November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving sale weekend: Print Pattern Packages (with digital downloads) on sale!

Remember when I used to sell full-color printed booklets of my patterns through MagCloud (and also self-distributed to yarn shops)?  Maybe you don’t, but yeah, I did used to do that… it was a lot of work and not many people were interested, so I stopped, and now I only sell a couple of collections in print format.  (And I use a distributor now for wholesale, because I pretty much sucked at that whole self-distributing thing.)

A side effect of this change in my methods is that I ended up with a pile of these nice quality print patterns sitting in my studio!  What to do?  Well, for about a year, they just sat, sadly, with no purpose in life.  But I want them to find good homes!  So, the biggest sale weekend of the year seems like a good time to address this issue, eh?  Especially since packages of pretty patterns could make great gifts for the knitter(s) in your life!

leethal print pattern set!

So I’ve gathered up all these print booklets, sorted them into sets, and listed them on etsy… except if you’re reading this on Wednesday or Thursday, they aren’t there yet.  They will go live as close as possible to midnight on Thursday night (west coast time), at discounted sale weekend prices!  They will stay at the discounted prices until Monday night around midnight, at which point all the sets that remain un-claimed will go up to their normal prices (which are still discounted from what the patterns would normally cost – all pricing details are explained at the end of this post).

Betiko - mystery pattern version ten 10 yard cuffs! big skoodlet! Twisted Ankles!

But wait, it gets better!!  Each print pattern will have on it a slip of paper with a download code, for the pdf pattern through ravelry (but it still works fine if you’re not a ravelry member).  Some of these print patterns are older versions which have been revised in the last year or so; the pdf downloads will be the newest, bestest versions, so you’ll have both the pretty printed booklet for your shelf, and the digital file to refer to if anything in the old version is confusing, or just to have a backup copy in your rav library, etc.

spiral hat Brimming with Color! haka! Ocean Breezes!

There are a bunch of patterns in print form – for some of them, I only have 1 or 2 copies, and for others, I have a ton of them, so they show up in many of the sets.  For most of the sets, only 1 exists – one set has 2 in stock, and another has 3; once they’re gone, they’re gone!

I’ll link to every pattern right here and now, so I don’t need to link them up every time they are mentioned.

Pattern links:

And: Etsy shop link to buy these print pattern packages.

leethal print pattern set!

There are a few small sets… I have 3 copies of this Quick Knits pattern package (above), which includes the Quick Knits best-of book, with 12 patterns using under 20 yards of yarn, and the Ten 10 yard Cuffs pattern, with 10 different buttoning cuff patterns in varying degrees of difficulty.  This package is a great learning tool for new knitters, or a perfect gift for someone with tons of small leftovers they want to use up!

leethal print pattern set! leethal print pattern set!

There are two different 3-pattern sets.  Haka/Ten 10 yard Cuffs/Skoodlet is a fun little package for adventurous beginner level knitters – Haka and the cuffs are easy, with the cuffs possibly teaching some new techniques, and then Skoodlet is a step up into the more intermediate range.  And then the Skoodlet/Betiko/Junction set is for the more advanced knitter – 3 bigger patterns which are customizable, fun to knit, and great to wear!

leethal print pattern set! leethal print pattern set!

There are two different 4-pattern sets as well.  There’s that same fun adventurous-beginner level package from above, but with Double Scoops added on, which is also a fun pattern for knitters ready to advance, or just wanting to make a fun little accessory.  And then a 4-hat package – Haka, Spiraling Stripes set, Ocean Breezes, and Custom Tritops set – which is a fun introduction to leethal hat patterns; all four hats are constructed differently from each other!

leethal print pattern set!

And now we step up to some 6-pattern packages.  Above is another great adventurous beginner kind of package, with Ten 10 yard Cuffs, the Haka hat, and the Brimming with Color hat all being very beginner-friendly, and then 2 more hats – Mr. Pointy and Spiraling Stripes set – both on the slightly more simple end of the leethal pattern spectrum, and Skoodlet being a great pattern for stepping into intermediate territory.

leethal print pattern set!

This one is a leethal short rows collection – 6 patterns which all make use of short rows in varying ways!  This would be a fun introduction to my design style for someone unfamiliar with my sideways edge techniques.  You get the Junction modular triangle shawl, Betiko customizable crescent shawl, Terrapin modular twisted stitch hat, Custom Tritops modular hat collection, Spiraling Stripes sideways-knit hat set, and Swerve modular sideways-cuff fingerless mitts.

leethal print pattern set!

