DanaGervaisDesigns

DanaGervaisDesigns

Living the Knit Life

22/03/2017

Because The World Needs Some Good Karma...

Good Karma has been released into the world!

After the success of the donation component of my Heroes release last month, I have decided to include a donation option with all of my pattern releases going forward.

20% of all full price proceeds will be donated to www.kiva.org until midnight (EST) Monday March 27, 2017 OR you can download the pattern with a 20% discount using the coupon code, ‘Karma’ until March 27th. You can download Good Karma here.  
Karma is the Sanskrit word for action and is the spiritual equivalent of Newton’s Law of Motion, “For every action there is an equal but opposite reaction.” In other words, when we emit a positive force in thought, word, or action, that positive energy will come back to us. I feel like the world needs some good karma right now, and I’m manifesting it through my preferred creative outlet, knitting. May you manifest good karma with every stitch!
Good Karma is worked from the top down and uses increases and decreases to create a bias fabric.  The lace panel starts at the back of the leg and travels around the sock to the outside of the foot.  The ribbing is replaced by stockinette stitch as the sock evolves.  

Instructions are included for 4 circumferences and the foot length is customizable. 

Happy Knitting! 
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02/03/2017

International Women's Day And A New Sock Pattern!

In honour of International Women's Day on Wednesday March 8th, I've released, Heroes, a pattern inspired by heoric women.

Heroes is available with a 20% discount using the coupon code 'Heroes' until March 8th in my Ravelry store.

OR

You can pay full price and I will donate 20% of all full price proceeds to www.unwomen.org. 

As soon as I saw this yarn I was inspired to knit with it! Yarn Geek Fibers offers a line of yarns that are inspired by and named for inspirational, awesome women. This particular colourway is named for autism advocate, Temple Grandin. She’s a hero.

This yarn landed on my doorstep a few days before the Women’s March on January 21st, 2017. Witnessing women all over the world stand and march together with one voice made me feel more hopeful and inspired than I had in a long time. It made me hopeful for my daughter’s future and for the future of women everywhere.


Heroes is worked from the top down and features a textured stitch pattern on the front and back of the leg.  The pattern continues on the heel flap.  The heel flap and gussets are worked simultaneously before the heel is turned (so there are no gusset stitches to pick up) and the pattern then continues on the top of the foot.  The toe is grafted closed using Kitchener stitch. 

Click here to download Heroes in my Ravelry store.  Happy knitting! 🙂

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17/02/2017

❤ A Little Cable Love ❤

Who loves a cabled sock?  I do!  Cabled socks are classic, beautiful, funky and fun to make. My latest cabled sock desigh, Galloway has been released into the world!

Worked form the top down, Galloway features a cable pattern that starts at the very top of the sock and continues all the way down to the toe.
The back of the leg and heel feature ribbing that provides visual interest as well as enough stretch to compensate for the tightness of the cable design on the front.
Galloway features a short row heel and rounded toe. Instructions are included for 4 circumferences and foot length is customisable.
You can download Galloway with a 20% discount - no coupon code required - until midnight (EST) Monday February 20, 2017 in my Ravelry store.  Click here to download.  

Happy Knitting!
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25/01/2017

Remember Fall?

It's cold and gloomy and snowy where I live; lots of greys and white.  I miss the colours of  the other seasons.  Of all the seasonal colour palettes, the fall colour palette is my favourite! I love the earthy hues and warm tones. Aster was inspired by the beautiful colours of fall!

This fun sock pattern uses mosaic knitting and cables to create the Aster stitch pattern on the front of the leg and top of the foot of the socks. Slipped stitches are used to create the colourwork pattern. There is no stranded colour work and each row is knit using only one colour.
This sock features a short row heel and a rounded toe that is grafted closed with Kitchener stitch.
Instructions are given to knit socks in narrow, medium, wide and extra wide widths. Foot length is customizable.
You can download Aster with a 20% discount in my Ravelry store until midnight (EST) January 29th - no coupon code required!  Download it here. 

Happy Knitting!
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12/01/2017

Let's Have A Knit-A-Long!

Today, Sassenach was released into the world. 
Inspired by the book and television series, Outlander, this sock is designed to be a mix of both masculine and feminine while being modern and distinctly argyle.
Worked cuff down, this fun sock pattern uses cables and lace to create a contemporary argyle pattern down the front of the leg and on the top of the foot. The heel features an eye of partridge heel flap and half handkerchief heel.
The sock ends with a wedge toe that is grafted closed with Kitchener stitch.
To celebrate, I'm hosting my first ever KAL in my Ravelry Group.  There will be fun and prizes and a coupon code for a 25% discount on the pattern price.  You can sign up for the KAL here.  

If Knit-A-Longs aren't your thing, you can still download the pattern here.  

Happy Knitting! 
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30/12/2016

Thank You For A Great Year!



In many respects, 2016 sucked for a lot of people.  Globally, I don't think it will be remembered in history classes as one of the better trips around the sun. That being said, I have a lot to be grateful for and very near the top of my list is you.  

The fibre arts community is a fabulous community that is full of amazing and talented people and I am thankful to be part of it.

I hope that 2017 is a great year for all of us and that you experience lots of love, happiness and yarn. I look forward to sharing many more knitting adventures with you in the new year.

If you haven't already, join my mailing list (lots of coupons!), Ravelry group or follow me Instagram and Twitter for lots of fun and sneak peeks in 2017!

Happy New Year and Happy Knitting!
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19/12/2016

Can We Talk About Self Care For A Moment?

This is one of the craziest weeks of the year.  In addition to all the things that have to be done in a typical week, there is a whole layer of Christmas related things to get done.

It can be overwhelming.  Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, everything is just so much busier and more hectic right now that even the most routine tasks seem to take longer and require more patience.

It doesn't help that we've had to stop everything to shovel snow several times in the past 5 days and we are having new floors installed in our basement this week (I don't know what we were thinking when we booked that).

This week, I'm resolving to be extra gentle and forgiving with myself.  It's ok if I purchase frozen meals for my family a few times this week.  It's ok if I good to bed 1/2 and hour early with a good book.  It's ok if all of the gifts aren't beautifully wrapped like all the gifts I see on Pinterest. It's ok that the kittens have destroyed our tree and there are no ornaments left on the bottom half of it.   It's ok if I get a little behind with the laundry.

I will make time every day this week for some mindless knitting.  I will find time for a long soak in a hot bath this week.  I will ask my husband and kids to help out a bit more with the housework this week.

What are you doing to take care of yourself this week?


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