Rabble Rousers Giveaway winner


Drum roll please….the winner of the Rabble Rousers:What to Knit When You’re Up to No Good ebook by Hunter Hammersen, is Jocelyn G. She’s been notified. Thanks so much for the generous giveaway, Hunter, and to everyone who entered.

We’re having a family getaway at the little house by the little lake (with some good friends), and after many hours of splashing around, hamburgers and ice cream sandwiches, we have several sleepy kids and one woefully sunburned girl to bundle off to bed.

Hope you’re having an excellent weekend,



Balm Knitalong Big Finish and Rabble Rousers Book Giveaway

Check out knitpurple09’s beautiful Balm to the Soul!

And jantaber’s colorful one!

Thanks so much to everyone who joined the fun in the Balm to the Soul/Bridge Over Troubled Water KAL; what a delightful group, and so many generous people making gifts for friends or prayer shawls. Everyone who finished a shawl will receive a copy of the Juniper Lemon Shawlette pattern as soon as it’s published. Hope to see you all back again for the Juniper Lemon KAL starting August 15th!

Rabble Rousers Book, by Hunter Hammersen

Hunter Hammersen, one of my favorite designers, has just published a fun new collection, Rabble Rousers; What to Knit When You’re Up to No Good. The accessories projects feature lace and textured patterns all one skein or less, so perfect for gearing up for holiday gifts! The book is available in physical and electronic forms, and anyone who purchases the physical book gets the e-version for free.

Fracas Hat

The collection includes the Clamor loose-fitting hat, Tumult textured cowl, Fracas lace-and-ribbed hat, lacy Uproar cuff, and mitt-and-cowl Ruction set. For knitting that’s up to no good, these look pretty good to me!

Tumult Cowl

Thanks so much to Hunter for giving an e-book to one lucky reader; to win, just comment about your favorite pattern here or any of Hunter’s work. The giveaway will run through this Friday, August 3rd.

Take care,


Wednesday Book Giveaway: The Embellished Sock

A truly original look at footwear by designer Charles Gandy, The Embellished Sock, Knitted Art for the Foot will give you fun pictures to look at and projects to try! Ruffles, ripples, loops, snakes and tulips are some of the fanciful decorations you’ll find in this book, as well as tips and photo tutorials for techniques like Kitchener grafting and a Crocheted Provisional Cast-On.


The 18 sock patterns are accompanied by finishing tips and You Tube videos  to make sure knitters succeed at these over-the-top footwear projects.

One lucky winner will receive a copy of this book, courtesy of Acorn Creek Press and Charles Gandy.

To enter, please comment on any pattern from the book, or any of Charles Gandy’s other patterns.

Winner will be picked by Random Number Generator this Monday evening, July 30th.

Are you gearing up for the Ravellenics? Team Knitcircus is still accepting new members if you’d like to join the fun!



Knitting Design Book Giveaway and peek at Japanese Knitting

April flowers

I love spring.

I love my Guild, too–they bring in such exciting speakers (often partnering with the Sow's Ear, a great Madison-area yarn store and social hub).

Gayle Roehm showed us a fascinating array of slides featuring Japanese designers; couture knits from author Hitomi Shida,

Setsuko Torii of Habu, and many more. The unique constructions many of them used, including knitting sweaters clockwise around from the neck, draped and slanted designs and lavish stitch patterns really got my design mind revved up! Needlearts has a pdf they include with Japanese knitting books summarizing how to use them; Ravelry's Japanese Knitting and Crochet group is a place to find out more.

Speaking of design, if spring is getting your creative juices flowing, how about a new design book? Time for a giveaway!

Teach Yourself Visually Knitting Design, Working from a Master Pattern to Design Your Own Knits

by Sharon Turner

Teach yourself visually 

The chapters and basic/master patterns include Scarves and Shawls, including both rectangular and triangular shawls, hats, bags, socks, mitten, gloves, vests and sweaters, altering the basic patterns and designing your own,plus resources and getting started tips.

The Knitcircus Summer issue's coming out soon (May 1!!!) so to make sure you get notified when the new issue goes live, plus our monthly newsletter with recipes and reviews, sign up for our mailing list to enter the giveaway. The signup's right at the bottom of the blog. If you're already on board, please leave a comment telling me your favorite summer or gift knits.

Three more winners will receive a pdf of the Current Pattern Collection (20 patterns, $7.50 value).

The Random Number Generator will kindly pick a winner for us next Monday, April 19th.

Good luck and craft on!