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Warm Things Pattern & Yarn Giveaway! February 7, 2020 08:59

In anticipation of the Warm Things Hat & Mitts pattern release, O-Wool and I have teamed up for a giveaway!

Two lucky winners will be chosen on Tuesday!


• One winner will receive: a free copy of the Warm Things HAT pattern and one skein of O-Wool’s Local yarn

• another winner will receive: a free copy of the Warm Things MITTS pattern and one skein of O-Wool’s Local yarn.

Winners may choose their favorite color! 🌈

The Patterns

These patterns are currently available for pre-order on Ravelry, or available now to my Patreon subscribers.

For everyone who's not subscribed to my Patreon, the pattern will be available on Tuesday—February 11, 2020—the same day that the giveaway winner is selected.

If you're not already on my email newsletter, sign up to be notified when the pattern's available to the public.

To enter the giveaway:

Visit this post on my Instagram page, like and comment on the image. Just be sure you're following both me (@kristentendyke) and @owool. It's super simple to enter! Bonus points if you repost the image to your Instagram feed or stories.

Entries close on February 10, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST, and the winner will be selected randomly on February 11, 2020! See the post on Instagram for all the other details!

Good luck!
~Kristen :)

Njord Pullover in Cast on Spring 2020 February 1, 2020 02:48

I don't know about you, but the prospect of Spring has me thinking of warm-weather knits. Some of my favorite things about Spring and Summer knits are organic cotton, short sleeves and wearing pullovers instead of cardigans.

The Njord pullover is all of those! I'm really looking forward to having this top as part of my Spring and Summer wardrobe. The Skinny organic cotton from Blue Sky Fibers is so soft against the skin, it really feels so comfortable and cool to wear.

Njord is worked seamlessly (like most of my sweaters are), and from the bottom up. The back and front are divided at the underarms and worked separately to the shoulders, where they are shaped with short-rows and joined with the Three-needle bind-off. I also include instructions for bound-off shoulders if you'd prefer to seam them.

The sleeves are picked up and worked in the round. The caps are shaped using short-rows, in 2x2 ribbing. Then the neckband stitches are picked up around the neckline for a comfortable crew neck.

My favorite part about designing this, was figuring out how to incorporate the waist shaping into the diamond pattern. I cast on for this sample sweater three times before I got it just right.

I opted to create a faux seam by twisting a column of purl stitches all along each side of the body. This makes it so the increases and decreases may occur to either side of the faux seam resulting in a mirrored effect in the Diamond Pattern.

Watch this 1-minute video for a closer look!

The Njord pullover pattern is available in the Spring 2020 issue of Cast on Magazine. It's available online as a digital issue and there are bunches of other great designs included, such as the Heartbeat Pullover, by Therese Chynoweth and Mandala Cowl by Manisha Gajria.

The Spring 2020 issue of Cast On Magazine has been recently published, and is available to all members of The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA). If you're not a member, you can sign up here, and gain access to TONS of valuable knitting info including these patterns of mine. Well worth the yearly membership price.

One of the things I love about Cast On is that they request designers include "Designer Notes" and "Technical Tips" throughout the patterns, to give a little bit more information about what's going on. Not a whole lot of publishers request nor include things like this, and I think it can be really helpful sometimes to explain further than simply "do this", and to explain the "why" and "what's going on" as well. Cast On really is an educational journal for knitters.

So, what do you think of this sweater? Leave a comment below!

The Warm Things patterns are almost ready! January 28, 2020 16:45

I'm wrapping up the cool-weather patterns next week with another hat and mitt set that I call "Warm Things".

In my house, we have this trunk—a sort of chest—that was made by my partner’s grandfather. In it, we keep all the hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, cowls, etc... that we use throughout the cool seasons. We lovingly call it the “Warm Things Box”.

The name for these mitts and the matching hat is inspired by their belonging in this box.

They are knit using O-Wool's Local yarn—a beautiful (and warm) blend of locally sourced alpaca and certified organic merino.

The Patterns are coming!

On Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020 they go up for pre-order on Ravelry, and Patreon Members will gain access to them on that day. They’ll be available to the public on Feb 11.

Patreon members also get 15-100% off all my new patterns.
If you join before Saturday, Feb 1, you’ll get the discounts and early access too!

Watch this video on Instagram, to see more details of these pattern pages, and stay tuned for their debut next week!

