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  • Change Your Mind Shawl & More

    I keep forgetting that I’m trying to revive my blog and post more regularly. But this pandemic has been a whirlwind the last few months, and I took a designing break to give myself permission to just craft for myself. I also took a detour back into sewing, and I’ve been selling and donating cloth face masks. You can shop for them in my Etsy store here.

    I did break my designing hiatus to release the Change You Mind Shawl pattern and help raise funds to donate to a charity doing the work to fight police brutality in America. 50% of pattern sales through June 30th will be donated to Campaign Zero. If you are interested in learning more about doing the work of dismantling racism in your own life, a good place to start is with these books on Amazon (affiliate links): Me and White Supremacy or How to Be Antiracist. Here is also a helpful list of ways to actively put your words into actions.

    Change Your Mind Shawl was born out of a happy accident because I couldn’t decide on what pattern to create or colors to use. Sometimes momentary indecision can lead to a creative breakthrough. Instead of ripping out my work, I just kept going. It’s rare when I don’t plan out a design beforehand, so it was fun to let the creating happen as I knit. The simple garter stitch makes for a soothing project while the eyelets and color changes add just the right pop of fun.

    Change Your Mind Shawl is an elongated triangle shawl that uses 3 colors of fingering weight that fade from dark to light. The fading sections use rows of eyelets to create both a lace pattern and a shift in colors. This shawl is a great way to use 3 special fingering weight yarns from your stash. And if you change your mind about the colors, you can always make another one! Grab your copy of the pattern on Etsy here.

    The last thing I want to mention is that I have decided to move my pattern testing group over to Slack instead of Ravelry, due to the redesign that has made Ravelry inaccessible for people with certain disabilities, since the design is highly triggering for migraines, eye strain, seizures, and other health concerns. If you would like to join my new tester group, please follow this invite link here. Slack is an app you can download on your phone that allows users to create private work groups and chat threads to collaborate and work together. It’s also easier to upload and share files and photos, as well as receive notifications. If you are interested in testing knit and crochet patterns for me, I would love to have you join and come say hi in the general chatter thread!

    Please note this post contains Amazon affiliate links. This means that I receive a small commission when you shop through the link at no additional cost to you. All opinions and pictures in this post are my own.

  • New Pattern, Free Pattern, Yarn Destash and More!

    So much has been happening in the world right now, and it can be pretty scary for a lot of people. For me, turning to my crafting has been a comfort when my anxiety is heightened. That’s why I have a bunch of yarn related sales and a freebie to share with you today!

    First up is a free pattern! I’m offering my Miss Priss Hat Pattern for free on Ravelry from now until next Thursday, March 26th. This pattern comes in 3 sizes, toddler, child, and adult, and has two embellishment options, flower or bow. Download a free copy of the pattern on Ravelry here!

    Next is a new pattern release, Neurodiversity Shawl! This crochet shawl was created in collaboration with Operation Social Justice set up by GamerCrafting yarns, and the pattern is inspired by my autistic daughter and our neurodiverse family. Through the end of March, 20% of all sales of this pattern will be donated to Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). You can find more info about the pattern on Ravelry here and Etsy here.

    In addition to a new pattern and a free pattern, all my other self-published patterns are 50% off through the end of March! This is a great opportunity to grab some new patterns to try something new or do some gift crafting or even just make a special big project, like a blanket, for yourself. Use code spreadkindness at checkout on Ravelry here. Discount automatically applied on Etsy for all patterns here. *Please note that the Neurodiversity Shawl donation will be based on the original price, not sale price. So you get a discount while still helping a great cause!

    And finally, I’m have a huge yarn destash on Ravelry! I’m running out of space to store yarn, so these yarn babies need to find new homes! Expand your stash for a deeply discounted price while helping relieve my stash. Also, all yarn orders over $35 get automatic free US domestic shipping. Shop the destash sale here.

    However you choose to spend your unexpected downtime or isolation right now, I hope that you and your family are safe and healthy. It’s my hope that by spreading a little bit of kindness that we can bring a little glimmer of light and hope during this dark time. Happy Friday and happy crafting!

    PS>I also wanted to mention that if yarn and patterns aren’t your thing, you can support my work directly by buying me a virtual “coffee” on Ko-Fi here. Every little bit helps my family get through this difficult time right now, and I appreciate all types of support!

