As the second wave of COVID-19 swept through India, we went into yet another lockdown. We had already been working from home, but this lockdown put a stop to even the small escapes like an evening stroll or a morning run or even a chat with our neighbors. It hit us hard this time – many more casualties than the first wave and emotionally too. The helpless cry for hospital beds and oxygen from all around us was just heart breaking. As with the first wave, I took refuge in knitting.
Knitting is my haven and my safe space. It embraces me and loves me with no judgement. It ignores my mistakes, tolerates my tantrums, celebrates my wins, applauds my accomplishments and loves me unconditionally.
I grabbed two random skeins of yarn from my stash and casted on a random number of stitches. I did not know what it would turn into, but I started knitting anyway. I started with mindless stripes and added on lace, colorwork and texture – everything to my whims and fancies. I thought I would end up with an non-coherent wrap which would look more like a sampler scarf. I was very surprised when I ended up with a wrap (longer than I thought) with the different elements of lace and texture and color, somehow working together.
So, here is Diya Wrap, featuring beginner-friendly lace and colorwork. Even though the wrap uses two colors, you always knit with only one color at a time. I knit my sample using fingering weight yarn, but this wrap would look beautiful in laceweight yarn too. Or use a sportweight yarn to make it more cosy.
Diya Wrap is available on Ravelry and PayHip. Diya Wrap happens to be my 40th published design (how did that happen!) and to celebrate this milestone, I am offering this pattern at a whopping 40% off with coupon code DIYA40. Coupon is valid on Ravelry and PayHip.
I am so happy to release this pretty baby/child dress out in the world. Prisha Dress offers lot of options for beginner and adventurous knitters, alike.
It can be made in a single color which gives it an elegant look. The single-color Latvian braid gives this dress a structure, as it flares up into a full skirt below the braid. This is perfect for beginner knitters or adventurous knitters who need a mindless knit.
If you want to amp up your adventure, you can make this dress in two colors (or go wild and add a third one!) which features icord edges on the neckline and sleeve edges and a 2-color Latvian braid. The shell lace is also made alternating these two colors.
Prisha Dress comes in chest sizes from 18.5 to 27 inches (46 to 67 cms). It is knit from the top down, so you can easily check the fit as you knit.
Yarn: Malabrigo Arroyo or Knit Picks Shine Sport or any sport weight yarn
Gauge: 22 sts x 28 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Stockinette stitch, knit round, after blocking
I absolutely love the beautiful effects of tie dye technique and have worn my fair share of Bandhani dresses. It is common to see this technique used on fabric and I wanted to try this out on a hand knitted fabric. This posed quite a few problems – some foreseen and some new, but I am quite happy with how my experiment turned out.
Tie dye is a resistance based technique in which you tie pieces of fabric and block it from dyeing, thus creating different shapes and patterns. The parts of fabric which are tied do not get dyed and remain undyed while the rest of the fabric gets dyed and becomes colorful.
Hand knitted fabric differs from a woven, store bought fabric in many ways. The most important of those, from the perspective of tie dyeing, is how loose the fabric is. Woven fabric is tighter and the individual threads are finer than hand knitted fabric. This makes it easy for the dye to seep into the yarn and thus makes it hard to prevent the tied fabric from getting dyed. After many failed attempts, what finally worked is to use thicker thread to tie and to tie it really tightly and broadly.
Winter Sunset is my humble attempt at creating a beautiful tie dyed hand knitted scarf. The scarf pattern is kept intentionally simple since the focus is on the tie dye effect. The scarf uses a simple eyelet pattern and is knit on bias to create an interesting shape. Since we use food colors to dye this scarf, you need to use any animal based yarn. I have used 100% merino wool and it absorbed the colors really well.
Once the scarf is knitted, it is tie dyed using whatever pattern you choose and the colors you like. Read the article for detailed instructions on how to dye.
You have created a stunning scarf which is truly unique! You can style this over jeans-tee or even with a simple kurti.
I decided to rework on Sindhu Shawl and give it a new revamped look.
The essence and the intent of the design are the same – it is only the look which has changed. I knit this sample using Sunrays Creations Roman yarn. When there is a talented dyer in the same town, why not take advantage of the beautiful yarn to enhance one’s design!
Drum Roll! Presenting the refreshed and revamped Sindhu Shawl in the lovely colorways Pansy and Orchid of Sunrays Creations Roman. This is a pure wool yarn which has amazing stitch definition and is a pleasure to work with.
You can even substitute Sunrays Creations Urna or Soundarya (for some luxurious silk touch). Manasa has created beautiful kits to make your decisions easier – just pick the combo which you like!
To celebrate the relaunch of Sindhu Shawl, I am offering a discount for the entire week. This pattern will be available at 50% discount for the next 48 hours and 25% off until the end of the week.
Use the below coupon codes to grab the discount!
