December 06, 2018
Today I'm sharing a few of my favorite designers in the Indie Gift-A-Long while inspiring your next #ShawlPinStyle! Each of the cardigan patterns featured is GAL eligible. Are you ambitious enough to knit a cardigan before New Year's Eve?
What is the Indie Designer Gift-A-Long? It’s a collaboration of 349 designers from 30 different countries and thousands of participants all celebrating the joy of knitting and crocheting during the holiday season. The spirit of the event is to knit gifts and support independent designers. It takes place each year from the end of November to New Years Eve. Each item knit or crocheted from a participating designer’s paid pattern and shared in the relevant Ravelry thread has a chance to win a prize.
Join the fun! Play games to win patterns, chat with friends both new and old, and enjoy the camaraderie of the fiber art community. A few brave souls even attempt the Opadoo challenge. The rules are simple, the execution a little more difficult-you just need to knit or crochet one item from each of the eight categories. There’s a fun story in the IGAL Rav group somewhere on how Octopus turned into Opadoo. To join in or learn more, click here!
Shawl pins are for more than just shawls. They can also adorn cardigans, vests, hats, scarves, and more. Today I'm sharing with you a few of my favorite GAL eligible cardigan patterns and which shawl pin I would select for it.
First up is Coatigan by Ambah Obrien. I've admired her designs since I first learned to knit. Coatigan looks easy enough for a beginner to tackle, and I love that it has pockets! The Bronze Filigree Flower Shawl Pin would be a nice neutral touch to decorate the collar or pin the cardigan closed.
Next up is the Tremont Cardigan by Kerri Blumer. She's a fellow Ohio designer! I had the pleasure of meeting her a couple of years ago at the Great Lakes Fiber Show. This cardigan, like all of her designs, has just enough detail to add interest without going overboard. The Celtic Knot Shawl Pin would be a classic finishing touch.
Couldn't resist this one; the Capture a Cozy Moment cardigan! It looks like being wrapped in a fluffy cocoon. The stitch pattern adds a lovely texture. My fave cozy moments often involve a cuppa hot tea or cocoa, so the Tea Cup Shawl Pin would be my fave choice for this cardigan. ☕
Quill by Evie Scott was begging to be closed with the Feather Shawl Pin. This pattern hopped in to my queue the first time I saw it, just look at those beautiful details!
Last but not least is this STUNNING beauty by Robynn Weldon: Pavonis
I adore the generous beaded lace fronts. With a shawl pin this could be styled a wide variety of ways. My new Crystal Shawl Pin would pick up on the yarn color and sparkle with the beads.
To view all GAL 2018 participating designer patterns click here to see the bundle on Ravelry.
Stay tuned for my fave 10 Gift A Long shawl patterns soon, and share your GAL projects on social media with #GiftALong2018!
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