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One of the things I love most about the Indie GAL (Gift-A-Long) is the chance to discover and/or promote other designers’ work. Over the course of the GAL I’ll be publishing gift-knitting related interviews with designers whose work I admire.

Steph: Hi Susanna! Have you participated as a designer before this year? What’s your favorite favorite part of the GAL?

Susanna: This is my third time participating as a designer. My favorite part is admiring all the amazing patterns my fellow designers have come up with, finding new favorite patterns and designers, and of course the fun chatter and camaraderie in the group threads.

Me too! I love browsing the participating designer thread.

Are you participating as a knitter as well as a designer?

I am participating as knitter, too. My brother and his wife just had their first child a few weeks ago so I want to knit everything for my little nephew. Baby knits are so fast and cute.

I’d love to do the Opadoo (Steph note: the Opadoo is doing one project for each category), too, but holidays are so hectic anyways I’m trying to preserve my sanity. Maybe someday!

Which of your patterns do you think make the best gifts?

I think patterns with which you don’t have to care about sizing and fit too much make the best gift knits. My particular favorite is the Free Falling cowl – that’s also a great stashbusting, scrap yarn pattern. I’ve knit two myself and still have the makings of at least a dozen more in my scrap yarn bin!

That cowl is awesome! I love the interplay of the different stitch patterns with a unified palette.

photos © talvi knits


Find Susanna on Ravelry as Talvi, and check out all her designs here! Her website is here.

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


Indie Design Gift-a-Long 2018


It’s that time of the year!

Here’s the info: The Gift-A-Long (GAL), a 6-week KAL/CAL of holiday gifts, is running from November 23rd at 8 pm (US-EST) through December 31st at midnight (US-EST). Prizes galore (patterns, books, yarn, and more) will be available. Games, contests, recipes tips, and just general chat rounds out the festivities.

349 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 November 23rd at 8:00 pm US EST – November 29th, 2018 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: giftalong2018.

I have chosen some of my most popular popular patterns this year for the sale, ranging from quick gifts (Quercus, Manzanita and Ocotillo mittens; Artemisia Cowl; Chalk Hill Mitts; Aliso Mitts), medium effort gifts (Isn’t it Romantic?, Tafoni, Stonelace Cowl, Coronado Cowl, Wrought Mitts), to colorwork (Ravens in Snow fingerless mitts, Byzantine cowl), to two-colored cabled shawls (Sand Ripples, Alongshore), to bigger labours of love (Calliandra, Under the Sun, Flidais, Atlas Peak Stole). You can see the whole bundle here.

But don’t forget — any paid design by the participating indie designers is eligible for the GAL, not just the sale patterns! (You can see all my designs on Ravelry here.)

Check out the awesome infographic about the GAL by BraschElegance:



Pattern Release: Windansea Cowl


The Windansea Cowl is now live! It’s part of the Beachwalk Knits collection, worked in luscious Sweet Georgia Cash Silk lace.

Check out the test knit thread to see the design worked in different colors and yarns.

Here are the pattern details!

This lovely laceweight cowl pairs a modification of one of my favorite vintage lace patterns, Print of the Wave, with a lovely dot knit textured pattern and a geometric top and bottom edging. Wear it as a single loop or double it as shown below.

One size each version
Cowl with lace (with garter) edging

Finished Measurements
Height with lace edging: 8” / 20.5 cm
Height with garter edging: 8½“ / 21.5 cm
Circumference: 42” / 106.5 cm

Sweet Georgia Cash Silk Lace, 55% Silk / 45% Cashmere (400 yds / 365 m per 50 g), 1 skein. Shown in Sapphire colorway. Sample weighed 52 g and used 416 yds / 380 m.

US 2.5 / 3 mm (your choice straight or circular), or size to obtain gauge

27.5 sts and 40 rows over 4” / 10 cm in Kelp Repeat lace and textured pattern
Gauge is important. Alterations in gauge will affect yarn requirements and finished size.

yarn needle
1 stitch marker
waste yarn or stitch holder

lace knitting, knitting in the round, picking up stitches
Both charts and line by line instructions are provided


The Garrapata Hat‘s rich texture and cozy folded ribbed brim makes this unisex hat a go-to!

Unisex S (M, L, XL), to fit head circumference: 20 (22, 24, 26)” / 51 (56, 61, 66) cm

Finished Measurements
Head circumference: 19 (20¼, 21¾, 23¼)” / 48 (51.5, 55.5, 59) cm
Height including folded brim: 9 (9, 9½, 9½)” / 23 (23, 24, 24) cm

Sunday Knits Nirvana 5 ply, 92% select fine Australian merino / 8% premium Mongolian cashmere (137 yds / 125 m per 50g), est 143 (153, 179, 186) yds / 131 (140, 164, 171) m, shown in Earth.
Shown in Size Large.

US 5 / 3.75 mm or size needed to obtain gauge for Dot Knit stitch in the round
US 4 / 3.5 mm or one size smaller than size for body of hat for brim
US 3 / 3.25 mm or one size smaller than size for ribbing for tubular cast on
Your choice of circular needles or DPNs for working in the round

22 sts and 36 rounds over 4″ / 10 cm in Dot Knit stitch pattern, blocked

(4) stitch markers, (1) unique for beginning of round; yarn needle; waste yarn for provisional cast on

working in the round, optional tubular cast on