Thursday, June 22, 2017

What to knit while on vacation?



Pre-S: If you are a designer looking to learn how to grade your patterns faster and more accurately, Grade your patterns (knit and crochet) using MS Excel is available for immediate access. By the end of the week, you'll be sizing your patterns faster and more accurately than simple paper and calculator. Click here for more information >>>> Grade your patterns (knit and crochet) using MS Excel.

So, summer is here. The sun is shining and the humidity is high. The kids are out of school (yay?!) and it’s time to hit the road for your summer fun-filled vacation. If you are like me, your knitting and crocheting doesn’t take a break when the weather turns hot (or hotter).

As we prepare to go to away to spend some quiet family time at a cabin in the mountains of New Hampshire I am busy planning which projects I will bring. Of course, these need to be small projects I can put down and pick up, often, as well as work on while in a group having a conversation.

There are considerations for projects to work on in the car, project for sitting by the lake, projects to take on hikes, and on and on.

Do you see my dilemma? Based on my calculation on all the projects I will need, the back of the SUV will be stocked with just my yarn rather than stuff we’ll need to survive a week. 

The truth is, I know I won’t work on half those projects, but it’s such a comfort to have my yarn when I’m away from home.

That’s one of the reasons I created Vacation Knits - Vol 2: Summer Out and About. With this collection, I scratch all those vacation itches. These are fun shawl pattern that are easy for travel, hanging out in a group, or just being alone on a beach. Get your copy Vacation Knits - Vol 2: Summer Out and About here at the INTRODUCTORY PRICE.

So, tell me. What are you stitching on now that the weather has warmed up? How do you plan your vacation stitching? Leave a comment below and share.


  

 Click here to get your copy >>>> Vacation Knits - Vol 2: Summer Out and About.


The Ansonia Shawl is the first and Mescal Shawl is the second of an upcoming 4-shawl pattern e-book (coming July 1 for $16).
Pre-Order the e-book for only $12.


PRE-ORDER E-BOOK HERE >>>>





Until next time... Stitch on!
Tian




A rising tide lifts all boats


Tian Connaughton is a knit and crochet designer, technical editor, and coach. Her mission is to help aspiring designers to develop their ideas, build confidence, and live the life they've always dreamt.







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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Get noticed on Ravelry




Available for immediate access July 15

Learn to PROMOTE & MARKET your knit and crochet patterns 

Are you a knit and crochet designer who hears crickets when you launch a new design on Ravelry? Maybe you get a bump on the first day when your design is at the top of Ravelry's recently added patterns. 


How to get your pattern noticed on Ravelry is a marketing e-course for knit and crochet designer. The course will help you with promoting your patterns. At the end of the course, you will have a formula and system that you make and evolve over time. 


As a designer of over 100 patterns, I've tried many different techniques and have had great results. In this course I share with you some easy techniques you can use on your next pattern release.


You shouldn't be making sales on new patterns only when you release a new design because that is not a sustainable model. Even the older designs should still be getting some notice...

Constantly releasing patterns just to get a spike in sales get tiring. What about the old patterns? Make those continue to work for you!


Click here to>>> BUY NOW

I've been offering this course since 2016 twice per year. Now you can access the e-course immediately on your own schedule. Get the information you need right now and see results in hours.


How to get your pattern noticed on Ravelry will:
  1. make pattern release and publication systematic  
  2. create a plan to reach knitters and crocheters that want your design 
  3. make more sales per pattern because you will have a strategy to promote not just new patterns, but old ones too.

Get immediate access NOW.


It doesn't end with publishing your pattern on Ravelry. That is just the beginning. Getting your knit and crochet patterns noticed doesn't have to leave you tears.

This course will teach you how to use MS Excel to grade patterns in order to publish your next pattern with confidence, knowing every part of your pattern is sized accurately.


In this course you will get ONE LESSON consisting of step-by-step instructions on:

  • When to launch your pattern
  • How to create a promotion strategy (before, during, and after the pattern release)
  • How to share your patterns in forums and groups 

With this ONE LESSON e-course you will get:
  • Promotional and marketing templates and calendar to use as a guide 
  • Step-by-step ways to promote with information on how to use, test, and modify
  • Tips for creating a marketing calendar
  • Get answers to your specific questions 


This course is for you if:
  • You are a knit and crochet designer wanting to make more than enough to buy just a cup of coffee
  • You are a knit and/or crochet designer wanting to create a promotional schedule
  • You are guessing and throwing tactics at the wall hoping something sticks
  • You want a solid plan, a strategy that you can use over and over for every pattern release
  • Want to learn strategies to get your patterns noticed beyond the first day of release
  • You are feeling stuck and want to try something different


"I took Tian's FREE 5-day design challenge not expecting much, but I got bit by the designing bug. I then took her Pattern Writing 101 course. Now I'm getting my first pattern tech edited to be published this summer. I am sooo glad I took the chance and invested in myself. Tian is so inspiring!" ~Meg B.



This course is NOT for you if: 
  • You have a plan that is working (or not working).
  • You don't want to invest in your design business.
  • You don't care about promoting your pattern

  • You are okay with your current strategies
  • You don't think marketing and promotion is important. 


What you get after your register?
  • Immediately after registering, you will receive a WELCOME EMAIL with a PDF of what to expect.
  • Then about ONE-hour later, you will receive an email with the LESSON MATERIALS.
  • Run into questions or get stuck, hit reply to the email and ask me. I'm here to help you 100% of the way.

Get the course now {$31} // available JULY 15, 2017.

Click here to>>> BUY NOW






Until next time... Stitch on!

