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Pattern Books vs Stitch Books

I have 3 Pattern Books and 2 Stitch Books plus the Vogue Knitting Book. To be completely honest I haven’t used any of the patterns in any of the books, although I did just receive one of them last week and I know a pattern I’m going to make from it.

On the one hand I love pattern books because so many of the patterns are just so damn beautiful. But on the other hand, I already have an extensive favourite section on Ravelry.

Stitch books though….there’s just so many options and you can create anything! I have so many different ones marked in just one of my books because I saw the stitch and instantly envisioned a finished piece.

So personally, stitch books are the better investment because I just have too many patterns that I already want to make. But if you aren’t one to design your own stuff and work off other patterns, go hard friend. There are so many of them, the one thing I would warn though is that if you don’t love multiple patterns in said book check your library before making the purchase. Unless of course you have a desire to have a library that rivals the on in Beauty and the Beast.

Happy Knitting

 

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Garments

Pattern Review: Sagano Sweater

Baby sweaters. Is there anything cuter? Maybe puppy sweaters but it’s a close call. I was fortunate enough to test the Sagano Sweater for Lisa of Frogginette back in March in size 0-3 months.
IMG_20180618_155201Of course trying to get a decent picture of it on my now 4.5 month old is basically impossible but it’s still adorable.

The pattern was my first raglan but it was easy peasy. If ever the term “trust the pattern” rang true it’s here. I didn’t have any issues making it, gauge was spot on, and it gave me a new skill! It ranges in sizes 3mo to 10 years with a chest measurement as well to make sure you’re making the correct size.

IMG_20180618_155159I look forward to making more of her patterns, including the Em Dash for myself with a matching Hyphen for Violet. Especially because the typesetter in me loves the names!

Happy Knitting!

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Accessories

Consigning Your Handmade Items

I received my first opportunity to consign my knitting last fall. I was fortunate enough to have made the connection previously and didn’t have to do any cold calling but that doesn’t always happen.
I ended up designing a colour block adult and child hat specifically for the Fort Calgary gift shop. There was a contract, it was a 60/40 deal (meaning I get 60% of the sale) and they would send a cheque at the end of the month. Now, in order for that to work out for me I had to price accordingly. Which I had already  done but double checked before giving my prices. It’s not in anyone’s best interest for you to short-change yourself.
Sure the retailer is getting a smoking deal but you’re having to make more stock for less profit and you may even burn yourself out in the long run.

So if you’ve been on the fence regarding consignment or wholesaling, I say go for it! But make sure you’re paying yourself enough so that a 50 or 60 percent payday is still making you a profit.

If you’re going to do some cold calling, check the website of the store for their preferred method of contact. Some will have an application, others will want you to email, it all varies. But unless they specify it’s how they want to be contacted, DO NOT dm them on instagram! Simply because a quick check on their website will likely tell you how to apply/contact them and by dming them you’re basically saying you don’t know how to the proper research.

The season for my products is over but I will definitely be working with them again this fall.

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Garments

Honey Badger Cardigan

Last month I released my first ever garment pattern. I’d designed before but only accessories, hats & a cowl.

Let me just start out by saying, designing is not easy. It was one thing to make it for myself and write everything down as I was going, however even just getting to the point where I was finally knitting took a while. I knew what I wanted the cardigan to look like but getting there was not easy. Finding a stitch that showed up how I wanted in the yarn I was using took a lot of research and trial and error. And that is totally normal!

Then you add the different sizes and that seemed overwhelming. I ended up using the standard measurement chart from Craft Yarn Council which is something I highly recommend. From that I was able to math out everything from my gauge.

If you take away one thing from this, it’s that it likely won’t just work right away. You’ll have to rip back countless times because of one reason or another but when you finish the piece, it’s the best feeling.

Finally, if you have zero want to design your own patterns that’s cool too! Just understand why we charge $9.25 CAD for a garment, we just didn’t whip up that super cool dress or cardigan in a day. It took testing out stitches, yarn, frogging countless times and finally mathing everything out so we have a pattern for more than just our individual size.

Happy Knitting!

 

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Garments

Pattern Review: Teamwork Tank

Yes I know, I make a lot of patterns by Knitatude but to be fair, her patterns are great! Plus I have tested for her a few times and she is actually the one who got me into making garments because hers were the first ones I made, so there’s that too.

Anyway, the pattern! This is a great one to use up some extra cotton (in this case We are Knitters) for the secondary colour. I used light grey and bubble gum and you can grab those here. The tank got it’s name from a instagram live she did last spring while trying to 20171020_154450figure out a way to use a small amount of cotton she had lying around. Through talking it out with a bunch of people and discussing stripe options it was born! It’s got a garter border at the bottom and it’s off to the races with stockinette.

Which is obviously all I can say without giving away the pattern.

But if you want to make your own click here

Happy knitting!

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Accessories

Pattern Review: Moonstone Mittens

Full disclosure time, I have made these mittens 4 times and none of those were for me. The first pair was for a friend for Christmas, the next 2 pairs were for each of my grandmas for Christmas and the last pair was for my mom for her birthday. So to say I love this pattern is kind of an understatement. The pair pictured used 2 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed but I have also used Madeline Tosh and Plank & Stella.

IMG_20171220_144402_01This was the first pattern where I used dpns for their true purpose and not for cabling and I have to say, not as scary as I thought. The pattern knits up very quick and as a sidenote, I have little hands so I did one less of the 8 row repeat and they were perfect. So I do suggest trying them on during the hand part just to check length.

The detailing shows up best on solid or tonal yarns but I did use a more verigated than tonal and they still looked lovely.

This was my second time making mittens but first time making them in the round, the first time the pattern had me work them flat and then seam them…it was weird. But if you haven’t made mittens before I would say that as long as you know how to knit in the round and can follow a pattern you should be fine. Just remember as with anything you haven’t made before, trust the pattern.

You can get the pattern from Woolfield Studio’s Etsy shop here

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Socks

Pattern Review: Please & Thank You Socks

Back in January Twill & Print and Knitting it Up got together for the best collaboration my nerdy heart could dream of. A Doctor Who collab! I snapped it up immediately and so did one of my besties, Woolfield Studio.

It only made sense for us to then make matching socks out of the yarn, enter #friendshipsocks! We narrowed the many beautiful options we found on Ravelry down to the please and thank you socks by Jessica Gore of The Sweater Collective and I finally finished mine the other week.

This pattern was a dream to work up, it felt so quick because of the 4 row repeat and for my second ever pair of socks it was gorgeous yet uncomplicated.IMG_20180513_150402.jpg