Wheatsheaf Poncho is out now

Wheatsheaf Poncho is out now

Wheatsheaf Poncho is out now, check out our Test Knitter’s projects

I was late released the Wheatsheaf Poncho Pattern but it was finally released the day before my birthday. I am so grateful, as always, to the amazing Test Knitters who ask questions, knit beautiful items and help to make the pattern the best it can be. It does make a real difference to the end result and I love, love, love to see their photos, close ups of buttons and their yarn choices. Karen used her handspun yarn in a jewel toned heathered pinks. It is stunning and I love the yarn she made just for this pattern. How totally cool is that?

This is the second birthday I’ve spent in full lockdown, which seems a bit weird, but I won’t be the only one. Last year, my son ordered us a pizza each and garlic bread. As we both had Covid at the time, neither of us tasted a thing. I’m happy to say that this year, we had a Chinese meal and it was delicious, no cooking or washing up for me! YAY.

I’m having a birthday sale that ends tonight, all my individual self-published patterns are 30% off with the code Birthday

The code will work in our Ravelry store and our Payhip store, but sadly not in the Lovecrafts store. If you need to wait until payday, you can get 20% off the Wheatsheaf Poncho with the code Wheatsheaf until Sunday night BST.

You can find all our shop links here: https://linktr.ee/woollymadlydeeply

Thoughts on Pattern Pricing, Knit and Crochet

Thoughts on Pattern Pricing, Knit and Crochet

Following on from an excellent blog post about Pattern Pricing by my friend Ruth Brasch, it got me thinking about pattern pricing and the way the industry is moving. I’ll add links for Ruth’s post and also a post she references which goes through survey results of how long it takes to carry out each part of the pattern development and it’s a scary number. (links to all sources below on this page).

Like Ruth, I’m against the pay what you can model. Why? Because it appears in many cases to be a stealth method to up the lowest price (which is higher than the norm) and then add more expensive options. I like that it gives people choice, but 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂’𝗿𝗲 𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝘂𝘁 𝘂𝗽 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀, 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗱𝗼 𝗶𝘁. I’ve put my prices up and I’m happy to have made that choice. My work has value, I have value and if you want the pattern, then buy it. If you don’t, that’s cool too. I’m not out to please everyone, it’s not possible.

I’m all for being flexible, but I did have someone give me a sob story about not being able to afford the pattern, gifted it to them and saw photos of them knitting it while on holiday in Barbados. I sat at home in Cumbria with no holiday. Did I get some exposure? I suppose I did, but not from anyone who buys patterns.

Looking at the figures in the article by Thread and Ladle, the minimum number of hours involved in creating a good quality knitting pattern for a sweater is 53.1 hrs, the maximum in her survey being 113.65 hrs. That’s NOT including yarn, the cost of Tech Editing, needles, notions, tools, website, email service, marketing the pattern, graphics, Ravelry fees, Paypal fees, models, schematics, time spent testing and answering testers questions.

To cover all that, and have some actual income for me, that means a minimum number of pattern sales of 350 to 760 per sweater pattern.

Sari Nordlund has an interesting chat about pattern pricing on her YouTube channel, what income she makes and what patterns are worth designing for her.

She’s very open and honest about it, so give it a look. Link below.

I appreciate money is tight for many people, but designers also need to make a living and cover their actual costs. There are lots of free patterns, sales and other promotions and we always discount a pattern on it’s launch with a bigger discount for email subscribers.

The amount of work is considerably more than most people think and to market your pattern effectively, you should spend double the time it took to create it. Adding more time to the calculations.

As someone who loves to knit garments, to wear and for pattern designing, it’s a sobering thought.

It’s not like I take the easy route out, I always go up to the larger plus sizes and add tips on how to upsize even more. It doubles the Tech Editing costs because there are more numbers, measurements and stitch counts to be checked. As a curvy woman, it’s important to me that I produce patterns that a woman of any size can wear, but it comes at a price.

Do I stick to accessories for a quicker win, or plod on with garments and hope that at some point, more of them will reach that magic number of sales?

What do you think?

