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June, 2016

Pattern Relaunch! Fire Opal Tee

Today I’m relaunching my Fire Opal Tee pattern, originally featured in Knitscene Spring 2014 but now available as a ravelry download.

And grab it this week for only $4!

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Fire Opal Tee

Ravelry Pattern Page ~ Download Now

Sizes 33 ¼ (36, 38 ¾, 41 ½, 44 ¼, 47)” bust circumference, shown in size 33 ¼”.

Yarn Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport (100% superwash merino, 200 yd [183 m]/57 g): #712 Farwell, 5 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins.

Pretty Dropped Stitches!

Pretty Dropped Stitches!

Gauge: 26 sts and 31 rnds – 4” in pattern on larger needle, after sts have been dropped.

Needles: Size 4 (3.5 mm): 16” and 24” circular (cir) needles. Size 5 (3.75 mm): 24” cir needle.

Cute, easy fit!

Cute, easy fit!

Notions: Markers (m), stitch holders or scrap yarn, cable needle (cn), tapestry needle.

You need 8 of them!

You need 8 of them!

Ravelry Pattern Page ~ Download Now

Notes: The body of this pullover is worked in the round to the underarms, then the upper front and back are worked separately back and forth. There are differences in cable placements for each size, and on each shoulder, to keep the cables alternating. One stitch between cables is dropped and raveled to the top of the rib.

Windy City Mystery Knit Along!

WCKAL

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SPECIAL PRICING! Buy for $4 until July 14th when it will go up to $6!

Thanks so much for your interest in Allyson Dykhuizen’s Windy City Mystery Shawl Knitalong! This shawl KAL will be released in 5 parts, each part building off the previous one, and will use 2 colors of fingering weight yarn. It will combine stripes and graphic shapes of color, as well as garter stitch and openwork sections, to create a show stopping shawl you’ll be able to wear and style in different ways.

This KAL is being featured during the Chicago Yarn Crawl that runs at the end of July 2016, but all can participate on dedicated forums of course!

Signing Up!

When you sign up for the pattern your download will include this description, as well as yarn options and gauge. The clues will be sent to you through Ravelry and to your inbox as they are released, and a final pattern will be emailed to you when the pattern is finished on August 18, 2016.

Mystery KAL Schedule
Clue 1: July 14, 2016
Clue 2: July 21, 2016
Clue 3: July 28, 2016
Clue 4: August 4, 2016
Clue 5: August 11, 2016
Final Pattern: August 18, 2016

It’s an aggressive schedule but we can do it! Tiny Hint: Clues 2 and 3 make up the same larger section. Each of the other clues are it’s own section of knitting. Learn more!

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New Pattern! Damon, Holla Knits Summer 2016

I’ve got a new pattern out today with Holla Knits! Meet Damon!

Meet Damon!

Meet Damon!

Ravelry Pattern Page ~ Download Now

Think stranded colorwork mitt for your body! I’ve been working up the courage to knit myself up an all over colorwork cozy wool sweater and thought I’d first give a little cropped tee a try. After falling in love with Damon I’m ready to continue my stranded garment journey and something tells me you will feel the same way. Damon is a cropped, oversized tee with all over stranded colorwork in 4 colors with a slouchy shoulder detail.  

Keep up with Damon on social media with #DamonTee

Pretty from the back, too!

Pretty from the back, too!

Finished Size 36 (41, 46.25, 51.5, 56.5)” bust/chest circumference. Pullover shown in size 41″ with 5” of positive ease.

Yarn Knit Picks Stroll Fingering, 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon; 231yds/50g: Wonderland Heather (MC), 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) balls, Navy (C1), 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) balls, Dogwood Heather (C2), 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) balls, Pucker (C3), 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) balls.

Slouchy Shoulder Detail

Slouchy Shoulder Detail

Needles Size 3 (3.25 mm): 16” and 24″ + circular (cir) needles. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers (m); tapestry needle.

Cropped and Perfect!

Cropped and Perfect!

Ravelry Pattern Page ~ Download Now

Gauge 28 sts and 30 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in St st.

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Damon is part of an amazing collection of pattern – check them all out at hollaknits.com!

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A Little Vacation, TNNA, and Blogging Struggles

It’s been quiet around here lately! It’s because my new years resolution this year was to spend less time doing things that make me zero dollars. I wrote a list of things I do in order of how much financial return I get from doing it and I spend the most time blogging with the smallest return.

I was trying to blog 3 days a week – Mon, Wed, and Fri. Last fall, ahead of my resolution, I went down to Mon & Thurs. This seems like a nice balance and I was able to schedule a months worth of blogs very easily and punch them out in the mornings before I went to the office.

At the beginning of April I got really busy, and we had a lot of trips lined up, and I referenced my list and axed things I didn’t need to do. Blogging got axed! I know in my own life I’m reading blogs a lot less than I ever have before, so its easy to see reader numbers going down and understand it.

So! That’s where I’m at. When something happens, a new pattern or something big, I schedule in a blog, but other than that I just haven’t been making the time to do it.

Sunday I leave on a 12 day excursion through New York, Baltimore, and ending in Washington DC for TNNA! I’ll be instagramming and snap chatting (find me @AllysonKnits), and as followers increase on those platforms like gangbusters and blog readership diminishes, maybe that is the way people are wanting their information delivered to them. For now anyway!

So I’ll see you on social media, blog readers!