Indie Design GAL: Hats

This is part of my on-going Indie Designer Gift-A-Long 2017 series. Starting November 21st I am highlighting some patterns from my fellow designers also participating in the event! Each post will showcase 5-6 different designers and their patterns.

Don’t forget to join in the fun, we’re all over here chatting up a storm (when our fingers aren’t flying that is).

The Ghost Hunter’s Cloche by Carolyn MacPherson

From the pattern description
Whispers, creeks, moans and phantom steps.. What awaits the curious explorer when things go bump in the night? Extremely warm and dense with textured stitches, this cloche style will keep those ghostly fingers… of wind… at bay.

Fits up to 23″, and uses approximately 100-125 yds of aran weight yarn.

Rule 130 by Mona Zillah

From the pattern description
In London, the roads are covered with various words and symbols to aid drivers and pedestrians alike, chevrons often making an appearance. This is a pattern for a warm hat (knit in the round bottom up). A traditional chevron design created by a simple slipped stitch mosaic technique.

Available in one size, and uses approximately 310-350 yds of sport weight yarn.

Crystal Sky by Sarah Sundermeyer

From the pattern description
The Crystal Sky Hat is an elegant slouch hat. It features a rich diamond pattern that gathers into a flower-like crown at the top. The hat is sized to fit an average woman’s head, and the pattern includes notes for a tighter-fitting version of the hat.

Available in one size (with additional sizing notes), and uses approximately 180-200 yds of sport weight yarn.

Trondra by Emily K. Williams

From the pattern description
My hat Tondra has a simple, clever construction: knit as one long tube from a provisional cast-on, it is then folded and twisted before being joined at the ribbing. The twist creates an elegant spiral crown for a hat, showcasing the geometric colourwork design. As the hat is fully lined, it is wonderfully warm on a windy Shetland day.

Available in six sizes, and uses approximately 220-640 yds of light fingering yarn.

Mjohoro by Kathryn Folkerth

From the pattern description
Mjohoro, Mhoba, Flamboyant, and the Tanzanian Christmas Tree are all names given to a tree that flowers spectacularly in December. It’s so striking that it is sometimes used as a motif in woodcarvings like those that can be found on massive doors on the island of Zanzibar and along the Swahili Coast.

Available in one size, and uses approximately 210 yds of worsted weight yarn.

Suburban Station by Natalie Servant

From the pattern description
This fingering weight stranded hat has a repeating motif taken from an Art Deco railway station in Philadelphia. It starts with twisted rib and launches into the stranded colorwork. The sample used approximately 30 of Black Bear (black) and 25g of Paw Paw (yellow) in O-Wool O-Wash Fingering.

Available in one size, and uses approximately 250-350 yds of fingering weight yarn.

A note: I take care to not highlight the same pattern as previous years, so do be sure to check out the GAL 2016 series of posts. Many of those will also be eligible this year for the GAL.

Indie Design GAL: Gloves & Mitts

This post will be the part in a series of posts highlighting different patterns and designers participating in the Indie Design Gift-A-Long this year. To create these lists I look through every single bundle from every single designer, ending up with a huge and unwieldy list of patterns. From there, I through the process of having to whittle that down to come up with the much smaller lists you’ll be seeing over the next six weeks. The wonderful thing about this is that I become familiar with every designer participating, and I always discover something new, and I hope through these lists you discover a new to you designer that can become a favourite for you.

First up is gloves and mitts – which are always an awesome choice for gift knitting.

Fee-bee Mitts by Bonnie Sennott.

From the pattern description
“Fee-bee” is a song of the chickadee, the state bird of Massachusetts, where I live. The lace pattern on the cuff of the mitts reminded me of bird tracks in snow, so I decided to name the mitts after the cheery, inquisitive chickadees who visit my bird feeders and bring me joy all winter long.

Available in one size, and uses approximately 130 yds of sport weight yarn.

Wishmaker Mitts by Erica Heusser

From the pattern description
The design of these fingerless mitts was inspired by the dandelion’s seed stage, commonly associated with wishmaking. A wide graphic panel on the back of each mitt wraps around to meet a narrower panel along the palm side of the mitt.

Available in women’s medium sizing, and uses approximately 300-310 yds of fingering weight yarn.

Yarrow by Ash Alberg

From the pattern description
Yarrow is a member of the sunflower family, and its healing properties include aiding in digestion, lessening swelling, and aiding in the healing of wounds.

Available in one size, and uses approximately 130 yds of worsted weight yarn.

Portraiture Mitts by Elizabeth Sullivan

From the pattern description
The fingerless mitts feature corrugated ribbing, Fair-Isle patterns and simple shaping for the thumb gore. Little variations to the Fair-Isle motifs keep the pattern fun to knit, and the small size of the project makes it a good introduction to stranded two-colour knitting.

Available in S/M and M/L sizes, and uses approximately 350-400 yds of light fingering yarn.

Deco Dots by Virginia Sattler-Reimer

From the pattern description
This pattern is suitable for the knitter with experience knitting mittens, reading a chart and stranded colorwork. I used one skein each of Cascade 220 Sport in colors: Van Dyke Brown, Ginseng, Olive Oil and Sage.

Available in one size, and uses approximately 328-656 yards of sport weight yarn.


A note: I take care to not highlight the same pattern as previous years, so do be sure to check out the GAL 2016 series of posts. Many of those will also be eligible this year for the GAL.

Indie Design Gift-A-Long 2017

It’s that fabulous time of year again, knitters & crocheters! It’s time for the Indie Gift-A-Long 2017. I wrote a bit of an introductory post to it last year here, so if you’re brand new to the event be sure to check it out, there’s links to all the important groups and how to participate.