Thread and Ladle article http://www.threadandladle.com/blog/2018/4/23/the-true-cost-of-a-knitting-pattern

Ruth’s Blog Post https://ruthbrasch.com/2021/02/20/knitting-and-crochet-pattern-pricing/

Ruth’s pattern portfolio on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/designers/ruth-brasch

Sari Nordlund’s YouTube on pattern income https://youtu.be/s5q-djBq0bM

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Around the World Stitch Along Crochet Favourites

Around the World Stitch Along Crochet Favourites

Around the World Stitch Along Crochet Favourites

Emma and I had a look at our favourite Crochet patterns from the Around The World Stitch Along Bundle of ALL Patterns.

We look at the Cranky Shawl Patterns by Michele DuNaier

We then look at designs by Tatsiana Kupryianchyk

Approximately ten minutes in, we start looking at the Around the World Stitch Along bundle and focus on Crochet patterns ONLY.

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Sweater Favourites

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Sweater Favourites

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Sweater Favourites

Here’s a selection of Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Sweater Favourites I wanted to share with you today.

Bobbles

by Christelle Nihoul

This pretty yoke sweater is knitted in sport weight yarn and is perfect for using up mini skeins or self striping yarns for the bobbles.

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Sweater Favourites Bobbles Sweater by Christelle Nihoul

Ginkgo Leaf Top

by Michele DuNaier

Knitted in DK weight yarn with a beautiful lacy yoke, this sweater would be one of my go-to items to wear every day.

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Sweater Favourites - Ginko Sweater by Michele NuNaier

Linnutee

by Arella Seaton

Linnutee (Estonian for Milky Way, however the direct translation would be A Birds Path) is a cute tee specially designed for gradient yarn cakes or mini skein sets. It would also be a great way to use up those self striping yarns you aren’t sure how to use.

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The Raglan Cardigan

by Cynthia Spencer

It is completely sized to fit each part of your body, from the hips to the shoulders. If you have trouble getting your sweaters to fit, this book is for you!

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Rhys

by Kat Riddell

A cropped layering pullover in worsted/aran weight yarn will be a super fast knit and come in a big range of sizes.

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Vera

by Emma Sadler

I’ve knitted this myself to test the pattern for Emma, it’s easy, relaxing and a great way to use up scraps of sock or sport weight yarns to knit a very lightweight but super warm sweater for cool days and nights.

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Sabino Canyon Cardigan

by Megan Nodecker

I love the collar on this cardigan, but suggest you look at other projects for this garment on Ravelry as the designers photos, whilst beautiful, are really dark and are very hard to see.

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Hope cardigan

by Anne B Hanssen

The body of the cardigan is worked in a lovely lace-pattern.
The sleeves are worked in stockinette sts, and could be worked to any length. The hems of the body/sleeves are folded back.
The cardigan is supposed to be roomy and comfortable, with it’s rounded neck, and box-shaped body.

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Rather Nice Jumper

by Helen Gipson

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https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rather-nice-jumper

Bittercress

by Faye Kennington

Part poncho, part pullover, and all pretty with flattering ombre neckline and an elaborate and large floral motif around the yoke. Knitted in sport weight yarn and perfect for mini skins, gradient sets or self stripers.

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Eazy

by Anna Johanna

Top down and brioche, a fabulous combination and such fun to knit.

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Endorphins

by Kim McBrien Evans

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Cascading Kittens

by Claire Slade

cat, cats and more cats.

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Peasant Surprise

by Hanna Maciejewska

Worked top down and in the round with texture patterns on the yoke and body, the sleeves are the start of the show in this peasant style top.

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Parsons Green

by Kathryn Folkerth

I love the mustard colour at the start of the top down yoke on this one, a beautiful contrast to the crisp cream and navy. Knitted in DK for a relatively quick knit.

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Spica sweater

by Anke Telschow

Bottom up stripes and mosaic, super easy colourwork for those who don’t know to create a striking yet simple to make sweater.

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Hamiltonian

by Kathryn Folkerth

Aran weight, oversized with a boxy shape, perfect for working at home, a coffee with friends (via Zoom or in person).

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Mrs Grimmet’s Pullover

by Carol Sunday

The pullover is knitted from side to side in one piece beginning with a provisional cast-on. Pockets are cleverly knit in. Cowl and ribbing at hem are picked up and knitted. Sleeves are knitted from the top in the round, and sleeve caps are shaped with short rows.