Tian




A rising tide lifts all boats

Tian Connaughton is a knit and crochet designer, technical editor, and coach. Her mission is to help aspiring designers to develop their ideas, build confidence, and live the life they've always dreamt.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Grade your patterns (knit and crochet) using MS Excel



Learn to GRADE your knit and crochet patterns using MS Excel


Are you a knit and crochet designer looking for a simple and consistent way to size your next pattern? As a designer and tech editor, I help knit and crochet designers grade their patterns. In this course, I will show you how to use MS Excel to grade your next pattern in multiple sizes using a simple hat pattern as a guide.

Click here to>>> BUY NOW

I've been offering this course since 2016 twice per year. Now you can access the e-course immediately on your own schedule. Get the information you need right now and see results in hours.

How to grade a pattern using MS Excel will:
  1. make pattern grading easier and faster. No more pencil and pen! 
  2. save you time and
  3. make more sales because you will be able to offer more sizes.

Get immediate access NOW.








Grading your knit and crochet patterns doesn't have to leave you tears.

This course will teach you how to use MS Excel to grade patterns in order to publish your next pattern with confidence, knowing every part of your pattern is sized accurately.


In this course you will get ONE LESSON consisting of step-by-step instructions on:

  • How to set-up your spreadsheet to get started
  • Simplified calculations
  • How to create and use formulas in MS Excel 
  • Calculations for grading using a gauge swatch


With this ONE LESSON e-course you will get:
  • Excel template to use as a guide 
  • Step-by-step tutorial on how to use the MS Excel template
  • Get answers to your specific questions 


This course is for you if:
  • You are a knit or crochet designer wanting to create multiple sizes of a pattern
  • You are a tech editor looking to grow your offering
  • Have a working knowledge of MS Excel
  • Have a working knowledge of grading techniques



"Wow! Thank you Tian for this Lesson on grading patterns. For a long time I avoided designing pattern in more than one size. Now I am designing sweaters in 5 and 7 sizes and making more sales." ~Darlene


This course is NOT for you if: 
  • You do not have a working knowledge of MS Excel. This course will not teach you how to use MS Excel.
  • You do not know how to grade a pattern. This course will not teach you how to size patterns.


What you get after your register?
  • Immediately after registering, you will receive a WELCOME EMAIL with a PDF of what to expect.
  • Then about ONE-hour later, you will receive an email with the LESSON MATERIALS.
  • Run into questions or get stuck, hit reply to the email and ask me. I'm here to help you 100% of the way.

Get the course now {$31}.

Click here to>>> BUY NOW

NOTE: Once you have completed the Paypal checkout, follow the link to sign in to the Lesson Materials. If you do not get this link at check-out. email me to add you. 




Until next time... Stitch on!

Tian




A rising tide lifts all boats

Tian Connaughton is a knit and crochet designer, technical editor, and coach. Her mission is to help aspiring designers to develop their ideas, build confidence, and live the life they've always dreamt.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Introducing Ansonia Shawl

Ansonia Shawl, KnitDesigns by Tian

Ansonia Shawl, first published with Webs last November is now available for individual purchase from my Ravelry store.

Ansonia is a cozy, medium-weight shawl perfect for keeping the chill at bay. Worked in Valley Yarn Sunderland from the bottom up with a beautiful twisted stitch lace edging, the shawl transitions into a simple stockinette stitch body.


PATTERN NOTES

Ansonia Shawl is worked from the bottom up. The lace pattern is worked over a multiple of 16 sts. When working the short-rows, do not wrap and turn, simply turn. Continue to work short-rows until garter edge sts remain unworked. 


SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate



FINISHED MEASUREMENTS:

54” wingspan x 17 ½” at deepest point (blocked)

MATERIALS:
Yarn: Valley Yarns Sunderland (100% Baby Alpaca; 109 yards [100 meters]/50 grams: SFN10 Natural – 4 skeins)
Needles: US size 8 (5.0 mm)
Extras: Yarn needle; space DPN
Gauge: 17 sts and 26 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st


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Q&A
You've worked with Valley Yarns before, what did you enjoy most about the Sunderland? 
It's true, I've worked with quite a few Valley Yarns yarns and have enjoy each for their own right. Sunderland was no different.  The things I enjoyed about Sunderland is that it's not only a soft and luxurious yarn, but when worked with the right needle size, it has a ton of drape and fantastic stitch definition, which is important for the Ansonia Shawl.
What types of projects are you working on for the holidays/gifts?
Well, to be honest, self-care is a high priority these days. So, instead of stressing out about gift knitting for others, this year is all about knitting for me. This holiday, I want a full wardrobe of knitted items for me, from head to toe, so there will be a hat, cowl, mittens, socks, and a sweater if time permit. Ambitious, I know. But isn't that what holiday knitting is all about?
What was your design inspiration for this shawl?
This year I've been intrigued with shawls. Their shapes and construction, combined with interesting stitch patterns. For the Ansonia Shawl, I wanted to combine a stitch pattern that is complex and intriguing, combined with a simple shape. The juxtapose make for an interesting finished shawl. 






Vacation Knits - Vol 2:
Summers Out and About (coming July 1)


























PRE-ORDER E-BOOK for $12 until June 30, 2017



Until next time... stitch on!
Tian


Knitdesigns by Tian, Free 5-Day Design Challenge







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* Are you an aspiring knit and crochet designer needing more help figuring out how to write better patterns to make more money?
>>> Register for Pattern Writing 101 e-Course Now

** Like and follow the KnitDesigns Facebook page to keep up with all my shenanigans, resources, and goodies between weekly emails.

*** The charity {The Weekly Yarn} is supporting for the month of MAY is local libraries. As a kid, libraries were my refuge; a safe place to get lost. With all the cuts facing communities, this is something we just cannot afford to lose. 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?



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! 








I am dedicated to giving you the tools and confidence to knit and crochet what you want on your terms.






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