Sanders Mittens

Remember when this image went viral last year as a whole mood for what was happening in the world? Well I’ve got a pattern for that!

As soon as I saw this image of Bernie Sanders hunkered down in the cold with these cozy mittens, I knew it needed to be a knitting pattern. That very same day I pulled out a pencil and some graph paper to chart out a similar colorwork pattern as to the ones shown in the picture. By the end of the day, I had a Sanders Mitten and my version of the pattern was born.

I wanted to make sure my mitten pattern would be available in at least two sizes, so I picked a totally different color palette for the second pair of mittens. Of course the smaller ones would be for me, so I went with pinks and reds. What I didn’t realize is that when I substituted in the red color, little hearts appeared!

I also wanted to make sure the pattern would be beginner friendly, so the colorwork does not use more than 2 colors per row, has solid rows of knit in between each chart for a break, and no colorwork on the thumb or top decrease section. I also used a 9” circular to knit my mittens, which helped make the entire project just fly off the needles. A light blocking helps smooth everything out, and I recommend starting the second mitten right away so you won’t have second mitten syndrome, like I do a year later! I made the two sample mittens in the two colors but didn’t finish the respective mates. Now I need to find them and finish them! Thankfully my testers were able to finish a pair of mittens during testing, so the pattern is fully tested and edited.

And there you have it, the Sanders Mittens knit pattern by Jenny GL! You can find the pattern on Ravelry here and on Etsy here. Make sure to tag me @kountingsheep and use hashtags #kountingsheep and #sandersmittens on Instagram if you post your project.

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!

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Simon Says Stashbuster [Free Knitting Pattern]

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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)


  • 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.


  • 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


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.


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


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.


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: ” 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

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Penelope Infinity Scarf

The newly redesigned Penelope Infinity Scarf knitting pattern is now available for sale! Grab your copy on Ravelry here or in my Etsy shop here.

Penelope Infinity Scarf is a loop of fun that is a perfect transition piece for Spring, when the weather starts teasing you of warmer days, but it’s still a little chilly. Wrap yourself up with this soft scarf that feels so squishy around your neck! Penelope Infinity Scarf uses one skein of Caron Cakes yarn. Learn how to cable without a cable needle with a picture tutorial included with the pattern.

This cozy infinity scarf is sure to become a staple in your colder weather wardrobe. Download the pattern today!



Several years ago I made the above pictured hat out of my handspun yarn, and as soon as it was finished, I knew it was the wrong pattern for the yarn. The complicated cables got muddled in the self striping sequence and the softness of the yarn didn’t lend well to the structure this hat needed. When I wore it, the hat constantly slid down my head and was too floppy. I loved the yarn but I didn’t love the hat.


Fast forward to last week when I decided to frog the hat (and matching fingerless mitts, which also didn’t work for the same reasons and had developed a hole needing mended) and make something that I would love to wear. I knew a simpler pattern would help showcase the yarn, so I decided to knit a garter stitch hat instead. The finished hat is perfect now, sitting just right on my head and not sliding off, not too slouchy, and the garter stitch gives the soft yarn just the right structure it needs.


The handspun was one of my most favorite ones ever so I couldn’t stand to have a finished object that I didn’t love to wear. Now I am super happy with the new hat and so glad that knitting can always be taken out and redone.

Homemakery, Part 2


The great thing about living in a bigger space is that there is more room for handmade things, and I love being able to display the things I make around the house. The first two yarn-related projects I did when we moved in was revamp a pillow and an old afghan.

We had a plain pillow on our oversized chair, so I decided a cabled cover would help add some interest and make it more cozy.


I just picked a cable pattern I liked and used the pillow itself as a template. For the back, I did plain garter stitch. Then I crocheted around the outside edges to close it around the pillow. I used yarn I already had, so this pillow got a free facelift.


Next I decided to revamp an afghan I made more than 10 years ago using scrap yarn from my own stash and also from my Grandma’s stash by redoing the edging. The original edging was a bad choice from the beginning (a fuzzy yarn ::shudder::), so I wanted to fill in the gaps left by the hexagons to make this a true rectangle.


After some trial and error, I finally got the effect I wanted. I did some scallops around the whole thing to help even out inconsistencies, and I am so happy with the results. I also had to spend some time weaving in ends because back when I made this blanket, I was sloppier when it came to securing my ends. Now this blanket sits on the back of our couch, always ready to wrap someone up.

