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Indie Design Gift Along 2014

I know i’ve been bad about posting regularly on here, but there’s a good reason! I’ve been preparing for the Indie Design Gift Along on Ravelry!! <– that’s a link to the Ravelry group. You should go check it out now. It’s ok, I’ll wait.

waiting….

Ok, you’re back now, and you realize how fantastically awesome this is going to be?!

(for those of you silly people who didn’t go check it out, here’s a brief rundown)

Do you know what that means?! That means almost 300 designers are having a massive sale together! That’s 3,822 patterns that are on sale. And then, as if that weren’t enough, we get to all have a massive knit along/crochet along to make christmas gifts together!

So. Much. Happy.

Must knit All. The. Things.

*sigh* I know I won’t be able to make all the things, but guess what? I get to include my designs in the sale!! You know how I said i’ve had a good reason for being AWOL? Check out the new patterns I was getting tested and published:

BWIS KPSIS Whalecowledited_small2

These are (from left to right): Black Walnut Infinity Scarf, Karen: A Puff Stitch Infinity Scarf, and A Whale of A Cowl

(aka examples of how my photography skills have improved *facepalm*) These patterns and more will be part of the sale (that starts in just 2.5 hours, at 8 pm EST – I’m so excited!! There’s a countdown clock here, I keep looking at it!)

So, what can you expect from me through the end of the year? Interviews with designers, project photos, me squealing with joy when someone has interviewed me and I feel like the most legit designer ever, and just generally a lot of yarn-y goodness!

 

p.s – like my new logo?!

 

Crochet, Designing, Free Crochet Pattern, Free Knitting Pattern, Knitting, Paid Crochet Pattern, Paid Knitting Patterns, Promotions

Gift one, Get one!

Depending where you are in the world, it’s already Friday, October 10th, 2014. That means it’s my mama’s birthday! I’ve decided to spread the gift-giving via my Ravelry patterns! (Please note, this promotion is ONLY valid through Ravelry Purchases)

Surprise a friend! Gift one of my patterns to a friend, and get a free copy for yourself!

This is how it works:

Click Here to view the patterns.

Choose a pattern and use the “send as gift” button to gift the PDF pattern to a friend. You will receive a copy of the same pattern for yourself within 24-48 hours of your original purchase. It will be sent to you as a gift from me via Ravelry.

That’s all it takes, folks!

Fine Print:

  • The promotion runs from Friday, 10 October 2014 00:01 EST to Saturday, 11 October 2014 at 23:59 EST.
  • If you want a different pattern than the one you gifted, you must message me via ravelry, or e-mail me: braschelegance AT yahoo DOT com. Tell me your rav name (if e-mailing), which pattern you gifted, and which one you want instead.
  • IF you do not message or e-mail me which pattern you want for yourself within 12 hours of gifting, you’ll get a copy of the same pattern you gifted.
  • Early “gifting” (i.e. before the stated start time) does not count for the promotion.

Happy crafting and gifting!! 😀

Current Projects, Designing, Knitting, Paid Knitting Patterns

A Whale of a Cowl

Whalecowledited

I’m very pleased to announce that “A Whale of A Cowl” Is now live on Ravelry, and available for download!

{Link to Ravelry Pattern Page}

I’m quite pleased with this one – it comes in sizes all the way from the little 23″ cowl you see pictured, to a whopping 68″

“whale of a cowl” hehe. Get it? It’s the sister pattern to “A Whale of a Scarf,” which I published a couple years ago.

It’s been fully test knit, and i’m loving making it myself – I’ve already made two, and will likely be making more soon! I made the second to smallest version in about 1 day, so it really is a quick project!

I was going to post pictures of my WIPs, but my camera decided to die while I was outside taking a million pictures of my little guy watching a lawn mower. You’ll see pictures. It’s adorable. I couldn’t help myself.

Here’s the WIP status right now: (remember my handy dandy spreadsheet? I can’t find it on my computer! ahhhh!)

  • Giraffe Mittens: Need to weave in ends on one mitten, and photograph the pair (see aforementioned camera issue)
  • Galilee Slippers & Juliet Mitts for a friend: Not yet started. Supposed to give them to her Saturday, 10/11. Right.
  • Urban Jungle Slouchy for mom’s b-day: b-day is tomorrow, “party” on sunday. I’ve started the brim of the hat.
  • TARDIS blanket: supposed to cast on this week. Likely not happening yet.
  • Design project. That’s all i’m telling you.
  • Second Design project. Also that’s all i’m telling you. Secrets will be unveiled in the future.. {mysterious music}
  • Silk and Lace drawstring bag: side 1 totally complete. Side 2 75% complete.. then I ran out of thread. More is on order.
  • Cotton Flowery Cruise Purse: Outside totally done. Flowers in the works. Need to sew in lining.

