Sunday, December 29, 2019

Frome Cowl

Whenever traveling, I love finding those special and out of the way spots that just takes your breath away. Frome, a small village, located on the west coast of Jamaica, is one of those spots.
This cowl is named Frome because, like the village, it is beautiful in its simplicity. It’s perfect for a beginner or experienced knitter looking for a quick finish project.

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Frome is a fun cowl worked in the round in a simple mosaic stitch pattern. Never worked mosaic pattern before? This is a great beginner-friendly pattern. Mix and match your two favorite colors for your perfect combination.

In the instructions for this pattern, I’ve included a chart to help you modify the pattern for your gauge. The amount of yarn required will change.

Skill Level: Adventurous Beginner / Intermediate
Finished Measurement: 10.5” tall x 30” circumference 

Yarn: Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud DK OR Valley Yarns Sunderland (100% Baby Alpaca; 109 yards [100 meters]/50 grams): SFN10 Natural (MC) 2 skeins, CQ99 Rhubard (CC) 1 skein
Needles: US size 8 (5.0 mm) 24” circular
Gauge: 18 sts and 22 rnds = 4” (10 cm) in St st
Extras: Yarn needle, stitch markers


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Friday, December 20, 2019

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Swanswick Hat

One skein, make it your own.
Cozy and easy, it knits up really fast. This hat makes the perfect project for waiting in the carpool line or just a quiet night of Netflix. Relax and knit!

In the instructions for this pattern, I’ve included a chart to help you modify the pattern for your gauge. The amount of yarn required will change.

Swanswick Hat, worked from the brim up, is a fun stockinette stitch hat broken up with simple lace bands.
This hat is perfect for a beginner or experienced knitter looking for a quick finish project.

Skill Level: Easy
Finished Head Circumference: 16 (18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24)”

Yarn: Knit Picks Muse Tonal (100% Superwash Merino; 114 yards 104 meters/100 grams): 27847 Visionary Hand Painted (1 skein)
Needles: US size 8 (5.0 mm) 16” circular, US size 8 (5.0 mm) set of DPNs, circular needles one or two sizes smaller for brim
Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4” (10 cm) in St st on larger needles (blocked)
Extras: Yarn needle, stitch markers (4 total, 1 in a different color)

Quansoo Pullover

2019 was a wild year... or was it just me? With only a couple of weeks to go before we start the new decade, I just wanted to say Thank You for all your support.

Quansoo Pullover, my new sweater pattern, is now live on Ravelry. If you’re looking for an easy pullover with a fun cable, especially for this season of knitting for yourself, check it out. I love this design because as we're heading into the season of get-togethers, this sweater will be the perfect take-along piece since the back and front are worked separately. 

So, you can take the BACK, which is miles and miles of stockinette to the party and work on the FRONT when the kids are still in bed and you have a few minutes with your coffee.

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I really love the fit, even with all my bumps and lumps, and being on the margins of plus size. I definitely want to make another but you know I’m rubbish with picking colors. I never thought green was my color. What other colors have I been avoiding? What color would you choose?

PATTERN: Quansoo Pullover
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

SIZES: Finished bust size 32 (37, 41, 45, 49) 53, 57, 61, 65 {69, 73}” to fit bust 28 (32, 36, 40, 44) 48, 52, 56, 60 {64, 68}”

5” positive ease recommended.
shown in size 37”.

YARN: Cloudborn Fibers Highland Worsted (100% Fine Highland Superwash Wool; 221 yards 202 meters/100 grams): 19019 Arctic Heather (5 (5, 6, 6, 7) 7, 8, 8, 9 {9, 10} balls)
NEEDLES: US size 7 (4.5 mm) 24-32” circular for Body; Double point needles or long circular for working Sleeves in the
EXTRAS: Markers, stitch holders or waste yarn, cable needle (cn), tapestry needle
GAUGE: 21 sts and 28 rows = 4” 10 cm in St st (blocked)

Quansoo Pullover is worked in pieces from the bottom up. The back is worked in plain stockinette with a fun cable panel on the front. Shoulders are seamed and then stitches picked up to work sleeves from the top down in the round using short rows to shape sleeve caps.

The pullover is finished with a funnel neck. Slip first stitch of each row knitwise for easy seaming.
Center Cable Panel is charted only.

So, what are you stitching on? I love hearing from you and supporting you. Just leave a comment. If I can support you, I want to help.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

I'm struggling with pattern sales

I’m often asked: “Tian, I’m struggling with pattern sales. I see other designers getting 100s of sales when they release a pattern and continuing to get sales way after release. Will Pattern Launch Plan (PLP) do that for me? Will it get me to make 100s of sales too and how long will it take?”

I know you have these struggles and questions too, so I wanted to share what I typically tell those people: if it’s a quick solution you want, you definitely won’t find it with me! Look, questions like just tell me that you’re seeking a temporary fix instead of a long-term strategy which with quick fixes, the next problem or struggle in your business will just catapult you back to right here into this same spot... and I’m not about that life for you!

With PLP:
  • I’m teaching you how to fish. 
  • I’m sharing with you the tools you need for you to develop a long term strategy so you can push through any challenge that might hit.

PLP helps you to build a solid foundation and not on some shaky situationship that just feels good in the moment and looks good for the gram but you know won’t last and truly happy and confident with the work you’re putting out. 

PLP won’t make you rich overnight. It’s not about how often or what time of day to post on IG. It won’t be like flipping on an ATM...that’s not sustainable. But it will give you the foundations for creating a marketing plan so that you can make sales when you release a new design AND way after the release date so you can get off the hamster wheel of CONSTANTLY designing and publishing to make your sales. But let’s keep it all the way real, it will take some work + commitment from you... and most importantly, a different way of THINKING.

Now, when you do the work, PLP will help you to tap into the strategies that will help you sell from your existing catalog of designs, not completely passively, but darn near!

Now, how does that sound? Can you make that commitment to do the work -to get off the hamster wheel of always releasing to make sales - that will set you up for long term success? If you’re ready, leave a comment below.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Join The Weekly Yarn for exclusive bonuses

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As a subscriber to The Weekly Yarn, what is ONE thing you’ll like me to share? More behind-the-screens of design, information on how to modify a pattern, etc? Leave a comment below and share. I'd love your feedback!

Friday, August 9, 2019

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I use to make holiday gifts ALL the time, especially when we were broke newlyweds then new parents with EXACTLY zero dollars to spare.

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