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Indie Design Gift Along 2018

The dates for the Indie Design Gift-A-Long 2018 have been decided!

GAL2018 will run from Friday, November 23rd at 8 pm (US-EST) through Monday December 31st at midnight (US-EST).

The 25% off sale period will run from Friday November 23rd at 8pm (US-EST) through Thursday November 29th at 11:59 pm (US-EST).

Information on sign ups to be a participating designer will be coming soon, as will more details on what is involved in being a participating designer as well as other ways you can volunteer.

The Indie Design Gift-A-Long takes place on

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Never Not Gnoming?

As I do most years, I have been taking part in the Indie Design Gift Along on

I’m making the following for gifting this year:

Mount Rainier Hat by Peggy Jean Kaylor

This  is a great unisex hat and men to do seem to absolutely love it.

It has enough detail on the crown shaping (whiMount Rainierch has a couple of options) to keep the knitter happy but has clean, crisp designs lines that men love for sophisticated simplicity.     It’s made using worsted weight yarn and the lower part of the hat uses a simple ribbing pattern.   The crown decreases add a bit of interest and magic.

A few friends of mine tested this pattern and can attest to how well written it is.   All the main numbers are contained in a clear, easy to follow table and you just move to ‘your size’ as needed.

It’d look great in a worsted or aran weight yarn and I’m sure the men in your life would love it.

It’s a quick knit, a couple of evenings knitting for me, at most.    I’d recommend it as a quick gift knit, particularly for men.



Beekeeper Mittens by Mindy Dykman

I fell in love with these and they are supposed to be a gift, but I think I’ll be keeping them (no pun intended), so sorry Mum, you’ll get something else this year.     These are also made with worsted yarn but at a tighter gauge/tension for warmth and to keep out the wind on cold days.    Beekeeper Mittens

The honeycomb like texture pattern is very easy to memorize.   The palm has a slip stitch pattern to give it warmth and some strength to the fabric, in the same way you’d do on the heel of a sock.     It’s very well written with clear charts (and written instructions for those who don’t get on with charts).

I’m using Grouse, a mid grey for the cuffs and Blueberry, a rich purple for the body of the mittens.


Never Not Gnoming by Sarah Schira

I don’t make toys, absolutely not patience for small, fiddly things and yet I fell in love with these guys.    I’ve made two already.   I just need to finish the beard, nose and arms for the second one.

Other Ravelry members have made the small, medium, large and there is one super bulky egnormous Gnome so far.    Many projects have been themed by characters, mine is Gnomedalf the Grey.   I’m working on Sherlock Gnomes and trying to figure out how to make the deerstalker hat.

Do check out Dogwood13’s projects, hers are adorable.  My good friend bluesocks has also made a couple and one of her Gnomes is pictured with various books (hilarious titles).



Tintinnio by Cristina Ghirlanda

I was really tired and needed a warm, smooshly scarf.   This knitted up very quickly, I missed the cables as I really wasn’t awake enough to pay attention and wanted a much wider scarf.

If you check out the other projects, they cables really do make it.

I also recommend, if you can find it or it’s in your budget, use the Malabrigo Nube yarn for the pom pom, they’re adorable.






Mixlace Poncho by Denise Voie de Vie

I love Denise’s designs and have had this in my library for a while (the magazine version).   I love the way it works with a self striping yarn and various crochet lace stitch patterns to create a chic and stylish poncho.

If you’d like to browse the Ravelry Bundle of all the eligible patterns for the Gift Along, follow this link.








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Designer Spotlight Joan Dyer

I missed yesterday so I’m playing catch up.   Our Designer Spotlight is on Joan Dyer, joandyer on who is taking part in this years Indie Design Gift Along.

I won a pattern in the forums the other day and chose Madeira, my dear, by Joan Dyer, it’s a gorgeous all over lace pattern and I love the rich raspberry colour she chose for the design sample.   I’d be easy to add a bit of waist and hip shaping by just changing needle sizes, larger at the hips and smaller at the waist.    It has a nice clean neckline (no clutter and fancy shaping required) and the sleeves also feature the pretty lace.   As always with Joan’s patterns, it’s well written, clear and clever.   There are charts and written instructions with lots of hints and tips on how best to handle the lace shaping at the raglan.

If you make one sweater for work or play, this should be on your short list.   It’s worked in the round with raglan shaping, that gives the best options for trying on as you knit.    There’s an option for sweater length and tunic length, this’d make a great beach coverup or a teen dress for nights out (with appropriate layers underneath 🙂

Next up is the Sidestrokes Pullover, a childrens knit worked ‘sideways’ if you hadn’t guessed from the name 🙂 .  Sidestrokes Pullover features  a placket neck opening with a one button closure to make it both easy to pull on over the head but also for style points. It was created for Tess’ Designer Yarns.  The four sizes correspond to ages 3, 6, 12, and 18 months with 4 inches (10 cm) ease. The width is easily adjusted by adding more rows, and the length by casting on additional stitches.  The main body is knit sideways, the neckline and bottom edge picked up and knit circularly after the sides are seamed.

The sweater can be worked in lace weight yarn, 3 strands held together, which provides the opportunity to create a gradient that shifts color from one cuff to the other with the color changes controlled by replacing one strand at a time. The design is well suited to variegated yarns, or sock weight yarns knit to gauge for a lighter weight garment.  If you use machine washable sock yarn, it’ll be clean and dry in no time.   Brilliant for busy Mums and stylish for fashion conscious kids.

Our last garment for this post is called Klid, a child’s cardigan, with a stunning tree on a rev st st background.  Great for young Hobbit or LOTR fans or just kids who love nature!  The pattern has a cropped or hip length version (to keep them warm and toasty), is knitted in worsted weight yarn but there are notes on how to adapt for other yarn weights which is a great bonus.   The body is worked flat bottom-up, with waste yarn replacing sleeves until the sweater body is completed. The sleeves are worked in the round top-down with underarm gussets (continuing from waste yarn, no pickup required). The closure can be snaps or buttons. The construction is seamless.

I couldn’t resist adding this and the sample item would match nicely to Klid (above), it’s the Ditty Bag pattern.    It’s handy for cable needles, your seaming or sewing needles to stop them dropping down the side of the chair (or is that just me?).     You can use any weight of yarn, any type of yarn and it’s a great project to learn about double knitting.

To check out all the discounted patterns in the Indie Design Gift Along visit the group for more information.    To see our discounted patterns, go here.