Have You Seen My New Knickers?

Have You Seen My New Knickers?

I have been working on a new pattern for baby knickers, and if you follow me on IG you may have seen one or two photos of them already. But if you haven’t followed me on social media yet you might not have seen these cuties, so let me introduce you now!

Earlier in the year I was busy knitting lots and lots of baby things for the upcoming arrival of a new granddaughter. One of the first pink things I made when I found out the baby was going to be a girl was a cute little dress. It was a pattern called Edyth by Jenny Weibe and I was lucky enough to be gifted the pattern from last year’s Gift-a-Long.

The dress had the most gorgeous ruffles on the sleeves which were so much fun to knit! If you haven’t seen the photos of this cute dress they are in my earlier blog post Recent Knitting Patterns I Have Loved

Those Ruffles!

I enjoyed making the ruffles so much it got me thinking. They are simple to make and yet so effective when they are finished. And what does every little girl need to go with a cute little dress? Knickers of course! And what could be cuter than lots of ruffles on those little knickers?

Ruffled Knickers!

I set to work with a pair of needles, cute pink yarn and a pen and paper to work out the maths. I tried a few ways to construct the knickers, starting with trying to do part of them in the round. Of course I did! It is my favourite method of knitting everything! In the end I have gone with a construction that starts at the waist on the back, goes down to the gusset and then back up to the front band. This means there is a little seaming to do, but only a small amount on the sides.

And of course you finish off with lots of fun ruffles. This is the bit where you can have a bit of fun. You can use the same yarn as you used for the main part of the knickers, or you could go wild and use a contrast. One of my test knitters did this and I think the effect is very eye-catching. Why not have a look at some of my testers project pages for some inspiration – Erin’s Knickers, Baby Ryan’s Knickers! and Jess’ Knickers Bikini Set.

Cover Up Those Nappies!

Let’s face it, they are a necessity of any baby’s life but that doesn’t mean that we need to be left looking at them. Disposable nappies, although convenient, are not nice to look at. When I had my son I used real nappies and they came with some really cute covers. But he wore trousers which covered them up so you couldn’t see them anyway. When my daughter was a baby I found that with work and the demands of a toddler it was much better to use disposables. But then she was wearing dresses and skirts which showed them off and I ended up needing cute knickers to hide them.

Use All the Yarn!

Really these are a great stash buster project for all those bit and pieces of baby yarn you have left over from making cardigans and blankets. You could go wild and use a different colour for all the outfits, or even a different colour for each individual ruffle!

I will be releasing this pattern in just a few days. Don’t forget to make sure you are on my Email List so you get your excusive subscriber discount for all my new patterns.

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Don’t Miss Our 100th Episode Party?!?

Don’t Miss Our 100th Episode Party?!?

Tonight is the 100th episode of this thing that Loraine, from Woolly Madly Deeply and I do. We do it on a Thursday evening and a Sunday afternoon. And we do it live. That is a live stream podcast in our Knitting Across the Pennines Facebook group. Have you seen us do it yet? If you haven’t, then this is the perfect time to join us. Celebrate our 100th episode with us!

We started Knitting Across the Pennines way back in February. In the elapsed time from our 1st to our 100th episode the world has become a very different place. We have a very laid back format, just some general chit chat like you would hear at any knit night. Mainly about knitting with some crochet and sewing thrown in there. We show WIPs and FOs. We talk about yarns and patterns. Both those we love and those that have disappointed us. You can watch all those early episodes on You Tube.

Sometimes we have a real treat from Loraine. What she doesn’t know about knitting and yarns isn’t worth knowing. She has even been on the telly news! She has given us hints, tips and tutorials on all sorts of techniques. And she is spot on with her knowledge of colours.

Some of our 100th Episodes highlights….

As we have reached our 100th Episode I thought I would share with you some of the crazy things we talk about.

In Episode 36 Loraine share with us her story of explaining climbing techniques at a funeral (don’t watch whilst taking a drink!)

Whilst in Episode 88 I show off my cowl that I have been developing the pattern for. Loraine wasn’t impressed with the look when I wore it as a headband and compared me to Hilda Ogden! How rude!

And I can’t not share with you Episode 97 where I confused an Excel pivot table with a lazy Susan!