  • First New Pattern of 2020!

    It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on the blog here, but I’m happy to be back today to announce my first new pattern of the decade: Baby Fade Blanket!

    This fun crochet pattern uses 3 colors of yarn to create a “fade,” moving from lightest to darkest. This pattern also works great with 3 different colors of yarn for a color blocking effect. I’ve been having so much fun mixing and matching shades of colors that I’m already almost finished with my third blanket!

    Do you have patterns that you return to over and over again, especially when needing a last minute gift? Well I can tell that’s what the Baby Fade Blanket pattern is going to be like for me. The easy, repetitive stitches make for great mindless crocheting (or maybe even meditative) at home or on the go.

    Also side note, I had my third baby last November. He makes the cutest little blanket model. With two older sisters, he’s going to get used to pink; however, I am making him a blue version just for him.

    Grab your copy of the Baby Fade Blanket today! Available on Etsy here and Ravelry here. Check out the Ravelry page for a special coupon code available for release weekend only.

  • Simon Says Stashbuster [Free Knitting Pattern]
    Please note this post contains affiliate links. As I was getting ready to release my newest pattern, I realized that I don’t currently have any free knitting patterns on my blog. So in an effort to provide some free pattern options for my knitting friends, I decided that the Simon Says Stashbuster will be the first free knitting pattern! As with all my free patterns, you can find an ad-free downloadable pdf version on Ravelry and Etsy for a low cost if you prefer your patterns that way as well. Download Simon Says Stashbuster on Ravelry here or Etsy here. Simon says grab your scrap yarn. Simon says grab your knitting needles. Simon Says Stashbuster! The Simon Says Stashbuster is the second pattern in the Fun & Games Collection for Summer 2019. This fun throw pattern is a great way to use up lots of worsted weight yarn, since knitted blocks are made using two strands of different colored yarn held double, and then all the squares are seamed together. The pattern includes four different patterned, textured squares that use just knit and purl stitches. Beginning knitters just starting out will find this pattern an easy way to try new stitches; advanced knitters will find this a quick way to use up lots of stash. Whatever your skill level, will you play Simon Says Stashbuster? For other patterns in the Fun and Games Collection, click here. For a beginner book on learning to knit, click here. Or check out this learn to knit kit here. Simon Says Stashbuster Size: 43”/109 cm wide by 60”/152 cm long Gauge: 9 sts and 16 rows in garter st = 4″/10 cm (gauge not essential for this project) Needles:
    • US size 11 (8.00 mm) straight or circular (long circular is needed for the Edging)
    • My favorite Boye circular interchangeable set on Amazon here.
    Yarn:
    • Scrap Worsted weight yarn in colors of choice: approximately 2100 yards/1920 meters; 40 oz/1134 grams
    • Examples of yarn brands used in pictured blanket: Red Heart With Love, Red Heart Soft, Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, Hobby Libby Crafter’s Secret, Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn, Loops & Threads Impeccable
    Notions: Notes: You will need to make 12 Blocks to match the pattern measurements. Each Block should measure about 13″/ 33 cm by 14″/ 36 cm. If you end up making more Blocks for a bigger blanket, please note that you may need more yarn than suggested. Yarn is held double for each Block, and two different colors are used to create the variegated effect. This is a fun way to play with different color mixing, or you can keep it simple and use just a few colors. When using scrap yarn, try to use the same weight yarn throughout the blanket for consistency. The arrangement of the Blocks for seaming isn’t important as long as you have 3 Blocks across and 4 Blocks tall. For the pictured blanket, I made sure not to have the same pattern Blocks touching each other, but you can arrange your Blocks however you desire. Abbreviations (US Terms):
    • BO – bind off
    • CO – cast on
    • K – knit
    • P – purl
    • PU – pick up
    • Rep – repeat
    • RS – right side
    • st, sts – stitches
    • WS – wrong side
    Seaming methods tutorial here. Picking up stitches tutorial here. Pattern Block 1: Garter St (Make 3)

    With 2 strands of yarn held together, CO 30 sts

    Row 1 (RS): K all sts

    Row 2 (WS): K all sts

    Rows 3-56: Rep Rows 1-2 (28 garter ridges on the RS)

    BO all sts in K st

    Block 2: Seed St (Make 3)

