Indie Design Gift Along 2018 – Beginner Patterns Part 2 – Crochet

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 – Beginner Patterns Part 2 – Crochet

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Crochet Highlights

I’m sorry I’ve not blogged for a few days, it’s a busy time of year for my day job and I’ve also been helping out with the Gift Along (as I do every year).     I’ll catch up a bit today with two posts crammed with goodies and ideas and a few discounts and offers I saw along the way.    I’ll also show you a super little gift I bought for myself and one for a very good friend and I think is awesome.   I’m not affiliated with the company and I don’t get commission, I just loved the product and wanted to share it.

Today I wanted to focus on some beginner patterns in the Indie Design Gift Along, a pattern where a total newbie can have a go and create a finished item pretty easily or where a more experienced knitter can learn a technique or skill that’s new to them.     Part 1 is Knit and Part 2 is crochet.

Quick and Easy Headband Plus Loop Dee Loop Scrunchie Pattern

Cute and easy little crocht set, you could make quickly to gift or keep for yourself.
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Squeeee-easy crochet cowl

a very easy crochet cowl with instructions on how to adapt to different yarns, make longer (wrap twice) or deeper.

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Hexaghan

A great intro to crochet hexagons and some new techniques.   If you follow the pattern, you’ll learn as you go along and Julie is really helpful
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Bouncing Bubbles

a quick to make crochet baby bib, with cute details and full, very clear instructions.
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Benedict the Bunny

Lots of step by step instructions and photos to take you through this gorgeous little crochet Bunny pattern.  Give it a go, you’ll love it so much you won’t want to gift it 🙂
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Nighty Night Baby Blanket, lapghan or throw adjustable sizing EASY

A nice, relaxing and easy crochet blanket/lapghan pattern to follow with lots of help on sizing to suit you.
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Jacqui’s Easy Coasters

It’s rare for me to include one of my own crochet patterns in a round up for the Indie Design Gift Along 2018 but this really is an easy set of coasters, great for using up stash and you have the option of a photo tutorial or line by line written instructions.
Jacqui's Simple Coasters crochet pattern from the Indie Design Gift Along 2018
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Indie Design Gift Along 2018 – Beginner Patterns Part 1 – Knit

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 – Beginner Patterns Part 1 – Knit

Beginner Patterns, Knit – Indie Design Gift Along 2018

I’m sorry I’ve not blogged for a few days, it’s a busy time of year for my day job and I’ve also been helping out with the Gift Along (as I do every year).     I’ll catch up a bit today with two posts crammed with goodies and ideas and a few discounts and offers I saw along the way.    I’ll also show you a super little gift I bought for myself and one for a very good friend and I think is awesome.   I’m not affiliated with the company and I don’t get commission, I just loved the product and wanted to share it.

Today I wanted to focus on some beginner patterns in the Indie Design Gift Along, a pattern where a total newbie can have a go and create a finished item pretty easily or where a more experienced knitter can learn a technique or skill that’s new to them.     Part 1 is Knit and Part 2 is crochet.

First Up is an offer I saw when browsing beginner patterns in the Giant Bundle of Gift Along Patterns.

If you buy this one and add the Bead Drop Scarf and the Garter Eyes Cowl to your cart at the same time, you’ll only pay for Ma Cherie.     I’m not on commission, I just thought it was a great deal for anyone wanting to try beads on a knitted project and learn a little bit of lace knitting while getting two patterns for free.

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Beginners Socks Tutorial Pattern

A good introduction to sock knitting using thicker yarn and larger needles to get you started and give an understanding of sock anatomy and all the common terms used in sock patterns.   Handknit socks are the best and you can learn quickly to customise for fit and comfort.
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torto beginner’s cowl

A lovely introduction to cables, working a piece flat and changing to working in the round, it’s soft, warm and super smooshy.     A really great starter pattern if you’ve never worked in the round before.   It’s not scary and it’ll open up a whole new world of knitting to you.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Beginner Knits Torto Cowl

Snowy Evening Boot Cuffs

Worked in the round, a little bit of simple embroidery for the stars but what a gorgeous pair of boot cuffs you’ll have at the end.
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Beginner’s Cabled Fingerless Mittens

by Lynette Meek

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Easy Ninja Socks

This one encourages you to make the teeny size, ideal for a Christmas decoration or on a key ring, a great intro to socks for everyone.

