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.
When the sun is blazing hot and temperatures are soaring, the last thing you want to do is knit with wool. The obvious choice would be cotton. And when your dear friend announces there is a new addition to her family, you grab that opportunity and cast on for a summer dress.
The pattern is Muti Dress by Tagia Hilliard and is super fun to knit. The yoke keeps you interested and get done quickly. Then comes the full skirt, which can get monotonous and slow you down.
I used fingering weight cotton yarn and used up all of 100 gms of it. I ran out of yarn and had to skip one repeat of lace on the skirt border. I wish I had more yarn, as this dress turned out just a bit shorter.
I had these cute pencil buttons in my stash since ages and never got the opportunity to use them. I find the perfect project in this. Flowery buttons would have suited the girly dress better, but I went with pencils any way.
Sindhu Shawl is released as part of April 2019 issue of Knotions. Knit using two skeins of Malabrigo Silkpaca Yarn in gorgeous Pearl and Fucisa colorway, this shawl is a mindless, yet interesting knit.
Sindhu is one of the longest rivers in India, originating in the icy hills in the north and flowing south to finally merge into the Arabian sea. During her journey, Sindhu witnesses different terrains, including icy hills, rocky mountains, lush greenery and smooth sand.
Sindhu Shawl is an attempt to capture these interesting terrains. The shawl starts off with a mindless garter stitch which then transforms into garter stripes and the finale is akin to a musical crescendo – a pretty lace stitch pattern.
I am so excited to have my pattern Queen Bee Wrap published as part of February 2019 issue of I Like Knitting. The theme Honeybee got me all excited and this wrap was fun to design, experimenting with different stitches, textures and eyelets. I love how the Ochre and Alcaucil colorways of Malabrigo Sock Yarn are so close to the yellow and black colors of bees.
The wrap is worked from one end to the other, in sections which range from plain garter, stockinette to stripes, eyelets and bobbles. The change in stitches make this wrap a very interesting, yet mindless knit.
The finished wrap will be 18″ wide and 64″ long, but you can easily change the length by working fewer or more inches or sections.
It has been ages since I published a pattern and what better way to make a comeback than with Knotions magazine. Jody is a pleasure to work with and the working model which Knotions follows is so convenient for international designers like me. I see many collaborations with Knotions in the future for myself.
Anahi Hat is a beautifully textured hat, with cables all over. The meandering cables make this hat look way more complicated than it actually is. It is knit in round, from the brim up and is a quick knit, owing to the use of worsted weight yarn and the addictive cables.
The pattern comes in one size, which should give you a finished circumference of 20″.