Now Available as kCDesigns...
Indie Design Gift-A-Long!
The popular Indie Design Gift-A-Long is back for its 10th year! Join the Ravelry group to participate in lots of fun KAL's, CAL's and games, enjoy discounts on oodles of patterns, and even win some prizes. The sale portion of the event runs only until November 28, 2022 but the crafting fun continues until New Year's Eve.
The graphic above shows just a sampling of the 20 patterns included in my Gift-A-Long sale bundle. With amazing knit and crochet designers from around the world participating this year, you're bound to find some wonderful patterns!
After months of playing and sampling with my Schact Cricket rigid heddle loom, and teaching an introductory rigid heddle class through the Yellowknife Guild of Arts and Crafts, I'm excited to release my first weaving pattern!
Classic Wool Scarf is a casual scarf woven on a rigid heddle loom in plain (tabby) weave. The interaction of variegated warp and solid weft generates visual interest to balance the simplicity of the weave structure. The ends of the scarf are finished with hemstitching and knotted fringes.
The pattern is written for direct warping and weaving on a rigid heddle loom with a 15-inch weaving width. The project requires 194 yards of worsted weight yarn in a variegated color for the warp and 194 yards of worsted weight yarn in a solid color for the weft. Sample scarves are woven in Patons Classic Wool Worsted. The finished scarf measures approximately 9 inches in width and 65 inches in length.
First Snowfall Sale!
Winter has arrived early in Yellowknife... we already have enough snow for cross-country skiing and temperatures are dipping lower every day. So while I'm busy tuning up the snowmobile and gathering the ice fishing gear, you can enjoy some cozy winter knitting with a 25% discount on selected patterns. Just visit the sale collection in my Ravelry or Payhip shop and enter coupon code SNOW2022 before November 14, 2022 to use the discount on any of the patterns shown above.
Just found out something exciting... Interlink Fingerless Mitts has been featured by Barbara Benson in her video "Favorite Five Unisex Knitting Patterns"! I've admired her patterns for years, so I'm very flattered by her noticing this pattern and making lovely comments about it. You can see a little snippet of its cables in her graphic below.
Patterns Added as kCDesigns
The patterns for Quagmire Socks, Interlink Fingerless Mitts, Kimberlite Scarf and Plain Crazy Socks have recently been formatted as kCDesigns for use with KnitCompanion! The kCDesigns versions can be found in my shop on Create2Thrive.
New Pattern... YZF Thrummed Mitts!
Long northern winters demand cozy mittens! Yellowknife is very cold during winter months so warm mittens are a necessity. The pattern for YZF Thrummed Mitts was designed for my Thrummed Mittens class recently offered through the Yellowknife Guild of Arts and Crafts and is now available in my various online shops.
Thrummed mittens combine the warmth of traditional wool mittens with the extra insulation of wool fleece. These mitts are stuffed with a generous amount of fleece and use a clever insertion technique lock the thrum securely inside the mitts. The thrums will eventually matt together to create a dense fabric which is warm, snug and comfortable.
The pattern for YZF Thrummed Mitts offers 3 sizes and includes my tutorials for preparation and insertion of thrums.
Fishing Mittens Revisited...
My father's superstition against grey mittens recently inspired me to recreate my family's Lunenburg fishing mittens. Using 75-year-old yarn handspun by my great-grandmother and my grandmother's sparse notes, I reverse-engineered a pattern, knit a pair of replica mitts, and felted them using some creative northern methods. The project was a fun experiment which I documented for the Canadian online magazine Digits and Threads*.
Read all about the process of creating my replica mittens in "Fishing Mittens Revisited: Creative Felting Solutions" and get the pattern to make your own fishing mittens in "Hazel's Fishing Mittens: A Knitting Project".
