a double feature: two new patterns

I have a confession.

I have been bit by the knitting-pattern-writing bug!  (Let’s pause for excitement: WOOOOO YEAHH OH my.  SO EXCITED TO WRITE PATTERNNS!)  …Ok, that’s enough.

But really, I never thought I’d get to a place in knitting where I would actually be sharing my ideas and patterns with others!

Of course, none of this would have been possible without the help of a group on Ravelry, Free Pattern Testers, and my side business of selling my original hand knits – aersyarns.

Background: Just over a year ago, I finally decided to offer my hand knit items for sale, advertising them on a Facebook page and on a website.  Being quite conscious of copyrights on knitting patterns, I knew it’d be easiest if I designed all items that I would sell, thereby avoiding any copyright issues.  And then I could call everything my own “original designs”!  Although I am confident as a knitter, it was (still is!) my first time writing patterns and designing wearable accessories.  For now, my items are small – I am not quite up to the sweater level.  (Hey, small things are quicker to knit, too – right?)

So here (there?) I was, sitting (sweating?) this summer, realizing that hand knits would not be in high demand all year.  I took that as a challenge, and came up with a couple items suitable for warmer months.  But then I realized – I could share the actual patterns (and maybe make some $?) by selling / offering them on Ravelry!  Thus, I am slowly turning my original designs into original patterns.

Now after my first pattern, the Hootenanny Band, I have two more!

CityParkDuoSample knit in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed | Persimmon Heather

City Park Duo includes directions for fingerless gloves and a slouch hat trimmed with lace-style ribbing.  All you need are 230 – 280 yards of worsted weight yarn, size US #7 needles, and $2.50 in US dollars!  Find all of the details and purchase it on Ravelry, right here.

The second, and FREE (yes, free!), pattern is another slouch-style hat knit in DK weight yarn (about 150 yards) and also on size US #7 needles.

Raindrop Slouch Hat 1

Sample knit in Jojoland Tonic | color AW288

Raindrop: A Slouch Hat is a quick knit and suitable for beginners.  Click on the pattern name to be directed to Ravelry for the free download link and more photos.  I aimed for a clear and easy pattern that I hope you will enjoy!

Let me know what you think!  And I look forward to seeing your finished items on Ravelry 🙂


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