Tyr Hat & Mitts Giveaway January 10, 2020 16:22 2 Comments

I'm really excited to be wrapping up the finishing touches on the Tyr Hat and Mitten patterns. They've been a LONG time coming. I've had to knit them twice. The first set was supposed to be published by another publisher, but fate would have it that they (along with many other garments in the issue) got lost in shipping—a designers worst nightmare. I imagine it was this publishers worst nightmare as well. Soon after, they decided to close their doors, after over 10 years of publishing quality patterns. And I moved on, focusing on other things for awhile.

Until this past Autumn, when I felt the inspiration to knit them again—which rarely happens. I never knit things twice. But these… these are just so worth it. I just couldn't let them go off into the ether, considering the pattern was done.

The cuffs of the mittens and the brim of the hat are worked in 1x1 ribbing, which has a really great hug. To make the cast-on edge the best possible edge—to match the friendly squeeze of the ribbing—I opted to use the tubular cast-on. Which, if you've never done, never fear! I've also linked to a photo tutorial from my blog, to help make it more clear. The patterns also include written and charted instructions for the cable patterns.

Pattern Release Date

These patterns will be available to my Patreon subscribers on Monday, January 13, 2020. If you absolutely can't wait to get these patterns, check out the membership options on my Patreon page.

For everyone who's not subscribed to my Patreon, the pattern will be out a week later—January 20, 2020—the same day that the giveaway winner is selected.

If you're not already on my email newsletter, sign up to be notified when the pattern's available to the public.

In anticipation of the release of these patterns, Green Mountain Spinnery and I have teamed up to give one lucky knitter a free copy of each of the Hat and Mittens patterns PLUS 2 skeins of the Mountain Mohair yarn in the Spice color, so they may knit themselves a set to match the ones I've made (twice)!

To enter the giveaway:

Visit this post on my Instagram page, like and comment on the image. Just be sure you're following both me (@kristentendyke) and @greenmtnspinnery. It's super simple to enter! Bonus points if you repost the image to your Instagram feed or stories.

Entries close on January 19, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST, and the winner will be selected randomly on January 20, 2020! See the post on Instagram for all the other details!

Good luck!
~Kristen :)

Julie's Sweater KAL - January 10 – March 12, 2020 January 5, 2020 08:09

Sign-ups are open for the Julie's Sweater KAL!

And the pattern is on sale for 20% off, to get you started (more on that below).


Maybe you're wondering: What's a KAL?

A KAL is a Knit-A-Long event where a bunch of knitters gather together (online, in this case) to knit the same pattern and discuss their project and experiences, share pictures, and win prizes.

In the Julie's Sweater KAL there are opportunities to win free copies of my patterns, as well as autographed copies of some of my books.

Join Us!

If you think you'd like to get started on your own Julie's Sweater next week, take a look at the Ravelry Thread where we'll be gathering online, and leave a post there, stating that you'd like to join! You don't need to finish by March 12, but if you do, you're eligible for some additional prizes!


Get 20% off the pattern!

Which means it's only $3.99—until March 12, 2020.

Use the code: JULIEKAL
on Ravelry or on kristentendyke.com

The sale ends March 12, 2020 at 11:59 EST.

Read all about and/or join Julie's Sweater Knit-A-Long here!


Spring 2020 Knitscene & the Arced Shawl January 3, 2020 09:36

We just entered 2020—a new decade—and I'm excited at the prospect of Spring! Knitscene has just published their Spring 2020 issue, filled with some great patterns to help us shift gears toward thinking of warmer days.

Within the pages of this issue there are bunches of great designs—like the Netted Tank Top by Caroline Dick and the Ellipsoidal Shawl by Moon Eldridge. You'll also see my Arced Shawl.

This shawl was an absolute joy for me to knit.

I loved the simplicity of the welt pattern as it's worked in whole rows, then it got even more fun and interesting to watch the shape form as the short-row sections curve, making shorter sections of the welt.

The cable panel at the lower edge adds a touch of visual interest to the hem of the shawl. Are there hems on shawls? I'm such a sweater knitter...

And the FRINGE! So, this fringe is great. It's made by knitting a few stitches after the cable panel throughout the entire shawl. Then when you get to the end, just before binding off, those knitted stitches are dropped and unraveled all the way back to the cast-on.

Maybe that sounds scary, but trust me, the rest of your knitting won't unravel, and it makes for some beautiful, equal-length, easy to attach fringe along the edge of your shawl.

Read all about the Arced Shawl here.

Take a look at all the patterns in the Spring 2020 issue of Knitscene on Ravelry to start thinking of warm weather. The more we think about it, and FEEL how awesome it is to be warmed by the sun, the sooner it'll come, right? Hey, I'm a dreamer.

