Finally, Doce KAL is ready to start, yay! Doce (the Portuguese word for sweet or candy) was specially designed for the beautiful yarn Alfinete 15 (light fingering), Hand Dyed by Alfinete. Check out the store (you may contact for custom orders). I knited my shawl with a delicious pink yarn (see photo below).
This sweet crescent shaped shawl is knitted top-down starting with only a few stitches. Pattern is one size but can be easily adjusted by working additional main pattern repeats.
During a limited period (until July 12) this pattern will be available for free – no sign-ups required – I really don’t have time for doing lists and manage all the info - just enter the code seniealfinete when purchasing the pattern! This is a special offer for the readers of this blog and members of my group Seni Designs.
There’s also a great promotion running during the first two weeks (until July 24th) you can buy the pattern for 0.99€ only and afterwards and during the KAL for 2.9€. At Kal’s end (August 31) the final pattern reaches the full price of 3.9€.

Doce is available both in English and Portuguese language. As usually, I offer both charts and written instructions.

Many thanks to my wonderful testers alfinete, myshel and cartucha, I couldn't have done without you!

The mystery KAL is hosted at my group, Seni Designs, where you can find more info. I hope you can join us :-)


Carnation Revolution/ Revolução dos Cravos

Eta: This promotion has ended, stay tuned for future promos, K.A.L's and more :-)
Esta é a madrugada que eu esperava
O dia inicial inteiro e limpo
Onde emergimos da noite e do silêncio
E livres habitamos a substância do tempo

Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution (April 25th/25 de Abril) I’m offering one free single pattern at your choice for the next couple of hours. Just enter the code 25deAbrilSempre! during the checkout :-)

You can find my patterns here, choose your favorite, click on buy now button and then on use a coupon code enter the code 25deAbrilSempre! check if the promo is still running, the total for one pattern should be Free. Please note, I won't proceed refunds, make sure you followed the previous steps for this promotion and that the total is free. Happy knitting!


Fofo shawl release promotion (25% off)

Finally, Fofo has been published and there's a release promotion: 25% off until midnight of April 9th (Lisbon time zone), no coupon code needed :-)
Sadly, due to the intense rain and dark light I gave up taking outside pictures, for now. I'm very happy how this turned out, it's so soft and airy.
As my previous shawls, Fofo is a crescent shaped shawl knitted top-down. The main body combines a lovely flowery stitch on the center section and a wavy pattern on the sides, flowing into a delicate lace edging embellished with bobbles and finished with a picot bind-off (I included instructions how to knit an elastic bind-off.


 About yarn: I used 408.1 m/ 446.3 yds of Garnstudio Drops Lace and 418.6 m/ 457.8 yds of Garnstudio Drops Kid-silk held together (both lace weight yarn) but you may use only one thread and a different weight yarn (fingering would be a great choice).
Size is easily adjustable by adding more pattern repeats of Chart B.

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: provisional cast-on, cable cast-on, Bobble, K, P, YO, Ssk, K2tog, M1R, M1L, S2kp, picot BO or elastic BO, M3, M7 (explained into pattern). Block the shawl and woven in ends.

Pattern format:
Both written instructions (line by line) and charts are provided.

Many thanks to
the Test group


Pluma shawl - the 5th and final pattern of Ar Book

 Pluma is a fun seamless shawl worked bottom-up in a modular fashion. It starts with one module and for all the others, stitches are picked and/or casted-on as you knit. Take your time choosing a special yarn - it might be rustic, hand-spun, variegated or simply a different color scheme to truly make the shawl your own.
This pattern is easily customized by working more or less modules. As shown has 28 modules and 8 half-modules. It uses three colors of Beiroa (worsted weight yarn): 185.6 yards (169.7m) of color 688 (blue); 136.5 yards (124.8m) of color 685 (gray) and 163.8 yards (149.8m) of undyed yarn.
More info:
LEVEL: Intermediate
SIZE: 150 x 56 cm (59 x 22”)
MATERIALS: approx 444.3 - 510.9 m (485.8 - 558.7 yds) of worsted weight yarn, size 4.5 mm (US 7) circular needles and 5.5 mm (US 9) dpn’s for binding-off; tapestry needle; pins for blocking; waste yarn or a long circular needle
Skills needed: Cast-on (Jenny’s Stretchy slip-knot cast-on), short-rows, K, P, YO, M1P, M1L, S2kp, Ssk, Slip sts, K2tog, K3tog, P2tog, pick-up sts, weave in ends, elastic BO. Wet block the shawl and woven in ends.
Pattern format: Both written instructions (line by line) and charts are provided.

This pattern is only available as part of Ar:
an Eco-friendly e-book with 5 original shawl designs.
Many thanks to


Neve shawl Christmas promotion: 25% off

The 4th pattern of Ar Book has been published at an introductory price, Neve will be 25% off until midnight December 31, 2013 (Lisbon time zone). Coupon code is SeniChristmasPromotion

This pattern is also available as part of my new e-book Ar: a progressive Eco-friendly e-book with 5 original shawl designs. (Noni, Sleepless Heart, Dueto and Neve are currently available and the 5th and last pattern - Pluma, is scheduled to be released in January).
Neve (the Portuguese word for Snow) is a crescent shaped shawl knitted top-down. The main body is worked in stockinette stitch followed by a pretty lace edging based on the flower field motif by newlace.blogspot.com. It finishes with a lovely picot bind-off.

