What’s in a Name?

…a Lot!  Names are very important in a business and good ones are hard to come by! It always seems that the good ones are already taken.

In 2013, I started my knitting adventures without giving the name much thought. It was easiest to start off under my own name: Woeger Designs. I was told over and over again that this name is difficult to remember and hard to pronounce. Somehow I didn’t have the time, energy, or patience to think of something more catchy.

Fast forward to last fall:  due to personal circumstances (i.e. divorce) I decided to return to my maiden name. In a way I reclaimed my identity. As an added bonus my maiden name is also so much easier to pronounce and spell. Both are quite an advantage when you really don’t want to spend precious minutes of your life on the phone with customer service trying to teach them how to pronounce a name they will never remember (or care to pronounce) again in their lives – just because they are trying to be polite!

In any case Woeger Designs was suddenly was a “misnomer”!

Understandably, I have not had much time to think about knitting for many months. I have turned a corner, and I am very excited to finally being able to dedicate more of my time to my passion.

I see this life change as an positive one, especially because my followers will rejoice in the fact that they will no longer have to try to spell or pronounce a difficult name!

While brainstorming with my kids in the car recently, we came up with a catchy new name! Even better, it is a name that had not yet been claimed!

As with everything that a person creates and takes ownership of, I immediately doubted whether I really had something good on my hands. However, good friends have reassured me, it IS a good one. A name that has local, Colorado hometown roots.

Do I have you on the edge of your seats yet?

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Woeger Designs is now know as The Public Knitter!

So now, please bear with me in the coming weeks as I sort everything out. This website and blog will eventually be moving to http://www.thepublicknitter.com/. I will do my best to make this a seamless transition, however please do bookmark the new site for future reference.

I wish you all a Happy (much anticipated) Spring and Happy Knitting!

-Amanda

 

It has been a while…

I have to admit, I have been neglecting knitting in a huge way. I have been removed from it for about a year now and I am starting to feel the pull back in.

In the meantime, my life has turned up-side-down. I am finally able to gain my footing and start anew, so I will be back at it before long.

For now it is high time for a rebrand and will be making the necessary changes in the coming months.

Until then, happy knitting!

Amanda

End of Summer Flash!

Flash Sale!

Summer is slowly winding down, kids are going back to school and now you may even be thinking about casting on for that first fall cardigan  Time to stock up on knitting patterns for your fall knitting projects!

75% off all of my patterns when you purchase 2 at the same time. This Ravelry coupon code is valid until the end of the day Saturday, August 11th and only for a certain number of uses so think fast!! Use the code FLASH at Ravelry checkout or follow this link to browse:

Amanda Woeger Designs

Happy knitting! -Amanda

FLASH SUMMER SALE!

Flash Sale!

Summer is heating up, time to stock up on knitting patterns for your fall knitting projects!

75% off all of my patterns when you purchase 2 at the same time. This Ravelry coupon code is valid until the end of the day Friday, June 29th and only for a certain number of uses so think fast!! Use the code FLASH at Ravelry checkout or follow this link to browse:

Amanda Woeger Designs

Happy knitting! -Amanda

Pattern Release – Secret in my Pocket

Secret - 1 (2)

Secret in my Pocket is a comfortable, drop-shoulder jumper. It is worked seamlessly from the top in one piece, beginning with the neck edge. The shoulder slopes are shaped with the use of the contiguous sleeve method. The front and back are worked separately down to the underarm. The body is formed by joining the front and back at the underarm. Finally, the sleeve stitches are picked up around the armhole edge and shaped using decreases.

The project shown is worked in a size M2 and is worn on a model with a 37”, 94 cm bust, making for approximately 3.5“ of ease.

I hope you enjoy this pattern and look for my other designs on Ravelry. You may contact me on Ravelry should you have any questions or comments. My user name is Adnama.

Thank you so much for supporting an independent designer, Amanda Woeger, https://woegerdesigns.com/

Pattern Link
Ravelry:  Secret in my Pocket

Gauge
22 stitches x 30 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch on size US 5 (3.75 mm) needles; measured on a washed and blocked fat swatch. You are advised to ensure that both your
stitch and row gauges are accurate.

Difficulty
Advanced (contiguous shoulder increases; working with two strands of yarn; picking up stitches from a finished armhole edge, magic loop method).

Needle Size
US 5 (3.75 mm) for body (or size needed to get gauge)

Yarn
Yardage depends on the yarn you decide to use. Estimated Requirements using Tosh Sport from madelinetosh yarns; 270 yards / 247 meters per skein.
The model is shown in the colorway Scarlet: 3 (3, 4, 4, 4)(5, 5, 5, 6) skeins or approx.
810 (810, 1080, 1080, 1080)(1350, 1350, 1350, 1620) yards
740 (740, 990, 990, 990)(1235, 1235, 1235, 1480) meters

Stitch Markers
mA: shoulder seam markers; mB: back increase markers; mC: yoke, beginning of round marker; mD: underarm / side panel marker; mE: body, beginning of round marker; mF: sleeve short row marker; pocket markers; mG: neckline ribbing, beginning of round.

Sizes and Finished Measurements
Schematic

My go-to loose Bind Off Method!

For those who were asking about how to accomplish this (which you will see in a lot of my patterns):

Bind off loosely in the next row: knit 2, then [knit through back loops of the two stitches on the right needle, knit 1 from the left needle] repeat around until all stitches have been bound off.

I have created a video to show exactly what I am talking about. Check it out on YouTube!

Happy Spring and Happier Knitting!

Amanda

Support Local Yarn Guy (SLY Guy)

 

Support Local Yarn Guy or Sly Guy for short is a cowl and fingerless mittens pattern worked in MJ yarns. The cowl features a color work in a variety of textures including stockinette stitch, garter stitch, Andalusian stitch and lace.

The cowl is worked in rounds to length and then folded, so that the top and bottom edges are closed together using the three needle bind off. This results in a piece that hides the wrong side of the fabric, without having to double knit. The fingerless mittens are worked from the cuff in rounds.

Finished Measurements
Cowl: Width: 30” / 76 cm, Height: 10” / 25.5 cm
Fingerless mittens: Palm Width: 3” / 7.5 cm, Length cuff to top: 9.5” / 24 cm

Gauge
24 stitches x 40 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch on size US 4 (3.5 mm) needles; measured on a washed and blocked flat swatch.

Difficulty
Beginner (knit stitches, purl stitches, lace stitches, m1R, m1L, 3-needle bind off)

Needles
US Size 4 (3.5 mm) circular needles.

Stitch Markers
Cowl: one marker to denote the beginning of the round, Mittens: no markers necessary.

Yarn Yardage depends on the yarn you decide to use. Estimated Requirements using Sophistisock from MJ Yarns (fingering weight); 390 yards / 357 meters per 100g skein:
Grey – 2 skeins of the Main Color (MC), about 780 yards (714 meters)
Pink – 1 skein of the Contrast Color (CC), about 390 yards (357 meters)

SLY Guy will be available on Ravelry tomorrow, January 24, 2018!  Use the coupon code HALF to get this and all of my other patterns at half price. This code is valid until the 27th of January.

Happy Knitting!