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.
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.
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.
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.