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Month: November, 2015

Indie Gift – A- Long Final Day


Today is the last day of discount in the GAL2015… I have 3 UFO’s that I want to end by monday so no pictures today.. Just knit..

The designers of today are the second half of the cheerleaders and brains behind the curtains of the GAL2015.

Jennifer Dassau, she is a US designer and her site is The Knitting Vortex. She has amazing colorwork shawls and cowls. She also design beautiful garments for women.


Lindsey Stephens, she is a US designer and her site is Poetry in Yarn. She has knit and crochet designs. I love her beaded beret.. It’s gorgeous!!!


Fiona Hamilton-MacLaren, she is a British designer and her site is A Little Bit Sheepish. She is the designer of the sock lovers.. Her patterns are fabulous!! I have them on my list!!!


Triona Murphy, she is a US designer and her site is Triona Desings. She has all kind of patterns and my favorites are the garments.. Her patterns has  great fit!!


Sarah jane Jackson, she is from Australia. She has the coolest steampunk line of patterns.. I’m in love with her designs.


Sharon Boswell , she is also from Australia, and her site is Swanning About with Yarn . She is a knit and crochet designer. her designs are very textured but also minimalist..


Karen Troyer Ladman , seis a US designer, and her site is Special K Knits. She has beutiful mitt patterns with colorwork, cables, slip stitches… Mitts for all tastes.


Talitha Kuomi , she is a US designers and her site is Talitha Kuomi. I love her designs. They have clean lines and are very classy and timeless. They can fit in any wardrobe.


Today is the last day of the Indie Gift-A-Long 25% discount, so don’t miss the opportunity to get it!

I also have designs on discount, if you want to see them please follow the link here!

Have a great weekend!!!!

With love, Marce

Indie Gift-A-Long day 7 & 8


Sorry about yesterday, I had a bussy day and I didn’t have time to make a proper post. So today, I will compensate with lots of great designers!!!

The designers I’m going to talk about, are those who contribute with their time to make the GAL2015 a great event. They are the cheerleaders and the brains behind the curtains. Because its many people.. I split them for today and tommorow..

Kimberly Golynskiy , she is a US designer her site is 80skeins. he also make me a interview in her blog tour around the world in 80 skeins. Her designs are beautiful and very and playful.. She have tons of amazing patterns for all ages and genders.


Aimee Alexander , she is a US designer and her site is Polka Dot Sheep. She has amazing colorwork patterns and very cute baby patterns as well. Love the red-camel color combo!!!


Denise Voie de Vie, she is a US designer and her site is Voie de Vie. She has very nice crochet patterns. Very classy and beautiful.. Love the afghan.. is in my list!!!


Jean Clement , she is a US designer, and her site is Desert Rose Fiber Arts. She has some very cool patterns for socks and shawls lovers.. I love the combinations of cable and lace of her patterns.


Allison LoCicero, she is a US designers and her site is Freckles & Purls. She have some very cool and beautiful lace shawls.. They are very feminine and minimalist… Love it..


Brenda Castiel, she is a US designer and her site is  Knit and Travel. she has some very interesting patterns with differents ways to make them..She has some very clever solutions for her patterns and the results are awesome!!!


Jessica K. Larson, she is a US designer and her label is GooseBearknits. I love her monochromatic designs.. They are great for those ombré hand dyed yarns!!


Kimberly Voisin, she is a US designer and her site is Wee Studio. She has the most lovely wee patterns!! I’m madly in love with her hats patterns!!!


Kate Vanover, she is a US designer and her site is Blogitating. She have very cool bag collection. So if you to tame the Opadoo you can’t miss her designs.


I hope you like the first half of the brains behind the curtains!!! Don’t forget the GAL discount is until tomorrow at midnight!!! And Happy Thanksgiving!!!

With Love, Marce

Indie Gift-A-Long Day 6


The GAL has been very fun… Some knitters has made some amazing projects with Southern Star and I’m very happy!!! I also finish one sock.. casting on the other today… I’m so proud of my sock…. I will show it t you  at the end… But first, the designers of the GAL2015.

Clarice Gomes, she is a Portuguese designer and you can follow her is her Facebook page here. She have amazing shawls designs with color and beautiful lace stitches… I always have room for one more shawl!!


Inês Sousa, she also from Portugal, he site is Seni Handmade. She has very beautiful lace shawl patterns. Love the stitch definition of her designs. I feel tempted to make one of those. 🙂


Victoria Groger, she is an Israeli gner an her site is and her site is Auriga’s Knits.  She  have beautiful kids designs. I love the color choices for kids a the minimalist look of her designs.

