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Indie Design Gift-A-Long 2019

The Indie Design Gift-A-Long, aka GAL2019, is starting a little later this year! It will run Tuesday, November 26th at 8 pm (US-EST) through Tuesday December 31st at midnight (US-EST).

Prizes galore (patterns, books, yarn, and more) will be available. I’ve donated e-books of Beachwalk KnitsWinery Knits, and Hitch: Patterns Inspired by the Films of Alfred Hitchcock; and of course, there will be Ravelry patterns to win as well!

286 indie designers are participating this year. To join in the gift-a-long, simply knit or crochet any of their paid patterns and post all the required info in the appropriate thread in the group here.

From Tuesday November 26th at 8pm (US-EST) through Monday December 2nd at 11:59 pm (US-EST) the participating indie designers will be discounting between 10 – 20 of their patterns 25% for this event. Use coupon code: giftalong2019

I have 19 patterns chosen for the sale — you can get a peek at some of them in this pic:

I’ve focused on shawls and cowls this year for my sale bundle.

But don’t forget — any paid design by any of the participating indie designers are eligible for the GAL, not just the sale patterns!



Pattern Release: Rincon Cowl

It’s Gansey time!

I wanted to play with this sort of knit-on-the-bias bandanna cowl construction. I chose to address texture, rather than color, in this unisex piece.

Easier to wear than a shawl, just toss it on and go.

This is a fast, fun knit, great for gifts. Enjoy!

One Size

Finished Measurements
Height (from top of cowl to bottom corner): 26” / 66 cm
Circumference: 26” / 66 cm

Anzula Katara, 50% Merino Wool / 50% Yak (98 yds / 90 m per 1.76 oz / 50 g), 5 skeins (sample used 450 yds / 411 m), shown in Chiva.

US 6 / 4 mm (your choice straight or circular), or size to obtain gauge
US 6 / 4 mm DPN for Applied I Cord

20 sts and 32 rows over 4” / 10 cm in textured patterns, blocked
Gauge is important. Alterations in gauge will affect yarn requirements and finished size.

yarn needle
stitchmarkers as desired

Applied I cord (directions given)
Grafting (only 6 sts), can sew if desired instead
Mattress stitch
Both charts and line by line instructions are provided


The last pattern of the Beachwalk Knits collection, the Bolinas Cardigan, is now live! The sample is done in Kelbourne Woolens Scout, a really nice workhorse wool yarn.

Here are the details!

This gorgeously cabled, oversized cardi is sure to keep you warm on chilly days or evenings!

The sweater is knit from the top down, with stitches picked up from the shoulder straps, fronts and back joined at the armholes, and the garment continued in one piece.

The sleeves are worked by picking up stitches along the armhole, working short rows for the cap shaping, then continuing in the round.

Women’s XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X)

To fit bust: 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52)“ / 71 (81.5, 91.5, 101.5, 112, 122, 132) cm with 5½ – 7” / 14 – 17.5 cm of ease

Finished Measurements
Bust: 34½ (37½, 41½, 45½, 50½, 55, 58¾)“ / 87.5 (95.5, 105.5, 115.5, 128.5, 139.5, 149) cm

Shown in size 2x

See schematic for full measurements.

Kelbourne Woolens Scout, 100% wool (274 yds / 250 m per 100 g), est 5 (6, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9) skeins approx 1293 (1380, 1516, 1706, 1923, 2224, 2345) yds / 1182 (1262, 1386, 1560, 1758, 2034, 2144) m, shown in Oatmeal.

See pattern notes regarding yardage.

US 4 / 3.5 mm needles or size needed to obtain gauge
US 3 / 3.25 mm needles or one size smaller than size needed to obtain gauge for ribbing

Your choice of circular or straight needles for flat knitting and circular or DPNs for in the round
Spare circular needles for tubular bind off

22 sts and 32 rows / rounds in 4” / 10 cm in Spot Stitch pattern
Approx 30 sts in 4” / 10 cm over cabled patterns

(10) stitch markers; waste yarn or stitch holders; cable needle; yarn needle

cabling, reading charts, picking up stitches, short row shaping, optional tubular bind off


One of the things I love about the GAL is seeing other designer’s patterns.

Here are some of the patterns that leaped out at me! With thousands of patterns, it’s hard to choose just a few.

Fabulous Flats by BekahKnits.  Find Rebekah on Ravelry as RebekahJoy, and check out all her designs here!

I really want to knit up a pair of these for my mom. If I can get these done for the GAL, I’ll feel successful as a knitter! (I’m in awe of those who do the Opadoo!)


Chamomile Dreams by Susanna Winter. Find Susanna on Ravelry as Talvi, and check out all her designs here!

I love the interplay of the different colors and stitch patterns.



Arctic Blizzard by Katrine Birkenwasser. Find Katrine on Ravelry as birkenwasser, and check out all her designs here!

Beautiful random snowflakes? Flipping the charts for added interest? Bring it on!


Bramble Birds by Sara Huntington Burch. Find Sara on Ravelry as DinosaraKnits, and check out all her designs here!

Did you notice each framed bit of the stranding features a different bird? How awesome is that??? Also, check out Sara’s pattern page to see the gorgeous decrease pattern for the top of the hat.

Don’t forget to check out the Indie Design Gift-A-Long group on Ravelry to join in the fun!