Future 100th Episodes

On a Thursday evening we tend to try and have a bit of a virtual knit night. We all grab a beverage, often a huge bucket of tea but sometimes something more of an adult version. We grab a WIP, usually something that isn’t too complicated or needs too much concentration. And we chat. Our regulars show us what they have been working on and their finished items. We also share what has been happening during the week. We do have a giggle! And we hope to continue to enjoy ourselves for the next 100th episode.

On Sundays we will share patterns that we have seen and liked. Yarns we have tried. Loraine might share a tutorial for a skill with us. And sometimes we have a guest. In the past we have had a couple of pattern designers, and a yarn dyer.

Going forward we would love your ideas. Is there something you would like some hints and tips about? Is there a designer you would love to see as a guest? Or someone who makes project bags or stitch markers? What kind of patterns do you like? Would you like us to share our favourite kids knits or relaxing crochet project ideas? We love to hear from you so please get in touch.

Where Can You Find Us?

If you would like to join us live we are in our Facebook group – Knitting Across the Pennines. If you join our group you will receive an invitation to join our live streams and you will be able to chat with us via the comments. If you can’t join us live you can watch us on catch up. Or if you would prefer you can watch any of our videos on You Tube. Leave us a comment to let us know what you thought. We have a Ravelry Group too! Come and join us and join the party!

Coming Soon…

Just a heads up that at the end of the month I will be releasing a new pattern called Knickers! If you haven’t done so yet now is the time to sign up for my newsletter. Subscribers will receive and exclusive discount coupon! You can sign up here – Newsletter.

If You Liked This Post…

If you enjoyed reading this post please check out the rest of my blog – Emma’s Blog. One of my recent posts was about Patterns You Might Have Missed or you might enjoy one of my earlier posts about Who Taught Me to Knit.

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Are You Addicted to Test Knitting?

Are You Addicted to Test Knitting?

This week I opened test knitting for a new cowl pattern called Meet Me Inside.  I will be talking more about the pattern itself in an upcoming blog post.  But it got me thinking about the whole process of getting a pattern ready and released.

How many of you have ever taken part in a test knit before?  Do you even know how to take part in test knitting?  And do you know how fun it can be?

It’s How I Got Started!

I have been designing my own knitting patterns since 2013 and I love doing it.  As far as I am concerned it is the best job in the world.  But before I was writing my own patterns I spent a lot of time test knitting and sample knitting for other designers.  One of them being Marie Wallin.

Sample Knitting Isn’t Test Knitting

There is a difference between sample and test knitting and you might not realise the distinction.  Sample knitting is where a designer sends you the yarn and pattern, you make the sample and then send it back.  When I did this for Marie Wallin I would be making the first sample, so there wouldn’t be a photo of the finished item for me to look at.  I loved doing this, it was almost like taking part in a MKAL.  

One of the advantages of taking on sample knitting is the fact that you are usually being paid to knit.  And who hasn’t wanted to be able to earn money from doing your favourite hobby.  You get to see patterns before anyone else, and it is fun to see a new sample taking shape.

But there are down sides too.  You don’t really have much choice about your knitting.  You are told which yarn to use with which patterns and, of course, you don’t get to keep the sample after all that hard work you have put in.

Some patterns that I made the samples for are Thyme Wrap  And Hazel as well as Alice   I have made quite a few more but I will let you have a nosy through My Projects if you are interested.

So What is Test Knitting?

When you take part in test knitting you don’t get paid.  But you do have a lot more control.  You can pick which yarn you want to use.  Some designers may ask you to use a particular fibre or company, but most are very flexible.  I like test knitters to choose the yarn they would have if they had bought my pattern. 

You will usually get a choice in the size you make.  As many patterns come in more than one size designers like to try and get as many of those sizes tested as possible.  So if you want to make something for your 4 year old granddaughter it is likely you can find a test that will allow you to do that.

You choose which patterns you want to make.  If you are interested there are groups on Ravelry and Facebook where you can see tests that are open.  You can also get in touch with designers that you like and ask if they have a list of knitters that they contact when they open a test.  I know that I keep a list and I have a thread in my Ravelry group where anyone can ask to be added to that list of Test Knitters. I always earburn those people on it when I am looking to fill up spots so they get to learn about it first.  