Whew. This is only like 10% of what i’m planning on making/working on, but it’ll do for now!

Current Projects, Designing, Free Knitting Pattern, Knitting

New Free Knitting Pattern: Mitts for Juliet

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Sneaking out on a balcony at night to whisper (or shout) sweet nothings to your love can be chilly business! These thick Mitts will keep you warm! They knit up quickly, and would make wonderful gifts for friends and loved ones.

This pattern is written for two sizes: a Women’s Small/Medium, and a Women’s Medium/Large, which also fits a Men’s Small/Medium. Instructions for the larger size will be in parentheses. Where there is only one set of instructions, they apply to both sizes.

Materials:

  • 100-115 yds Super Bulky Yarn (I used Paton’s Colorwul)
  • 1 set US 10.5 (6.5 mm) DPNs
  • Stitch markers
  • Tapestry Needle

Gauge: 15 sts/20 rounds = 4” (10 cm) in Stockinette Stitch Knit in the Round.

Stitches and Abbreviations:

  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • St – Stitch
  • M1R – insert left needle from back to front into the space below the current two live stitches. Knit this loop.
  • M1L – insert left needle from front to back into the space below the current two live stitches. Knit this loop through the back loop.
  • Cast off- use your preferred cast off method. It needs to be a little stretchy because of the k1, p1, ribbing.

 

Pattern

Left Hand:
Using a cabled cast on, Cast on 24 (28) stitches.
Place beginning of round marker, and work a k1,p1 rib for 6 rounds
Next 14 (16) rounds: knit every stitch

Thumb Gusset:
Increase Round: k9 (11), place marker, M1R, k1, M1L, place marker k14 (16) – 26 (30) total sts
Next round: Knit all stitches, slipping markers as you go
*Increase Round: k9 (11), M1R, knit to next Marker, M1L, k14 (16) – 28 (32) total sts
Next Round: Knit all stitches, slipping markers as you go*

Repeat rounds from * to * until you have a total of 9 (11) stitches between your markers, ending with an even knit round.

Next Round: k9 (11), slip all stitches between markers onto waste yarn, remove markers, cast on 1 stitch with the backward loop method onto the right needle, k14 (16)

Next 7 Rounds: Knit all stitches
Work k1, p1 rib for 4 rounds

Cast off.

Right Hand:

Work as for left hand, but reverse the thumb placement in this manner: k14 (16) sts, place marker, M1R, k1, M1L, place marker, k9 (11).

Continue to increase every other round, but begin each round with k14 (16), and end with k9 (11).
Next Round: k14 (16), slip all stitches between markers onto waste yarn, remove markers, cast on 1 stitch with the backward loop method onto the right needle, k9 (11).
Next 7 Rounds: Knit all stitches
Work k1, p1 rib for 4 rounds

Cast off.

Thumb (Both Hands):

Move all 9 (11) held thumb stitches from waste yarn on to DPNs
Round 1: K1, p1 around, picking up 3 stitches over cast on gap to close the thumb hole 12 (14) total stitches
Round 2: (k1, p1) 4 (5) times, k2tog, p1, k2tog (this ssk is worked over the last stitch from this round, and the first stitch of the next round. Beginning of round moves one stitch to the left. 10 (12) total thumb stitches.
Rounds 3-5: p1, k1 round

Bind off and weave in all ends.

 


 

Terms of Use

Finished items may be sold from my patterns, of course, as they are your work. Please credit me as the designer in your listing and provide a link back to My Web Site in your listing if you are selling online, or credit me on your physical tag if not selling online.

Standard copyright restrictions still apply to the pattern itself. Please do not sell, distribute, copy and paste the pattern itself to other websites, or otherwise reproduce my patterns or any of their charts or images without written permission – we call that stealing. Also, please do not alter parts of my pattern and then claim it as your own – this is still stealing. There’s no such thing as a 10% rule.

Use of this pattern indicates agreement to these terms

Thank you for supporting me as a work at home mom!

Pattern (c) 2014 Ruth Brasch, Brasch Elegance

 

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New Free Knitting Pattern: Mitts for Romeo!

