Happy Labor Day! To celebrate, I’m going to give away 10 free copies (and maybe a couple more if I find some particularly clever posts) of my new pattern, Cocoon. Read on for details.
The initial concept for Cocoon came about about 2 years ago, when my stepmom requested a stole in some dark blue colors. So, I set forth to design a stole for her and I hand-painted a cashmere/merino yarn in some dark blues. In the end, I loved the stole and the design, but I felt that the hand-painted colors really did not show off the details very well. I also wanted to alter the design a bit and really incorporate more transitions and patterns in the stole to truly embody the idea of a the life of an insect (such as a butterfly) from cocoon to full metamorphosis.
Above: The original Cocoon I created for my stepmom. As you can see, the variegated colors, albeit tonal, do not really do the lace patterns justice.
After percolating in my mind, nearly 2 years later, several several revisions, the official public version was unveiled at The National Needlearts Association trade show this past June in Columbus, OH. Cocoon was showcased at the Mountain Meadow Wool booth. Photos from the show below:
Cocoon is not a difficult lace project for beginners and it is still quite interesting for more experienced lace knitters. The cocoon pod pattern in the body created by dropping stitches, which is both exciting and fun, and the pattern in the body and the border is relatively easy to memorize. The ends of the stole is flanked by a pattern that I intentionally created to resemble wings of insects, while at the same time look like a floral motif.
As I mentioned at the top of the post, I will be giving away at least 10 Cocoon patterns (PDF file). Here are the many ways in which you can get a chance to get your free copy of Cocoon:
- Retweet my announcement on Twitter. (I’m @AnneKuoLukito on Twitter.)
- Post a comment below.
- Post about Cocoon or the giveaway on your blog (link this post so I can track your post).
- Post a comment on the Cocoon pattern page on Ravelry.
- Post a comment on my fan page on Facebook.
Each of the actions above will entitle you to an entry. Contest closes at 9pm PST on Tuesday, at which time, I will list everyone’s username(s) in a spreadsheet and then use a random number generator to select the winners. For example, if you retweeted and posted a comment, you will get 2 entries. Winners will be announced in via Twitter and in a blog post on Wednesday. Good Luck and Thanks for Playing!
EDITED TO ADD (9/7/10): Since it was freezing last night here in SoCal, and I’m feeling generous, I’m also going to throw in 2 free copies of one of my most popular patterns, Lillian (Ravelry listing for you Ravelers). You’ll be eligible to win Lillian if you post about either patterns on Twitter (make sure you mention @AnneKuoLukito so I get alerted and add your entry) or make a comment on the Crafty Diversions Facebook fan page.