This will be my second year participating, and I’m pretty stoked. Last year when I participated for the first time, I didn’t really know what to expect… and I was floored. Not only at the sheer number of designers and knitters and crocheters that participated, but the community that has grown around this event. There’s prizes, there’s lots of chatting, and there’s the shared camaraderie of everybody getting together during the holidays to craft and chat and have a ball, all while we’re creating for ourselves and those we love.

This year the sale runs from November 21 from 8pm EST to to November 28 11:59pm EST. The sale is the period is when all of us indie designers offer a selection of our patterns for 25% off. Simply add the coupon code giftalong2017 during checkout to get the discount.

The GAL itself is from runs from November 21 8pm EST to December 31st midnight EST, and that’s when we all get together on Ravelry and furiously make for almost six weeks, chatting it up and sharing what we’ve made over the course of the GAL.

I’ll be offering 12 patterns for sale (you can check out my GAL Bundle on Rav here), and they are:

Ceilidh Fingerless Gloves
Ceilidh Infinity Scarf
Clovis Point
Crux Cloth
Crux Towel & Cloth

Dappled Shade
Heather June
Hilton’s Edge
Pillars of Creation Socks
Vestiges of Winter

If you’re looking specifically to make gifts for your loved ones, I have a few patterns that make great gifts. Ceilidh Fingerless Gloves proved to be quite popular last year, and since they use less than 200 yds, is a great option. The Crux Cloth & Towel are a great home knit, and if you purchase the towel pattern you automatically get the cloth. And who doesn’t love handmade socks? Both Calabash and Pillars of Creation are great options, and are unisex so you can knit them for anybody in your family. And lastly, Elke uses approximately 550 yds, and can be knit in a lightweight yarn for an airy shawl, or a more substantial DK or sportweight to give you a nice warm shawl to wear during colder months.

And, of course this year I’ll be doing my round up of some patterns by other designers I want to highlight. There’ll be six weeks of fantastic patterns, all organized into categories, so you can peruse those and see what other fabulous designers are out there. Each blog post will highlight 5-6 patterns by different designers, in the categories of Hands, Hats, Sweaters, Scarves & Cowls, Shawls, Home, Socks, & Everything Else.

So I hope you will participate, and look for me in the GAL threads – I’ll be there knitting along with the rest of you (don’t be shy about saying hello – my username on Ravelry is tomatl).

Knitted Ornaments – Low Stress Holiday Knitting (Vol. 2)

Last year I made this post about knitted holiday ornaments and low-stress holiday knitting (which I am all about). I decided this year to do a hybrid re-post and updated version, to include some new fun knits, along with updating what I’ve made.

minisweatersSome people go absolutely crazy with the knitting for holidays thing. I do not. I find it stresses me out, and I was constantly working feverishly on Christmas eve (sometimes later, ahem) to finish up a gift for somebody.

My family does a draw of names – we each get one other family member to shop for, we set a limit (which I may go over, ahem again), and in theory that’s the only person we’re supposed to shop for. Always not one to follow the rules, I started knitting up little tiny ornaments for everybody in my family. I could argue that I wasn’t really buying anything – I mostly use left over yarn from projects I make throughout the year. Besides maybe buying a pattern, which technically was buying something for myself, I’m not really purchasing anything for anybody.

Plus, I just like giving people things.

Doing a quick search for holiday knitted ornaments is a bit of a crapshoot I’ve found – there are really beautiful things out there that you can knit for everybody’s trees. And there are some that are… well, let’s say not to my taste.

So I wanted to create a mini-compendium of lovely little knitted ornaments that you can peruse through. These make great little stocking stuffers for family, or a neat addition to your own tree, and they have the added bonus of extremely low-stress holiday knitting. They can be done with those ends of skeins you have sitting around, and it’s amazing how many you can turn out in a day if you put your mind to it.

The ones I’ve made…

Mini Sweater Ornaments
Tiny Sock Ornaments
Icy Seas (really beautiful tiny knitted toques)
Mini Mitt Ornaments

Other Patterns

These are the ones I’ve come across while searching, and haven’t made yet, but are on the to-do list for future years

Christmas Trees
Candy Cane Christmas Ornament
Sanquhar Christmas Ornaments
Christmas Lights
Christmas Robin
Sheep Christmas Balls
Snowflake Ornaments

Non-Traditional Ornaments

Because sometimes balls and candy canes can get a little monotonous – how about sprucing them up with something a little less traditional?

Mini Envelope Ornaments
Orbital Ornaments
Owl Ornaments
Batman, Wonderwoman, and Superman Balls
Nerd Holiday Ornaments
Grumpy, The Lump of Coal
Arctic Attire Ornaments
Penguin Ornament

Spooky Christmas…

We started doing this a few years ago, because I love Halloween (like, a lot). So these fall into the non-traditional category as well, and not all of them are tree ornaments, but put on a piece of ribbon or a string, and bam you have Spooky Christmas decorations.

Waldorf Halloween Witches
Gruesome Knitted Eyeballs
Creepy Halloween Candy – Zombie
Dracula and Ghosty
Halloween Stocking Ornaments

New Pattern Release – Elke

Elke is all about taking simple elements and combining them into something beautiful. Utilizing a modified half-pi shawl construction, this lace and simple texture pattern creates an elegant look. The pattern is easily modified for a range of yarns and sizes, and suggestions are included for sizing up or down in the pattern. The sample is knit in Mirasol Sulka Legato using 2 skeins, creating a soft squishy shawl, but a thicker weight yarn can easily be substituted to make a thicker, warmer garment for chillier months.

This pattern includes both written and charted instructions, and is a good pattern for newer knitters looking to branch out and experiment.

Check out the pattern page here, and the Ravelry page here.