And here is a 7-pattern set for hat lovers – a wide variety of different kinds of hat patterns.  There’s the Haka earflap hat, Terrapin twisted stitch hat, Custom Tritops versatile set, Mr. Pointy ziggy-zaggy fitted hat, Brimming with Color bulky slouch hat, Ocean Breezes wavy cloche or beret, and Spiraling Stripes customizable swirly hat set.

leethal print pattern set!

This one is kind of a world of leethal collection, with 7 different leethal accessories… Twisted Ankles cabled legwarmers, Swerve fingerless mitts, Ten 10 yard Cuffs, Double Scoops headband/earmuffs, Skoodlet hooded cowl, Haka hat, and Spiraling Stripes hat set.

leethal print pattern set!

Another leethal variety pack, with 8 patterns – 5 hats, and 3 other fun things.  There’s Haka hat, Spiraling Stripes hat set, Brimming with Color hat, Custom Tritops hat set, Ocean Breezes hat, Double Scoops earmuffs/headband, Skoodlet hooded cowl, and Ten 10 yard Cuffs.

leethal print pattern set!

The mega hat set includes 8 hat patterns – the 7 in the hat lovers set above, plus Wobble Bass, to add some sideways cables to the mix!

leethal print pattern set!

And lastly, this is the package pictured at the top, the ultimate leethal accessory collection!  You get all the leethal classics (okay I don’t know what qualifies as a leethal classic, but some of my all-time favorites are included here!) – Betiko shawl, Skoodlet, Double Scoops, Shapeshifter, Spiraling Stripes hats, Haka, Ten 10 yard Cuffs, and Twisted Ankles.

A couple things you might like to know…

Each pattern will come with its own separate download code, so if you want to split up your package and gift patterns to different people (or gift a few and keep the rest for yourself!), that will totally work fine!

Sale weekend prices are $2 less than the digital version of each pattern would be on its own, all combined (so if there are three patterns, and they each cost $6 normally, then the package price is $4 times the 3 patterns = $12 total).  The normal (still discounted) price that remaining packages will raise to after Monday will be $1 less than the normal pattern prices.  So for a 4-pattern package, the price will go up by $4; for an 8-pattern package, it will go up by $8.  All sale and post-sale prices are given in the etsy listings.

Shipping is the same for all packages – $2 within the US, $5 to anywhere else (see the etsy listings for more details).

I think that’s all there is to know!  Head to my etsy shop on Friday and get what you want while you can!  (Just so you know, there are a few pdfs listed in my shop, so the listings which don’t say print patterns are not print patterns.)  I am hoping to find good homes for all of these patterns over the weekend; I have no idea what to expect, so if you really want something it’s best to act fast in case they start selling out right away!

Thanksgiving '09!

Happy holidays!  I plan to eat way too much food tomorrow (mmmmmm stuffing and mashed potatoes!), and then avoid all stores all weekend – no Black Friday madness for me, no thank you!  If you do go out shopping this weekend, try to support local shops as much as you’re able to!!  :)

Filed under: books,gifts,hats,knitting,leethal store,self-publishing — leethal @ 3:53 pm

November 25, 2013

Unbroken hat(s) in Holla Knits!

Have you seen this season’s Holla Knits Accessories?  It launched a couple weeks ago, and I have a hat in the collection!  Here’s Unbroken (on ravelry / on leethalknits):

Unbroken hat!

Unbroken hat! Unbroken hat!

It’s a simple-ish hat in two different styles – a stockinette stitch fitted cloche, and a garter stitch slouchy style hat.


When making this hat, in three different directions, you’ll never pick up any stitches, you’ll never break your yarn, and you’ll be left with absolutely no seaming or finishing, besides weaving in your two yarn ends.  It’s knitting magic!  Okay, not really, it’s just simple increases, decreases, and short rows.

Unbroken Unbroken

The pattern is for worsted weight yarn; the two sample pairs are in beautiful Jill Draper Makes Stuff Hudson (I guest blogged about these hats a little while ago)…

Unbroken hat!

…and Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed:


Since the modular construction is pretty simple and easily adjustable, the pattern includes detailed modification notes for making either hat in any weight yarn, custom fit to any head size!  This is another version I knit up in some bulky handspun yarn:

Unbroken hat!

This hat is a seriously fun knit!  The first section is the whole body, knit sideways, which is most of the hat – it’s a simple 2-row repeat that’s easy to memorize and great TV knitting.  Once that’s done, you make the panel, then the crown, which both fly by super quickly, and you’re done!  Bam!

Unbroken hat!

It’s not just me, the designer, who thinks that – Anna says in her project notes: “I plan on making 800 of these”.  Yay!  :)  I made two prototypes when designing the pattern (on ravelry here and here), then the two Jill Draper samples, and the bulky hat, and I never got bored with making them!