Best of all, when you take part in test knitting you get to keep the finished item.  Many knitters who are on a budget find that test knitting helps their pattern budget go further.  In exchange for a bit of your time to read a pattern for sense and to see if the instructions accurately help you to make a thing, you will get the pattern in your Ravelry library on release.  And many designers offer codes for other patterns by way of a thank you for good project pages and feedback.

One of the reasons knitters get involved in test knitting is that not only do you get to have a sneak peek at new patterns coming out, but you will be involved in the design process.  Some knitters find it quite addictive!

If you would like to give it a try but have never been involved in a test before then have no fear!  Designers are a friendly bunch and will guide you through the process.  If you would like to be involved in the test knitting phase of my Meet Me Inside cowl pattern then please sign up!  I would love to have you join in.  The Test Thread is running on Ravelry or you can send me an email.


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Exciting Pattern of the Month Nomination!

Exciting Pattern of the Month Nomination!

Did you know that LoveCrafts have a Pattern of the Month? And did you know that Vera has been nominated for it this month?

I know you have heard a lot about Vera recently. The pattern was my most recently released one at the end of September. I know I have told you all about my inspiration, the yarn I used, why I used it and I have described the construction. But what I haven’t told you about Vera until now was that it has been nominated for the LoveCrafts Pattern of the Month in October!

Why a Pattern of the Month?

Pattern of the Month is something that LoveCrafts do to showcase just 10 patterns a month. It is great for Indie Designers like me as it gets my work out there and seen by people who may have previously missed it. It is also great for crafters as they might just find a new to them designer who has just the style that they have been looking for.

I found out the great news earlier in the week when I got an email through. It explained that Vera had been picked as a nominee for Pattern of the Week with a link to the collection. There is some stiff competition there I can tell you! All 10 patterns are stunning! And there is a lot of work that has been put in by all the designer to produce the patterns.

Shiny New Patterns

I must admit that if my Vera pattern was not one of the nominees I would find it incredibly hard deciding which one I wanted to vote for! From socks and hats, to children’s jumpers and home items there is a really good variety for you to choose from. But obviously I would like it if you felt you would like to use your vote for my Vera jumper.

The voting will be open through the whole of the month of October. At the end of the month the pattern with the most votes will be crowned Pattern of the Month. And during the whole of November that pattern will have a special badge displayed on it. I think Vera would look so good with a special badge!

You can vote by following this link – Voting

Now, I know you are going to get distracted by all the pretty, shiny new patterns that you see when you click the link. And I can’t blame you for that! I did exactly the same thing when I first saw the collection. But I hope its not too rude to remind you that I did ask you very nicely to vote for my pattern and I did ask you first.

Start Spreading the News!

As well as clicking on the link and voting for Vera there is something else you can do to help me if you wouldn’t mind. Could you please share the collection and get all your friends and followers on social media to vote too? Now, I wouldn’t be so pushy to ask if they could all vote for Vera to be Pattern of the Month too, but if they would like to do that it would be just awesome!

And if you have made any of my patterns, or have started to make one, please don’t forget to let me know! I just love to see your WIPs and FOs. Don’t forget to tag me so I can see your wonderful work! You can find me as @allneedles in most of the usual places.

And keep your eyes open for a new pattern that I will be releasing soon!

Did You Miss Out on your Discount?!?

Did You Miss Out on your Discount?!?

Did You Grab the Vera Discount?

As you will know from my last post, Vibrant Vera is Live, I launched my latest knitting pattern last week with a special introductory discount. It is available on Ravelry, Payhip, LoveCrafts and here on my own website. Did you check it out yet?

The Discount Finishes Soon…

I launched Vera with a 10% discount here on my website as well as on Ravelry and Payhip, but that runs out tomorrow! If you have been thinking about grabbing your copy then now is the time to do it! Don’t get distracted. Don’t delay any further. In just a few short hours the pattern goes back to full price.

Just a Little Recap…

Vera is a lightweight jumper, perfect for the changing seasons. It has a slightly deeper than usual v-neck so it looks great with a vest top underneath just showing a little bit. It is knitted using 4 ply sock yarn. I used a gorgeous light grey as the main colour for the whole body, the top of the sleeves and all the ribbed sections.

Then I got creative with the sleeves. After having joined Sock Madness one year and having knitted pairs and pairs of socks I had found myself with a lot of different scraps. I didn’t want to use them to make a blanket. Or scrappy socks. I played around and used them in the body of Stanhope which was inspired by the TV series Vera that I was watching at the time. You can read more about that in my blog post Want an Exciting Idea to Use Up Your Sock Yarn Scraps?