SINDHU50 to get 50% OFF – valid until Oct 23, midnight IST. SINDHU25 to get 25% OFF – valid until Oct 26, midnight IST.
After the magnanimous gesture from the crafting community, which helped me raise a whopping 10K for cyclone Amphan affected folks, I want to give back something to this wonderful community. What better way to show gratitude than host a pattern giveaway!
If you want to win a free pattern of your choice from my self published patterns, head over to my instagram post and enter your name.
You need to follow me on instagram, like the giveaway post and comment on which pattern you would like of mine, if you win. As simple as that.
I have always been amazed by the camaraderie and the abundant kindness in the crafting community, but I am overwhelmed by the response Summer Dusk Scarf Pattern has received, as the proceeds were intended for #cycloneAmphan relief work.
Crafters helped me generate a whopping USD 92 through pattern sale. Some crafters intentionally paid the full price, despite the pattern being on 50% off sale. Many Indian crafters looked for alternative payment options since Paypal does not support India-to-India sales. They went and above beyond to ensure they contribute to this relief fund.92 USD translated to around 7K INR, which I took to 10K INR by adding a bit from my side.
This amount was distributed between three organizations: 1. Shramajibi Swasthya Udyog – 3000 INR 2. DISHA – Society for Direct Initiative for Social and Health Action – 3500 INR 3. Bengal Amphan Relief Initiatives – 3000 INR
A huge thanks to all the crafters who contributed to this. I am so proud to be part of this community. And to show my gratitude, I will be hosting a pattern giveaway on instagram. Watch this space for updates!
It has been 43,387 days since our country went into lockdown. Atleast, that is what it feels like. While there was a complete curfew, in which we were not allowed to even step out of the house unless for essentials, what kept me sane was knitting. I am so grateful that I had picked up a hobby which was easy to pick up and drop, can be as mindless or as complicated as one wants.
Every day of the tight lockdown, as I wound down from a tiring day, my best part of the day was to sit in the balcony, watching the sunset and knit on this scarf. As the cables on this scarf meandered, so did my thoughts, oscillating between anxiety and panic about the pandemic scare and gratefulness and calmness which the dusk brought. Every time I look at this scarf, it reminds me of the golden light and the tranquility of the summer dusk.
As the world is going through an unprecedented times while we fight the pandemic, my country is going through a particularly difficult time. A disaster in the form of a cyclone hit our brothers and sisters in the eastern states and took away everything they owned. I want to offer this pattern on sale and donate all proceeds to the relief work for the people affected by Cyclone Amphan.
This pattern is on a whopping 50% off for a whole week. If you want to do a bit of good for the cyclone impacted and grab a pattern while you at it, go buy the pattern now. Use coupon code HEAL to get this pattern at 50% OFF.
I love designing and knitting baby things. The pretty sweaters, cute hats and the tiny booties – oh, I can’t have enough of baby knits. Luckily, the extended family and friends keep making babies and I am more than happy to knit for the new additions to the family.
Priti Dress was borne out of one such opportunity. After knitting many plain, textured cardigans for a few baby boys in the family, I was itching to knit something pretty and lacy for a change. I fell in love with this lace pattern and a quick swatch and two later, I was knitting away on the dress. The soft, cotton yarn in its bright yellow color and the delicate lace were made for each other. After I knit the dress in yellow, I had to cast on for another in what else, but pink! This was made for sisters and I hope they get to wear this one day and play matchy-matchy game.
Priti Dress comes in a range of sizes, from 6 months to 8 years. It can be knit in cotton fingering/sport weight yarn to make it suitable for summer. This is a seamless knit, starting from the neck down, with cap sleeves and A-line skirt. The lace is written out and charted and easy to memorize.
Priti Dress is available for free for just one day – May 16, midnight EST, with coupon code PRITIFREE. It will be available at 40% OFF with code PRITI, until May 18th. Grab your copy on Ravelry before offer expires.
Varna Shawl is released as part of Knotions December 2019 issue. Knit using one skein of Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball in Frische colorway and two skeins of Knit Picks Stroll in Ash colorway. Shawl is knit using mosaic colorwork technique, in which you work with only one color every row.
Varna, ‘color’ in Sanskrit, is a celebration of variegated yarn with long repeats. Paired with a neutral, solid colored yarn, the shawl lets the variegated yarn be the hero, while the solid yarn remains the unsung one.
The Varna Shawl is knit from one corner to the other edge, starting with few stitches in a row and gradually increasing on one side, to get the tapered triangular shape. It uses mosaic knitting, in which every row is worked with only one color, making the Varna Shawl a mindless and enjoyable knit.
Queen Bee Wrap, which was published as part of February 2019 issue of I Like Knitting, is now available as a single pattern on Ravelry.
To celebrate the launch of this pattern in my store and the festival of lights, this wrap is available for free until Nov 1 (midnight India time) using the code “diwali2019”. Hurry and grab a copy now.