Unbroken hat!

Hey guess what!  You have a couple chances to win some yarn to make these hats!  Last week, to go with Jill Draper’s blog post, Holla Knits announced a giveaway of one skein of the very same yarn I used to make the blue samples, Jill Draper Makes Stuff Hudson in the Ariel’s Whisper colorway – and one skein is enough yardage to make one of each version of the hat!

Jill Draper Hudson Unbroken

And then today, to go with my post, there’s another giveaway – two actually! – for two pairs of skeins of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed yarn, same color used in the tweedy green samples above.  Both giveaways are just for Holla Knits email list subscribers, so if you’re not already a subscriber, you’ll need to sign up in order to enter to win.

Unbroken hat!

Lastly, Holla Knits Accessories!  How excited am I to be a part of this collection?!  I love every single pattern in the set, but I really especially love both of the cowls, by Karin Wilmoth and Emily Greene Blue.  Oh, but I also really love Annie Watts’s colorwork mittens, and Mari Chiba’s hat with the fabulous bright colors and pom pom… Excellent collection!!

Holla Knits Accessories 2013

See all the pattern details on Holla Knits, and check out the blog tour posts by all the designers and yarnies!  We’re now on the final leg of the tour; here are the dates (and head to the Holla Knits blog for giveaways to go with the tour route!):

Nov 12 – Wattsolak
Nov 13 – Mari Knits
Nov 14 – Knitters Pride
Nov 15 – Emily Greene Blue
Nov 18 – knittingkirigami
Nov 19 – Knits in Class
Nov 20 – Claire Sandow Designs
Nov 21 – Baah Yarns
Nov 22 – Jill Draper Makes Stuff
Nov 25 – Lee Meredith
Nov 26 – Wooly Wonka Fibers
Nov 27 – Bumblebirch

Filed under: contest/giveaway,hats,knitting,yarn — leethal @ 11:19 am

November 22, 2013

Color by Number: a pattern set within Coloring Book

Color by Number

The final pattern in my Coloring Book collection is actually a mini-collection itself!  Color by Number (on ravelry) is an extremely customizable pattern, with seven sample items to show how varied you can get with the pattern, and then patterns for each of those seven samples so you can copy them exactly if you want to.

Color by Number Chevrons Cowl Color by Number Checkered Headband

Color by Number knits use no stranded knitting or intarsia – just plain striping, worked in modular strips of garter stitch, connected with picked up stitches (worked into slipped stitches, so they’re easy peasy).  Yarn carrying and weaving-as-you-knit techniques make for minimal finishing.  The long, narrow sections can be either straight or slanted, and by switching the directions of the slanted sections, you can get chevron or zig-zagging kinds of shapes/designs.

Color by Number Plaid Cowl

The pattern can be made as a cowl, headband, mitts, or a blanket!  (Or, really, any other rectangular shape you want to make… you could easily use the pattern to make a long scarf, or legwarmers!)  The default closure (for everything but the blanket) is buttoning, but you can choose to sew the edges together instead if you want to skip the buttons.

Color by Number Zig-Zag Mitts Color by Number Lightning Headband

So, each of the seven samples is its own pattern (both on ravelry and on my website) and the customizable pattern is available as the set, since it includes both the full pattern and all the sample pattern details – that’s $10 for the entire full set (or it’s all a part of the Coloring Book collection, which is $20 for all this plus Pigment, Misanga, and Scribbled Lines).

Color by Number Chevrons Cowl

Let’s go through each of the samples!  First up, there’s the Checkered Headband (rav).  It’s one of the most simple, but I really love it – I’ll be wearing this one a lot!  It’s made in Malabrigo Rios worsted weight, in three colors (Teal Feather, Sunset, Lettuce), and it has an extra wide button band for a solid panel in the back:

Color by Number!

The Lightning Headband (rav) in bulky yarn (Malabrigo Chunky in Glazed Carrot and Water Green) is crazy super wide (and warm!) so the pattern is written for you to use any weight, so that the width can easily be changed by the weight/gauge changing.  There are even notes included for using a fine weight yarn, but making it wide by altering your stitch count, so you can really get any width you want, in any yarn weight.  Check out this awesome test knit version in fingering weight yarn!  You could make this one in black and white if you’re a vintage horror fan.

Color by Number!

I think my personal favorite of all the samples is the Plaid Cowl (rav).  In one of my all time favorite yarns – aran weight Malabrigo Twist – in five colors, the stripy color pattern is meant to resemble plaid, and I think my vision worked out pretty darn well!