But one jumper made with sock yarn wasn’t enough. I still had loads of scraps left over. I wanted to use them in a more inventive way. So I used them to make sleeves!

What I love the most about these sleeves is that no two versions of Vera will ever be the same. If you use up your scraps then no one will have the same colours or patterns as you. I divided mine into two and used the same on each arm. But one of my testers got really creative and used totally different scraps on each arm.

Every time I wear my Vera jumper I find myself looking at the sleeves and noticing something different. If you wanted to be even more inventive you could use scraps for the ribbed sections too. A scrappy yarn neck or cuffs. It would look great on the bottom of the body section too! So much interest to be made from mixing up the colours and patterns a little!

Looking Forward to the Future…

I am working really hard to get even more great designs out and I want you to be the first to know when I do. I offer a 50% discount code for all new subscribers to my email list. You can use this on any one of my patterns either on Ravelry or Payhip.

And even better, when I release a new pattern you will get an exclusive subscriber discount of 25% instead of the usual 10% introductory discount I offer in general. Sign up now and you will be all set for my next release.

Let’s Get Social…

Don’t forget how much I love it when you share your projects with me! You will find me on all social media as @allneedles. Tag me in your posts and use #verajumper if you are sharing a photo of your crazy sock arms with me.

I can’t wait to see what combinations you will come up with!!

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Did You Miss Out on your Discount?!?

Vibrant Vera Jumper is Live!

Grab Your Copy Now!

This is the news you have been waiting for! Today is the launch of the Vera jumper, my latest pattern! I know you have seen the photos on social media. You have read my last blog post, Link telling you the exciting news that it was coming soon. And you have had the emails telling you to get ready.

Well now the wait is over. You can buy your copy of Vera and get to using up all those scraps of sock yarn! I am so excited to see the combinations of colours and patterns you will come up with on those stand-out sleeves!

What You Need To Know….

Vera is a lightweight jumper, perfect for this time of the year where in many places the temperatures are changing. It doesn’t matter if you live in the Northern Hemisphere where weather is getting colder and wetter. And it also doesn’t matter if you live in the Southern Hemisphere where you are looking forward to warmer and longer days. This is the perfect sweater for this time of year.

It is knitted in 4 ply sock yarn. Which makes Vera jumper lightweight yet warm. At a time when you want an extra layer, but you don’t want any more bulk to your outfit this is the only garment you will need. The deep v-neck is perfect for wearing over a contrasting vest.

How long do you like the body of your sweaters to be? I quite like mine to sit at around the pocket of my jeans. But one of my testers likes hers longer and another likes hers shorter. Vera is perfect as it is knitted top-down in the round which makes it easy to try on as you go. You can stop, try it on and then decide if you want to keep knitting or go on to the ribbing at the bottom.

And Have You Seen Those Sleeves?

The best bit about the Vera Jumper is the sleeves. They are gorgeous. They are eye-catching. And they will be totally unique to your version! No one else will have used the same scraps of sock yarn which means that your Vera will be totally unique to you. With the added bonus of having used up lots of scraps that you didn’t know what to do with!

Will you do as I did and split your left overs, using half on each sleeve so they are the same? Or will you do what one of my testers did and use different scraps on each arm? I cannot wait to see what yours looks like!

Don’t forget to share with me on social media. Tag me @allneedles and use #verajumper so I can see all your gorgeous projects!

Where Can I get Vera Jumper?

Vera is available in many of the places that you like to buy your digital patterns. You can grab it on Ravelry. It is also available on Payhip. If you buy on either of these two platforms it has an automatic 10% off for the next seven days. So now is the best time to head over and get it before the discount runs out.

The pattern is also available on LoveCrafts but unfortunately I am unable to offer a discount on there at this time.

And the best news of all is that you can buy the Vera Jumper right here on my own website. And it also comes with the same discount for the same length of time. Hurry! You don’t want to miss out!

And Looking to the Future…

If you want a 25% discount off my future new releases please sign up to my newsletter. Every one on my email list will be sent an exclusive code as my patterns are released to give you an even bigger launch discount. Go and do it now before you forget and miss out!

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