Photo Friday: Hats


Four hats I knit as Christmas gifts for siblings. Each hat took less than 4 hours to make, which to me is definitely worth the time to avoid shopping in December.

Handmade Wedding

It’s been almost 9 months since my husband and I got married back in February this year. I thought it was time that I posted pictures of more handmade details from our wedding. Since I want to be able to share what I did with others for inspiration, I’ve  also added a new page titled Handmade Wedding where you can see all the details. Click the link in the top menu to see more!

Here are a few pictures of what I made:

bouquets boutonniere caketopper decor2 shawls2 hairpiece

Here’s a list of what I made in the four months before our wedding:

  • Knit my wedding shawl
  • Crocheted 4 bridesmaid shawls
  • Made over 100 flowers for my bridal bouquet, 4 bridesmaid bouquets, 4 corsages, flower girl basket, 1 memorial mini bouquet, and my hairpiece (crafty friends donated 40 hand-crocheted flowers and 24 hand-crocheted butterflies)
  • Made 10 boutonnieres using burlap, buttons, and ribbon
  • Crocheted 2 doilies using my Grandma Coombe’s cotton thread stash (crafty friends donated 3 hand-crocheted doilies, and I used other doilies that I have made over the years)
  • Made 100 favors using mini brown paper sacks, mini paper doilies, and mini clothespins. Each favor was filled with two peppermint tea bags (our favorite tea)
  • Decorated our unity candle set with ribbons and lace

It was a lot of work, but so worth it to have the wedding of our dreams. Also, we saved a ton of money by making our own stuff, especially on the bouquets. I spent about $150 for fabric (including a bolt of burlap) and supplies that made all the bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, cake toppers, my hairpiece, decorated the flower girl basket, and the unity candle set, as well as cut out burlap squares for all the tables. My wedding shawl was free because the yarn was a gift from my parents several years prior to the wedding that I had been saving up. The doilies, books, tea cups, and other decorations were all free because I just used what I had. The only decor we purchased was 12 mason jar mugs that we filled with peanut M&Ms (and now serve as our drinking glass set), the supplies for a thumbprint tree guest book, and the plain white candles and candle holders I bought to decorate as our unity candle set. The main thing I didn’t want was a bunch of decor stuff purchased for the wedding that then served no purpose afterwards, hence the reason why we used a lot of what we already had, which made it that much more personal.

If you are interested in a hand-knit wedding shawl, hand-crocheted doilies, or other knit or crocheted items for your wedding, please visit my Custom Orders page to fill out a request for price quotes and time estimates.

New Website

Welcome to the new Kounting Sheep Website.

If you are seeing this post, then you are in the right place. Yes, my website is still but things might look a little different. That’s because I have completely moved to a new platform, WordPress. I have been using blogger/blogspot as my main blog since 2007, but as I start to expand Kounting Sheep, I figured it was time to move to a platform that will grow with me and give me more control over my website.

You will still be able to find all of my old blog posts both by scrolling through the main homepage  and by the clicking on the archive drop down menu in the sidebar. And I will be posting new blogs from now on over here. If you had bookmarked, please make sure to change it to, as I will no longer be using blogspot.

Thank you to all of my followers and enjoy the new website!

A Book and Some Mittens

I have another pair of finished mittens to show off. These ones should look familiar because I’ve made them before, but this time they went to my mom for her birthday. So far, I’ve been giving away Christmas gifts for the intended recipients’ birthdays instead, so I have to come up with a new plan for Christmas gifts.

{Strawberry Mittens by Spilly Jane
US Size 1 needles
Scrap fingering weight yarns
Mods include changing thumb pattern}

My mom has several out of state trips planned this fall and winter, so I figured she could put these to good use now rather than waiting until Christmas. When I made this pattern for myself awhile back, my mom wanted them immediately. Unfortunately, it only took me a year and a half to make her a pair for herself. Better late than never, I guess!

Besides celebrating my mom’s birthday this month, we are also celebrating the release of her first published book, My Porcelain Doll. This book is special to our whole family because it details the cancer journey of my sister and how our family fought alongside her. This week it is finally available on Amazon (My Porcelain Doll), so if you are interested, you can buy a copy now.