double-Pointed Needles

 And so one more tutorial video from my back catalog is now posted!  


Wondering how to do the Long Tail Cast on on Double-Pointed Needles?  Well, keep watching to find out!  This Video will teach you how to do the long tail cast on, and knit in the round using Double-pointed needles (DPNs).

This video has described video available, as well. 

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

WIP Wednesday: Weaving in Ends on the Dr. Who Scarf!

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Welcome back to WIPWednesday!  This time I've got something a little different, the Dr. Who scarf is done!  Now it's just weaving in All. The. Ends. 

the wrong-side of a garter stitch scarf.  Someone is using a tapestry needle to weave in ends behind the existing stitches.

Most of the yarn in the scarf is *StyleCraft Special DK, with the brown being *Knit Picks Brava Sport in "Brindle."    And I'm weaving in the ends in a manner that yes, is slightly visible, but as the scarf does have a wrong-side (you can see it where the stripe is in the photograph, where the purple and the red stripe change), I'm weaving in all my ends there. 

The needle I'm using is a *Clover Darning Needle.  If you're doing any kind of sewing with knitting, it's always best to use a dedicated tapestry or darning needle (they have different names, but it's the same thing) -- that is a needle that has a dull tip, designed for sewing up knitting and crochet.  While you can use a standard hand-sewing needle, I wouldn't suggest it -- most yarns are too thick for the eye of a hand-sewing needle (they're designed for thread), and also, the sharp point means that you could pierce the plies of the yarn and possibly weaken it. 

So very, very soon (hopefully later today) the Dr. Who scarf will be completely done and be able to go out to my customer!  

What projects have you folks finished off (or, are near to finishing off?)   I'd love to see 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)!

Sunday, 3 October 2021

Youtube Tutorials: How to Wind Yarn Using a Nostepinne

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 So, as I mentioned in a previous post, I've been meaning to embed my Youtube Tutorial series here too, and here's the next video! 


Wondering How to wind yarn using a Nostepinne?  Well, watch the video above to find out! 

This video is has captions, to listen to it with described video, click here

What is a Nostepinne? It is a way of winding yarn that doesn't need a traditional ball-winder, and it creates a center-pull ball of yarn. 



Friday, 1 October 2021

October Featured Pattern and Knit-Along: Cosmic Crochet Cowl

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And with fall properly upon us, we're getting into the season of scarves and cowls!

The Cosmic Crochet Cowl s the Featured Pattern for October available at 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)! Use the code OctFeatPatt2021 after clicking the button below!

A woman wearing a crochet lace cowl done in a variegated yarn. The cowl is pulled up over her mouth and nose.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace

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This cowl came out of a desire to find a crochet stitch pattern suitable for a skein of variegated yarn! Often, variegated yarn can turn into an ugly mess of colours, and I wanted to avoid that, so after much experimentation, the Cosmic Crochet Cowl was born!

The yarn used for the sample is Fleece Artist Sea Wool, in the colourway "Seastorm" .  As this yarn is, sadly, discontinued, when looking for a substitute, any Merino/Tencel or Merino/SeaCell blend would work well, or any wool blend with a high drape.

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 in my Web Shop, the discount is available on both platforms. The discount should be be visible on Etsy, To get the discount on my web shop, you can use the coupon code "OctFeatPatt2021"

Now, onto the Knit-Along!

For the month of September, any finished Cosmic Crochet 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 October 31 2021!   Please note that the cowl doesn'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 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 #SarahDawnsDesignsOct2021 and/or 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.


Thursday, 30 September 2021

Youtube Tutorials! How to Do the Long-Tail Cast On!

(So, full disclosure, this video was filmed over a year ago and I've already learned a lot of ways to make it better.   Moving on!)

As I want to turn this blog not only into a place to showcase my work,  but also for useful resources, I've been meaning to embed my Youtube tutorial videos here, as well!  Making it easier for people to find the information they need is one thing I really try and do, and I hope it works!



The video above does  have captions, to listen to a described version, click here!  

The pattern I'm working on here is my Diamond Lace Boot Toppers, and you can find the pattern on Etsy!

Friday, 24 September 2021

FO Friday: Fun With Corals

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And here's another project for FO Friday -- These are crochet corals for the the Ontario Satellite Crochet Coral Reef!  There were made live on Twitch, and there's more coming -- my Twitch chat has requested several of these!

Two crochet coral models, one is smaller and made with brown yarn, the other is larger, and made with green bulky yarn.



The dark brown coral is leftovers of *Knit Picks Palette, from the Woodland Mittens (I did win my game of yarn chicken, and got those out to my gift-ee on time, and they fit just fine, I just didn't get a FO picture before they were re-homed!) 

The green coral is leftovers of Dream In Color Groovy, from the depths of my stash.  Some of this yarn went into a big blanket, and some has languished in the depths of my yarn box(es) as leftovers, so I figured this was a very good use for it! 