Color by Number!

It’s a bit extra wide, for extra cozy squishiness (all Color by Number cowls can be made as wide as you want, but the given sizing guidelines in the full pattern make for a width measurement a bit shorter than this one).  The pattern explains how to choose your colors to result in the most plaid-esque look; this sample actually doesn’t follow those rules perfectly but I think it works well… maybe that’s just because I love the palette so much.  The colors used are Natural, Sunset, Sealing Wax, Teal Feather, and Lettuce.

Color by Number!

The other cowl is the Chevrons Cowl (rav), in five colors of squishy Chunky yarn (Bobby Blue, Water Green, Glazed Carrot, Frank Ochre, and Pearl Ten).

Color by Number!

This one is meant to be shaded chevrons, with the slanted sections switching between the darker colors and the lighter colors.  And then there are the contrasting V’s scattered around, for extra chevron-y-ness, or something:

Color by Number item

Then there are the Stripy Mitts (rav), in Malabrigo Sock fingering weight yarn, five colors (Terracota, Persia, Primavera, Ochre, and Ivy), with a random-looking striping design:

Color by Number!

These are designed for buttons, which is great if you want to be able to wear them as fully-closed wrist-warmers, as shown below.  As I wear mine around, however, I’m finding that the buttoning closure isn’t the most practical option for functioning fingerless mitts, so the pattern also includes modifications for making them with a sewn seam instead of the buttons, if you prefer that.  I don’t love knitting with sock yarn, but damn, I sure do love how these guys look!!

Color by Number!

The Zig-Zag Mitts (rav) are in four colors of sport weight Arroyo (Sand Bank, Glitter, Piedras, and Arco Iris), with shaded chevrons along the top and bottom, a different colored section in the middle, and contrasting zig-zag lines going through all the sections.  It’s not super easy to see what’s going on in these variegated colors, but I still like how it looks… you can see what’s happening a little better in this test knit version.

Color by Number!

These are written for a sewn seam, no buttoning option for these – I made the first one with buttons, and it totally didn’t work well, so I re-did it sewn, much better!  You can see below how it looks with buttons, worn on either hand you end up with buttons on the insides of your hand/wrist because of the slanting pattern.

When I tried to find a good seaming tutorial to use to sew these up, I couldn’t find a decent one anywhere, so I made my own!

zig-zag mitts with buttons zig-zag mitts with buttons

And lastly, the Stash-Busting Blanket (rav)!  This is ultra versatile – make it any size you want, in any yarn weight, in any striping patterns; make the sections any width you want, to get different looks, and use any combination of straight and slanted sections to make any shape!  All details are included to copy this one exactly, but you’re encouraged to make any changes you want to try out!

Color by Number!

The sample is a small lap blanket – it’s the biggest I could manage with my limited time without killing my wrists.  (I knit 18 items for this Coloring Book collection, you guys, and one of them was a freaking blanket, kind of intense!)  I used my aran and bulky weight Malabrigo leftovers, the aran weights held triple stranded and the bulky weights held double, on size US 15 needles, so it’s suuuper thick and warm and cozy.  Oh and, I put up my tutorial for triple stranding as you knit on my site!

blanket yarn Color by Number Stash-Busting Blanket

So, those are all the sample items.  One final thing about all Color by Number patterns… I made drawings of each sample, which was really fun…

Color by Number item Color by Number item

And the drawings have been turned into actual color-by-numbers, so you can play around with different color combos before committing to yarn choices for your projects!  The color charts for each pattern are numbered, so you can color in the drawings, and then color in the charts with your final choices.  (Each individual item pattern includes a page of color-by-number drawings; the full customizable Color by Number pattern includes the color-by-number charts for each item, and smaller drawings without the numbers; the complete Coloring Book ebook includes both the color-by-number charts and drawings for each sample item.)

Color by Number Stripy Mitts Color by Number Zig-Zag Mitts

(This pattern set is from the Coloring Book collection – here on ravelry – which is an assortment of accessory patterns designed to make the most of your colors, using basic stripes and easy slipped stitches!)

Filed under: Coloring Book,knitting,self-publishing,yarn — leethal @ 1:04 pm

November 21, 2013

Scribbled Lines: scarf and headband from Coloring Book

Scribbled Lines

The third pattern from the Coloring Book collection is Scribbled Lines, a simple shape for any weight yarn, with a fun stripy slip-stitch pattern, some short-row wedges, and ties on both ends.  It can be made as a long scarf…

Scribbled Lines!

…or as a short scarf which ties on to make a cowl…

Scribbled Lines!