But still, go download your copy of the magazine.

And leave a comment below, to let me know what you think!

Jackson Cap is Now available! December 7, 2019 00:00

The Pattern

The Jackson Unisex Cap pattern is now available! It's a really quick-to-make and easy hat. I've made a few. They'll make great gifts this holiday season!

There is a little counting in the beginning, but once the crown is shaped it's easy breezy all the way down. I want to make a ton of these!

This is a great pattern for a beginning crocheter who might like to learn a new stitch—the front post double crochet. I've included photo tutorials in the pattern to avoid any places that might be confusing!

Take a look at the pattern info and get your copy today!

The Pattern on Ravelry

I just set up something that I think is a really great feature from Ravelry. Now, when you buy a pattern from my website, you'll get the option to have it sent to your Ravelry library! Or, you may download it directly from Ravelry.


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What yarn would you use to make this hat? Leave a comment! I'd love to hear from you.

New Pattern - Jackson Unisex Cap November 29, 2019 04:00

The Jackson Unisex Cap a simple crocheted hat—great for an easy mindless project, or for an adventurous beginning crocheter, willing to learn a new stitch or two.


It begins at the center of the crown and is worked around and around in a spiral in single crochet. Then there is one round of increases to establish the front-post-double-crochet stitches. After that point the increases are done, and it's just simple stitching until the hat is your desired length.

The edging is worked by reversing single crochet stitches to work them in the opposite direction—a fancy-looking stitch called "Crab Stitch".
Two of the four pattern pages include photo tutorials, showing exactly where to put the hook for a stitches that might be new to you—such as the front-post-double-crochet stitch.
The pattern is written for 4 sizes, ranging from baby to adult, so it will fit anyone you'd make one for.
It uses a worsted weight yarn, between 120 and 210 yards, which is probably around 50 to 100 grams of your favorite worsted yarn!
This simple stitch pattern will look great in solid and multi colored yarns.

This new crochet hat pattern will be available to my Patreon patrons tomorrow, and will be published publicly for everyone in just one more week.


Join me on Patreon

If you'd like to join my Patreon before December 1st, you will also receive the 15% to 25% off discount codes for this pattern, as well as many of the other benefits of being one of my Patreon members, such as free patterns, giveaways, knit and crochet design tips and more!

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What do you love about this hat? Leave a comment! I'd love to hear from you.

The Indie Designer Gift-a-long is about to begin! November 23, 2019 05:00

The annual gift-a-long (GAL) event on Ravelry is about to begin, and I'm really excited to be part of it this year! It's been happening just before the holidays for the last 7 years, but this is my first year participating.

Do you know about it? Let me tell you what I know!

Pattern Sale

There are about 300 participating knit and crochet designers who are each offering between 10–20 of their patterns for sale. That's a HUGE number of patterns on sale. This is the biggest sale event on Ravelry of the year.

The sale begins on Tuesday November 26 at 8pm eastern. Find out here what time that is for your time zone, so you don't miss it! It ends at 11:59pm Monday, December 2, 2019, eastern.

It's the perfect opportunity to stock up on whatever handmade gift patterns you'd like to make for this holiday season.

Check out the 20 knit & crochet designs that I'll be offering in this sale!
It starts on Tuesday! You may want to make a wish list...

But, the GAL doesn't end with the sale! That's only the beginning!

KALs and CALs, prizes, contests and more!!

Through the end of this year, there are knit-a-longs and crochet-a-longs that are on-going, including physical and/or pattern prizes from me and the other designers.

Cast-on for the KAL and CAL is on Tuesday! Plan ahead to get started right at the get-go!

Not only are the 20 knit and crochet patterns that I've included in the GAL eligible for the KAL and CAL prizes, but ALL my patterns can be made with the possibility of winning something really cool!

Take a look in the GAL 2019 group on Ravelry for all you'll want to know about this fun annual event. 

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I'd love to know which projects you plan on making! Please leave a comment to share your plans!

Spanra Color Ideas and Encircled Winner! October 6, 2017 05:42

Thanks to everyone for your comments on the post about Encircled and my Spanra Pullover! There are so many colors of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash to choose from, the possibilities for this sweater are endless! Below, you can take a look at my renditions of some of the other gorgeous color combos suggested in the comments. Read more…


Encircled Giveaway! September 30, 2017 07:22 25 Comments

The newest collection of patterns from Knit Picks, Encircled, is now available! In it you'll find 10 colorwork yoke pullovers, including my Spanra Pullover. Read more.