* membership required
New Pattern... 40 Below Ornaments
40 Below Ornaments celebrate the magical beauty of -40 winter days. Under sunshine at frigid temperatures, everything becomes crisp and clear. Snow and ice shimmer, hoarfrost sparkles, and water droplets freeze instantly. The pattern provides a selection of motifs creating a set of similar but unique ornaments. Polystyrene or styrofoam balls provide shape and structure for the ornaments.
A clever construction technique permits these ornaments to be made without the necessity of awkward knitting over the polystyrene or styrofoam balls. The ornament bases are made in two sections with all necessary increases worked in stockinette in the base color. These pieces are then placed over a ball and grafted together using kitchener stitch. This requires a bit of patience but is much easier and enjoyable than trying to knit around a solid ball. The lace overlays are worked separately and then tacked in place.
Introducing Interlink Fingerless Mitts! These casual mid-length fingerless mitts feature an interlinked cable and braid panel over the top of the hand. The thumb and remainder of the mitts are worked in stockinette and ribbing to ensure a comfortable and supportive fit.
Indie Design Gift-A-Long!
The popular Indie Design Gift-A-Long is back! Join the Ravelry group to participate in lots of fun KAL's, CAL's and games, enjoy discounts on oodles of patterns, and even win some prizes. The sale portion of the event runs only until November 29, 2021 but the crafting fun continues until New Year's Eve.
The graphic above shows just a sampling of the 20 patterns included in my Gift-A-Long sale bundle. With 242 designers from 39 countries participating this year, you're bound to find some wonderful patterns!
New Pattern... Kimberlite Scarf
Introducing Kimberlite Scarf! This decadent little scarf requires just a single 400-yard skein of laceweight or light fingering yarn. The lace pattern is easy to follow and thus provides relaxing knitting while enjoying pretty yarn. This scarf would make a perfect gift for someone special!
Torpor Socks in KnitCrate!
Love cables and beads? Torpor Socks is the featured knit pattern in this month’s Sock Knit and Crochet Club from KnitCrate! The pattern is exclusive to KnitCrate forever, but you can get it by subscribing to the monthly crate.
KnitCrate has given me a custom coupon code (REDTIGER20) which will give 20% off new subscriptions. If you’d like to use it, don’t delay since crates often sell out quickly and I’m not sure when or if the pattern will be available separately.
KnitCrate has also offered a complimentary crate for a lucky Redtigerdesigns follower! To enter to win the crate, join my Ravelry group and post in the giveaway thread and/or follow me on Instagram and comment on the Torpor Socks post. Doing both will double your chances! I’ll randomly select the winner on November 15, 2021.
Disclosure: KnitCrate links in this post are affiliate links through which I may earn commissions.
First Snowfall Sale!
Winter has returned to Yellowknife... we finally have a light dusting of snow and temperatures are heading well below freezing. So while I'm busy tuning up the snowmobile and gathering the ice fishing gear, you can enjoy some cozy winter knitting with a 25% discount on selected patterns. Just visit the sale collection in my Ravelry or Payhip shop and enter coupon code SNOW2021 before November 17, 2021 to use the discount on any of the patterns shown above.
No Grey Mittens
New Release... Quagmire Socks
Just published... Quagmire Socks! These striking socks feature a veritable quagmire of interlacing cables framed by meandering stockinette. The cable patterning is centered over the front of the leg and top of the foot, leaving the remainder of the sock in comfortable stockinette.
These socks are worked from the top down. The pattern includes charted stitch patterns and written instructions. The left and right socks are similar but not identical.
The sample socks are worked in Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in the Grenadine colorway. The pattern is available in my Ravelry, Payhip, LoveCrafts and KnitCrate shops.
New Release... Plain Crazy Socks!
The pattern for Plain Crazy Socks has finally been published! I've made dozens of these socks over the years, and they're the foundation of all my sock designs, but I'm only now getting around to publishing the pattern.
These socks knit up quickly and look terrific in any fingering weight sock yarn. Solid or semi-solid yarns will produce plain socks while variegated or self-patterning yarns create crazy socks!