Pattern is easily customized by adjusting the number of pattern repeats. As shown has 3 repeats of Chart A and used 399.6 m/ 437 yds of Schoppel-Wolle Boots (fingering weight yarn) for the shawl’s body and Garnstudio Drops Kid-silk (53.8 m/58.9 yds) and Garnstudio Drops Alpaca (21.6 m/ 23.7 yds) held together for the picot bind-off. The shawl measurements are 142 x 40 cm after being blocked.

More info:
LEVEL: Intermediate

SIZE: 142 x 40 cm (55.9 x 15.7”)

MATERIALS: approx approx 453.4 - 521.4 m (495.8 - 570.2 yds) of fingering weight yarn; waste yarn; st markers; size 4 mm (US 6) circular needles; size 5 mm (US 8), size 6 mm (US 10) dpn needles for BO, tapestry needle; pins/wires for blocking;

Skills needed: garter tab CO (which implies provisional CO), cable cast-on, K, P, YO, M1R, M1L, S2kp, picot BO, M3, M5, M7 (explained into pattern). Wet block the shawl and woven in ends.

Pattern format: Both written instructions (line by line) and charts are provided. The st count per repeat is included and check boxes to keep track of your knitting.

Neve single pattern

Ar e-book (progressive e-book with 5 shawls total,
Noni, Sleepless Heart, Dueto and Neve are currently available, 1 more shawl will be added)

Many thanks to the
Test group


Interview with Karen Troyer Ladman and giveaway!

 Eta: The winner has been picked! I used the random number generator) and the lucky reader is Linda! Please contact the designer specialKknits to receive your prize! Thanks everyone for your participation:-)

I present you Karen Troyer Ladman, specialKknits on ravelry., another G.A.L's designer who accepted being interviewed and talk to us a bit about her lovely work. If you want to get a chance of wining a pattern of your choice just leave a comment to this post with your contact (just one comment per person, please). I will randomly pick a winner and Karen will donate one pattern from her store. Thanks for your generosity, Karen!

Hi Karen! Could you tell us a bit about yourself and how you start designing?
I am a home daycare provider and mom to two boys who were adopted from China.
For a long time, I mostly knit square things (scarves, stoles, dishcloths). I was getting bored and a friend told me that shaping wasn’t that hard. I knit a pair of baby booties and I was hooked!
One day I was washing dishes with my Chinese Waves dishcloth when it hit me that the slipped stitch pattern would make and snuggly warm hat. It was like a puzzle making the pattern flow through the decreases, and I love a good puzzle. I published the pattern as a fund raiser for Love Without Boundaries (a charity that works with orphans in China).

How would you describe your style?
Crazy hand-knit lady? LOL. Hopefully not. I would call my style is classy sassy mom – no mom jeans, though.

Is there any pattern you were particularly proud of designing?
I love my Punto Mitts and Mittens pattern. It was a challenge to figure out how to continue the stitch pattern through the gusset and I love how it looks. I also like that the pattern includes a mitten option for extra flexibility.

What concerns the designing process which aspect you find more challenging and which one is more rewarding?
The most challenging part is figuring what ideas to develop. I have a sketch book full of ideas and don’t know which to work on first. As a busy mom, it’s also a challenge to find time to turn a idea/FO into a real pattern.
The most rewarding part is seeing other people knitting my designs. It’s so cool to see how other knitters choose colors and their own ideas in knitting my designs.

Do you have any favorite theme, inspiration that guides you through your work?
I’m inspired by how stitch names and knitting terms translate to real life feelings or happenings. My Crossing Paths Mitts were inspired when I had to knit a mitten for a mitten swap (a partner and I swapped right hand mittens). I wanted to convey that I was so happy our paths had crossed and when I found a cable called Crossing Paths, I found inspiration.

Do you have any favorite technique and influence?
I love cables. There is something very cool about how simply knitting stitches out of order creates twists and turns. Learning to cable without a needle revolutionized my cable knitting Now cables are as fast as straight knitting for me.

And what about colors, is there any particularly shade that stands out?
I love blues right now. Icy or deep, blue is speaking to me.

If you had the opportunity to learn a new skill what would it be?
I would love to learn steaking, but I’m just intimidated to cut into my knitting!

What’s your favorite item to design?
I am on a bit of a fingerless glove and mitten kick. And since they make such nice, quick gifts, it’s a great time of year to be knitting them.

If you had to design a different kind of item what would it be?
I have several shawl ideas I want to develop, but they haven’t risen to the top of the queue yet.

Regarding the knitting world, what’s your favorite season?
I love cold winters. It’s a great time to have a pile of wool on your lap as you’re knitting.

 If you had to choose one pattern from this GAL to knit or crochet which one would you pick?
I have already knit an Eskimo Hat (by Ellen Anderson – lnand) and a Sugar Pine Hat (by Aimee Alexander – getknitty). Those are gifts, but I plan to make Fightin’ Words (by Annie Watts – wattsolak) for me! Sorry, I guess that’s not one, is it?

What’s your favorite aspect of this GAL?
I love bunch of Indie Designers has come together to create a fun, gift-knitting event. Indie stands for independent, but this has been a total team event.

Would you like to share with us any new project?
I am having a KAL (knitalong) in the Fingerless Gloves Fanantics group on Ravelry in January. I can’t reveal too much, but I’m really excited about using traveling stitches in this project.

You can find more about Karen's work at ravelry and at her blog, thanks for reading and remember to comment if you'd like to get a change of winning one of Karen's patterns!