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.