…or small and short as a headband.  The size is completely customizable, so you can easily make the headband more narrow, or the scarf more wide/narrow/long/short, however you want it!

Scribbled Lines!

This pattern was inspired by a box of crayons.  The color wedges are meant to represent crayons, and I came up with the whole design because I wanted something that could use as many colors as you want, but also could be limited to a small assortment, and would look cool either way… like having a box of crayons and making the most of what you have to work with – I tend to use as many colors as I can, if I have a lot to work with!


So, Scribbled Lines can be made with all different colors throughout, or in a rotating/repeating pattern between just a few – you can use as few colors as three.

Like the other Coloring Book patterns, this one includes techniques to take care of the yarn ends as you go and minimize finishing!

Scribbled Lines!

My first sample is the long scarf in six colors of Malabrigo Rios worsted weight (Teal Feather, Lettuce, Sunset, Ravelry Red, Niebla, Glazed Carrot).

Scribbled Lines Scribbled Lines

As you can see, it can tie around in a few different cowl configurations, as well as being wearable as a normal scarf.

Scribbled Lines!

I REALLY love this piece!  A little design backstory, just for fun.  I worked on a completely different design idea for weeks, knitting swatch after swatch and an entire sample, and then realized I hated it, tossed the whole thing aside and started from scratch.  It was a tough time.  But then I came up with this, and all that bologna was worth it, because the various failed aspects of the old design led me to this one, and I love this one, so hooray!!

Scribbled Lines!

The short scarf sample is in three colors of Merino Worsted aran weight yarn (Verde Esperanza, Tuareg, Coco):

Scribbled Lines!

It’s made with two ties on each end, to open up new possible tying configurations, as you can see above, with the ties wrapping around the cowl in different ways.

Scribbled Lines!

This one is extra wide, to make a substantial cowl size in the short length.

Scribbled Lines!

I love the texture of this stitch pattern!

Scribbled Lines

And then there’s the headband, in five colors of sport weight Arroyo (Glitter, Piedras, Sand Bank, Fresco y Seco, Arco Iris):

Scribbled Lines!

I made mine super wide, because I love this yarn so much and I wanted a big, bold, ear-warming accessory.  But you can make one in any width – although, the pattern recommends a minimum stitch count of 19 across, so if you want a really narrow headband you’ll probably want to use sock yarn.  This headband is 33 stitches across, so you can go significantly more narrow in sport weight.

Scribbled Lines!

Oh, another thing – the ties can be either braided or twisted.  The scarf ties above are both braided; the ties on this headband are twisted.  There are how-to photos included for both options.

Scribbled Lines!

A note:  This pattern is listed on ravelry as two different patterns – Scribbled Lines scarf and Scribbled Lines headband – for organizational purposes, so you can post your projects to the appropriate pattern listing.  But it’s all the same single pattern, you’ll get the full pdf for both items if you buy either one.

Scribbled Lines Scribbled Lines

(This pattern is from the Coloring Book collection – here on ravelry – which is an assortment of accessory patterns designed to make the most of your colors, using basic stripes and easy slipped stitches!)

Filed under: Coloring Book,knitting,yarn — leethal @ 10:12 am

November 20, 2013

Pigment: a shawl pattern from Coloring Book


Next design up in the Coloring Book collection is Pigment!  (here on ravelry)  It’s an asymmetrical triangle shawl in squishy garter stitch, with a dot pattern meant to be worked in lots of different colors:


The dots are made with slipped stitches, so there’s no stranded colorwork, and the construction is extremely simple, compared to most of my designs ;)  Just cast on, knit with lots of decreases and a few increases, to make the wavy edge lines, until it comes to a point, and you’re done!  The rows get shorter and shorter as you work, making it grow faster and faster as you go, which is fun.

(Funny thing – I was actually originally planning this piece as a complicated multi-section weirdly shaped shawl, but once I started working up the first sample, I saw how great the stitch pattern stood out on its own, and I decided to scrap the whole plan and SIMPLIFY, which is a hard thing for me to do!  Ohmygosh I am SO GLAD I made that decision!!)

Something you may be excited to learn about this pattern:  Weaving in the ends of the contrasting yarns as you knit is written into the knitting pattern itself, so you do what it says and you end your piece with almost no ends to weave in!


Pigment can be knit in any weight yarn, to make any size shawl.  The pattern gives measurements for small{medium, large} sizes, but you can make any size in between, or go even bigger than the large!  The bright dot first sample up above is a large size shawl in bulky weight, above here is a medium size shawl in sport weight, and below is a small size shawl in worsted weight.  See how your dots will be different sizes in different yarn weights, so you can get really different looks in this piece depending on your yarn choice.  And, of course, depending on your color choices.


