Newbie Newsday: What Is Pattern Errata?

Tuesdays are the day for tips, tricks, and sometimes just fun. Read on for your first Newbie Newsday.

Pattern Errata:

list of errors and their corrections inserted, usually on a separate page or slip of paper when an error in a pattern is found. 

Why is it important?

Working from a pattern that has mistakes can be frustrating and time-consuming. Having to rip out your work when something is not working or not being able to even finish the pattern are just a couple of problems you might run into.

Usually, independent designers (such as myself) have the freedom of correcting errors as soon as they are discovered and can release an updated version. I personally also have a pattern errata page with the date the pattern has been updated so you will know if you have the latest version or not.

However, published books or magazines obviously are not able to do this. Because of this, finding out if there is pattern errata before beginning a project is a good idea.

When working from a book or magazine, go to the publisher’s website (find it on their masthead) and look for a link to pattern errata. Most if not all craft publishers will have this link. Check out your title and see if there is any errata and print it out before you begin so you don’t get frustrated with a project that is not working out correctly.

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You Get A Free Cowl ~ You Get A Free Cowl ~ Everyone Gets A Free Cooooowwwwlllll!!!

The High Fidelity Cowl is not from the 8 One Skein Cowl ebook I’m converting into free patterns. It is a part of the paid to free project I told you previously about.

It is, instead, a part of the paid to free project I told you previously about.

Either way, it’s free!

This cowl is fun because you can really customize it by making the stripes in any color you like.

Download the pattern and watch the free video here.

Lefties click here.

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Fantastic 5 For January

I scoured the internet to find these 5 must have items. Whether referencing knit or crochet or used exclusively for the craft, these are must haves in my book.

1. Cable Knit Mugs

These super-sized mugs are so cute with the embossed cable pattern. I can’t wait to use these with my hot vanilla cappuccino.

2. Knit Picker Clothing Fixer

This little tool is just what you need when you are smack dab in the middle of sweater season. It’s like a mini latch hook and it fixes snags and snarls in all your knitwear.

3. Primitive Owl Scissors

Primitive Owl Scissors

Can you believe I don’t have owl scissors yet? I need these in my life now!

4. Pretty Yarn

Love the color combo of this Kaleidoscope Yarn in Dragonfruit.

5. Faux Fur Pom Pom

These faux fur pom poms by Bernat are so cute on top of the many beanies I am making this winter. They are sooooooo soft!

 

Do you have any must haves this month? Share them below.

I’m On A Roll ~ Another Free Pattern Tutorial

I don’t make new year’s resolutions, but I did set a few goals for my website, shops and youtube channel.

Goal #1: Clean house.

My pattern shops are overflowing. I’m an organization junkie, and all the patterns are driving me crazy. So, to help clear some out, I’m retiring some of the patterns.

But wait, I’m not removing them totally.

Instead, I’m going to make videos (if there aren’t videos for them already) and make them FREE! Then the paid patterns will be easier to navigate and you get the benefit of me not being able to let go of the hard work I’ve put into these patterns.

So that leads me to goal #2.

Goal #2: Post more videos.

Don’t you love when you can kill two birds with one stone?

I’ve been slacking on my youtube channel.

I haven’t posted a motif of the month since I think October?

Now with my cleaning house, it’s giving me a new push and is helping add videos to my channel. While the motifs of the month are on hiatus, I will be substituting with some much better (I think) pattern tutorials.

Plus, I’m asking you guys what you want to see with the current giveaway.

So that leads me to the newest free pattern workshop:

One Skein Arches Cowl
One Skein Arches Cowl

This guy is a part of my One Skein Cowl ebook. Along with the Mobius Cowl, I’m working on turning every cowl in the book into a free pattern workshop.

The pattern and video are here.

Lefties click here.

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Free Pocket Super Scarf Pattern and Video Tutorial

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New year, new free pattern.

Leggings and workout pants are all the rage right now. Only problem, they have tiny or no pockets.

Insert the pocket super scarf. Its generous pockets will hold keys, phone, cards and keep your hands warm with room to spare.

Best of all, it’s a free pattern!

Download the pattern and watch the free video tutorial here.

Lefties click here.

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Another Counter Ring Giveaway And 50% Off A Couple Of Patterns

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I bet you were wondering what happened to the Counter Rings.

I didn’t forget about them or you. I was just waiting for the super generous guys of Critsuccess to hook up their new, knit and crochet-focused website.

The Counter Ring is now live.

I love these rings, and I still use mine whenever I have a project where I need to keep track of rows. It is always in my project bag, and I am contemplating getting a couple extra so I am never without one.

In case you are new to the Counter Ring, check out my video to see it in action.

I was given four rings from The Counter Ring company and  I have three left to giveaway.

How The Giveaway Works

I’m going to be giving away the rings over the course of the next couple months. They will be given away one at a time.

The next winner (see below how to enter) will get their choice of any of the three remaining colors seen pictured. The sizes for each color are:

Rainbow – size 9

Black – size 9

Blue – size 8

Gold – size 8

Each subsequent winner (new posts will be started for each giveaway, so be sure to subscribe to the blog if you haven’t already), will get their choice from the remaining rings.

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How To Enter

Enter a comment in this post with what kind of free patterns you would like to see me make videos for this year.

*US residents over 18 only please. Entries accepted until January 31st, 2017 midnight Pacific time. The winner will be chosen and announced February 1st, 2017.

Can’t wait to see if you win one? You can buy your preferred color and size now at The Counter Ring.

New Pattern and Updated Companion

The Frozen Snowflake Beanies are on sale this week only.

The crocheted version is updated with the new easier-to-crochet formatting. And the Knitted Version is brand new.

Get 50% Off Both

Use promo code: frost50 during checkout to get one or both patterns 50% off.*

Note: Craftsy does not have promo codes, so the price shown reflects the discount already taken.

*Offer good until Jan. 9th, 2017 midnight Pacific time.

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Need Some Yarn?

The Knit Frozen Snowflakes Beanie is also a new kit on Craftsy (sorry not 50% off). The kit includes the yarn and pattern to make the project.Choose from many color combos here:

 

Sprightly Frozen Snowflakes Beanie Hat Knitting Kit – $9.52

from: Craftsy

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