If you’re like most crafters I know (myself included), November and December are a frantic dash of gift making.  This year, over 150 independent knitting and crochet designers banded together to host the Indie Design Gift-A-Long on Ravelry, and I’m thrilled to be joining in by offering all of my self-published patterns for 25% off through November 15 (GMT) with coupon code “giftalong.”

Indie Design GAL banner

Ravelry members can chat with other knitters and crocheters working on patterns and have the opportunity to win literally hundreds of prizes, but you don’t need to be on Ravelry to add some awesome patterns to your collection.  I’ve linked 10 Pinterest boards that have pictures of every participating pattern, with links to the page where you can buy it – again, at 25% off with the same coupon code.

I’ve even picked up a few patterns that have been on my wishlist for a while.  Let’s hope I can find some time to make them before the holidays!

And speaking of holiday crafting, I have two patterns in the Winter, 2013 issue of Love of Knitting, which hits the shelves tomorrow.

Easy Cranberry Shawl.  Photo © J.C. Leacock Photography/Love of Knitting.
Easy Cranberry Shawl. Photo © J.C. Leacock Photography/Love of Knitting.

The Easy Cranberry Shawl is a great “first shawl” project.  The garter stitch background keeps it flat so there’s minimal finishing, and the plaited cables up the spine keep you awake through all the garter stitch!  I had the pleasure of using Red Barn Yarn‘s Worsted, which is a stunning hand painted wool/mohair blend.  It was suprisingly soft and a complete delight to work with.

On the Slopes Hat.  Photo © J.C. Leacock Photography/Love of Knitting.
On the Slopes Hat. Photo © J.C. Leacock Photography/Love of Knitting.

The On the Slopes Hat was knit in coordinating colors of Knit Picks Swish Tonal and Worsted.  The band is knit flat and then the rest of the hat was knit in the round.  I used my trusty pom pom maker to finish off this fun, unisex pattern.

There are 22 other holiday patterns in this issue, so it’s another great resource for those last minute gifts!

And if you’re looking for something to crochet, you may want to check out the Winter, 2013 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly.

Vintage Bullion Scarf.  Image (c) Juju Vail/Pom Pom Quarterly.
Vintage Bullion Scarf. Image (c) Juju Vail/Pom Pom Quarterly.

I had the opportunity to try out Quince & Co.‘s Puffin for my Vintage Bullion Scarf.  I really love how the bullion stitches “popped” with this one ply yarn.  This is a super quick scarf in bulky yarn – definitely great for for that surprise guest or extra gift you have to make at the last minute.

Indie Design Gift-A-Long and New Patterns

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