Pattern Release: Catharus Shawl

Good news, shawl knitters! My Catharus Shawl, originally published in At the Spinnery, is now available as a Blue Peninsula pattern.

Catharus , by Bonnie Sennott

Catharus, by Bonnie Sennott

Named after the hermit thrush (Catharus guttatus), this triangular shawl features a wide rib flowing gracefully into sculptural, nupp-flecked lace. It’s worked top-down in fingering weight yarn — you’ll need 800 yards (732 m).

Through Sunday, September 22, the Catharus Shawl pattern is on sale in my Ravelry store — use the coupon code SEPTEMBER to save 20 percent. It’s also on sale in my Etsy shop (no coupon code needed there).

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For the sample, I used Green Mountain Spinnery’s Lana in the gorgeous Rosado colorway. This lofty 2-ply fingering weight yarn blocked out beautifully, creating a shawl that's warm and cozy yet light as a feather. I can't wait to wear it at Rhinebeck!

Get all the details on yardage, needles, notions, and more on Ravelry. The introductory Catharus sale ends this Sunday, September 22.

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All Shawls Sale

As the mornings grow cooler and leaves start to turn, knitters begin daydreaming about cozy fall knits. To help you get started creating the perfect fall shawl, all Blue Peninsula shawl patterns are 20% off on Ravelry. Use the coupon code SHAWLS20 to get the discount (you can use it more than once).

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A few ideas, clockwise from upper left: Ischnura, Mayblossom, Wonderberry, Hop Brook, and Streusel. The sale ends Monday, September 2 (magazine patterns are not included).

Happy knitting! If you’re in the U.S., I hope you have a fun and relaxing Labor Day weekend with plenty of time for knitting.

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Bonnie Sennott: Ravelry Designer Page
Shawls Bundle

New Pattern: Mayblossom Shawl

Named after flowering hawthorn bushes, Mayblossom is an asymmetrical triangular shawl worked in DK weight wool. Whether you wear it indoors or out, this cozy, generously sized shawl is one you'll love to wrap yourself up in.

To celebrate its release, I’m having an introductory sale on Ravelry: take 20% off Mayblossom with the coupon code SHAWL20.

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Mayblossom’s triangular shape results from increases (yarn overs) worked on RS rows on the left-hand edge only. This edge is the longest side of the triangle and is the top edge when worn. The shawl is knit flat, but a circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches. There are two sizes — 71 (77) inches/180 (195) cm along the longest edge (wingspan).

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Shawl knitting goes fairly quickly with DK weight yarn. For the sample, I used Purl Soho’s Good Wool, a soft woolen spun 100% wool yarn. For either size, you'll need three skeins.

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Mayblossom would make a beautiful addition to your fall wardrobe — or a thoughtful holiday gift. (It’s never too soon to start thinking about holiday knitting, right?)

Enjoy the 20% Ravelry discount through midnight EST, Sunday, August 4. Here’s a direct link that automatically applies the coupon code for you.

Thank you very much for reading. Happy shawl knitting!

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It's Almost Here! Sunshine + Socks KAL

We’re gearing up to knit lots of socks this summer in the Ravelry Blue Peninsula group. This Friday is not only the first day of summer, it’s the first day of the Sunshine + Socks Knitalong.

You can make any of my sock patterns for this KAL, and they’re all on sale through Friday, June 21. Use the coupon code SUNSHINE to save 20% (you can use the code as many times as you like).

If you love lace, cast on Plumtree or Couplet. If color is your thing, go for the Rowhouse Socks or Sugar Dusted. Find more ideas in my Ravelry socks/mitts/hats pattern bundle.

A sock is the kind of knitting project you can fit into any summer day, no matter how high the temps go or where you happen to be. A few rounds here and there, and before you know it, you’ll have a new pair of socks for fall (or gift giving). And you needn’t feel rushed — the knitalong lasts until September 1.

Join us on Ravelry for a fun summer of sock knitting!

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Downy Has Flown to Round 2!

The results are in: of the initial 64 patterns in this year’s Mason-Dixon Knitting March Mayhem bracket, 32 have advanced to Round 2 — and I’m thrilled that Downy is among them.

Today and tomorrow (March 26 and 27), you can vote for four patterns in each of the bracket’s categories: Head & Hands, Neck & Shoulders, Pullovers, and Cardigans. The top vote getters will advance to the next round on Friday.

Thank you so much for the love you’ve shown for Downy. Be sure to vote in Round 2! And just a reminder: through April 15, you can save 20% on the pattern in my Ravelry store. Use the coupon code MAYHEM to get the discount.

Happy voting — and happy knitting!

New Pattern: Bay Road Cowl

Knitters of cowls, lovers of cables and lace: I’ve got a new design that’s just for you!

The Bay Road Cowl has just been released on Ravelry, where it’s on sale for 20% off. Use the coupon code COWL20 to get the discount.

Named after a winding road with views of apple orchards in my hometown of Amherst, Massachusetts, the Bay Road Cowl features gently curving cables and pretty wrapped cluster lace stitches, all framed by crisp seed stitch.

The cowl is knit flat, end to end, in fingering weight yarn, beginning with a provisional crochet cast-on. Finishing is simple: after the piece is blocked, the two ends are joined with a three-needle bind-off. The pattern includes instructions for both the cast-on and bind-off, in case either of those techniques are new to you.

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With a circumference of 51.5 inches/131 cm, the Bay Road Cowl can be worn either in a single loop or — on those coldest days — doubled up for extra warmth. In yesterday’s freezing temperatures, it kept my neck toasty warm all day.

For this design, I used a special skein of yarn that I purchased from White Barn Farm Sheep and Wool at Rhinebeck last fall. I fell in love with both the lovely color and the soft Cormo wool. This is a new, 2-ply fingering weight version of their DK NEST yarn. It’s not in the Ravelry database yet; according to the label there are 365yd/334m in the 100g skein. The cowl used nearly all of the skein.

The 20% off sale ends this Sunday, February 3. Happy knitting — and if you’re dealing with record-breaking cold, I hope you are warm and safe!

Flash BOGO Sale!

Buy One-Get One Sale

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To celebrate my birthday, I’m having a flash sale in my Ravelry pattern store! When you place two individual patterns or ebooks in your cart, you’ll get the lower-priced one FREE, with the coupon code BIRTHDAY (sale ends at midnight tonight — Monday, January 14). The sale applies only to my self-published patterns (patterns from books, magazines, or yarn companies are not included).

Treat Yourself KAL Starts Today

Today’s the first day of the Blue Peninsula Treat Yourself Knitalong. All of my designs are eligible for this fun annual KAL. You can cast on today or anytime during the KAL, which runs six weeks and ends February 25. Come knit with us and treat yourself to a special handknit garment or accessory!

I’m making a new pair of Indikon Mitts for the KAL, using handspun Springdelle Farm Cormo that I dyed with hickory nuts. The sheep and farm, their wool, the hickory nuts, the designer (me), and the knitter (also me) are all from western Massachusetts, making this project about as local as it can get.

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The Treat Yourself KAL is always a fun event. As an added bonus, lovely prizes of yarn and other goodies will be awarded to FOs. And one prize will be awarded randomly to a post in the discussion thread — so even if you don’t finish your project, you still might win a prize. I hope you’ll join us!