So, if there's crocheters out there with scrap yarn they need a use for, might I suggest these crochet corals!  And don't worry, if you're not in, or near, the Ontario Science Centre, you can still participate virtually with the hashtag #OntarioSatelliteReef  I'd love to see your fun coral creations! 

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

WIP Wednesday: Secret Sample Knit

Well, welcome back to WIP Wednesday! It's been a bit since I've had a WIP for you all (but, in this case, it's not quite a WIP. . . . yet.

A pair of grey metal knitting needles besides some blue lace-weight yarn wound up on a nostepinne.   The yarn has a faint sparkle to it.

Welcome to my super-secret  sample knit!

Wait, why is it secret?  

Well because it's going in for a submission to a magazine; and I'm likely not allowed to blab about it before hand.  Most magazines and other publications don't want designers sharing the WIP of their work before publication day.   Some are very strict about it, and won't accept a submission if there's any photographs on the internet, others don't mind if there's the odd blog post, and a rare few don't care. 

But, I realized, I can still share my cast on!   

I haven't been posting as much WIP Wed stuff for exactly this reason -- my two big WIPs right now are the Dr. Who scarf, which is so unwieldy I have no idea how to take a functional photo of it, (if you want to see me work on it live, come join me over on Twitch!) and a secret knit for an upcoming publication in a magazine. But, I realized I can at least show the yarn/needle choices for an upcoming pattern submission! And, if it's not accepted; I can self-publish it eventually anyway! 

Needles are a pair of inherited needles, (I think they're Aero?), they're 14-inch straight needles,  which I seem to be an odd soul, as I like long straight needles!    They're old enough they're listed as UK/Canadian size 11 needles, equivalent to a size 3 mm.  (And yes, they're bent,  but they still work well!) 

Yarn is a beautiful lace blend from Canadian Alpaca Products, that I got at the Woodstock Fleece Festival in 2017!  It's 95% Canadian Alpaca,  and  5% Stellina, and you can really see the Stellina in the yarn!

With luck, this will be worked up (at least for a good number of pattern repeats), blocked, photographed (luckily, my bad photography skills are enough to get a flat photograph of the start of the sample!)  and submitted to an upcoming call for designs!  

So that's my newest Cast On!  What have you folks cast on this week, I'd love to see 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)!

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Pattern Release: Luckenbach Socks in Nomadic Knits!

Well, it's been busy and this one almost slipped by the wayside, but the Luckenbach Socks are now available in Issue Ten of Nomadic Knits! 

a pair of tall grey socks knit in fingering-weight yarn.  The socks have crossing cables on the leg and instep, and honeycomb cables on the side of the leg.
Photography: Nomadic Knits

The Luckenbach socks were worked up as part of Nomadic Knits Texas Issue, and I'm thrilled with how they turned out!  They come in two versions, one is a tall sock with calf shaping, and one is a shorter sock, without shaping. 

They're knit from the cuff-down, with cables along the front and back of the leg, as well as the instep, bordered with honeycomb cables.  The heel is a basic heel-flap construction with a picked up gusset, and the toe is grafted with stocking stitch. 

Sizes Available:   4 circumferences and 2 heights.
Foot/Leg Circumference: 6.5 (7.25, 8, 8.75) inches (16 (18, 20, 22)) cm
Calf Circumference for Tall version: 11.25 (12, 14.5, 16.25) inches (28 (30, 36, 40.5))cm. 

Sample shown as a tall sock with an 8.75 inch (22 cm) foot circumference. 

Pattern uses 325 (350, 400, 425) yards (299 (321, 367, 390) meters of fingering weight/sock yarn for the shorter sock, and 560 (640, 720, 800) yards (512 (585, 658, 732) meters) for the tall version.

Sample is knit in Gritty Knits Hombre in "Catahoula" (60% Superwash Merino, 20% Yak, 20% Silk)

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!  Also, you can use the tag #NKLuckenbach on IG, and tag the wonderful folks at Nomadic Knits, to post your Luckenbach socks and see all the amazing things other folks have made.

If you've got feedback, comments, or questions about the pattern, you can comment here, or e-mail me at sarahdawnsdesigns@gmail.com

Monday, 13 September 2021

September Featured Pattern and Knit-Along: Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens

Well, it's (almost) fall, and that means, the nights (and days) are getting colder.  What's a person to do when the evenings are cold and their hands get chilly?  Fingerless Mittens, of course!

Enter the Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens as the Featured Pattern for September, available at 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)! Use the code SeptFeatPatt2021 after clicking the button below!

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


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!

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.

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 in my Web Shop, the discount is available on both platforms. The discount should be be visible on Etsy, To get the discount on my web shop, you can use the coupon code "SeptFeatPatt2021"

Now, onto the Knit-Along!

For the month of September, 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 Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens by September 30, 2021!   Please note that the mitts don't have to have been started in September, just finished in September, -- 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, 1 September 2021

Pattern Release: Statement Cable Scarf!