Henya Kazatchkov, she is also fom Israel, and her site is Chicken Stitches. She have some great designs for kids and beautiful slippers.. Greats idea for add to your X-mas list.


Now I will show you first sock… So happy!!! I think I’m going to end both by tomorrow.. Love the pattern!!!


Hope you the designers of today and my half FO sock!!!! See you in the GAL2015 group.

With love, Marce


Indi Gift-A-Long day 5


Today I have an UFO to show you.. I kind of love how is working and can’t wait to finish but I think that will be tomorrow. But before I want to talk about some great designers.

Anjali M, she i a designer form India and her site is Affiknits. She have some amazing feminine design for women and the cutest design for kids. I love how she use lace and colorwork in her designs.


Nidhi Kansal she is also from India and her site is The New To. She have great garments, very well fitted and extremely gorgeous. My favorite is a cardigan called First Love. Just beautiful!!


Holly Stevens is a New Zealander designer. she have beautiful hats a kids garment designs. Her pattern are very wearables and timeless. They can fit in any wardrobe so they are a great choice for a X-mas gift.


And the last one for today is EgeszenPanka, she is from Netherlands and her site is here. She has some very nice lace patterns and what I love of her, is how she use variegated and self striping yarns. Its very hard to find good patterns for this types of yarns


Now its time to show you my UFO!!!! I’m working on la sock pattern from Solene Le Roux. It is call Verdon Socks. I’m really in love with the results untill now. Can’t wait to finish them!!!!


Its my second pair of socks in life!!! So cross your fingers and wish me luck!!!

Hope you like the designers from today and don’t forget to join the GAL group and show your UFO’s and FO’s!!!!

With Love, Marce

A week is 7 times better than a day!

Mariazil is a friend designer from Greece. She have a great new!!! Her designs are for sale for one week!!!! Don’t miss the opportunity to know her work!



Well, it’s this time of the year again, time to give thanks to friends and customers! Next Friday is Black Friday, so I thought I should give you a chance for  some serious discount on my patterns!

All you have to do is

  • go to my Ravelry Store
  • pick up  a pattern (or more)
  • go to the  pattern/s page/s
  • click the “add to cart” button and
  • apply the code blackweek2015.

You’ll get a 20% discount on the pattern/s price/s  and you can buy as many of my patterns as you wish!

This offer is valid starting tomorrow, November 22th and will last until the end of the month, so yes, that IS a black week, isn’t it?

That’s it, pretty easy, ha? Happy blackweek2015 everybody!!!

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Indie Gift-A-Long day 4


Days past super fast…But you have until friday to get a pattern with 25% discount!!!

Today I going to talk about the designer who put this event together. All the participant designers deserves some credit, but this 3 designers, put lots of effort to make a really nice and coordinate event for all of us.

Lindsay Lewchuck is a US designer and her site is KnitEcoChic . She have tons of beautiful patterns. Her patterns are easy to wear, timeless and they fits great in any kind of wardrobe.


Nina Machlin she a US designer and hesite is Nina Knits. Her designs are very minimalist and elegant with great details. With one of her patterns you can’t go wrong with your X-mas list.

Simone Kereit she is originally from Switzerland, but she lives now in the US. Her site is Owl Cat Designs and she also blogs about food an healthy lifestyle at Simple Healthy Homemade. her designs are beautiful.. I love how she use color in her designs. The patterns are classy, timeless and gorgeous!!!


There are  many other designer who really put lots of effort in this event, so my congrats to all of them too. Thank you to all the designer who participates and makes this GAL2015 rocks!

With love, Marce


Indie Gift-A-Long Day 3


Day 3 of the Gal!!!.. It has been so much fun!!!! I have my first FO.. But before I show you my FO, I’m going to talk about 4 interesting designers.

Nancy Whitman, she is US designer, and her site is WhitKnits. She have some amazing geometric shawl designs.. They are very interesting and georgeous!!! If you want to try something really different, you MUST try one of her designs.


Gabrielle Danskknit, she is a Canadian designer. She has beautiful babies and kids patterns.. Her pictures and designs are awesome!!! If you are looking patterns for babies or kids, she is your designer.


Elena Fedotova she is from Ukraine but now she is living in Montenegro and her site is A Cup Of Stitches. She is a crochet designer. I looove crochet an her designs are beautiful and classy. You will be tempted to try one!

GAL lena 04

And the last one for the day is Gege à la Gomme . She is a Canadian designer and her site is Gege a la Gomme. Her designs are colorful, trendy and sophisticated.. She also have some gorgeous men designs to rock your partner world!!!


