Yesterday I introduced you to "Tannenbaum"- the stocking. Today, I'd like to introduce you to "Tannenbaum"- the contest!
Now, I know in that first sentence I got the attention of all my highly competitive knitter friends out there, now I'd like to get everyone else's attention. For the next month, in conjunction with this contest, "Tannenbaum" will be available on Ravelry as a free pattern!
One of my visions for this book was that it would encourage knitters to branch out. That each pattern could be a sort of starting point, but that the crafter could tweak and make changes to suit their own needs. Yesterday I talked about "Tannenbaum" being a blank slate of sorts. The pattern is knit in the round with minimal shaping and just a few color changes (and no colorwork, which means you are only ever working one color at a time).
After knitting is completed, the motif is adding using duplicate stitch, a simple technique that involves a sort of tracing of knit stitches with a contrasting yarn.
So here's what I'm looking for: a Tannenbaum stocking, with your own flair! Knit the Tannenbaum stocking and then add whatever motif you like. The sky's the limit! There's of course the motifs that are included in the book, but bonus points for coming up with something meaningful to you.
Towards the end of the pattern, you will find some blank graph paper to work on your design, but there are also some great resources online. You can find customizable, printable knitter's graph paper by doing a Google search. Knit stitches aren't a perfect square, so these knitter's graph papers are an excellent choice when trying to visualize a motif. I found some here, here, and here (and there are many more if you search around!).
To enter the contest, just post your completed stocking on Ravelry (linked to the Tannenbaum pattern) by December 15, 2016. At that point I will choose a winner and ship out their prizes:
-Print copy of "Comfort & Joy"
So what are you waiting for?! Download the pattern, start your scheming, and cast on!