Just a quick little post today, but it’s an exciting one. That is, if you get excited about new free patterns! (I know, right?! So many new patterns lately!)
Here’s a fun new pattern for a cute little berry-colored dishcloth! Introducing: the Mixed Berry Dishcloth!It’s a simple two-color stripe pattern, with some slipped-stitch detailing to make it a little more interesting.
It’s that time again! Time for me to send out a copy of Knit Pick’s newest collection to one lucky reader. (I almost wrote “listener.” I think I’ve been spending too much time with my podcasts lately.)
Last week, I asked you to write about your favorite parts of spring to help celebrate the launch of Knit Pick’s latest spring-y collection, Flourish. And, boy, did you come through. So many lovely descriptions of spring- you’re all poets! Seriously, if you’re looking for something delightful to read, just go check out those comments. You really made my day.
Anyway, through a highly scientific and random process (also known as throwing a bunch of numbers in a bowl and picking one out at random), I have selected a winner!
Tina Fagan! You’re the winner! Congratulations!
I’ll send you an email in a little bit, so keep an eye out for it (and if you don’t see it, let me know), and we’ll get you hooked up with a copy of this super cute collection.
If you’re not Tina, have no fear! You can still get a copy of Flourish from the Knit Picks website!
Well, when it rains, it pours. I’ve got another new pattern for you today! And, better yet, this one’s free!
Introducing: The Gradient Scarf! (Yes, I know I’m not great at naming patterns.) It’s an asymmetrical triangular scarf, wider on one end (obviously, because it’s a triangle), and it’s knit in Knit Picks Stroll and Stroll Gradient.
Stroll Gradient is brand-new, and just lovely (I just received a couple skeins yesterday, and my fingers are itching to start kitting). It’s a super-soft merino sock yarn dyed in one long continuous gradient. (And, better yet, the colorways all have goofy names! “Kale Yeah!” is my favorite, but “Hula Girl” is the one we used for the example.)The Gradient Scarf is worked in the round, starting at the narrow end. Every few rounds, you increase a couple stitches, creating the gradually increasing triangle shape. Then, the wide end is closed up with Kitchener Stitch (my favorite), making a super-sleek, seamless scarf.I suppose you don’t have to work this scarf with gradient yarn- it would be lovely worked in all one color, or solid stripes- but there’s something very entertaining and super satisfying in watching your yarn change colors as you knit along.
Want to knit your own Gradient Scarf? Get the pattern here! And pick up a ball (or two) of Stroll Gradient here!
That’s right, boys and girls! It’s time for a new pattern!
It’s a lovely cotton tunic, with drop shoulders and bracelet-length sleeves, with just a touch of cabling. It’s a perfect spring sweater (if I say so myself).
It’s the Golden Gardens Pullover!Cute, right? And with tons of positive ease and super-soft cotton yarn, it’s crazy comfortable. I’m particularly proud of the one-stitch cable that runs from front hem to back, and up each arm. But wait! That’s not all!
My pullover is part of a lovely new spring-y collection from Knit Picks. Introducing: Flourish!
I’m not a big knit tee person, but this one is adorable. That lace/texture combo, and that lovely shade of pink. Too cute for words.
Whitwell Tee by Kate HeppellBut, I think this cardigan might be my favorite from the collection (other than mine, of course). It’s so light and feminine, and I love the way the lace wraps from the back of the sweater, all the way around the front.
Spring Thaw Cardigan by Kephren PritchettWant to win a free copy of Flourish? Comment below and tell me about your favorite part of spring (I love it when the cherry tree outside my studio window starts to bloom). I’ll hold a drawing next Friday!
The Rippling Diamonds Dishcloth is crazy simple- it’s literally only knits and purls. No slipped stitches, no yarn overs, no shaping of any kind. Its carefully charted pattern of knit and purl bumps make an interestingly-textured washcloth that’s fun (and easy!) to work up. (And, bonus! The pattern is totally reversible, so it looks just as cool from both sides!)Head over to Knit Picks’ website and download a free copy of the pattern. I’m really proud of it!
OK, guys, you know the drill! It’s Giveaway Day (again!)
I’m really excited about this one! This collection is hands-down gorgeous. I may be a bit biased, since I love anything with a cable on it, but for real- it’s beautiful.I even love the shawl that I made- enough to make you look at it again. I’m super proud of how it turned out! I mean, look at it!
OK, OK, enough of me showing you pictures you’ve already seen! Let’s get to the good part!
A whole bunch of you entered the drawing, so I rolled over to Random.org, and did a quick drawing.
And the winner is… Comment number 7!
Alison! You’re the winner! (I’ll send you an email, so keep an eye out!)
If you didn’t win, don’t worry, you can get your own copy of Woodsmoke through the Knit Picks website. And, of course, I’ll have more drawings in the future, so keep your eyes peeled!