The large sample is in Malabrigo Chunky, a neutral (Pearl Ten) as the main color, and five different bright solids as the contrasting colors, rotating in a basic repeating pattern.  (The dot colors are: Frank Ochre, Bobby Blue, Glazed Carrot, Water Green, Cactus Flower.)


The large size is a big shawl no matter what weight you use, but in the bulky weight it is a seriously cozy item!  It’s like draping a big squishy blanket around my neck and shoulders!


The medium size shawl in sport weight Arroyo is my personal favorite, I think (it’s so close though – I really love the large one too!).  I don’t often work in sport weight, or any weights lighter than worsted, so this project felt overwhelming, but the yarn was so beautiful that I loved watching it grow and it didn’t feel tedious to make.  Arroyo was my big yarn discovery of this collection – I’d never used it before and I completely fell in love with it!


The colors here are Sand Bank for the main color, and four variegated/semi-solid contrasting: Glitter, Piedras, Fresco y Seco, Arco Iris.  They are used in a repeating pattern which is meant to seem kind of random at first glance (details are in the pattern).


This shawl drapes wonderfully at the loose gauge (it was knit on size 7 /4.5mm needles) and the size is perfect for everyday wear.  I have a feeling this will be my most-worn item of the whole collection; I’ve already worn it out a few times in the last week.  Love it so so so much!!


For the small sample, in worsted weight Rios, I decided to break away from the neutral main colors and go for Glazed Carrot as the main!  And then I rotated between the five contrasting colors (Teal Feather, Lettuce, Sunset, Ravelry Red, Niebla) in a kind of rainbow-esque pattern, blending from one to the next.


You can see what I mean by looking at the whole thing lying flat – the “rainbow” thing would be better if my purple was more purple-y, but I still like the effect:


The size of a small is just a little neck warmer type thing, not exactly a warm winter wrap, but it’s cute for adding a pop of color to your outfit!


Want to see what the back side looks like?  It’s pretty cool looking!

Pigment - back side

And I love the way the garter stitch waves around the dots:

Pigment shawl

I was reading through my old tweets (you know, like you do) from when I started designing this shawl, back in late July / early August – tweets like “Totally in love with this new project I’ve been obsessively working on.” and “one of the best feelings in the world: you think of a PERFECT pattern name, look it up on ravelry, there’s not a single pattern w/it already”.  I’m still so happily surprised that the name Pigment was not taken!

Pigment shawl

This shawl is obviously a fantastic way to use up a pile of leftover scraps in the same weight – no need to rotate between the same colors throughout the whole thing, you can use little leftover mini-balls for just one or two stripes of dots.  I can’t wait to start seeing Pigment projects popping up on ravelry, in all different colors and styles!

Pigment shawl Pigment shawl

(This pattern is from the Coloring Book collection – here on ravelry – which is an assortment of accessory patterns designed to make the most of your colors, using basic stripes and easy slipped stitches!)

Filed under: Coloring Book,knitting,yarn — leethal @ 5:25 pm

Misanga: a hat pattern from Coloring Book


The first pattern in the Coloring Book collection:  Misanga!  (on ravelry)


It’s a hat in any weight variegated yarn, custom fit to any size, worked from the top down with a slip-stitch body pattern and a sideways-knit modular brim.


The way the stitch pattern looks is dependent on the colorway of your yarn, since the woven slipped stitches happen as the colors change.  I found the variegated Malabrigo Silky Merino (DK weight) and Malabrigo Selección Privada (aran weight) to be perfect fits for this pattern!

Misanga yarns

The Rasta super bulky weight worked, but not quite as well, since the colors were a bit less contrasty than the other two, and had less length per color (colorway Arco Iris).  The keys to picking a yarn for this pattern are length of color runs, total number of colors, and contrasty-ness of the colors.


Four main colors seems pretty perfect – it’s enough that you can experiment with weaving two colors at once if you want to, and not too many colors so that the woven color gets lost in the crowd.  And having color sections short enough to work with the body pattern (no more than 10 inches / 25 cm long), but long enough to really show the chevron pattern of the brim, is excellent, as you can see in the Silky Merino sample (Marruecos colorway):


The Selección Privada (Code G Color Base) sample doesn’t show the brim chevrons quite as well, but I still really love it, and it’s my favorite of the three samples for how the woven stitch pattern turned out (especially where I used both the yellow and green at the same time as the stitch pattern slipping color, around the bottom).  It has color runs around the 6-10 inches / 15-25 cm range.