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It's been an exciting couple of weeks, here,  and now I'm thrilled to announce the release of the Statement Cable Scarf!  It's available in my Web Shop and on Etsy!

https://sarahdawnsdesigns.blogspot.com/2021/03/fo-friday-statement-scarf.html
Photography: Stephanie Wallace


The Statement Scarf was developed to be a quick-knit project with *Malabrigo Mecha as part of the Malabrigo Quickies Program!  It's a glorious, squishy, garter-stitch scarf with one central cable to make a statement!  

The scarf is worked flat with bulky yarn, making it a perfect project for a beginner who wants to branch into cables! It uses mostly garter stitch, with a cable pattern on a background of reverse stocking stitch. The cable instructions are both charted and written. It is written for one size (which uses almost exactly two skeins of Malabrigo Mecha!) but is easily adjustable to the amount of yarn you have.

Sizes Available: One (adjustable). Sample shown with a width of 9 inches (23 cm), and length of 40 inches (105.5 cm)

Pattern uses 260 yards (238 meters) of bulky or aran-weight yarn. Sample is knit in Malabrigo Mecha in "English Rose" (100% Superwash Merino)

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.
 
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.

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Pattern Release: Diamonds and Lace Scarf

It's been quite a wait, but, the Diamonds and Lace Scarf Pattern is now available on Patreon!

A woman holding a scarf across her shoulder and back with an outstretched arm. The scarf is knit in striping worsted-yarn, and shows a diamond lace pattern.

This lace scarf is made from less then 350 yards of worsted-weight yarn. It's perfect to use up those orphan one or two skeins that are left over after making a sweater!

It's thick and warm, and is perfect for showing off self-striping or long colour change yarns, but will work up just fine in a solid or tonal as well!

If you're already a patron, head over and get your download!  If you're not a Patron, I've love to have you join me!

And for those of you who aren't familiar -- what is Patreon?  Patreon is a monthly membership platform specifically geared towards artists.   It's a way for folks to support the artists they love; and for those artists to give back to their community!   For as little as $2 a month, you'll get access to this (and future) exclusive patterns; (and any errata, as well)! You'll also get access to exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at my life and work, credit here on the blog and in my Podcast; and more!  And if you need to cancel or edit your pledge, you can do so at any time, so, there's absolutely no risk!

With that said, lets get into the pattern! 

This scarf is knit flat (with straight needles or circulars, your choice!) with a garter stitch border, All Wrong-Side rows are purled with a garter stitch border.  Though only one size is given, the scarf is easily adjustable, and notes on how to do that are included in the pattern. 

The scarf  as written, uses almost all of the recommended skeins of yarn. If you are altering the pattern, or are a looser knitter, you may need an additional skein of yarn.

Sizes Available: One Size (adjustable). Sample measures 12.5 inches (31.5 cm) by 62 inches (157.5 cm),   Sample shown in Wisdom Yarn Poems, (100% Wool), in the colourway "Enchanted Forest."  As this yarn is (sadly) discontinued, you can find a list of possible substitutions here!

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.

Sunday, 1 August 2021

August Featured Pattern and Knit-Along: Marianna Shawl

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We're in the height of summer here in the Northern Hemisphere, and I, at least, am needing something to keep the sun off my shoulders! 

Enter the Marianna Shawl as the Featured Pattern for August, available at 50% off (currently $3.50 CAD, regular price, $7.00 CAD)! Use the code AugFeatPatt2021 after clicking the button below!

A woman sitting on a concrete edge; wearing a large blue-green lace shawl. She is holding the shawl at her neck with one hand. There is a cane in her other hand.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace

The design for this large square shawl came about after exploring the beautiful Stitch Patterns of Gannet Designs. They seemed the perfect stitch patterns for the mesh lace of a larger shawl.

This shawl is knit in the round from centre out. The edging is knit flat and joined to the shawl as you work. The main lace mesh motif and the edging pattern are both charted, with written instructions available as a secondary download.

The sample shawl is knit in *Knit Picks Gloss Lace in the colourway “Marina”. And this inspired the name of the shawl, because, during the entire production process, my brain kept insisting that the colourway was called “Marianna”! Hence, the Marianna Shawl!

When looking for a substitute yarn, any fingering-weight or lace weight yarn would work well. I’d suggest anything with a good bit of drape -- silk, bamboo, or alpaca blends.

Note that gauge and yarn weight are both flexible for this pattern, though it will change the appearance and/or size of the finished object.

This pattern has written instructions available as a secondary download, 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 in my Web Shop, the discount is available on both platforms. The discount should be be visible on Etsy, To get the discount on my web shop, you can use the coupon code "AugFeatPatt2021"

Now, onto the Knit-Along!

For the month of August, any finished Marianna 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 Marianna Shawl by August 31, 2021 Please note that the shawl doesn'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.