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Easy A

An easy, boxy sweater with some nice finishing touches, so you can learn icord finishing, afterthought pockets – all optional and have a sweater that’s a relaxing, fun knit.
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Mount Rainier Hat

A simple and classic hat, with ribbing, an easy introduction to shaping a hat and one that both you and your super fussy MAN will wear.
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Easy Crescent Shaped Shawl

There is a youtube video tutorial to go along with this beginner shawl pattern, absolutely brilliant for someone starting to knit and who wants to make a pretty shawl for themselves or a gift.
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Easy Looped Scarf

A great beginner pattern suitable for a range of yarn weights/thicknesses.
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Star Garland

The star starts as a pentagon worked in the round for the center. Then each of the five points is worked individually back and forth.
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Easy Tweedy Cowl

This simple cowl pattern can be knitted at virtually any gauge, with any yarn. The stitch pattern is an easy mix of knits and purls, nearly identical on right and wrong sides, which produces a textured fabric that is suitable for both men and women.      It is knitted in the round, in one piece with no seaming.

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Faberge Mittens

A cute slip stitch pattern creates a fabulous and complex looking mitten with beads, when actually it’s all simple techniques, well explained with a photo tutorial and you get to take all the credit for it 🙂
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Easy Two-Color Purse Pouch

Great little stash buster using tiny amounts of yarn and makes a great gift or stocking filler for kids.
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Checkerboard Scarflet

Simple knit and purl combination creates a great checkboard effect suitable for men and women.  A very easy knit and the chance to add some buttons from your vintage stash is an added bonus.
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Last of all, I wanted to show you this product, from Fobbles, it’s called Stash n’ Store and I’ve been sticking my scissors, tapestry needles, cable needles, crochet hooks and stitch markers in mine since it arrived.   I’ve never been so organised.    Bev is closed until the New Year, so this’d be an ideal New Year treat for yourself.
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Part 2 will be along later today with Beginner and New to You Crochet Patterns.

A Magnus for Maxwell

 

Wheatsheaf Aran Socks

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Slipper Bootie Favourites

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Slipper Bootie Favourites

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Slipper and Bootie Favourites

Today, I thought we’d have a look at some of the awesome Slipper Patterns available in the Indie Design Gift Along this year.    I’ve picked designs from the Indie Design Gift Along 2018 that caught my eye, had interesting stitch patterns, techniques, were quick or just simply too cute that I had to include them.

Fisherman’s Fabric by 10 hours or less

I’m actually making these for myself, I’m using some Stylecraft Special Aran in silver grey and cloud blue for the sole/trim.     They are super warm and I’m half way through the right slipper, having made the left one.

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 - Fisherman's Fabric slipper pattern

Shape Your Booties

I’ve made an exception with this pair of adorable slippers to show you two photos, why?  Well, the bottom image shows a tiny version made with 4ply/fingering weight yarn and it makes a perfect baby size bootie OR the most adorable Christmas Decoration!
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Colorblock Slippers

Bulky yarn and a super quick knit, go for it, your feet will thank you.
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Fair Isle Oslo Boots

Time for some crochet and crochet fair isle so you can play with colour and have toasty warm feet.  I absolutely love these and her designs are such fun.
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Mine

I’ve made these, originally for myself but within hours of being finished, my Mum had tried them on, claimed they fit her better than me and disappeared into the sunset with my new slippers.   They’re made with super bulky yarn and very quick, I think the smallest size took me around 45 mins a slipper.
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Jumbo no bother boot slippers

Another super bulky knit, quick, warm and a good stash buster if you strand yarns together to make a one-off super bulky yarn.
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Yeti Slipper Socks

Yeti Slipper Socks are a quick knit in super bulky yarn. The colour pattern is achieved with a simple slipped stitch technique so that only one colour is used at a time.   Great for using up odds and ends of stash.
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Funfetti Sloots – Adult

Awesome slipper boots, or Sloots, with pom poms and super warm
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Toe Bean Slippers

I have this pattern and I can tell you it’s a super quick knit, very easy and looks both elegant and cute all at the same time.
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No Place Like Home

What girl doesn’t want a pair of Ruby Slippers?   A quick and easy knit, great or using up small amounts of yarn or those variegated skeins you have kicking about.  Carolyn is a Mod in the Indie Design Gift Along 2018 event.
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Bosnian Slippers

Knitted in one piece, top down in either Aran or Worsted weight yarn.  I have some Rios in my stash that’d be perfect for these.
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Betty

I couldn’t resist adding this cute pair of knitted slippers, partly because I love the name Betty and also because the cable and garter pattern on these will be a) cozy and b) stylish.   They’ll make an awesome gift.  As with all the patterns, you can find them on Ravelry.com and in the Indie Design Gift Along Group.
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Indie Gift Along 2018 –

Today, I thought we’d have a look at some of the amazing Poncho patterns available in the Indie Design Gift Along this year.