Here are some other things I learned from my sample knitting and my test knitters…  Smooth yarns are best for this pattern – thick+thin is just too much going on at once.  The pattern recommends color sections of at least 2 inches – definitely don’t go under that, and try to be more in the 4 inches and up range.  As you can see in this sample, having one color that clearly pops out against the others is ideal – if your yarn has four different colors which are all equally contrasty with each other, it will be harder to see the stitch pattern.

Misanga hat

The body stitch pattern was inspired by basic weaving – potholder loom type weaving, or basic nail loom weaving like the one pictured on the cover, which was my actual loom with the weaving still on it from when I was a kid!

Misanga! Misanga!

The brim pattern was inspired by knotted chevron friendship bracelets.  Fun side note: when I was a kid, I made tons of the rainbow spiral style friendship bracelets, but I never had a good teacher show me how to make the stripes or chevron styles successfully.  I tried, but they always came out terrible looking; I must have been making the knots in the wrong direction or something.  So I always loved the chevron style bracelets but never made one… and then I designed this hat, and decided I wanted to make a chevron bracelet to go with it, so I found an online tutorial and I totally successfully made one!  Thanks internet!

friendship bracelet!

The pattern includes a list of links to several different kinds of friendship bracelet tutorials, so you too can make bracelets to go with your hats!  The word Misanga is a Japanese word for a friendship bracelet, or a handmade good luck bracelet.


As for the shape of the hat, the brim pulls in at the bottom, so the body of the hat is not fitted – it doesn’t have any negative ease, like most knit hats do have.  So you can make it short, and have a loose-fitting style hat like the Silky Merino one; or you can make it a bit extra long, and have a slouchy style hat like the red/yellow/green aran weight sample.  The super bulky one looks more fitted, but while the wide brim is super tight, the body is actually pretty loose, it’s just pulled down on my head…


You can also make an optional pom-pom to pop onto your Misanga, if you want to.  (I kind of want to make pom-poms for a bunch of my hats now… it’s not a thing I usually think of doing, but it’s pretty great.)

Misanga hat

So that’s Misanga!  If you have a really contrasty skein of variegated yarn that just can’t find a home, perhaps you’ll consider this!

Misanga hat

(This pattern is from the Coloring Book collectionhere on ravelry – which is an assortment of accessory patterns designed to make the most of your colors, using basic stripes and easy slipped stitches!)

Filed under: Coloring Book,hats,knitting,yarn — leethal @ 9:54 am

November 19, 2013

Coloring Book collection!

Coloring Book is out!  It’s a collection of colorful designs in Malabrigo yarns, for the Malabrigo Freelance Patterns Project, all using stripes and slipped stitches – no stranded knitting or intarsia – and tricks to keep your yarns neat on the back side, and weave in ends as you knit to minimize your finishing!  (on ravelry)

Coloring Book

This collection is essentially four patterns, but one of them is actually a whole big pattern set within the bigger collection, featuring seven totally different samples, each with its own pattern.  There are eighteen individual knitted items in this collection!  I will devote a whole blog post to each of the four patterns throughout this week, to get into detail about each one, so for this introductory post, let me introduce you to my new designs…

all collection knits

Misanga (rav) is a hat for a single skein of contrasty variegated yarn, inspired by basic potholder loom type weaving, and knotted chevron friendship bracelets.  The samples are in DK weight Silky Merino, aran weight Selección Privada, and super bulky weight Rasta:

Misanga! Misanga!


Pigment (rav) is an asymmetrical triangle shawl for any weight and size, with a dotted slip-stitch pattern.  The samples are in bulky weight Chunky, worsted weight Rios, and sport weight Arroyo:

Pigment! Pigment!


Scribbled Lines (rav scarf/headband) is a versatile pattern that can be made as a headband or a scarf/cowl in any size, in any number of colors three or more.  The samples are in worsted weight Rios, aran weight Merino Worsted, and sport weight Arroyo:

Scribbled Lines!

Scribbled Lines! Scribbled Lines!

And Color by Number (rav) is a completely customizable pattern for cowls, headbands, mitts, and blankets, with specific pattern details for the seven sample items.  Plaid Cowl is in aran weight Twist, Zig-Zag Mitts are in sport weight Arroyo, Lightning Headband is in bulky weight Chunky, Chevrons Cowl is in bulky weight Chunky, Stripy Mitts are in fingering weight Sock, Checkered Headband is in worsted weight Rios, and Stash-Busting Blanket is in an assorted of aran weight Twist and Merino Worsted held triple stranded and bulky weight Chunky held double stranded:

Color by Number! Color by Number!

Color by Number! Color by Number!

Color by Number! Color by Number!

Color by Number!