 

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Waiting outside all night for your love to sneak out on a balcony can be cold business! These thick wool mitts will keep you warm, whether you’re waiting outside for your love, or just loving the fact that it’s now Fall here in the Northern Hemisphere! They knit up quickly, and would make wonderful gifts for friends and loved ones!

Materials:

  • 90-100 yds super bulky yarn – I made mine with Paton’s Colorwul.
  • 1 set of US 10.5 DPNs
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • Stitch markers

Stitches and Abbreviations:

  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • St – Stitch
  • M1R – insert left needle from back to front into the space below the current two live stitches. Knit this loop.
  • M1L – insert left needle from front to back into the space below the current two live stitches. Knit this loop through the back loop.
  • Bind off Purlwise: Purl the first two stitches together. Slip the new stitch from your right needle back to the left one. Repeat.

Gauge: 15 stitches/20 rounds = 4″ (10cm) in stockinette stitch

This pattern features garter stitch cuffs, and is is the companion pattern to my Juliet Mitts, found here:

This pattern is written for two sizes: a Women’s Small/Medium, and a Women’s Medium/Large, which also fits a Men’s Small/Medium. Instructions for the larger size will be in parentheses. Where there is only one set of instructions, they apply to both sizes.

Left Hand:
Using a cabled cast on, Cast on 20 (24) stitches.
Place beginning of round marker, and beginning with a purl round, work 9 rounds of garter stitch
Next round: (K5, M1) around – 4 sts increased, for 24 (28) total sts.
Next 9 (11) rounds: knit every stitch

 

Thumb Gusset:
Increase Round: k9 (11), place marker, M1R, k1, M1L, place marker k14 (16) – 26 (30) total sts
Next round: Knit all stitches, slipping markers as you go
*Increase Round: k9 (11), M1R, knit to next Marker, M1L, k14 (16) – 28 (32) total sts
Next Round: Knit all stitches, slipping markers as you go*

Repeat rounds from * to * until you have a total of 7 (9) stitches between your markers, ending with an even knit round.

Next Round: k9 (11), slip all stitches between markers onto waste yarn, remove markers, cast on 1 stitch with the backward loop method onto the right needle, k14 (16)

Next 7 Rounds: Knit all stitches

Beginning with a purl round, knit the next 8 rounds in garter stitch (4 ridges made, ending with a knit round)

Cast off purlwise

 

Right Hand:

Work as for left hand, but reverse the thumb placement in this manner: k14 (16) sts, place marker, M1R, k1, M1L, place marker, k9 (11).

Continue to increase every other round, but begin each round with k14 (16), and end with k9 (11).
Next Round: k14 (16), slip all stitches between markers onto waste yarn, remove markers, cast on 1 stitch with the backward loop method onto the right needle, k9 (11).
Next 7 Rounds: Knit all stitches
Beginning with a purl round, knit the next 8 rounds in garter stitch (4 ridges made, ending with a knit round)

Cast off purlwise

 

Thumb (Both Hands):

Move all 7 (9) held thumb stitches from waste yarn on to DPNs
Round 1: Knit all stitches, picking up 3 stitches over cast on gap to close the thumb hole. 10 (12) total sts.
Round 2: k6 (8), k2tog, k1, ssk (this ssk is worked over the last stitch from this round, and the first stitch of the next round. Beginning of round moves one stitch to the left. 8 (10) total thumb stitches
Rounds 3 and 4: Knit all stitches around
Round 5: Purl all stitches.

Bind off

 

 


Terms of Use

Finished items may be sold from my patterns, of course, as they are your work. Please credit me as the designer in your listing and provide a link back to My Web Site in your listing if you are selling online, or credit me on your physical tag if not selling online.

Standard copyright restrictions still apply to the pattern itself. Please do not sell, distribute, copy and paste the pattern itself to other websites, or otherwise reproduce my patterns or any of their charts or images without written permission – we call that stealing. Also, please do not alter parts of my pattern and then claim it as your own – this is still stealing. There’s no such thing as a 10% rule.

Use of this pattern indicates agreement to these terms

Thank you for supporting me as a work at home mom!

(c) 2014 Ruth Brasch, Brasch Elegance

 

 


Current Projects, Daily Life, Designing, Free Knitting Pattern, Knitting

New free pattern coming soon

It’s fall! Well, sort of. I’m so excited for knit and crocheted accessories! I’m working on a bulky mitt recipe/pattern and just had to share my progress! I’m using patons colorwul, and I adore it. I’ve never used it before, but it is my new favorite mitt/mitten making yarn!

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Sorry for the fuzzy phone pic- I’ll take good ones when they’re done, promise!

