Denise's NeedleWorks

Denise's Needleworks

Location: Ames, Iowa, United States

I am wife to Jeff, homeschool mom to 8, a knit and crochet teacher and totally addicted to knitting, crocheting and other fiber arts. After knitting, crocheting and sewing my own clothing from the age of 10 on, I studied textiles & clothing in college. That lead me to 25 years of custom dressmaking and alterations work, while sewing, knitting and crocheting for my growing children. I have worked in the yarn industry for the past 3 years and have been designing my own knitting patterns. Visit my web site at Find me as DeniseInIowa on

Friday, November 14, 2014

Gift-A-long 2014 - 25% off Pattern Sales! Knit or Crochet Your Holiday Gifts

Get 25% off any of these patterns (13 to choose from in my store) with the coupon code giftalong2014 during the GAL sale period - Thursday November 13th (8pm EST) through Friday November 21 (11:59pm EST). There are 3,822 patterns on sale from 293 Independent Designers!

Then come participate in the Indie Design GAL(short for Gift-a-long) on Ravelry. You will need to be a member of Ravelry to participate but that is free and Ravelry has so much to offer that you won't regret it! You can chat with designers and other crafters, play games, win prizes, and more importantly finish all the things!!!

 You are invited join us at to participate. 

There will be hundreds of prizes, beautiful projects, access to your favorite Indie Designers, and heaps of friendly, giftie chatter.  My gift to you is a 25% discount on these patterns when you use the coupon code “giftalong2014” from Nov 13 – Nov 21 EST. 

I hope you join the fun! Thank you for supporting Independent Designers!

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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Christmas is Coming!

Okay, so maybe I got started a bit early with Christmas when I started designing new Christmas stocking patterns in August! I was on a roll though and now have 4 new patterns.  
 I was inspired by the beautiful Selbu designs from Norway and incorporated "Endless Roses" into each of these stockings. This rose on the vines is a typical pattern used in Selbu mittens, gloves, hats and sweaters. The first pattern will be available in a new online magazine soon to be published. I will let you know when that comes out. The others are available through or

Let me introduce you to them. 

This is Endless Roses. It has a heel that I had not seen before knitting some bunad stockings from a Norwegian book. The rose trellis covers the stocking from cuff to toe. The heel is knitted as a flap and then the stitches are joined across the bottom by knitting two together so that it looks like it is grafted.

Here we have Diamonds and Roses. The diamond pattern is also commonly used in Selbu knitting. This stocking has a mostly plain foot. It is an easy to remember stranded repeat that goes quickly and is great for beginners to two-color knitting.

 And finally we have Spider in the Roses. Can you find the spiders? Hint: There is a big one right in the center. The others are being sneaky! Yes, the spider is a bit stylized but this is pretty much the pattern that has been used for many years in Norwegian knitting. The photo didn't show that this is really a dark green with the white but it also looks great in other colors. 

All of these patterns were designed with worsted weight yarn which will make a big stocking. Finished measurements are about 24" long and 16-17" circumference. I have made a couple of them in sport weight which comes out at about 18" long and 12" circumference. For an even smaller stocking you could use fingering weight yarn. 

Of course, the color combinations are up to you. Some of my test knitters tried these in blue and white which is beautiful. One used red and white for the main pattern of Spider in the Roses and green and white for the rest of the stocking. 

So do you need to make some new Christmas Stockings this year? Each pattern is $6 or you can buy the ebook which includes all 3 patterns for $13.50.