The pattern is available in my Ravelry, Payhip, LoveCrafts and KnitCrate shops. It's offered at a reduced price as an educational tool and sample. The pattern even includes the tutorial for the special Redtigerdesigns toe and a coupon code for purchase of other Redtigerdesigns patterns.
Looking Back on 2020...
As another year begins, I'm looking back at 2020 and planning for 2021. The most popular Redtigerdesigns patterns in 2020 included ornaments, socks, scarves and fingerless mitts and both new and older releases. Shown, from left to right and top to bottom, are Northern Lights Ornaments, Ice Blink Socks, Tamarack Ornaments, Olericulture Fingerless Gloves, Lofty Ambitions Scarf, Tressa Fingerless Mitts, Housebound Slipper Socks, Hoarfrost Ornaments, and Road to Riches Scarf.
New designs in progress for the upcoming year include cabled and colorwork socks, beaded fingerless mitts, and an addition to the ornament collection. Stay tuned for updates!
Fasten Off YAL 2020
A brand new event starts today... the Fasten Off YAL! Over 90 indie designers are participating and offering patterns at sale prices until December 5, 2020. This event is happening off-Ravelry and promises to be lots of fun.
Indie Design Gift-A-Long 2020
It's the best time of the year! Come join the Indie Design Gift-A-Long on Ravelry. Over 250 indie knitting and crochet designers are participating this year with more than 4500 patterns on sale until November 30, 2020 and more than 20,000 patterns eligible for KAL/CAL crafting.
The pattern for Housebound Slipper Socks is now available on Ravelry, LoveCrafts and Payhip! These cozy socks knit up quickly in DK weight yarn and are perfect for lounging around at home. They feature a Latvian braid edging and classic colorwork cuff combined with a comfortable stockinette foot. The main and contrast colors in the left and right socks are reversed to ensure efficient use of yarn quantities.
Update 20 January 2021... This pattern is now available as a digital download through YarnCanada.ca. As a customer, I've been very satisfied with the products, service, and shipping rates offered by this Canadian online yarn store. It's exciting to now have this pattern listed with them!
Be entranced by the northern lights! These pretty little baubles feature colorwork aurora borealis motifs and twinkling stars over a stockinette background. Evoking the constant dancing of the aurora, the pattern provides a selection of six motifs creating a set of similar but unique ornaments. Make one, make two, make an entire night sky!
The pattern for Northern Lights Ornaments is now available through Ravelry, Payhip, Loveknitting and Etsy. These ornaments are perfect complements to Hoarfrost Ornaments and Tamarack Ornaments. Come join the Redtigerdesigns Ornament KAL on Ravelry to share your projects, learn special tips for success, and win pattern prizes!
Introducing Carotenoid Collection! Each of the accessories in this cozy hat, cowl and fingerless mitts set is decorated with stranded colorwork in a diamond and zigzag pattern which is simple yet striking.
The hat is sized to fully cover the ears and is finished with an optional fur or faux fur pompom. The cowl is long enough to be looped double around the neck for extra warmth. The mitts are form-fitting and comfortable without interfering with use of the hands. These pieces are ideal for those chilly autumn days!
Patterns for the components of this set are available individually through Payhip and LoveCrafts. The collection consolidates the patterns into a single pdf at a discounted price and is available on Ravelry, Payhip and LoveCrafts. All pieces are worked in 4 contrasting colors of aran weight yarn on 3.75 mm (US 5) and/or 4.0 mm (US 6) needles. The complete set requires one 100 gram ball of each color.
The pattern for Speed Bump Fingerless Mitts is now available! These casual fingerless mitts are the perfect accessory for a little adventure even if a motorcycle isn’t your speed! Click on the link above or photo below to go to the pattern page and see purchasing options.
These mitts feature sturdy columns of plaited braids combined with a plain stockinette thumb. The braids create a dense fabric which is warm, snug and comfortable. The left and right mitts are identical.