Crochet, Designing, Knitting

Having Patterns Tested Before Publication

I’ve been beginning to attempt more pattern writing, both for knitting and crochet, and i’ve run into a snag: finding reliable pattern testers. There’s a group on Ravelry called The Testing Pool, where i’ve posted a few patterns for testing, and thus far

This pattern got one tester: Full Pair

This pattern got none: Love on Fire

 

And This pattern got some:  Deck1

but I’ve been having problems with some of the people who were testing! One wanted to tell me how to write a pattern, and went so far as to post her own version of part of it, then dropped out of the test (or so I assume, because she now has ceased all contact. Super professional.), some are asking for more time, which is fine, and another just informed me that she has to take paid work (which she got offered right after committing to my test, but didn’t inform me), so she’ll not be finishing the test for me as previously committed, “best wishes.” I understand needing to do paying work, but it’s still frustrating to have people not honor their word! I’m fed up. So now these people just get the pattern for free, without fulfilling their commitments? I guess that’s what I get for working with a free testing group.

Has anyone that designs or writes patterns had them tested for free (or paid) with any amount of success? Please – let me know!

 

Current Projects, Designing, Uncategorized

I’m finishing up my PhD!!

No, really, i’m finishing my PHD!

my Projects Half Done!!

 

There will be pictures soon, I promise! I have soooo many projects i’m in the midst of, you wouldn’t even believe it! Ready for my list (because i’m totally a list person…) I’ll link patterns when I can, but some of these are either my own pattern, or i’m test knitting for someone, so the pattern’s not up yet!

This is me:

knitallthethings

1. Squirrel’s Paradise Lace Baby Blanket Test Knit – Finish cabled i-cord bind off over 650 (ish) stitches!

2. Crocheted princess hat with braids and crown – add braids, make crown, ship to customer!

3. Doctor Who double knit blanket squares (5) – Start… make… finish.

4. Samantha, the big Fluffy Teddy Bear – Make Legs, attach appendages, give to Sister in Law – this pattern is a mix of two: Sam and Jif

5. My orange Wool of the Andes Spinning Project (as seen in the post below this! Ravelry Link for those interested)

6. A Pink Mesh Cotton Beach Bag – Make and add handle

7. Fluffy Rainbow Colored Owl Obsession Blanket – Add White parts and sew together

8. A Rainbow Infinity Scarf that i’m designing – Make 85% of it, and get pattern tested, publish pattern

9. A crocheted bag that i’m designing – make 50% of it, and get pattern tested, publish pattern

10. Lafayette Scarf – Finish other 50% of it (I’m using 1 skein instead of 2, I think, for a scarf instead of shawl)

11. Blue Serenity Blanket – Finish the last 25%

12. Waterfall Blanket – Finish last 40%

13. Jude Bag – Just Add Lining!!

14. Cabled Slipper Boots – Make 1 foot, and 2 tops

15. Color Block Blanket – Make the other 50% of the squares and sew together

16. Cool Kid Cowl – Knit 20% more and Finish off

 

There’s more, but I think you get the picture for now!! This isn’t even including the ones I WANT to make – That’s another list in and of itself.. maybe you’ll get to see that sometime too!

 

Stick around, you’ll be seeing a lot of progress/ finishing pictures of these projects and more soon!

 

Daily Life, Designing, HPKCHC, Spinning

In Which Ruth’s Fiber Addiction Reaches the Next Level!

It’s finally happened!

I knew the day would come…

I can finally spin my own yarn!! {because I made my own spindle!! you can too – keep reading!}

 

I’ve dabbled in spinning before, but without having done much research and, it seems, without having a decent spindle, most of what I produced was super super super bulky weight yarn, which doesn’t do anyone much good.

I know i’ve mentioned before that I participate in something on Ravelry called (don’t judge my nerdiness) Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup (henceforth referred to as HPKCHC). I love this group because i’m forever learning new crafting techniques and being challenged to try new ideas! This month, the Room of Requirement challenge is to make your own spindle! There were a couple tutorials but, being me, I wanted to figure it out on my own.

I went digging through my craft drawer and found the following:

A dowel (don’t ask me the size, I don’t know), and a wooden wheel of some kind

Spindle and Wheel

So My first problem is that the hole in the wheel wasn’t big enough. Thankfully, I have a lovely husband who knows how to use power tools, loves to help me make things, and fully supports my fiber related endeavors!

