January 28, 2016

New pattern: Twou!

The first pattern in my Triyang collection (ravelry link) (besides the actual Triyang pattern) is out now!  Thanks for your patience, as this collection has been taking me a bit longer to get out to you than I’d originally hoped/expected… But Twou is out now, Vire will be out by the end of this week, and Liy about a week after that.

Twou!

Before I talk about the Triyang collection and Twou, a couple of quick things:

  • If you happen to be reading this right away, and you happen to know a teenager in Portland, I am teaching a free class for teens at the Kenton library on Friday (Jan 29th), no-sew crafting with reclaimed t-shirts (making tote bags and other things, materials provided).  Register to reserve a seat.  It’ll be fun!
  • I was interviewed by Joeli via Skype and it’s now up on YouTube!  And the whole thing was being broadcast via Periscope, so viewers could ask questions in real time, which was super cool so now I’m brainstorming ways to start using Periscope in the future…  I just signed up for account, so follow me there at leethalknits.
  • The annual Holla Knits knit-a-long is starting on February 1st, through April – read all the details here.  My Unbroken hat is a Holla Knits pattern, so if you’ve ever thought about making one now is the perfect time; for every finished knit-a-long project you’ll automatically win a free pattern!  And be entered to win bigger prizes too.  Fun stuff!

Twou!

So now, there’s a big reveal about the Triyang collection: All the patterns are written so that the sections can be mixed and matched with each other!!  And with garter stitch / stockinette, or even with your own stitch pattern ideas.

Custom Triyang

The final collection pattern release will be topped off with a fifth pattern pdf, the Custom Triyang pattern, which is the Triyang pattern rewritten for combining sections with the other collection patterns, and for using stockinette instead of garter stitch, so you can take your pick for each of the three sections – garter, stockinette, lace, cables, or colorwork.  So this means if you love just one of the sections of Twou (or Vire or Liy) but you’d prefer to just do quick & easy garter stitch for the other parts, you can do just that; or if you fall in love with the top section of Vire, and the middle section of Liy, and the bottom section of Twou, you can use all those sections together.  I’m currently working on a sample with garter stitch stripes on the bottom, Liy colorwork in the middle, and Vire cables on the top – I’ve been calling it my Frankenshawl.

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Anyway, more about the custom pattern will come when it’s actually released, but up there are my sloppy mockups of the Custom Triyang concept to give you an idea of what you can do.  For now, Twou!

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I won’t get into the construction, because all the collection patterns have the same construction, same as Triyang, which you can see details about here, including the animated gif of how it’s constructed.  It’s three modular sections with no picked up stitches:

Twou!

The sizing of Twou is determined by the yarn weight/gauge.  I have two samples, one in DK weight (on size US 4 needles for a somewhat dense gauge) for a small size, and another in the same DK weight held double, on size US 8 needles for a very densely knit aran weight larger size shawl.

Twou!

You can go up to a bulky weight for a very large size if you want, or you can mess with gauge/density to adjust the size as well.  Use a nice drapey kind of worsted weight yarn (like a superwash wool or silk blend or something else that will look good worked loosely for an openwork kind of lace), knit on extra big needles (like 2-3 sizes larger than you’d normally use), blocked stretched out to make it open and lacy, for a different kind of large shawl.

Twou!

The pattern includes all the details about sizing (approximate lengths you’ll get with different gauges, yardage estimates, other yarn info, etc) – some of these details are also on the ravelry page.

Twou!

The samples are in Infinite Twist Helix DK weight yarn (Spooky Purple colorway), a plied wool which looks and feels awesome in a dense-ish kind of gauge, for a squishy cozy kind of lace knit.  The smaller size in one strand (pictured below) used about 285 yards, and the larger size (above) with it held double stranded used about 920 yards of the Helix (so about 460 yards of aran weight).

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Helix is sold in 200 yard skeins, so you’ll need 2 skeins for the smaller size, 5 for the larger size.

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And hey, Infinite Twist is currently having a HUGE SALE on Helix!!  Through February 15th, buy 3 skeins get 1 free!  So if you want enough for a large (double stranded) Twou, add 4 skeins to your cart, write a note in the “Anything else we should know about your order?” box at checkout saying which color you’d like for your free skein, and you’ll get 5 skeins.  If you want to make a smaller single-stranded Twou, you could get 4 skeins (add 3 to your cart, get a 4th free) and make two Twous!

Or, other things to match… I started making a pair of Incenters out of Helix and it’s a great fit (mine are scrap-busting with many colors, but Incenter is designed for 3 colors normally).  I also designed Krewe in Helix – the main sample uses mini-balls, but you could use just one color for the contrasting, and you’d only need 2 skeins total, 1 in each color.

So you could get 4 skeins, 2 in the same color to make a Twou, and 2 in different colors to make a Krewe, and it’s even meant to be because they rhyme!!  Just add 3 to your cart, and say which color for the free skein when checking out.

