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.