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November 30, 2020

Birdwatch Beanie Knit Pattern

Perfect for quick gifts, Birdwatch Beanie is a cozy, comfortable hat to keep your head warm while you are out in nature or curled up on the couch. Inspired by my new found love of birdwatching while working from home during quarantine and discovering getting outdoors and exploring the nature trails at the Audubon. Knit in one skein of Jilly and Kiddles Aurora Aran weight 100% Superwash Merino on size 8 needles. This ribbed and cabled beanie knits up so fast, you may want more than one!

Shop Small and Save on Sparkling Shawl Pins, Cuffs, Patterns and Notions!

  • A bronze shawl pin on pink yarn.

The Crafty Flutterby Creations shop small sale starts now! Save 20% sitewide through November 30th at 11:59 PM ET, no code required (discount auto applies).

I designs and handcrafts shawl pins, cuffs, patterns and notions to make stitching a joy from start to styling. My end minders tame your yarn tails and bring a smile to your face as soon as you open your project bag. My shawl pins add wearability, versatility and a beautiful accent to your stunning handiwork. The sale includes my newest pins: sparkling Czech glass and timeless Celtic knot. The dove of peace pin has returned from the archives to bring hope for the days to come. Check out the bestsellers collection full of pins, cuffs and notions selected to brighten anyone’s day. Looking for a fun easy knit to wear your pins or cuffs on? The latest pattern Ages Hence has got you covered.

With designs for every yarn weight and a wide variety of pins with beads, charms and metal settings, I’ll be by your side this Saturday to help you find the perfect piece for your personal #ShawlPinStyle! Tune in to the Virtu-wool Festival November 28th at 11 a.m. ET on Facebook for shawl styling tips with pins and cuffs.

Wicked Enchantress For Spincycle Dream State

  • A gray and yellow triangle cowl.

Wicked Enchantress has been released. The pattern will be on sale for 20% off through December 2nd for an extra wicked release sale.

Sometimes those single skeins of yarn are so beautiful it seems like they were made by some Wicked Witch to tempt you. This triangle cowl is the perfect project to use up those single skeins of worsted-weight that you brought home without a project in mind. The pattern uses just 150 yards of worsted-weight yarn. You can even use up multiple skeins because the pattern includes two different border options; Delilah’s Dots or Jezebel Jubilee. The lace patterns are simple so they would be great for a beginner or a relaxing project for an experienced lace knitter. Give in to the wicked yarn enchantress and snatch up those single skeins!

This cowl is knit top down starting with a basic flat heart shawl construction, it is then joined in the round for the last few rounds to create a triangle cowl shape. You can even use multiple single skeins up because the pattern includes two different border options; Delilah’s Dots and Jezebel Jubilee. Delilah’s Dots is shown in Pussy Willow (yellow and grey yarn) and Jezebel Jubilee is shown in Nostalgia (red yarn). Lace sections include both charted and written instructions.

Also join in a Knit Along for this pattern and Foul Temptress! Knit either pattern now through December 31st to enter to win prizes. You can enter by posting an FO in the KAL Thread or using #wickedenchantressalong on Instagram!

November 19, 2020

Lots of yarny news!!

  • Hanging rainbow of yarn.

Can it really have been a month since my last post?? I have so much yarn to tell you about so it must have been!!

The updates have been coming thick and fast but don’t worry there is plenty to choose from. Our most recent update came this week and was Eldwick Lace, our luxurious mohair/silk blend. We now have so many colours for you to choose from and enough available stock to suit almost any project. We couldn’t update Eldwick and not also add some Bowland Aran at the same time. Why? you may ask… For Woodbine sweater yarn packs of course!! This pattern has been amazingly popular and is a fabulous snuggly winter jumper. Fiona Alice released the pattern recently so it is now available to buy directly from her and we have two yarn pack options available, the original Oak/Bark colourway and a version pairing Rambling Rose with Bark and Eldwick Lace in Briar Rose.

This latest update also means we have restocked a small quantity of Cat Knits aran weight yarn packs. So at the time of writing we have the book – Cat Knits by Marna Gilligan and yarn packs for all 16 of the designs available on the website. The perfect gift for knitters who love cats!

On the subject of gifts, we know this festive season is going to be challenging for many and so we wanted to offer any little assistance we can. To do this, we have a new blog post full of Gift Ideas ( One of our couriers mentioned the other day that they are as busy now as they would normally be in the last week before Christmas so please do take into consideration that shipping may take longer than you expect and allow plenty of time for delivery!

Also on the blog you will see the first of a new series of blog posts detailing patterns and projects by yarn type. The first one published is Askham 4ply in readiness for an update coming very soon. We really wanted this to be a way of showing how others have used each yarn and providing pattern inspiration without Ravelry. It isn’t a database but we do see it as a living entity like our Design Collaboration page. If you would like to have a project shared on the blog there will be information about how to do so in the post. We love seeing your makes! Another new category you will find on the blog is Shedcast Show Notes. These are lists of links for any items mentioned in the Wholly Irregular ECY Shedcast which you can find on the ECY YouTube channel. We try to release the Show Notes as quickly as possible after the Shedcast but it most definitely is Irregular…

Other recent yarn updates you may have missed have included Pendle Aran, Carlisle Fingering and Nateby 4ply. All three are merino based yarns, Carlisle is singles fingering weight, Nateby is our original silver sparkle 4ply and Pendle Aran is perfect for those wintery projects and quick makes. Some of the colourways include autumnal seasonal specials so make sure to grab them before they are gone. We have also snuck a new batch of Nateby 4ply in Festive Fun on the website as the last batch sold so quickly.Milburn DK in Steel is finally back in stock meaning we also have yarn packs for Magic Circles by Janie Crow back in stock with or without the pattern.