University Poncho

I love the smooshy cables and ribbed pattern on this poncho, knitted in Aran weight yarn it’s a very quick and simple knit.
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Sort Of Silent

I know the designer of this marvellous and mad-as-a-box-frogs pattern, it’s edgy, urban and modern.  All words suited for someone younger than I, but I do love it.   it’s a quick knit, thick, warm cables and several ways to wear it, your Teen or Twenty Somethings will love it.
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Aystra

A bit of crochet, circles and a lacy effect create a beautiful, modern design that I would wear a lot.
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Seacliff Beach Poncho

Great for using up sock or 3ply yarns and showing off a kettle dyed or semi solid with it’s pretty lace details and edging.
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Painted Desert

Awesome example of playing with colour, some Fair Isle stranding and a texture collar, this really is a stunner.  Kits are available in a variety of colour options.
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Girdle of Melian Poncho

Stunning lace, two colours and an awesome shape to this poncho make it a must-have on my list
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Andor

I love Linda’s cables and this poncho really does make the most of cables, textures and warm wool
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My Cup of Tea Shawl

A simple but stylish crochet poncho with lots of opportunities to add stripes, play with colour or just make it in a single colour to contrast with your winter coat.
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Arya’s Poncho

I can imagine Arya wearing this simple poncho while practicing her sword skills.  No fussy details or frills for warrior women.
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Amaliya Capelet

Beautiful textures and you could knit yourself the whole set, after all, a girl needs a hat and mitts to go with her poncho.
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nyilt

Last one for today and it’s another modern, edgy and urban piece with an awesome shape and texture.   I can see my Teen Ogre nieces loving this and wanting one in every colour.
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Gift Along 2018 Interview with Laura Goodman – Dragon Wing Arts

Gift Along 2018 Interview with Laura Goodman – Dragon Wing Arts

Today’s Gift Along 2018 Interview is with the lovely Laura Goodman of Dragon Wing Arts

Hi Laura, thanks for taking time to chat to me today, I really appreciate it.  Can I just say how awesome it is to have you in the Gift Along 2018 event?   I hope it’s a great success for you.

What made you start designing and how long have you been doing it?

I started designing in 2010 with my Spring’s Beginning scarf.   I got a hank from a local dyer and I wanted a leafy pattern. There was nothing on Ravelry at the time that quite fit what I wanted, so I decided to come up with my own idea. It is still one of my favorite designs.
Gift Along 2018 Spring's Beginning Scarf by Laura Goodman of Dragon Wing Arts

Gift Along 2018 – Spring’s Beginning Scarf by Laura Goodman of Dragon Wing Arts

What’s inspiring you at the moment in Dragon Wing Arts?  And can you share that with us?

I’m addicted to the look of drop stitches.  Again, I had a thought that I could use drop stitches with garter stitch for texture but there wasn’t quite a pattern for it. I had the yarn for the Bias Drop Stitch scarf around for AGES and I just needed something simple to work with it. Now I’ve gotten hooked on drop stitch patterns and I have three more in the works!

Any tips to aspiring designers, or things you wish you’d known before you started?

People will criticize, but you will also see beautiful work come of your ideas. Don’t let them discourage you. It takes time to get your patterns out there – there are so many patterns to choose from. It’s a wonderful community to be a part of and eventually it will work out!

Which pattern from your Dragon Wing Arts range is your favourite and why?

Other than my first pattern, probably my Crescent Trinity shawl –  it looks so much more complex than it is.  The body of the shawl is a two row repeat, and the edging is only four rows, but it came together to look great. It works in varigated yarns and gives great texture!

Do you have a favourite cast on and why?

Cable cast on – it always gives a clean edge. It’s most commonly what I use.

Tell us a little about you Laura Goodman

I’m a history nut who does tech support for a living – a bit of an odd combination. I just became a mom three months ago and I couldn’t be happier!  I can’t wait to make all the cute baby things!  It’s so hard to pick what to make – I’ve picked out a sweater to start with during the Gift-a-Long.

Have you any new releases on the horizon we need to look out for?

I’ve got one pattern I just need to get photographed and it’s ready for release- a scarf using more drop stitches and a thicker yarn. WIP pictures are on my project page .  I’m also working on a lighter pattern with a chevron or V shape and one with zig zags – all with drop stitches.     I think they will be called Obsession, Fixation and Addiction – since I’m so completely hooked on drop stitch ideas right now!  I’ve got the sample done for the triangle and I’m working hard on the chevron and zig zags so I can get them out there!
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Obsession by Laura Goodman of Dragon Wing Arts

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Obsession by Laura Goodman of Dragon Wing Arts

How can people contact you and see your designs?

I’m on Ravelry under DragonWing Arts.    – I’m also starting to use instagram and will work on sharing some more pictures of my new ideas!
Thank you Laura, it was great to talk to you!

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