New Pattern - Silfa Cardigan July 28, 2016 19:07 4 Comments

Silfa CardiganSeamless knitting is somewhat of a passion of mine. Is it obvious? Maybe you're wondering what the big deal is about seamless knitting, or maybe you've tried it and love it as much as I do. If you haven't ever knit a seamless sweater, let me tell you what I love about it: Read more...







The Alice Hoodie Knit Along starts July 15th! July 8, 2016 06:00

Alice HoodieI was feeling silly the night the Alice Hoodie was inspired. I swatched it in a single-ply bulky yarn, and tentatively named it "Squishy Wishy." I posted on twitter asking people if they would knit something with that name. I was surprised—people seemed pretty open to it. So I kept that title as I mailed the submission to Knitscene… Read more.




New Pattern - Little Joy Dress! June 30, 2016 21:54

The Little Joy Dress was inspired many years ago when my niece was tiny. But, at that time I was much more focused on designing and knitting adult sweater garments more-so than for children. Thus, it turned into the adult Joy Lace Tunic.

Since the birth of my son however, my affinity for… Read More.



New Pattern - Treat Yourself Cardigan June 17, 2016 06:00 2 Comments

Short-sleeve, eyelets, and minimal shaping make the Treat Yourself Cardigan a treat to knit this summer! It's easy to carry along with you, and is relatively mindless knitting, great for knitting during car rides, at cook outs, ball games, etc… Read more.






New Crochet Pattern - Vines and Flowers Wrap May 30, 2016 06:00

Lattice-work, with traveling vines, graced with an edge of flowers, this wrap is simple, fun to make and oh-so-cozy to wear. The Vines and Flowers Wrap (or scarf) pattern is available in the June 2016 issue of I Like Crochet, along with my Rad in Red Tank pattern. Read more.




New Pattern - Ahoy May-Tee May 26, 2016 06:00

The Ahoy May-Tee (published in the June 2016 issue of I Like Knitting) is a lot of fun to knit! It begins by knitting the cable panel sideways, then joining the two ends together to make a ring. The lower and upper bodies are picked up and knit from either side of the cable panel. There's a little waist shaping for a flattering fit, and once the cable band is joined, it's completely seamless! Read more.



New Pattern - Eyelet Ridge Sweater May 23, 2016 06:22

Recently, I talked about the Eyelet Ridge Hat pattern, and mentioned that it was the first of a series of Eyelet Ridge patterns. Well, here's the next pattern in that series, published by Knittin' Little! The Eyelet Ridge Sweater is sized to fit babies 6-months old through children 12-years old! Read more.

New Pattern - Dunlin Jumper May 16, 2016 06:00

Issue #60 of Knit Now is out on shelves, and you can see the Dunlin Jumper on the corner of the cover. The pattern is inside, ready to be followed as you knit this sweater for your little friends. The pattern is sized to fit babies 3-months old to children up to 10 years old. It's a classic seamless raglan pattern that can be knit over and over and over… Read more.

New Crochet Pattern - Rad in Red Tank May 9, 2016 06:00

The June issue of I Like Crochet is out! If you subscribe (which I would recommend—they publish bi-monthly, and each issue is PACKED with a ton of great patterns), you can access my Rad in Red Tank pattern. Or, if you can endure waiting, I'll be self-publishing this eventually on this website and Ravlery. But who can wait, really? This sweater is just too awesome. Read more.





New Crochet Pattern & Giveaway - Savona May 3, 2016 02:51 13 Comments

SavonaClassic Elite Yarns has just published A Time for Crochet—a book full of crochet patterns, including my Savona pattern, crocheted using Classic Elite's Crestone yarn. Read more about this design & enter to win a copy of the book!



New Pattern - Kanti Mama April 25, 2016 04:34

Kanti Mama

I'm really excited to be sharing this new pattern with you! Kanti Mama is the adult version of the Kanti Baby sweater that I published last year.

In fact, Kanti Mama was my original plan when I began knitting Kanti Baby. Kanti Baby started out as a swatch, to sample the construction for the Kanti Mama sweater. But I needed that swatch to be big enough to really… Read more



New Pattern - Eyelet Ridge Hat April 12, 2016 06:23

Eyelet Ridge HatThe Eyelet Ridge Hat can be made for everyone in the family! Knit it in matching colors, or different colors for everyone—or both!
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From Sketch to Stitches - The "Kristen" Sweater September 16, 2015 09:30

Once upon a time, Green Mountain Spinnery put out a design submission call for their Mountain Mohair yarn. It's such a cozy yarn! I was inspired to design something cozy to match how I feel when I think about the yarn. Read more





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