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!

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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.