It’s giveaway day! My favorite day of the year (or, well, month might be more accurate-I’m always giving away books around here)!
Just to remind you, today I’m giving away a copy of Knit Picks’ new collection, Quick and Cozy. It’s chock-full of extra-fluffy hats, scarves, cowls and mittens. All the patterns are super cute (and super cozy)And, I’ve got a pattern in this book! It’s the Gradient Hat and Scarf! I’m pretty proud of it.But that’s not why we’re here. We’re here for the giveaway!
20 of you lovely folks put your names in, so I’ll pull out my lucky 20-sided die (which I have because I’m a nerd), and…
5! The 5th comment was from Jen!
Congratulations, Jen! I’ve sent you an email, so check your spam folder, just in case.
If you didn’t win today’s giveaway, you can buy your own copy of Quick and Cozy through the Knit Picks website.
And, don’t forget to sign up for my other giveaway! That winner will be announced on Friday.
That’s right, knitters! Surprise! Another pattern- and it’s one I’m super proud of!
Introducing: The Laura Shawl!It’s a gorgeous (if I say so myself) cabled wrap, almost six feet long and two feet wide. It looks great wrapped around your shoulders, or cozied up under your chin. And, frankly, it’s big enough to act as a lap blanket when you go out to eat, and they set you too close to a drafty window.
The Laura Shawl is knit in gorgeous tweedy wool that works great with cables. Four wide panels of complex cables are interspersed with some knit/purl texture, and the whole bad boy is finished with thick fringe on either end, just to make it feel extra-luxurious.
The best part? It’s part of another beautiful book from Knit Picks, the Woodsmoke Cable Collection.This book is absolutely breathtaking. It’s chock full of 16 lushly cabled patterns- sweaters, blankets, scarves and hats.
I mean, look at these:Really, I want to work up all of these for myself. (Or maybe have someone else do it so I don’t have to wait?)What’s that? You want a copy? Buy yourself a copy here!
Or, comment below with a description of your most complicated cable project for a chance to win a free copy! (The winner will be named next Friday, so stay tuned!)
How does that old saying go? “A new year, a new pattern?” That sounds right… yeah.
Well, however that saying goes (and whether or not it’s actually a saying), I’ve got a new pattern for you!
It’s the middle of January, and it’s real cold, so what could be better than a super-squishy, extra warm, nice and thick hat-and-scarf combo?
Nothing. That’s what.
Introducing: the Gradient Scarf and Hat.This bad boy is made from worsted-weight merino, held TRIPLE, so you know it’s going to keep you warm. Both the hat and scarf are worked all over in broken rib, one of my favorite stitches. The fabric is soft, squishy and totally comfy. Plus, there’s a mean pompom on top of the hat. You gotta love a pompom. I mean, look at it:And, that’s not all! This pattern is one of eight in Knit Picks’ new book Quick and Cozy: Bulky Knit Accessories. Patterns like this adorable red cowl from the cover:And these gorgeous colorwork mittens:You can order a copy of the book here! Or, if you’re feeling lucky, comment below with your favorite thing to knit in January to be entered to win your very own copy of Quick and Cozy! (The winner will be announced next Wednesday!)
It’s an incredibly rainy morning in Seattle- we’re bracing for the biggest wind storm since the 1960’s, so keep you fingers crossed that we don’t lose power!
But what could be better on a rainy day than looking at some brand-new patterns!
Maybe looking at some brand-new garter-stitch patterns? I don’t think anything says “cozy up inside” better than a hot cup of tea and a book full of garter stitch coziness.
Introducing: Garter Ridge, a new collection by Knit Picks, featuring a pattern from yours truly.This is probably the sweater that I wear the most. I love my Carkeek Park Pullover. It’s super comfy, surprisingly warm and soft. And, it’s knit with DK-weight yarn, so it’s not bulky (in other words, I can wear it under a jacket or, if it’s really chilly, with another sweater on top… I get cold sometimes),I love the bands of multi-color garter at the hems and yoke. It’s so fun to order lots of each color and watch how they blend together as you knit them up. My prototype was knit in shades of green and brown, but I’d love to see Carkeek Pullovers in every color of the rainbow!But my sweater isn’t the only gorgeous pattern in this collection!
I think I might make the Helianthus Shawl. It’s just so pretty, and Preciosa yarn is so fluffy and warm, that you know it’ll even manage to keep me warm.And that cover sweater! I know the last thing I need is another oversized cardigan. But I think I need the Nineveh Cardigan. I love the weird modern shape, and the tiny sleeve detail in the contrasting color- to die for!There are a ton of other gorgeous patterns in this collection. You definitely want to get yourself a copy!
Want to try your luck and win a free copy? Comment below with your favorite rainy-day knitting! I’ll hold the drawing next Friday (rain or shine)!