New Pattern Alert: Chrysalis Edition

Chrysalis has been released into the world…

I love this stitch pattern because it's reminiscent of small cocoons, and cocoons are symbols of change, growth, rebirth, and springtime!  Hence the pattern name, Chrysalis.

This pattern is delicate, pretty, texturally interesting, and like most of my favourite stitch patterns, it's easier than it looks. 

It’s really just several rows of stockinette stitch with an occasional row of knitting trickery thrown in to keep it interesting. The pattern includes links to video tutorials demonstrating the pattern stitch, and the cast-on method used in the pattern.

Instructions are included for 5 circumferences and foot length is customizable.  The stitch pattern is both written and charted (and also has a link to a video tutorial), and the pattern is needle-neutral to accommodate your preferred style for working small circumference in the round. 

You can download Chrysalis with a 20% discount until Monday April 15th, 2019, no coupon code required. The discount will be automagically applied at checkout. You can find Chrysalis here. 

Spring has arrived, and Easter is just around the corner, so to celebrate Speckled Eggs is 20% off until Monday April 22, 2019 (no coupon code required) and I’ve added 3 spring/Easter-themed printable sock wrappers to the pattern. You don’t have to use them for socks, they’re also great for wrapping washcloths, mitts, slippers, and other small knitted gifts. You can find the pattern here.

New Pattern Alert: Hat & Cowl Set!

Instant Gratification Cowl & Hat have been released into the world…

Previously available exclusively in the book "Knits In A Day", Instant Gratification Cowl is now available for download together with Instant Gratification Hat. This is a quick, gratifying knit that makes a great last minute gift or a well-deserved indulgence for yourself. This thick, squishy fabric feels so soft and warm against the skin.

The cowl and hat each use 1 skein of bulky weight yarn. A simple two row repeat makes this a great beginner project, an ideal last minute knit or a quick stash buster for more experienced knitters. This is a very quick knit, the sample took me about an hour to make on 10mm (US 6) needles.  Since making the sample in 2016, I've made several of these as teacher gifts, holiday gifts, for myself and even to keep the dogs' ears warm on very cold days.

You can download Instant Gratification Cowl & Hat with a 50% discount until Monday March 4th, 2019, when you purchase any other pattern from my Ravelry store. Simply put both patterns in your cart and the discount will be applied automatically at checkout. You can find Instant Gratification Cowl & Hat here.

Do You Wear Your Heart On Your Feet? ❤️👣

Heart & Sole is 20% off until Thursday February 14th, 2019 (no coupon code required).

A knitterly alternative to wearing your heart on your sleeve, you can express your love for hand knit socks, yarn, and someone special with this cozy, fun sock pattern that uses mosaic knitting to create heart motifs along the front and back leg of the socks.

Slipped stitches are used to create the heart motifs, which means there is no stranded colour work and each row is knit using only one colour.

The heel is added after the rest of the sock is finished so the alternating stripe pattern is not interrupted. Instructions are included for 3 circumferences, and the foot length is customizable. You can find Heart & Sole here.



When you love a dog, you have a lot of very good days and one very bad day.
— W. Bruce Cameron

This past week has been a difficult one at chez Gervais, our sweet Maggie passed away on Saturday. I feel like I’ve lost a soul mate and the light in the world is a little bit dimmer right now. She was the best companion and an amazing friend. I felt the need to memorialize her on my website. Sleep well, Maggie. Rest in peace.

New Pattern Release: Advanced Edition!

Equanimity has been released into the world…

Equanimity is the ability to remain calm and composed while under stress.

Manifesting this design from a picture in my head to a finished pair of socks with a pattern has tested my equanimity more than any other sock I’ve designed.

Equanimity was originally written as a stranded colour work pattern, but the test knitters and myself really weren't enjoying catching floats on the purl rows and the sample knitter became so frustrated that she packed up and delivered a ½ finished sock to my doorstep late on a cold November night. As one test knitter gently said, "This pattern is not for the faint of heart." It was widely agreed that the design was great and a pattern needed to exist for it, but it wasn't working as written.  

So, since Equanimity was not achieving my goals which are to always create designs and write patterns that you love, allow you to express your creativity, help you to relax with a hobby that soothes your soul, and results in a beautiful, finished pair of socks, I halted the test knit and went back to the drawing board (in this case the drawing board is graph paper). I re-worked the pattern to use mosaic knitting because more slipped stitches means fewer long floats (and the frustration they can cause) on purl rows, and working with one colour on each round is more relaxing than working with 2 colours on each round, and the pattern still results in a beautiful finished pair of socks. 

You can download Equanimity with a 20% discount until Monday January 28th, 2019 - no coupon code required. You can find the pattern here.


In Other News…

If you're a fan of the Outlander (the books, the seires, or both), then you'll love this blog post by The Loopy Ewe that features Outlander inspired knits.  I'm proud and honoured that Sassenach was chosen as one of the featured patterns.  The patterns are lovely, and Sassenach is in great company.  

My friend and fellow designer, Lindsay, featured an interview with me on her blog recently.  Lindsay is the super talented, environmentally conscious knitwear designer behind the Knit Eco Chic brand and I'm thrilled to make an appearance on her website.  If you'd like to learn more about me and see some photos of my pets, you can find the blog post here. Those 2 troublemakers kitties in the above photo are our cats, Sammy and Dean.  

A Fun Knitting Game

I posted this knitting game on social media earlier this week and it was so much fun! Give yourself 1 point for each thing you have NOT done. I’ll post a photo of my results below the photo of the game!

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Give yourself 1 point for each thing you have NOT done.

I got 4 points. Here are the 4 things I have not done:

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What was your score?