New Pattern Alert - Light And Air Edition!

Aperture has been released into the world...


Aperture: /ˈapərˌCHər,ˈapərˌCHo͝or/ noun: a space through which light passes


These socks let in some light. And some air. These socks are perfect for summer nights when you need to keep your feet warm, but not too warm. They also make for a fun, quick knit! The pattern is worked from the top down with a patterned heel flap and gradually disappearing pattern on the top of the foot. The entire sock is then finished up nicely with a toe that is Kitchener stitched closed.

The yarn for this project was beautiful to work with!  the colours are gorgeous and there was just enough variegation in the yarn to keep it interesting but not compete with the stitch pattern.  Green and blue have always been one of my favourite colour combos.  This yarn is by  Machete Shoppe in their Simple Sock base in the colourway 'Curacao'.  

You can download Aperture with a 20% discount (no coupon code required)  until Monday August 14th, 2017 by clicking here.  

...and in case you haven't heard, I'll be hosting a KnitAlong in my Facebook group starting this Monday August 14th.  We'll be knitting Throw Kindness Around Like It's Confetti and there are lots of awesome, amazing prizes to be given away that have been donated by several talented and generous designers and makers.   If you like KnitAlongs and fun and prizes, head over to the Facebook group by clicking here and join us! 

How Many Cables Can 1 Sock Pattern Have?

The answer is LOTS of cables!  Say Hello to Lerwick, the cabli-est sock I've ever designed.  

Lerwick

Lerwick

Even the gussets are cabled! 

Lerwick is inspired by the beautiful scenery of the Shetland Islands in Scotland. (Disclaimer:  I haven't actually been to the Shetland Islands, but I fell in love with the scenery while watching 'Shetland' on Netflix.  If you love beautiful scenery, people wearing handknits and British/Scottish murder mysteries, I highly recommend it!)

Lerwick is a fully cabled sock that features an argyle inspired cable panel starting at the top of the leg and continuing down to the toe of the sock.

The back of the leg features cabled ribbing. The heel is uniquely constructed; the heel flap and gussets are worked simultaneously which allows for the cable pattern to continue on the heel flap and the gussets.

The sock finishes with a rounded toe that is grafted closed using Kitchener stitch

Lerwick is 20% off until Monday July 31st - no coupon code required.  You can download it here. 

Happy Knitting! 

Aloha! New Pattern Release 🙂

Mahalo has been released into the world! 

Mahalo

Mahalo

Mahao is the Hawaiin word for 'thank you'. My word of the month for the May (the month I wrote this pattern) was 'thankful'. I'm thankful for my family and our healthy minds and bodies. I'm thankful for amazing friends and for our home. I'm thankful that we have enough to eat, access to health care and opportunities for education and self actualization. I'm thankful to be part of the phenomenal fibre community and to be able to practice my joy everyday and call it my job. I'm thankful for you!

This yarn came to me from Hawaii and I was inspired to make this sock as soon as I unwrapped it and squished it in my hands!  Daien, the very talented dyer at Beloved yarn will be retiring this gorgeous colourway at the end of this month.  She has offered to take orders until the 24th, and do a last batch for us, so if you'd like a skein you should click here. 

Is this gorgeous, or what!?

Is this gorgeous, or what!?

Mahalo features ribbing down the back of the leg and onto the heel flap and an easy to memorize lace pattern on the front of the leg and top of the foot. The heel flap, gussets and instep are worked simultaneously (no gusset sts to pick up!) and the gussets feature reverse stockinette. The toe is grafted closed with Kitchener stitch.

Mahalo is 20% off (no coupon code required) until Saturday July 15th, 2017.  Click here to download it!  or click the big button right below this sentence 🙂

 

Happy Knitting! 

Happy Canada Deh!

In honour of Canada's sesquicentennial birthday this year, I've released Canada Deh! , possibly the most Canadian sock ever made! 

 

Stephanie from Knitley Road and have been on a mission to make a very Canadian sock to commemorate Canada ’s 150th birthday.  The fibre is sourced from Canadian sheep and processed in a Canadian Mill. It ’s then dyed by a Canadian Dyer (Stephanie at Knitley Road) and she mails it to me, a Canadian knitwear designer and knitter.

Canada Deh! Is worked from the top down and features a charted maple leaf that can be worked using either intarsia in the round or fair isle. The sock features a short row heel and traditional wedge toe.

Canada Deh! is 20% off - no coupon code required - until Saturday July 1st, 2017.  You can download it by clicking here.  

Happy Knitting! 

