Saturday, November 28, 2020

Did you "Shop Small" this weekend?

I hope so! I supported small indie pattern designers through the 2020 Gift Along and took advantage of the giftalong2020 coupon code to purchase a handful of knit and crochet patterns. 

Shop Small 2020. Small Business support.

Scrolling through the offerings of 250 participating pattern designers on Ravelry, I found an inspiring selection of projects—small to large, easy to a bit more challenging, decorative and functional, and a few with new-to-me techniques or interesting construction concepts.

My pattern picks:
  • Brioche Starter Cowl
  • Modern Zebra striped shawl
  • The Beeswax Hat: knit in-the-round with mini-cables
  • colorwork: Ice Time fingerless mitts and the Fir Sprucing Up dishcloth
  • bulky yarn Rasta Bucket
  • mandala crochet: Sakura Cabled Mandala and Spanish Mandala Pillow
  • small, scrap buster projects: Here we Gnome Again and Scintillation stars from Hunter Hammersen of Pantsville Press.
  • Deep Feelings and Deschutes River top-down raglan cardigans
  • Tucked Away sweater with a saddle shoulder yoke
I'll be searching the yarn stash for appropriate pairings and a few of these may be slated for next year's Make Nine Challenge.

Gift Along 2020 discount and give-aways

The 25% off pattern coupon—giftalong2020—is good through Monday, November 30. Take advantage and support these small business, independent pattern designers.

And if you are so motivated, there are other ways to participate in the Gift Along that encourage completing the projects by year-end (for gift-giving) and winning prizes. 

It's a win-win.

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