The last bit of news I have for you relates to patterns. My Ambleside Shawl pattern has been revamped with a new sample and updated pictures. If you have previously purchased the pattern you should automatically have received an update for it. If that purchase was on Ravelry and you are no longer using the site please do email us. The new version uses Hayton DK which we just to happen to have a great selection of. Also recently released using Hayton DK is Louise Tilbrook’s Barn Door Cowl. It is available on Payhip and looks so wonderfully squishy and snuggly!

Phew… well done for making it this far! I won’t leave it so long next time!! 🤣

November 19, 2020

Winter sock box

It is winter socks season! We have prepared, for you, a beautiful wintry mix of cold colors! We include in the box:
– 6x 50g of 85% Merino/ 15% nylon fingering yarn
– The “Icy loop” (shown in picture)
– A winter stitch marker

We wish you a wonderful Christmas and hope you take some time for yourself and your family. 🙂

November 19, 2020

New pattern discount: Icelandia Hat

  • A cream hat patterned with blue.

This fun colorwork hat provides a lot of visual appeal, but its short repeats mean the knitting goes quickly. The pattern includes five sizes so you can make the Icelandia Hat for the whole family. Get 25% off the pattern on Ravelry and Etsy with code Icelandia through end of day Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020.

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November 17, 2020

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

  • Circular knitted colorwork clocks.

Bookmark it & put it on your calendar! On Black Friday (November 27th) get 30% off Yoke O’Clock Kits (limited stock remaining), the Knitter’s Book Case in felt and suede, which stores 24 interchangeable needle tips, and the Knitter’s Brief Case, which can hold 9 needle tips and can work alone or as an add-on to the Book Case. I’m not sure when or if I’ll be re-stocking these products, so if you’ve had your eye on them, now’s your chance.

Then on Cyber Monday (November 30) get 25% off any and all of my knitting patterns available on my website. (Hey, did you know my mailing list subscribers get deep discounts like this every time I release? Just sayin’.)

November 9, 2020

The Grange Collection

  • A gray hat with gradient leaves.

Introducing The Grange Hat! This two-color stranded colorwork hat complements The Grange, a cowl released late summer 2020. These patterns highlight those gorgeous handspun and indie-dyed yarns you have been eyeing or that are in your stash, waiting for that perfect project. The Grange hat and cowl are quick to knit in the round and great options for gift giving. The Grange Hat is sized Baby to Adult Large so you can make matching hats for the entire family!

Never done colorwork before? Fear not, these are perfect for beginners. The pattern instructions include tips for colorwork knitting, notes to adjust your hat to a beanie or slouchy style, and two different brim options depending on your preferred styling. The cowl also includes notes to adjust the cowl circumference for a loose or tight fit and both patterns include tips for your yarn selection whether it be worsted, DK or a mix of both. So many options to knit to your style!

For the hat launch of the hat, both patterns are available at special discounts through Saturday, Nov 14, 2020 on my website — no codes needed! If you purchase from my website, I am happy to gift you the pattern(s) to your Ravelry library too — just drop your Ravelry ID in comments at checkout. And there is also the option to purchase through my designer page on Ravelry.

Thank you for your support!
Happy Knitting!

November 3, 2020

New pattern discount: Trellis Beanie

  • The crown of a pale pink textured hat.

Get 25% off the new Trellis Beanie knitting pattern with code Trellis on Ravelry and Etsy through end of day Sunday, Nov. 8.

You will love seeing the pattern of wavy lines develop as you knit the Trellis Beanie. The slip-stitch pattern quickly becomes intuitive, so you refer to the instructions less as you go. And it works up fast and cozy using worsted-weight yarn. Shown is “Hygge for the Holidays” in Cozy Worsted from Speckled Finch Studios.

November 1, 2020

Canadian Holiday Gift Sets Now Available!

  • A collection of yarny treats.

Alley Cat Yarns of Ottawa, Canada presents: Canadian Holiday gift sets! These curated sets include a range of Canadian-sourced goodies perfect for the yarn crafter in your life (that includes you!).

The complete set includes all of these curated items:

1. A hand-thrown smooth porcelain clay cat-themed yarn bowl, from Robin Badger Pottery in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. Fired to 2250 degrees F and glazes are lead free and food safe.
2. A pattern for the Ripple Wave Beanie by Amanda Albers of ALW Handmade in Ottawa, Ontario.
3. A flooftastic giant 6-inch pom pom with which to adorn your hat, also from the talented Amanda at ALW Handmade.
4. A hand-epoxied notions tin, cat stitch markers, and progress keeper from Sandy at Firefly Notes, a fantastic British Columbia-based craft business
5. A surprise beautiful and useful notion from Quebec’s Twill and Print.
6. A skein of Queenie Merino/Cashmere/nylon Aran-weight yarn, well suited to the Ripple Wave Beanie pattern, by Yours Truly at Alley Cat Yarns.

Quantities of these unique sets are very limited and will sell out quickly — shop early to avoid disappointment!