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Joan

by Christelle Nihoul

A chic and stylish top down sweater knitted up to plus sizes

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Once Again

by Debra Gerhard

Once Again is a top-down, pullover sweater; knit in-the-round with a stranded yoke that is coupled with simple cable stitches. Short rows are used to shape the neckline after the yoke pattern is completed.

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Brise soleil

by Paola Albergamo

Brise-soleil is a double-breasted, asymmetrical cardigan with textured elements.

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Utmost Happiness

by Katrine Birkenwasser

Utmost Happiness sweater is worked seamlessly top-down. After a ribbing for neckband and set of short rows to raise the back of the sweater, a round yoke is decorated with an elaborate cable pattern achieved with mosaic knitting.

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La Briohème

by Lesley Anne Robinson

A bohemian open cardigan with drop sleeves, long brioche cuffs, a cozy brioche collar, and a large brioche hem as the focal point.

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Twisting Lights

by Artesanitarium Designs

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Potala

by Hanna Maciejewska

“Potala” is a seamless open-front cardigan, especially warm thanks to the yak-merino-silk blend and a ribbed back.

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Haiku cardi

by Svetlana Volkova

A simple shawl-type construction applied to an oversized sweater. An easy introductory garment and a fun knit.

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Telos

by Jennifer Dassau

Knitted in Aran yarn, worked top down and a great cardigan for work or play.

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Sprague Lake Pullover

by Triona Murphy

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Flight formation

by Fiona Hamilton-MacLaren

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Longbeard Hooded Cloak

by Raven Knits Design

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Morning Walk

by Becky Wilkins

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Cambria Cardigan

by Brenda Castiel

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Adult Modular Cardigan Jacket

by Loraine Birchall

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Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Sock Patterns

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Sock Patterns

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Sock Patterns

Today on the blog I’m showing Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Sock Patterns. I’ll try and include a range of knit and crochet, knit first, crochet fans scroll down a bit or click this link to jump straight to the crochet goodness.

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Sock Patterns – Knit Socks

Colorwork Roses Socks

by Aud Bergo

For colourwork fans, the perfect pair of traditional motif socks with a modern touch.

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Sock Patterns - colorwork roses socks

Fairwyn socks

by Tracey Lee

A simple, classic and easy to knit design and they’re reversible.

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Ever True

by Kino Knits

Angles and colour combine in this amazing pair of socks.

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Margerie

by Alexandria Wenninger

More colourwork, but with a strong, modern pattern and clever use of self striping yarns.

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Crazy Christmas Socks

by Renée Kies

You had me at Crazy Christmas Socks….

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Doucet Winter socks

by KnitJoyz

Fabulous colour work socks filled with Christmas scenes and motifs.

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Dunbroch Socks

by Emma Sadler

Self patterning yarn does the yard work and you knit or add a few pretty eyelets, very fast knit for socks and super pretty.

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Happy Hoops

by Helen Gipson

A great way to use up leftover sock yarns, have fun with self striping for the colourwork or go with neutral solids for the man in your life.

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Sheep Shuffle Socks

by Sophie McKane

Colourwork and sheep, super cute!

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Antarctica Socks

by Artesanitarium Designs

Awesome cables adorn this lovely pair of socks undulating back and forth.

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Switch Point Socks

by Cynthia Levy

More cables, intertwined and mirrored, a clever design, suitable for men and women.

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Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Sock Patterns – Crochet Socks

Marguerite Socks

by Sylvie Damey

A quick gift to crochet with tall stitches and an afterthought heel. Look at the heel detail on these little beauties!

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Comfy Cuff Socks

by Fiona Langtry

Warm, cozy and slouchy socks to keep your tooties warm.

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Bûcheron Socks

by Sylvie Damey

A neutral and texture pair of socks for the men in your life, simple. classic and comfortable.

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Skittles Socks

by Maybe Katie Designs

Bobbles, rainbow stripes and cuteness over load.

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Wavy Coral Socks

by Petra Machová Kouřilová

Super cute socks and so pretty

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Tabatha Socks

by Lilia Vanini

Lace and pompoms, love it.

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All the above patterns are eligible to be made in the Indie Design Gift Along 2020 with lots of prizes, chat and fun. Join the group here and dive right in. You can also play along on Instagram and follow @indiegiftalong.

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