Thursday, March 23, 2017

Flourish and Covell Tee



Knit Picks new collection, Flourish, is now live and I have a design, Covell Tee in the collection.

I've been keeping this one a secret for quite a while and I am so thrilled to be able to share it with you.

If you are like me, weekends are important. It's the time when I get to just relax with my boys.  After a week of wearing uncomfortable clothes, this tee is perfect for having fun. This tee was inspired active Saturdays going to games and lazy Sundays on the couch watching movies. It's so comfortable, you'll want one in every color.

This soft and wearable tee provides a comfortable fit with a scoop neck and generous dolman-style sleeves, while the gathered sleeves and garter-lace decorative hem keep you sleek and stylish.

The Covell Tee is worked flat in two pieces from the bottom up. Stitches are cast on to shape the sleeves, which are worked vertically across the arm. After seaming, sleeve stitches are picked up and knit in the round for a ribbed cuff to complete the three quarter sleeves.

The digital collection is available for $14.99. Want just the Covell Tee (digital copy), get it for just $4.99. Great price, right?! It gets better. If you are like me and prefer print copies, GOOD NEWS. Knit Picks is having a fantastic sale right now on the printed book (the whole collection of Flourish, printed) for ONLY $11.99. This is an awesome deal, so don't miss out. Click here to get more detail.


About Covell Tee:


Covell Tee, Knit Designs by Tian, flourish
Covell Tee
image by Knit Picks
Finished Measurements: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62)" finished bust measurement; garment is meant to be worn with 2" of positive ease


Yarn: Knit Picks CotLin (70% Tanguis Cotton, 30% Linen; 123 yards/50g): Moroccan Red 23996, 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) balls

Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) straight or circular needles, or size to obtain gauge
US 6 (4mm) DPNs or two 24" circular needles for two circulars technique, or one 32" or longer circular needle for Magic Loop technique, or one size smaller than needle used to obtain gauge

Notions: Yarn Needle, Stitch Markers, Scrap Yarn or Stitch Holder

Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4" in St st on larger needles, blocked








Covell Tee, KnitDesigns by Tian, Flourish
Covell Tee
image by Knit Picks


Until next time... Stitch On!
Tian

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* My newest design in Knit Pick's newest collection, Flourish. Get the print book on sale for only $11.99. Get your copy here.


Covell Tee
image by Knit Picks







** The charity {The Weekly Yarn} is supporting for the month of March is Afri(K)que, a non-profit empowering women and girls. A portion from total profits from my Ravelry pattern sales will be donated at the end of the month.


*** Are you an aspiring knit and crochet designer needing more help figuring our where to start? Unlock your Inner Designer: How to start designing (course + workbook) is available for immediate download on Etsy. Get your printable PDF copy here. 











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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Am I really giving up knitting and crocheting?

Am I really giving up knitting and crocheting?

The truth is, I haven't wanted to knit or crochet anything for a while now. Nothing has felt right. I wasn't inspired by all the new projects on Ravelry. What is wrong with me? Have you ever felt this way? Like you've lost your knitting mojo?

I was in a slump. A knitting and crocheting dry spell so bad I didn't even buy yarn. Crazy, right?! Ok, let's be honest. I don't need more yarn. I have enough yarn to run a sizeable yarn shop. Anyway, not having that drive to stitch was disconcerting.

Sure, I've stopping knitting and crocheting for spells of time in the past and always came back. But this? It felt different. This, I was afraid, felt like it would be permanent. To be honest, it was a bit scary because I started to think about what to do with my stash and books and fibers and notions and bags, and....



Covell Tee, knitdesigns by Tian, Flourish collection


Like most major life changing decisions, I sat on the decision for a while.

I refused to make any decisions.

I wasn't 100% sure of anything.

I did a lot of reading and I ignored my stash, willing myself to not feel guilty.  I had projects I had to finish like this afghan and designs for upcoming publications (some of which I had local knitters and crocheters help me make the sample). I did them without my usual enthusiasm. I stepped away from it all, letting things happen as they will.

After MONTHS of having no stitching desire, I think it's back. I want to knit again (insert dramatic voice). The siren call of my stash is beckoning me to touch and play and make again. It's not at the levels it once was, but everyday the desire grows.

I want to sketch new ideas. I want to try new stitches. I want to make things again.

Have you lost your stitching mojo in the past? What did you do to overcome it and get back to knitting and crocheting?


Leave a comment below and let me know







P.S. I've added two bundles to my Ravelry store: Knit Shawl Collection and Crochet Shawl Collection.

Each collection includes 6 of my top selling and favorite shawl patterns, easily bundled for you at a 50% OFF discount. No coupon code needed.


Knit shawl bundle, Tian Connaughton. KnitDesigns by Tian


Click here for the Knit Shawl Collection and here for the Crochet Shawl Collection. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to leave a comment or email me. Cheers!