    With 2 strands of yarn held together, CO 29 sts

    Row 1 (RS): *K 1, P 1. Rep from * across to last st, K in last st

    Rows 2-52: Rep Row 1 (K the P sts, P the K sts)

    BO all sts in K st

    Block 3: Waffle St (Make 3)

    With 2 strands of yarn held together, CO 31 sts

    Row 1 (RS): *K 1, P 2. Rep from * across to last st, K in last st

    Row 2 (WS): *P 1, K 2. Rep from * across to last st, P in last st

    Row 3: K all sts

    Row 4: P all sts

    Rows 5-50: Rep Rows 1-4, ending on a Row 2 (WS)

    BO all sts in K st

    Block 4: Hurdle St (Make 3)

    With 2 strands of yarn held together, CO 30 sts

    Row 1: K all sts

    Row 2: K all sts

    Row 3: *K 1, P 1. Rep from * across

    Row 4: *K 1, P 1. Rep from * across

    Rows 5-50: Rep Rows 1-4, ending on a Row 2 (WS)

    BO all sts in K st

    Finishing Arrange Blocks as desired in rows of 3 Blocks wide by 4 Blocks tall. Seam Blocks together in rows using a single strand of yarn and a yarn needle, then sew the rows together. You can find a link to a tutorial on the different seaming methods here. For the pictured blanket, I used the whipstitch seaming method. Weave in all ends and continue to EDGING. Edging

    Use long circular needles to work the EDGING. Work one side of the throw at a time, picking up sts evenly along each edge so that it doesn’t bunch (too few) or ruffle (too many). Tutorial link for picking up sts here.

    Row 1 (RS): With 2 strands of yarn held together, PU and K evenly along top edge of the  blanket. Turn.

    Rows 2-8: K all sts. Turn.

    After Row 8, BO all sts with RS facing, but keep last BO st on needle.  Turn throw 90 degrees in preparation to PU sts along the next edge.

    Rep Rows 1-8 for each side of the throw.

    After last edge has been worked, BO final st. Weave in any remaining ends.

    Use hashtag #simonsaysstashbuster to share your projects on Instagram! Add your project on Ravelry here, or download an easy to follow PDF version of the pattern for a low cost. I hope you enjoy this pattern, and happy knitting!

    Pattern for personal use only. Please do NOT distribute copies of this pattern and do NOT sell copies of this pattern. You may sell finished items that you make using this pattern, but you are required to credit the original pattern/designer as follows: “Made using a pattern from Kountingsheep by Jenny Galusha-Luna: http://kountingsheep.com ” Do not use the photos from this pattern to sell your items. Do not copy and paste the pattern from this blog post to create your own pattern document. Downloadable pattern is available for purchase here.

    Copyright 2019. All photos and written content contained in this pattern are the property of Jenny Galusha-Luna

    Please note this post contains affiliate links. This means I receive a small commission when you shop through the link at no additional cost to you. All pictures and opinions contained in this post are my own.
  • Shine Bright Blanket [Free Crochet Pattern]
    Post contains affiliate links It’s no secret that blankets are one of my favorite types of projects to make. I especially love to give away handmade blankets as gifts. There is nothing quite like wrapping up in a warm blanket that feels like wrapping up in a hug, over and over again. The Shine Bright Blanket is a fast project that is great for a last minute blanket gift. It uses a large hook and yarn held double to help you whip up a blanket over just a few days! The Shine Bright Blanket is also a great option for donation, charity, or even for yourself! Spread love through handmade blankets and shine your light brightly in this world! Download an ad-free PDF version of the pattern on Ravelry here. For other knit and crochet patterns, see my designer profile on Ravelry here or visit my Etsy shop here. Learn to crochet with this book here. Shine Bright Blanket Size: 45″/114 cm wide by 66″/168 cm long Gauge:
    • 7 dc and 3.5 rows = 4″/10 cm (plain dc was used for a gauge swatch)
    • Gauge not essential for this project
    Hooks: Yarn:
    • Caron One Pound (100% acrylic; 16 oz/453 grams, 812 yards/742 meters): Soft Pink, 2 skeins; Peach, 2 skeins; Cream, 1 skein
    • Or similar Size 4 medium (Aran) yarn of choice in at least 2 colors for Body (approximately 2400 yards) and one color for Edging (approximately 400 yards)
    Notions: Abbreviations (US Terms):
    • ch, chs – chain, chains
    • dc – double crochet
    • hdc – half double crochet
    • Rep – repeat
    • Rnd – round
    • RS – right side
    • sc – single crochet
    • sk – skip
    • sl st – slip stitch
    • sp, sps – space, spaces
    • st, sts – stitch, stitches
    • WS – wrong side
    Notes: You will need to hold two strands of yarn together to work the Body of this blanket with the larger hook. For the pictured sample, I used two solid colors to create a new shade, but you can mix colors in any way you choose! This is a great pattern for using up large amounts of worsted or Aran weight yarn; you will need about 2400 yards for the Body of the blanket. The Edging is worked with a singe strand of yarn in a contrasting neutral color, or color of choice with the smaller hook; you will need about 400 yards for the Edging. Gauge is not essential for this project, but please note that if your gauge is different, you may require more yarn than the suggested amounts. The pattern uses 1 full skein and 1 half skein of each main color for the Body of the blanket, and about 1 half skein of the contrasting color for the Edging of the blanket in the suggested yarn. Pattern: Body

