Monday, January 16, 2017

New Year! New Pattern! More Knitting Fun!

I hope everyone's New Year is off to a fabulous start! Mine has been enjoyable and productive so far, as well as cold!!! Of course all this cold weather makes knitting even more enjoyable! It's fun making pretty things to keep me, my family, and friends warm, don't you agree? And speaking of knitting, I want to introduce you to my newest pattern: the Berkley Beret!


This pattern is especially dear to my heart, as it is named after my beloved four-legged fur brother, Berkley, a toy poodle. My family had to say goodbye to him in August. He was almost 12 years old. It was, I think, the hardest day of my 31 years of life, and I still miss him so much every day and I know I always will. Here is a picture of that dear boy! I believe in my heart that one day in Heaven he will be running into my arms again, healthy and full of life, to give me his kisses!


The Berkley Beret pattern is great for beginners with some experience and a quick knit for the more advanced. The stitch pattern is great for solids and a contrasting yarn bow or button add just the perfect touch to it!


The pattern includes directions for five sizes and instructions on how to make and add the contrasting yarn bow. My next pattern, which has already been sent to testers, is the Berkley Cowl which coordinates perfectly with this hat to make a cozy matching set! (You can see a glimpse of the cowl in the pictures above and below. 


Pattern is currently available on my Etsy, Ravelry, and Craftsy shops at an introductory price, which will end tonight. I hope you love the Berkley Beret as much as I do!


Happy New Year and Happy Knitting!






Monday, November 21, 2016

"Thankfulness" Sale/Early Black Friday

Since Thanksgiving (and my birthday...shhh) is this week, I have decided to have an early "Thankfulness" sale, instead of a Black Friday one. So from today until Wednesday (11/23), use the coupon code THANKSGIVING2016 to get 2 patterns for the price of 1 (a.k.a. Buy 1, Get 1 Free). You must add both patterns to the cart and then apply the code to get the discount. This sale is only available on my Ravelry store. Hope each one of you have a lovely week! Happy Knitting and Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Patter Release: The Sea Star Beanie

I am so excited to announce that I have released my twelfth pattern today: The Sea Star Beanie!!! It is available for purchase on Etsy, Ravelry, and Craftsy.


I am absolutely in love with the fit and texture of this beanie and plan on wearing it all winter long! Check out this top! <3


The pattern includes directions for four sizes [baby (6 to 12 mo.), toddler, child, and teen/adult], with tips on customizing the circumference further. I made this hat using Lion Brand Wool Ease, which is one of my top favorite worsted weight yarns!


Here are a couple of the pictures I received from my wonderful testers!!!

Melissa's (a.k.a. stillgonnashine) Aqua Beauty!
Yvon's Glorious Striped Version for her Darling Girl!

Seriously, I can't get enough of this hat! I see myself making many more in the future. Happy Knitting all!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Pattern Sale 50% OFF Penny Pocket Scarf

Last night, I realized how cold the weather has turned, which means it's time to pull out those scarves, mittens, and hats. In honor of winter's soon arrival, you can purchase my Penny Pocket Scarf Knitting Pattern on Ravelry at 50% off by using the coupon code COLDDAYS at checkout. This offer will expire tomorrow (11/18/2016) at midnight.

Happy Knitting!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

New Pattern Release and SALE

This week, I released another pattern: The Juliet Warmer!!! And I must say it might be my all time favorite!


I love cables, so naturally this is one of the reasons this is my new favorite. Second, I love the tapered button closure in the back, which adds style, comfort, and functionality to the design.


The pattern includes directions for three sizes and requires a minimal amount of worsted weight yarn. All sizes can easily be whipped up in an evening! I have made five myself in one week's time. Due to the small amount of yarn  (aka budget friendly) and time commitment, this item makes a great Christmas gift!


And this weekend, you can purchase this or any of my other patterns at a discounted price on my Ravelry store only. Using the coupon code FALL30 upon checkout, you will get 30% off your purchase. Happy Knitting ALL!!!!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

New Pattern Release: The Penny Pocket Scarf

It has been almost 4 months exactly since my last post and my last pattern release! Eek! It was a crazy summer and I am thankful that fall has brought a slower pace and more consistency to my days. And so far, I am even enjoying those rainy afternoons, snuggled up with a hot cup of coffee or tea reading a good book or knitting up my next project. :) And speaking of knitting, I am super excited to share with you my latest pattern: The Penny Pocket Scarf! It has just been released and is currently available on Etsy and Craftsy.


This pocket scarf is exactly what you think it is; a scarf with pockets! How fun is that????


Instead of worrying about losing those pesky mittens, just stick those hands in some cozy pockets. And seriously, kids LOVE the pockets! One of my tester's little girls put her stuffed animal friend in one of her pockets, which, in my book, gives this pattern a kid's official stamp of approval!


Pattern includes two sizes (adult and child) with two pocket style options (one that is more gender neutral) and a note on customizing the finished length. Overall, this is a fairly quick knit, especially the child size. I was able to knit the one pictured here using one skein of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick (one of my favorite yarn staples!). I hope you love this scarf as much as I do!

Happy Knitting!



Saturday, May 21, 2016

NEW Pattern: Cable Banded Fingerless Gloves

I am super excited to announce that I have just released my 9th pattern: the Cable Banded Fingerless Gloves!!


I am pretty much in LOVE with this pattern! It has been my pet project for close to two months. The very first one I made was for an adult sized hand (using my hand measurements). I actually originally planned to knit them in the flat, but after sewing up the long seam on the first mock-up, I scratched that idea quick and rewrote the pattern for knitting in the round.

My far from glamorous shot of the first one knitted in the round.

The inspiration behind this cable band came from my last pattern: The Striped Cable Slouchy. I thought it would be fun to have coordinating accessories and I LOVE the cable band look. Here is a pic of my little model wearing both the gloves and slouchy.


It took me forever to draft the original size for smaller hands but thanks to the help of some friends with kiddos willing to give me hand measurements, I was able to tackle it. Hand sizes will obviously vary, and I know I could not make a size to fit every person perfectly, but in the pattern, I include a lengthy note for changing the circumference and adding length. I think this is a very easy pattern for intermediate knitters to customize. And my wonderful testers echoed that sentiment. Speaking of testers, here is a picture of Sweet T. Knits' (ravelry user tippyappleton) tester version. Aren't they gorgeous????

Sweet T. Knits

Overall, I am in LOVE with this new pattern and can't wait until fall football games to wear my matching slouchy and gloves! (Okay the sun has just returned after a long, gloomy winter, so maybe I can wait for a while.) :) The pattern is now available for purchase on Etsy, Ravelry, and Craftsy.

Happy Knitting! :)