Until next time... Stitch On!
Tian

A rising tide lifts all boats



Hey bottom scroller! Don't miss...

* My struggle with loosing my knitting and crocheting mojo PLUS my newest design, Covell Tee, featured in Knit Picks' Flourish Collection.

** A knit shawl bundle that includes 6 of my most popular shawls for a 50% OFF discount.

*** The charity {The Weekly Yarn} is supporting for the month of March is Afri(K)que, a non-profit empowering women and girls. A portion from total profits from my Ravelry pattern sales will be donated at the end of the month.
**** Are you an aspiring knit and crochet designer needing more help figuring our where to start? Unlock your Inner Designer: How to start designing (course + workbook) is available for immediate download on Etsy. Get your printable PDF copy here. 









Are you an aspiring knit and crochet designer needing more help figuring our where to start?



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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Why buying the whole collection is better than buying a single pattern (sometimes)



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Are you a single pattern or whole collection kinda gal?

For me, when there is an option I'll choose the whole collection all the way.

Fun fact about me:

Lacy Lime Socks, Tian Connaughton, KnitDesigns by Tian
I rarely buy individual patterns (which is totally weird thinking about it now since I sell single patterns in my Ravelry store), especially if the pattern I am after is part of a collection or magazine. Usually, there is more value in purchasing the whole collection rather than just the one pattern, such as the price and additional content.  

If I find a pattern on Ravelry I like and want to make, I immediately check to see if it's part of a collection (on the pattern page, this information will show up under the Published in section) because if I like this pattern, there's a good chance I'll like the others, right? Okay, well, that's my excuse. Don't judge me.

What are the advantages to buying a whole collection over a single pattern?

Lets break this down.

For one, price. Let's be honest, price is a huge factor. You will get a per pattern price break, meaning that each individual pattern in the collection will be significantly cheaper than buying all the patterns separately. Heck, it' will be cheaper than buying half of the patterns individually. Does that makes sense?

Doing the math.

Orchid Tee, Tian Connaughton, KnitDesigns by Tian
A single shawl pattern will run you about $6 on Ravelry.
A magazine (let's use I Like Crochet and I Like Knitting magazines as examples) has 30 high quality patterns, plus articles, tip, and tutorials priced at only $19.97/year for 6 issues. This works out to about $3.33 per issue. You get over 180 total patterns over a year. Each pattern will cost you just $0.11 each.

Granted, you won't love every pattern in every issue. Lawd, ain't that the truth. But the truth is, there are 180 patterns. With that type of volume, chances are you will find TONS you like. If you like just one pattern in each of the 6 issues in a year, you've already made back your investment, and some.

How to quickly gauge if you should get collection?

With a lot of magazines and collections, you can't buy the individual patterns for, sometimes, a year or years after the initial publication. So, if you really want the pattern and nothing else you have to wait for the publisher or designer to make the pattern available for individual sale.

If the collection or magazine has 2-3 patterns that you really like, done deal. With 2-3 patterns, I'm already getting a better price deal than buying each individually.

Also, I look to see if the collection has aspirational designs. You know, those patterns you love that you want to grow into. Those patterns you don't think you are quite ready to work up right now because you will need to develop some skills. For example, when I started knitting, I bought tons of Interweave Knits and Knitscene magazines, not only for the projects I wanted to make immediately, but for those interesting designs that were beyond my skill level that I aspired to make. And now, years later when I see a design on Ravelry that I want to make it is so cool to discover it is in one of my old magazines marked as a pattern to come back to later when I was good enough.


P.S. I've added two bundles to my Ravelry store: Knit Shawl Collection and Crochet Shawl Collection.

Each collection includes 6 of my top selling and favorite shawl patterns, easily bundled for you at a 50% OFF discount. No coupon code needed.

Knit shawl bundle, Tian Connaughton. KnitDesigns by Tian


Click here for the Knit Shawl Collection and here for the Crochet Shawl Collection. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to leave a comment or email me. Cheers!


Until next time... Stitch On!
Tian

A rising tide lifts all boats


Hey bottom scroller! Don't miss...

* What are the advantages to buying a whole collection over a single pattern?
** Why you should subscribe to I Like Crochet and I Like Knitting magazines.

*** The charity {The Weekly Yarn} is supporting for the month of March is Afri(K)que, a non-profit empowering women and girls. A portion from total profits from my Ravelry pattern sales will be donated at the end of the month.
**** Are you an aspiring knit and crochet designer needing more help figuring our where to start? Unlock your Inner Designer: How to start designing (course + workbook) is available for immediate download on Etsy. Get your printable PDF copy here. 









Are you an aspiring knit and crochet designer needing more help figuring our where to start?



Click here to get your printable PDF copy of Unlock Your Inner Designer: How to start designing (course + workbook)  






Need more 1:1 help than the course + workbook, email me to talk. I'll help you get it! 
















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