I also want to show you my first FO of the GAL2015… I made the Silken Leaves Lace Hat from Loraine Birchall. Beautiful, easy to follow and well written pattern. I soo happy with the results!!!! I really love my FO!!!




Don’t you think that is a really nice pattern?!!

Hope you like the designers selection of today and my gorgeous FO!!!

With love, Marce



Indie Gift-A-Long Day 2


I promised yesterday that I will show some of the designer at Gal2015. So here they are:

Adrienne Ku, she is an US designer and her label is mushroomknits. My favorites of this designer are her lace shawls. Her work is very delicate and beautiful.. Big fan!


Barbara Benson, she is a US designer, her website is Tumped Duck.What I love of her designs is the flexibility of them.. She has many patterns that can be work really well both men and women.


Bonnie Sennott, she is a US designer and her website is Blue Peninsula. When you look at her designs you can magically move to a warm and beautiful place. I love her aesthetics and her designs are so classy.


And the last one is Emily Wood, she is also a US designer. She have great, timeless and very wearables designs. She is one of the new designer worth knowing in this GAL2015.


Today was all about US designers!!! Hope you like the post and join us for the Indie Design Gift-A-Long on Ravelry!!!


With Love, Marce


Indie Gift-A-Long 2015

Hi Knitters!!

Tonight start the Indie Gift-A-Long 2015 (GAL2015)!!! This event brings together independent designers from around the world in a big sale of patterns. For one week a great pattern selection is 25% off. Also includes Kals and games for the knitters and prizes for the winners.

This is a great opportunity for you to know new designers or buy that pattern you have queued for long time…

This year the list of designers is huge, over 300.. I will love to show you all, but is difficult.. I decided to post every day  different pattern that I really want to make.. I’m going to need more arms, minions or more hours a day, but I will do my best effort!!!!

Now the fun part!!!

Verdon Socks by Solene Le Roux , she a french designer with some great selections of pattern.. I love them all.. Worth checking her store!!!


First Snow Mittens By Knits’n’Pieces, she is an estonian designer. What a lovely pair of mittens!!! I’m so into colowork… Cant wait to cast on !!!


Silken Leaves Lace Hat by Loraine Birchall . She is a british designer.  I’m a fan of lace..And this hat is so beautiful… Also is a small project if you never tried lace…


Waverleaf by Ukeeknits, she is a Canadian designer. I love this shawl… Is a great design and you can use your leftover a make a really nice X-mas gift.


Moonlight & Tea bye Kelly Brooker. She is a New Zealander designer. This shawl is beautiful!!! It will work great with a varigated or selfstriped yarn!!!


The GAL2015 start today at 8:00 pm US EST until  Friday, November 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm US EST. To get the 25% of discount you have to enter the code giftalong2015. If you want to participate in the Kals and games to win prizes join us in the Indie Design Gift A Long group. I also have a bunch of designs on sale for this event, you can check them here.

Hope you like the pattern selection… See you in the Gal group!!!

With Love, Marce



How to Read Charts 101

Hi Knitters!!!!

I recently published a hat e-book (Colowork Hats) and most of the instructions are charted. This is because is really difficult and pointless make written patterns with colowork. I have to say, that I really love charts because they have no languages, they are universal. When you feel comfortable with them, a world of patterns open to you. because you can buy any pattern no matter the language in which it is written. So, here are some basic:

  1. Every square is a stitch
  2. If is a back and forth pattern you start reading from right to left (odd rows) and continues from left to right (even rows)
  3. In most of the charts the sts in the even rows are the oposite st of the odd row. For example, in the picture below, row 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 are all knit stitches  and the even rows (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12) are all purl stitches.

Tutorial chart back and forth

Now, the same example  in the round:

  1. As the same as above, every square is a stitch
  2. When you follow an in the round chart, you always read from right to left
  3. The stitches of the odd and even rows are the same. In the example,  the stitches of all the rows are knit stitches.

Tutorial chart in the round

Sometimes the charts, look like they have some stitches missing. But in a chart, nothing is missing… The charts shows the final result of a stitch. For example: ssk it shows in one square like this /. So when you see a chart with blank spaces, just jump to the next square and forget them.

Tutorial chart blank space

These are some basic tips of reading charts. If you never have tried to knit with charts, I recommend you to start with a small project in colorwork (hats, mittens, scarf)… Don’t go with a big lace shawl, because you will feel overwhelmed. Hope you like this tutorial and find it useful for your next projects.

With Love, Marce