First we matched the drill bit size to the size of the dowel:

Matching Sizes  Matching Sizes 2

 

Next, I got to play with the power tools and drill a hole in the wheel

Drilling Hole Making Ruth's Spindle 011 Making Ruth's Spindle 012

 

 

Clint had to help me put the wheel on the spindle, because it was a super close fit and I didn’t want to use any wood glue to keep the pieces attached:

Making Ruth's Spindle 013

 

Since I didn’t have a hook to put at the top like normal people have, we used a screw.

Clint says to tell you that if you’re going to do this, you must drill a hole in the dowel first, or else you could crack the wood. I’m also supposed to tell you to use a small-ish bit, because you still want the screw threads to catch the wood, not just be all loose and rattly in the top hole.

Making Ruth's Spindle 016 Making Ruth's Spindle 018

 

Making Ruth's Spindle 019 Making Ruth's Spindle 022

 

I left the screw a pretty good bit out of the dowel, and Clint cut a notch in the side of the screw for me.

I tried to use just the screw to secure the fiber (silly me!) but alas.. it didn’t work. The notch in the screw works REALLY well, though!

Want to see what happened when I started spinning?!

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BAM! I’m so pleased!

Better pictures will come soon, but I just couldn’t wait to share this!!

 

Have you ever made a spindle? What materials did you use, and how did it work out?

 

Current Projects, Designing, Knitting

I need therapy after knitting “Therapi”

You guys might remember a while back I talked about working on the Therapi sweater Here.

Well, now i’ve given up, which is not something I do lightly with a project- especially one like this that i’ve put a whole lot of time, effort, and frustration into. I copied all my mods off my Ravelry Project Page and i’m going to be adding them here (probably with a little bit of commentary!) just in case anyone wants to use them (God bless you if you do) or realize this sweater will probably put you IN therapy, rather than BE therapy.

MODS for Medium Size of Therapi Sweater:

After you divide the sleeves from the yoke, the pattern does not match up!

How to make the yoke pattern transition into the body pattern after separating for the sleeves:

  • (RS) Purl 1 row, CO 3 sts under each arm (inc 6 total)
  • (WS) Knit 1 row

Body pattern changes to the following:
Row 1:k4 (p3,k3) until the last 7 sts, p3, k4
Row 2:p4 (k3,p3) until the last 7 sts, k3,p4
Rows 3&4 repeat rows 1&2
Row 5: Work as for row 2
Row 6: Work as for row 1
Rows 7&8: Repeat rows 5&6

Repeat these 8 rows

~I only knit the body for 21 inches from the underarm- it’s quite long enough, and will likely stretch with wear!

When picking up sts for the sleeves,pick up 3- they will automatically fit in the “sleeve pattern” st pattern, which should be begun immediately

-Knit Sleeve Basket weave pattern for 23 blocks (11.5 repeats), or until about 2” before desired sleeve length
{-Next Round: p around -Next Round: k around}
Repeat between { and } to create 2 garter ridges.

Work cuff:
k1,p1, around

*Just so you all know, this cuff is still way to wide to actually be tight on my wrist, or probably even my upper arm! This is the point at which I decided I didn’t want to mod anymore. I don’t even like this sweater anymore! If I was going to actually spend the time working on this, i’d say the cuff probably needs to be about 30-40% less sts than the pattern calls for

~Yardage recommendations are definitely off- at about 5 inches from the bottom of the body, and i’ve already used approximately 750 yds for the medium size.

 

Ok. So you see how much modding has gone into this one sweater that I no longer care to wear. Please notice that I didn’t even attempt to work on the collar. I’d like to say, I respect a designer’s process, and I respect that making multiple sizes is difficult, and that I have not published a multiple sized sweater pattern.

But! I do believe that when you write a pattern it should make a beautiful product in the simplest way possible. If the goal is to make an item that can be reproduced by as many people as possible, don’t make it difficult and make sure your stitch patterns at least line up! The way I wrote these mods out could just as easily have been written into the sweater pattern, and changes it so that someone who has less knitting experience would more easily be able to work this pattern up. Maybe it’s not 100% mathematically perfect, but it’s user friendly and simple.

I can not remember the last time I quit on a sweater pattern. I even re-knit (and modded, check out my Project Page) an Isis Tailcoat by knitting the following:

Lower body: 1
Body: 2
Right front: 3
Left front: 3
Collar: 1

Does that look like someone who quits on sweaters? Nope! And yet here I am.

I’m going to go engage in some yarn therapy now and dream of clear sweater patterns.

Maybe I’ll just start designing my own patterns…