Each pattern is available separately, on my website or ravelry, for $5-6 each, or the entire collection – as a 50 page ebook, plus all the individual pattern pdfs – is $20.  The Color by Number set by itself is also an option, for $10 (rav).

In probably a couple weeks, but maybe sooner, I’ll be releasing the print book – that will be available through MagCloud like my other print books, and it will be $23.

Update 12/2
:  Coloring Book is now available as a print book, through MagCloud here!

hand drawn/written bits

This collection involves lots of hand-drawn and written bits!  Fun!  The Color by Number patterns include actual color-by-number striping pattern charts (as you can see on the cover photos)!  I’m really super happy with how the whole thing turned out, I hope you like it too!

all collection knits all collection knits

I want to give a heartfelt THANK YOU to my awesome test knitters – this project was so very much improved thanks to their fantastic feedback, suggestions, and troubleshooting help.  Leethal testers, you are the best!!

And I’ll leave it at that for today – stay tuned throughout the week to learn/see more about each pattern, and you can scroll through photos of them all on flickr, and read a bit more on my website and/or ravelry.  Also, chat about the collection in the leethal knitters ravelry group, and be sure to add photos to your ravelry projects if you make any of them!  I want to see your versions!  :)

Oh wait, and speaking of sharing your versions, all of these patterns are eligible for the Indie Design Gift-a-long, so you can share your projects over there for chances to win tons of awesome prizes!  Yeah!  Okay that’s all for reals now, happy knitting!

Filed under: Coloring Book,hats,knitting,self-publishing,yarn — leethal @ 12:59 pm

November 1, 2013

Quick (gift-able) Knits ebook and the Indie Gift-a-Long!

A couple of exciting things!  First, you can now (finally!) get my best-of leethal Quick Knits book collection in digital form!

leethal Quick Knits Ebook cover

This book of 12 of the most popular leethal Quick Knits patterns has been out in print booklet form for awhile now (you can get that for $12 over here, or maybe at your local yarn shop!), but I’ve just now gotten the book into e-format, so you can get a pdf of all 12 of these selected 20-yards-or-fewer patterns for $11.  Just in time for quick gift knitting!

pen tube bookmarks! Garter Strip Light-switch Cover

The items range from functional and practical (like the pen tube bookmark, the guitar pick pouch, the drink sweaters, the picnic wrapper), to cute and not-so-practical (like the various wearable flowers and leaves, the light-switch cover)…

Drink Sweaters! April's quick knits club stuff!

…to fun and silly (like the old timey moustache and the superhero mask).  Many potential gift items, as well as patterns which may teach you new knitting techniques on a small, non-intimidating scale!

Old Timey Moustache! Superhero Mask!

So, there is a thing happening which is what pushed me to finally get this ebook together, since the Quick Knits were a perfect fit for gift knitting… and this awesome gift-focused sale and knitting event is about to begin!


Have you heard about it yet?  A TON of indie designers are teaming up to offer a huge selection of patterns at 25% off November 1st – 15th (with coupon code giftalong, GMT), and then you, the knitter, get to knit-a-long (or crochet-a-long) your new patterns for gifting (or for yourself!), share your progress, and have a chance to win lots of great prizes!  All the info is in the ravelry group over here.

The whole thing kicks off today, Nov 1st, and you have all the way till the end of the year to finish your knitting, but the more projects you post in the threads, the more chances you’ll have to win!  Oh and, only participating designs (the ones being offered for 25% off now) are eligible for the gift-a-long-ing.  (Side note:  I’m trying REALLY hard to release my upcoming collection before Nov 15th, so that I can include those designs as gift-a-long options, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to make it.  Wish me luck!)

Here are my leethal designs you can choose from (also listed in the gift-a-long thread here!) which will be 25% off with giftalong coupon code now through November 15th:

another pattern mosaic

So that’s the new Quick Knits ebook (normally $11), Ten 10 yard Cuffs, which are also super quick gift-able knits, and 7 accessory patterns which can knit up fast and make good gifts!  If you like bulky cables, you can choose Lemmy (shown below), or Twisted Ankles, or the Haka hat+cowl set


If you want to choose your own gauge, using a bulky weight for extra fast knitting, or a finer weight if you prefer, you can choose from Either/Or (shown below in the full mittens option), Wild is the Wind hat, Gentle on My Mind hat/bonnet/hood, or Wobble Bass hat.  Many of these are gender-neutral, and all of them can be customized based on yarn choice and other options, to best suit your giftee!


So, take advantage of that coupon code – browse through the forums (or the Pinterest boards!) and check out all the other awesome designers participating!  And then get knitting!  Yeah!

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