Gift-a-Long 2018: My Top 5

Every year for the gift-a-long, I struggle not to spend all my earnings on other designers’ patterns—there are just SO MANY beautiful ones included in the sale! But I am 1 knitter with a career in knitting. Time to actually knit other designers’ patterns is … scarce at best.

So, I try to keep the gimmes in check and just buy a few, always with the knowledge that it might be months or years before I actually use them—there’s nothing wrong with a well-stocked pattern library! This year I thought I’d give a few of the Gift-a-Long’s talented designers a shout-out and share the 5 patterns I’ve picked for myself:

 Sizzle Pop by Lesley Anne Robinson, AKA Knit Graffiti

Sizzle Pop by Lesley Anne Robinson, AKA Knit Graffiti

I have been having lots of fun knitting brioche lately, but I’m definitely not a brioche master, so generally speaking, I’m happy to let others do the brioche pattern writing. I love Sizzle Pop, a gorgeous 2-color shawl, and am looking forward to stash diving for this project. Eventually.

 Edgevale Tank by Kerri Blumer, AKA kerriknits

Edgevale Tank by Kerri Blumer, AKA kerriknits

Kerri documented her creation process for the Edgevale Tank on Instagram earlier this year, and it was fascinating to watch from beginning to end—it’s amazing how differently designers can work! I love this swingy tank with that lace detail on the yoke. It’s a must-knit for me. Someday.

 G’night Cap by Sarah Schira, AKA, Imagined Landscapes

G’night Cap by Sarah Schira, AKA, Imagined Landscapes

The adorable G’night Cap may not be one of my most practical aspirational knits, but it’s too darling to pass up. I will definitely force one of my children to wear this one to school one day.

 Non-Euclidian, by Sarah Jordan, AKA, PAKnitWit

Non-Euclidian, by Sarah Jordan, AKA, PAKnitWit

I can’t pass up a fun new sock heel, but would never have the patience to try to design one. Luckily, Sarah Jordan’s Non-Euclidian does all the geometry for me, I just have to cast on and knit. At some point. (It’s worth noting that last year or maybe even the year before I bought Sarah’s Pierogi slipper socks pattern and still haven’t knit them.)

 Mine by Faye Kennington, AKA UkeeKnits

Mine by Faye Kennington, AKA UkeeKnits

Squishy snuggly slippers are always a good idea. I’ve been eyeing Mine since the pattern was released, and can’t wait to grab it—this is a project I might actually start and finish during the Gift-a-Long. I mean, if I had some super bulky yarn . . .


So there you have it, my top 5 patterns for the 2018 Indie Design Gift-a-Long. What are you hoping or planning to knit for this year’s event? Don’t forget, the sale starts TONIGHT at 8pm EST and runs through November 29—get 25% off eligible patterns from myself and hundreds of other designers with code giftalong2018. Find all the details in the Indie GAL group—hope to see you there!