Let's Throw Some Kindness Around Like It's Confetti

Throw Kindness Around Like It's Confetti has been released into the world.
This sock has 3 of my favourite things: cables, lace, and contrasting toes and heels. Designing it and knitting it made me happy. This yarn is beautiful and working with it makes me happy. Looking at the finished sock makes me happy and I hope when you knit them and wear them, they make you feel happy.
Worked in beautiful Perfect Stitch Fibre Co Deluxe Chief yarn in 'Shocking Seas' and 'Berry Blizzard', this sock worked from the top down. The cable/lace design starts at the very top of the sock and continues onto the top of the foot. The back of the leg features ribbing until the short row heel which is worked in a contrasting yarn. The toe is also worked in a contrasting colour and is grafted closed with Kitchener stitch.
You can download Throw Kindness Around Like It's Confetti with a 20% discount (no coupon code required) until Monday June 19th, 2017.  Click here to download it.

Happy Knitting!

Sometimes You Have To Go With The Flow...

Introducing....Go With The Flow

Sometimes in life we need be passionately goal driven and hyper focused on making things happen and other times we need to sit back, relax, embrace what life puts in front of us, trust our instincts and see where that energy takes us.

Sometimes in knitting you need a sock that tests all of your skills and levels you up as a knitter and other times you need a beautifully simple and meditative sock that lets you enjoy the process and see where the yarn takes you; this is that sock.
Worked from the cuff down, Go With The Flow uses a super-simple yet beautiful stitch pattern that starts at the top of the leg and continues right down to the toe - even on the sole of the foot. The pattern features an afterthought heel so you don’t have to interrupt your flow to turn the heel.

So relax, enjoy, and Go With The Flow.
You can download Go With The Flow with a 20% discount until Monday June 5th, 2017 - no coupon code required! Click here to download it now! 


New Pattern Alert: Building Momentum Edition!

Momentum has been released into the world!
I had a lot of trouble choosing a word of the year for 2017. Ultimately I decided that in 2017 I would have a word of the month. As I sat writing this pattern at the beginning of March, my word of the month was ‘Momentum’; I will follow through on everything I start. I will keep going when I don’t feel like it. I will focus on my goal and work until I get there.

I hope that you build and manifest Momentum in your life as you work this pattern.
Worked in a beautiful light weight yarn and a gorgeous, rich colour, Momentum is a cuff-down pattern that features a cable design on the front of the leg and top of the foot of the sock. Momentum features a heel flap and gussets and ends with a rounded toe that is grafted closed with Kitchener stitch.
Momentum is knit with beautiful and soft, Dyeabolical Yarns Tenacious Tencel Sock Yarn in the 'Ever After' Colour way.
You can download Momentum with a 20% discount using the coupon code 'Momentum' until Monday May 29th, 2017 OR if you pay full price I'll donate 20% of all full price proceeds to the Red Cross Manchester Emergency Fund.

Rachel at Dyeabolical yarn is offering the Ever After colourway with a 15% discount using the coupon code EVERAFTER, or, If you pay full price she will donate 15% of all full price proceeds to the Red Cross Manchester Emergency Fund.

Happy Knitting!

New Pattern Release - Mother's Day Edition

Mitochondrial has been released into the world!
 Mitochondrial DNA is passed down almost unchanged from a mother to her children.Worked from the cuff down, this Mother’s Day inspired design features a double helix DNA strand cable on the front of the leg and top of the foot of the sock. The ribbed cuff disappears in a ‘V’ shape on the back of the leg just before the heel flap.

 When science meets yarn this sock is the result.  This sock is knit using Scientific Sock yarn by NanoStitch Lab. 

You can download Mitochondrial with a 20% discount using the coupon code 'Mother' until Sunday May 14th, 2017 OR if you pay full price I'll donate 20% of all full price proceeds to www.unwomen.org.   You can download Mitochondrial here.

Happy Mother's Day, whether you're a biological mother or not, Mother's Day is an opportunity to recognize all the women in our lives who nurture, support and love us - regardless of their title.

Happy Knitting!

I'm In A Book!

I have 2 new sock patterns in Artful Arches.  I'm pretty excited and honoured to be in some very talented company. Several designers have contributed patterns to this book.

This is Westney:



And this is Meandering:



If you've never knit socks before, but would like to learn, I'm offering a 5 Day FREE email challenge from June 1st to 5th to help you knit your first sock! 
Designed for newbie sock knitters, #SockVirgin will guide you through your first sock with the help of video tutorials, Q&A sessions, worksheets and the additional motivation of prizes and fun! You can sign up for the challenge here.

Happy Knitting! 

New Pattern Alert! With A Coupon Code!


Ahhhh spring!  The days are getting longer and warmer and spring is in the air! (at least in the northern hemisphere)  To celebrate nature's rebirth, I've released Flowers and Sunshine.