    With larger hook and two strands of yarn held together (1 Peach and 1 Soft Pink or 2 colors of choice), Ch 75

    Row 1 (RS): Dc in 4th ch from hook and each ch across. Turn. (73 dc)

    Rows 2-4: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), dc in each dc across. Turn. (73 dc)

    Row 5 (RS): Ch 3, 2 dc in same first st, sk next 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk next 2 dc, *5 dc in next dc (Shell created), sk next 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk next 2 dc. Rep from * across to last dc, 3 dc in last dc. Turn. (73 sts)

    Row 6 (WS): Ch 1, sc in first dc, sk next 2 dc, 5 dc in next sc (Shell created), sk next 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk next 2 dc, work Shell in next sc, sk next 2 dc. Rep from * across to last dc, sc in last dc. (73 sts)

    Row 7 (RS): Ch 3, 2 dc in same first st, sk next 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk next 2 dc, *5 dc in next sc (Shell created), sk next 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk next 2 dc. Rep from * across to last st, 3 dc in last st. Turn. (73 sts)

    Row 8 (WS): Rep Row 6. (73 sts)

    Row 9 (RS): Ch 3, 1 dc in each st across. Turn. (73 dc)

    Rep Rows 2-9 six more times for a total of 7 repeats. Then Rep Rows 2-4 ONCE more.

    Fasten off. Continue to EDGING.

    Pattern: Edging

    Rnd 1: With RS facing, smaller hook and one strand of Edging color yarn, join with sl st in any corner of blanket. Ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in first corner, sc evenly across first edge of blanket to next corner, *(sc, ch 2, sc) in next corner, sc evenly across next edge of blanket to next corner. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc.

    Rnd 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as hdc), hdc in same first st as joining, *(hdc, ch 2, hdc) in ch-2 corner sp, hdc in each sc to next ch-2 corner sp. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc.

    Rnd 3: Sl st over to first ch-2 corner sp, *7 dc in ch-2 corner sp, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, sk 2 sts.

    (7 dc in next st, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, sk next 2 sts) across edge of blanket to next ch-2 corner sp. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first dc.

    Rnd 4: Ch 2, *(sl st in next dc, ch 2) 6 times, sk sc, sl st in next dc, ch 2. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sl st.

    Fasten off. Weave in all ends with a yarn needle.

    Use hashtag #shinebrightblanket to share your projects on Instagram! Add your project on Ravelry here, or download an easy to follow PDF version of the pattern for a low cost. I hope you enjoy this pattern, and remember to shine bright!

    Pattern for personal use only. Please do NOT distribute copies of this pattern and do NOT sell copies of this pattern. You may sell finished items that you make using this pattern, but you are required to credit the original pattern/designer as follows: “Made using a pattern from Kountingsheep by Jenny Galusha-Luna: http://kountingsheep.com ” Do not use the photos from this pattern to sell your items. Do not copy and paste the pattern from this blog post to create your own pattern document. Downloadable pattern is available for purchase here.

    Copyright 2019. All photos and written content contained in this pattern are the property of Jenny Galusha-Luna

    Please note this post contains affiliate links. This means I receive a small commission when you shop through the link at no additional cost to you. All pictures and opinions contained in this post are my own.