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.