Here are direct links to the Helix pages, divided up by color families: reds & oranges, yellows, greens, bluespinks & purples (my samples are in Spooky Purple), and neutrals.  There may be shipping delays coming up because of Chinese New Year (Infinite Twist is based out of Shanghai) but shipping to the U.S. for orders over $30 is always free!

Infinite Twist Krewe kits! Infinite Twist Krewe kits!

While the shawl was designed in one color, you could knit the sections in different colors if you want a multi-colored version – the pattern includes notes on how to do this. For yardage estimating, the first (bottom) section uses approximately 30% of the yardage, section 2 (middle) uses approx 27%, and section 3 (top) uses approx 43% of the yardage, so plan accordingly.  (If you’re making a single-stranded shawl with Helix, you could use one color for the bottom and middle sections and another color for the top section, and 2 skeins would be enough.  For the double stranded, using 4 skeins in one color for the bottom and middle sections, and 2 skeins in a different color for the top would maybe work, but the yardage for the top section would be cutting it very close.)

Twou!

This is a really fun to knit lace shawl.  It’s not just me saying that… I hired my friend Emme to knit the larger size sample and she went on to pretty much immediately knit another one for herself, which she completed in four days!  That kind of proof that a knitter really loves a pattern I designed is pretty much the greatest thing for a designer to hear, makes me so happy! :D

Twou!

So I’m a bit belated on this blog post – as you’re reading this, there’s a good chance Vire is already released, so you can find that on ravelry right there next to Twou, and I’ve been posting details about the collection patterns on the leethal ravelry group over here.  And speaking of the ravelry group, the first VIP club mini-mystery-knit-a-long starts next Tuesday!  I’m suuuper excited about that!  So much going on!  Hope you’re having a good first month of 2016!

Filed under: knitting,self-publishing,Triyang collection — Lee Meredith @ 9:10 am

January 1, 2016

Happy 2016! Now I can reveal the leethal VIP club!

I brainstormed this idea late last summer I think, got super excited, and then was bummed I couldn’t actually do anything about it because I wanted it to be a full calendar year thing, and now hey, it’s the start of the calendar year!  The time is finally here!!  Introducing my BIG 2016 THING:

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So here’s the deal.  If you sign up to be a club member, you get…

  • 6 hat patterns spread throughout the year (as mini-mystery-knit-a-longs, in the ravelry group)
  • 20% off ALL my self-published patterns ever released
  • 50% off all brand new patterns self-published in 2016, for the first week
  • extra club member treats in your inbox

The whole shebang is $20, for the full year membership.  Or rather, the 2016 membership (no matter when you sign up, it ends at the end of the year).  Sign up through ravelry, or my website, but be logged into ravelry so that the discounts will work.  I’ll give all the fine-print details below (also given on the webpage, and included in the club pdf that you’ll get when you sign up).  But before I do that, there is already one club treat you’ll get immediately!

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The first club treat is this vintage knitting coloring book calendar, with drawings of photos from vintage knitting magazines, mostly of the 60’s and 70’s.

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I made the drawings by tracing the outlines of the photos on a lightbox, turning them into these coloring book style line drawings.  The knits are perfect for coloring!

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Print out the 6 pages (2 months per page), and color them in, either all at once or as each month arrives.  I did these pages with colored pencils (top page) and markers (page below):

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And there’s a bonus!  I had one extra drawing that didn’t really fit with the rest, as it had a more 40’s kind of vibe (the photo was from a 1951 knitting booklet), so I made it into a free-to-all 1-page calendar pdf, downloadable from my downloads page here.

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Other club treats throughout the year may include things similar to this (coloring or coloring-adjacent kinds of activities), and/or tutorial-type things like mini craft projects, recipes, mini-knitting-patterns… I have lots of vague ideas but the extras will basically be things that I get inspired to make in the moment.  If one day I suddenly have an idea for something fun I want to share, there’s an extra for you!  Spur of the moment inbox goodies!

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By contrast, the hat patterns are pretty well planned out already.  The 6 hat patterns, released at the beginning of every other month throughout the year (the first Tuesdays of February, April, June, August, October, December) will all have different constructions from each other, and they will use a variety of techniques.  Cables will be reoccurring, but not used in every pattern.  Yarn weights will vary; most likely, none of these patterns will be fully any-gauge, but some will have multiple gauge options, or be adjustable based on gauge, or have some other variations/options.  These will be more straightforward patterns than I often write though, meant to be fun quick projects without too much extra thinking required.

The first hat, to be released February 2nd, will use worsted weight yarn (my yarn is pictured below).  There is already a ravelry page up, since that’s required in order to be able to sell the club membership (which is technically sold as an “ebook”), but normally the hat pattern pages won’t go up until their release days.  I will give yarn requirement info to club members (and post it on the club page) a couple of weeks before release, so that everyone can get ready to cast on right away when the patterns are released.