Worked from the toe up, this design features delicate flowers speckled along the top of the foot and front and back of the leg.  This sock features a heel flap with gussets.

You can download Flowers and Sunshine with a 20% discount using the coupon code 'spring' OR if you pay full price, I'll donate 20% of all full price proceeds to www.DoctorsWithoutBorders.org until midnight (EST) Monday April 24, 2017


Also, are you a Whovian?  In honour of the return of Doctor Who (Yay!!) I have combined my 4 best selling, Doctor Who inspired patterns into an ebook, DALEKtable (see what I did there?) You can find it here.
 Happy Knitting!

Oooh Laa Laa! A New Pattern Alert! with an oppotunity to help a good cause!

What would be better than spending April in Paris?  Probably nothing, but the next best thing could be knitting these new April In Paris Socks! 
Worked from the toe up, these socks feature charming little Eiffel Towers on the top of the foot. Some of the Eiffel Towers break away from the sides of the foot and travel to the centre back of the leg.  It's a fun pattern with an easy to memorize stitch pattern.

And that's not even the best part...

April In Paris is avialable in my Ravelry store with a 20% discount with the coupon code, "Paris" 
OR
If you choose to pay full price, I will donate 20% of all full price proceeds to www.kiva.org.  
Both offers expire on Monday April 10th, 2017 - so hurry!! Click here to download April In Paris
Happy Knitting!

Because The World Needs Some Good Karma...

Good Karma has been released into the world!

After the success of the donation component of my Heroes release last month, I have decided to include a donation option with all of my pattern releases going forward.

20% of all full price proceeds will be donated to www.kiva.org until midnight (EST) Monday March 27, 2017 OR you can download the pattern with a 20% discount using the coupon code, ‘Karma’ until March 27th. You can download Good Karma here.  
Karma is the Sanskrit word for action and is the spiritual equivalent of Newton’s Law of Motion, “For every action there is an equal but opposite reaction.” In other words, when we emit a positive force in thought, word, or action, that positive energy will come back to us. I feel like the world needs some good karma right now, and I’m manifesting it through my preferred creative outlet, knitting. May you manifest good karma with every stitch!
Good Karma is worked from the top down and uses increases and decreases to create a bias fabric.  The lace panel starts at the back of the leg and travels around the sock to the outside of the foot.  The ribbing is replaced by stockinette stitch as the sock evolves.  

Instructions are included for 4 circumferences and the foot length is customizable. 

Happy Knitting! 

International Women's Day And A New Sock Pattern!

In honour of International Women's Day on Wednesday March 8th, I've released, Heroes, a pattern inspired by heoric women.

Heroes is available with a 20% discount using the coupon code 'Heroes' until March 8th in my Ravelry store.

OR

You can pay full price and I will donate 20% of all full price proceeds to www.unwomen.org. 

As soon as I saw this yarn I was inspired to knit with it! Yarn Geek Fibers offers a line of yarns that are inspired by and named for inspirational, awesome women. This particular colourway is named for autism advocate, Temple Grandin. She’s a hero.

This yarn landed on my doorstep a few days before the Women’s March on January 21st, 2017. Witnessing women all over the world stand and march together with one voice made me feel more hopeful and inspired than I had in a long time. It made me hopeful for my daughter’s future and for the future of women everywhere.


Heroes is worked from the top down and features a textured stitch pattern on the front and back of the leg.  The pattern continues on the heel flap.  The heel flap and gussets are worked simultaneously before the heel is turned (so there are no gusset stitches to pick up) and the pattern then continues on the top of the foot.  The toe is grafted closed using Kitchener stitch. 

Click here to download Heroes in my Ravelry store.  Happy knitting! 🙂

❤ A Little Cable Love ❤

Who loves a cabled sock?  I do!  Cabled socks are classic, beautiful, funky and fun to make. My latest cabled sock desigh, Galloway has been released into the world!

Worked form the top down, Galloway features a cable pattern that starts at the very top of the sock and continues all the way down to the toe.
The back of the leg and heel feature ribbing that provides visual interest as well as enough stretch to compensate for the tightness of the cable design on the front.
Galloway features a short row heel and rounded toe. Instructions are included for 4 circumferences and foot length is customisable.
You can download Galloway with a 20% discount - no coupon code required - until midnight (EST) Monday February 20, 2017 in my Ravelry store.  Click here to download.  

Happy Knitting!

Remember Fall?

It's cold and gloomy and snowy where I live; lots of greys and white.  I miss the colours of  the other seasons.  Of all the seasonal colour palettes, the fall colour palette is my favourite! I love the earthy hues and warm tones. Aster was inspired by the beautiful colours of fall!

