Hi everyone! Guess what happened five years ago today? I sold my first pattern! I can scarcely believe it, but it’s been five years since I published my first pattern for sale on Ravelry. I had no idea how caught up I would become in this whole pattern writing business. The first shawl pattern I designed was Calais Shawl and it was and still is, a free pattern on Ravelry. It started the passion I have for lace design.
A month later, on May 11, 2010, I published Dover Castle Shawl, my first “for sale” pattern. It has remained one of my most popular patterns over the years. I must admit, it’s one of my favourites too!
Now here I am, five years later, and a lot has happened. I’ve designed a lot of patterns and you know how sometimes things just happen? Well, a couple of weeks ago, I realized that the next pattern I published would be my 50th pattern. And my anniversary, May 11 was coming up fast too. I didn’t think I could get it ready in time, but then things slowly started to happen. And everything fell into place, just like that. As if it were meant to be. So I guess it was! But first I have other news! The first bit of news is that I have a new design layout for my patterns! Elizabeth Green Musselman at Stitch Definition did a fabulous job designing a new pattern template for me. I’m so excited that my new pattern will be showing off the new format. She also designed my new logo, which I LOVE!
Isn’t it awesome! She really listened to what I wanted in a logo and she was so patience while we both figured out what would work for me. Stitch Definition does graphic design, editing and amazing looking photography. I can’t wait to try some of their other services!
To help celebrate my anniversary, as well as the release of my 50th pattern and as a way of saying thank you, I am holding a sale. It begins today and runs until the end of May 2015. Here are the details: Buy any two patterns and receive a third pattern free. All my self published patterns are included in the sale and no coupon code is required. Place all three patterns into your cart before you check out. You may purchase as many patterns as you would like, every third one will be free. You may see all the patterns included in the sale in this bundle I set up on Ravelry here.
I’m so happy to publish my 50th pattern today, Low Country Shawl.
Low Country shawl is a wide, shallow semi-circle and features a pretty asymmetrical lace border and several options. The solid body may be knit in either stockinette stitch or garter, your choice. The depth of the lace border and the body are both easily adjustable, allowing you to customize the look and size to your preference and the yardage available. If you love lace, then go wild and make the border decadently deep. Or maybe you love to knit soothing garter or stockinette? You may knit the body deeper and add a shallow border for just a touch of lace, it’s all up to you!
I’ve knit 3 versions of this pattern and they are all different configurations of the basic design. Sample number 1 was knit using one skein of Tosh Merino Light in the colorway Fathom. This version has 4 repeats of the lace border and a larger body done in garter stitch.
Sample number 2 was knit using a 5 skein gradient set from Black Trillium Lilt Sock. I didn’t use the lightest color skein, but worked the shawl using the other 4 shades. I have enough yarn leftover to make another shawl using a different shading sequence. This version has a smaller garter stitch body and 6 repeats of the lace border.
The final version was again knit using one skein of Tosh Merino light, this time is the gorgeous Blue Nile colorway. This version has a smaller stockinette body and 4 repeats of the lace border.
I’d love it if you joined my group on Ravelry too! It’s a fun group of lace knitters to hang out with and everyone is helpful and nice to chat with. I also offer special deals, contests, etc for group members only occasionally. join the group here. Hope to see you there!