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On each hat’s release day, the pdf will be released without photos, for a mini-mystery-knit-a-long, for the first week.  The whole pattern will be there, just no photos.  The knit-a-long will happen in the leethal knitters! ravelry group.  After one week, the pattern (and ravelry page) will be updated with photos.

To keep the mini-mystery-KAL’s mysterious, there are placeholder pictures on the club page you can use as your top project photos, and there will be new ones added with each hat release as well (please don’t put a photo of your hat at the top for that first week); there will be spoiler and spoiler-free KAL threads for each hat’s week of mystery.

The hats will only be available to club members throughout the year, not individually.  In 2017, the patterns will continue to be available as a collection/ebook, at the same price as the club, but without the membership discounts and extras.  1 year after the original release date of each pattern, it will be made available for individual sale.

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And now for some details about the discounts.  (There are a few more fine print details on the club page, so if you have a question, or if you run into an issue, it might be addressed there.)

You must be logged into ravelry at time of club membership purchase (and future pattern purchases) for the discounts to work.  If you don’t have a ravelry account, it’s free to get one, and you don’t have to use it for anything else, just be logged in and the discounts will happen automatically.

The 20% off all my patterns includes all self-published patterns, ebooks, and collections, purchased through my website or ravelry.  The discount will automatically be applied (no coupon code needed).  The only patterns this doesn’t include are by third party publishers and collaborations, so Meridian by Twist Collective, Unbroken by Holla Knits, Galax by Interweave, etc, and the In Triplicate patterns (because they are in a collaboration).

The 50% off new patterns is for the first week of release, and only applies to brand new patterns which were not previously available for pre-order.  After 1 week they will be 20% off like all other self-published patterns.  The discount will automatically be applied (no coupon code needed).

The half off doesn’t include patterns that could be pre-ordered before 2016 because it just wouldn’t be fair to everyone who already pre-ordered the patterns – this means the Triyang collection shawls, and the third pattern in the Full Body Trio.  Patterns which were previously released by a third party, and are newly self-published may or may not be eligible for the 50% discount, depending on specifics – it will be announced either way at time of re-release.  Basically, if it wasn’t available to purchase previously, and I’m under no pricing obligations to a third party, the discount will apply, but there might be outside reasons why it can’t, so if I’m able to discount a pattern to club members, I will.

Note to blog readers:  Things in my life have been changing a bit lately, and I’m not sure exactly how 2016 will go, which means I might not have a lot of design time beyond the 6 club hats.  I have plans/ideas for two collections (a smaller one and a bigger one) that I really want to release in 2016, but I can’t guarantee they are going to get done.  So, my point is, don’t expect the half off discount to have tons of opportunities to be used throughout the year… I’m hoping for around like 10 patterns besides the hats, but I might be overly hopeful about that.

The discounts will not work with gift pattern purchases.  This means 2 things.  1) If you are a club member, and you use ravelry’s “send as gift” button to gift a pattern to another knitter, your club discount will not be applied.  2) If you gift the club membership to another knitter, they will get the hat patterns and the treats, but the discounts will not work for them.  However, in that case, the discounts will work for you, and you are free to use them.

There will be no limited-time sales offered on my patterns throughout the year, with one possible exception of the holiday gift-a-long, but only new 2016 patterns will be offered in the GAL sale (if I do it), so only patterns which members had the chance to get at 50%.  I’m kind of burnt out on sales, so I’m opting to skip them this year (no birthday sale, etc) and do this club system instead.  Of course, the 50% discounts are limited-time, but tied into the release of a new pattern, which is already being promoted and talked about and stuff.  Anyway, we’ll see how it all goes.

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And a few other club details.

Hat knit-a-longs and other club chatter will all happen in the leethal knitters! ravelry group.

Use #leethalVIP with any club stuff posted to social media! (And if you want to pin it, there’s a custom-for-pinterest image on the webpage!)

Everything (new hat patterns, pattern updates, information about what yarn you’ll need, extra treats) will be sent to members through pattern updates, with notifications sent to email inboxes and ravelry message boxes (you can turn off the notifications from going to your email inbox from within any of the update notification emails, if you check ravelry often and don’t want them in both places).

I think that’s enough for this word-heavy post.  Post any questions you might have about the club in the comments here, or, better yet, in the ravelry group so everyone can read the answers there.  I’m really excited about this whole club situation; I am absolutely LOVING the first club hat design and can’t wait to share it with you!  I’ll blog the club patterns here each after the mystery week is over, and of course show them off on instagram and stuff.  Sign up now to maximize your membership and get your calendar right away; oh and, if you color your calendar pages and show them off, be sure to use #leethalVIP because I’d love to see your coloring!!  Happy new year! <3

Filed under: hats,knit-a-longs,knitting,leethal store,leethal VIP club,self-publishing — Lee Meredith @ 12:01 am
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