This fun sock pattern uses mosaic knitting and cables to create the Aster stitch pattern on the front of the leg and top of the foot of the socks. Slipped stitches are used to create the colourwork pattern. There is no stranded colour work and each row is knit using only one colour.
This sock features a short row heel and a rounded toe that is grafted closed with Kitchener stitch.
Instructions are given to knit socks in narrow, medium, wide and extra wide widths. Foot length is customizable.
You can download Aster with a 20% discount in my Ravelry store until midnight (EST) January 29th - no coupon code required!  Download it here. 

Happy Knitting!

Let's Have A Knit-A-Long!

Today, Sassenach was released into the world. 
Inspired by the book and television series, Outlander, this sock is designed to be a mix of both masculine and feminine while being modern and distinctly argyle.
Worked cuff down, this fun sock pattern uses cables and lace to create a contemporary argyle pattern down the front of the leg and on the top of the foot. The heel features an eye of partridge heel flap and half handkerchief heel.
The sock ends with a wedge toe that is grafted closed with Kitchener stitch.
To celebrate, I'm hosting my first ever KAL in my Ravelry Group.  There will be fun and prizes and a coupon code for a 25% discount on the pattern price.  You can sign up for the KAL here.  

If Knit-A-Longs aren't your thing, you can still download the pattern here.  

Happy Knitting! 

Tech Editing



I am currently accepting new tech editing clients. 

Using my background in finance and accounting as well as my experience with writing and publishing knitting patterns both independently and with 3rd party publishers I am able to help you publish patterns that are technically correct, clear, and consistent with your brand.  Your patterns will be professional and polished and will inspire knitters to keep coming back to purchase more of your beautiful designs.

My editing style is collaborative; I will make suggestions and recommendations, but understand that all decisions are up to the Designer.  The tech editing process is not complete until the Designer is comfortable with the finished pattern. 


I am always happy to give your pattern one last look before publication. 

My services include:

• Checking the math of your pattern: do stitches and rows match the gauge? for all sizes? does the gauge result in the finished measurements? etc...
• Verifying that charts and written instructions match each other and the pattern 
• Ensuring pattern consistency 
• Ensuring pattern clarity: making certain pattern instructions are as clear as possible 
• Confirming pattern elements (that all info necessary to complete the project is included in the pattern) 
• Editing for punctuation and grammar 
• Confirming that the pattern matches any included photos

Additionally I can:

• Create charts from written instructions
• Create written instructions from charts 
• Develop pattern layouts 
• Develop style sheets 
• Grade for multiple sizes 
• Create schematics

Projects are billed on a flat rate basis. Rates are determined by the complexity of the pattern.  My turnaround time is typically within one week.  I will always confirm turnaround time and rate in advance of accepting the project.  For a quote for your pattern please email me at Hello@DanaGervaisDesigns.com

I work with the latest versions of Adobe Acrobat, Foxit, Photoshop, Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, Stitchmastery, Pages, and Numbers.


Thank You For A Great Year!



In many respects, 2016 sucked for a lot of people.  Globally, I don't think it will be remembered in history classes as one of the better trips around the sun. That being said, I have a lot to be grateful for and very near the top of my list is you.  

The fibre arts community is a fabulous community that is full of amazing and talented people and I am thankful to be part of it.

I hope that 2017 is a great year for all of us and that you experience lots of love, happiness and yarn. I look forward to sharing many more knitting adventures with you in the new year.

If you haven't already, join my mailing list (lots of coupons!), Ravelry group or follow me Instagram and Twitter for lots of fun and sneak peeks in 2017!

Happy New Year and Happy Knitting!

Can We Talk About Self Care For A Moment?

This is one of the craziest weeks of the year.  In addition to all the things that have to be done in a typical week, there is a whole layer of Christmas related things to get done.

It can be overwhelming.  Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, everything is just so much busier and more hectic right now that even the most routine tasks seem to take longer and require more patience.

It doesn't help that we've had to stop everything to shovel snow several times in the past 5 days and we are having new floors installed in our basement this week (I don't know what we were thinking when we booked that).

This week, I'm resolving to be extra gentle and forgiving with myself.  It's ok if I purchase frozen meals for my family a few times this week.  It's ok if I good to bed 1/2 and hour early with a good book.  It's ok if all of the gifts aren't beautifully wrapped like all the gifts I see on Pinterest. It's ok that the kittens have destroyed our tree and there are no ornaments left on the bottom half of it.   It's ok if I get a little behind with the laundry.

I will make time every day this week for some mindless knitting.  I will find time for a long soak in a hot bath this week.  I will ask my husband and kids to help out a bit more with the housework this week.

What are you doing to take care of yourself this week?