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.