Pattern Suggestions: Indie Design Gift-A-Long

This year for the Gift-A-Long, a lovely group of participating designers created a bundle of both the sale patterns and all patterns from participating designers.  One wonderful thing about this is that it allows you to search either list and see what items you've favorited, queued, or even made in the past.  You can also use all of the other amazing Ravelry search parameters and find new to you patterns that fit your needs.

I went through the sale patterns and discovered that there were a number of patterns on sale that I had favorited, queued or had made in the past.  Since I have made some of these items, I thought I would draw your attention to those patterns today.

First up is a pattern I completed for this year's Gift-A-Long, the Braided Headband from Four Easy Headbands by Yuliya Tkacheva.  

I mentioned this pattern in my previous post, but I cannot stress enough that you do not need to be a proficient crocheter to make these lovely headbands.  They really are simple, the pattern is clear, with lots of photos, and the results are very pretty, and quite quick to complete.  

During the 2014 gift-a-long, I did quite a few hats, and all of those patterns were very well written and produced cherished gifts.  My 3 nieces each received Tindrer hats by Knottygnome Crafts, and each member of my little family had new Tidepool Hats by Sharon Fuller to enjoy.  

I also worked on a Pixelated Hat by Jennifer Beaumont last year, and I think I may try to do the Pixelated Mitts this year, to have a set.  

Finally, I would love to bring your attention to a designer that is new to the Gift-A-Long this year, Lynn Di Cristina.  Lynn designed a pattern that I made a couple of years ago, called Contravene.  Contravene is a simple pattern that uses alternating Stockinette Stitch and lace panels of varying widths to create a cowl or infinity scarf.  Even though it is a simple pattern, I learned a new to me i-cord edging technique that prevents the stockinette stitch from curling.  I don't know about you, but I love it when I can learn something new in a pattern, and I feel it is a bonus to learn it from a pattern that has been deemed simple.  

Lynn has re-worked the Contravene  pattern a bit since I made my version, adding more sizing information and showing it off in a multicolored version that I think adds a lot to the design.  She also has a lot of other beautiful accessory patterns that hit the sweet spot of interesting to knit plus great to wear.

Contravene collage.jpg

Do you have favorite designers that are involved in the Gift-A-Long this year?  Have you found a new designer that you are excited about?


Indie Design Gift-A-Long

If you have spent any time on Ravelry lately, you have probably seen or heard about the Indie Design Gift-A-Long.  In case you aren't familiar, the gift-a-long is a collaboration of over 300 knit and crochet pattern designers.  The Gift-A-Long kicks off with a huge pattern sales, where each participating designer has put up to 20 of their designs on sale for 25% off through Friday, November 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm US EST.  In the Ravelry group, there is a stitch along where you can choose any non-free pattern from any participating designer and work with encouragement from peers and participating designers, as well as earn prizes and play fun games.  

Infographic by Kimberly Golynskiy (

Infographic by Kimberly Golynskiy (

I participated in the gift-a-long last year and had a great time, so I am back again this year, with 15 of my patterns on sale.  I also worked with the pinning team again this year to create pinterest boards of all the sale patterns categorized by type.  You can check out each board here: Crochet, Toys, Home and Miscellaneous, Baby and Kid, Feet and Legs, Hands and Arms, Sweaters and Other Garments, Shawls and Stoles, Cowls, Scarves and other Neck items, and Hats and Head

I pinned designs from 16 talented crochet and knit designers, and I would love to share a few of my favorites:

First up is Lady of the Lake, by Lotta Groeger.  Lady of the Lake is a beautiful shawl pattern that has a tutorial for creating a parasol, which is the way I fell for this project.  I had never thought to knit a parasol, but now that I've seen Lotta's, I really think I need one.  Lotta has 49 great patterns, and I also really like Tron and Frau Holle.

Copyright by Groeger, used with permission.  

Copyright by Groeger, used with permission.  

Next is Four Easy Headbands by Yuliya Tkacheva.  I have very beginner level crochet skills, but I was enchanted by the braided headband and the daisy headbands, and the pattern said it was easy, so I went for it.  With the help of some photo tutorials (I need to look up basic stitches, but if your skills are more advanced, you wouldn't need tutorials), I finished the braided headband last night.  It is blocking now, and I will be showing it off here in a couple of days.  Yuliya has many gorgeous patterns, including her latest releases, the Winterlaced Hat and Cowl.  I am also quite fond of her La Mar Collection.  I don't think my skills are up to the challenge of these patterns, but I find them very inspiring, and maybe you will too.

Finally, I would love to share Galcantray by Emily K. Williams.  Emily created this pretty lace weight stole that uses the difference in stockinette and lace stitch gauge to create an interesting curvy rectangle shape.  The design is geometric, yet softened, and I think this is the kind of thing you could wear year round to add some color to your outfit.  Emily, Flutterby on Ravelry, has several new hat and cowl patterns out that I also think are lovely.  Both Tronda and Ascleit are sized newborn through adult and would be pretty quick gift knits.

Hopefully this inspired your creativity.  Are you involved in the Gift-A-Long?  What projects have you chosen?  Check back here often for more inspiration.