Prizes fit for Little Men

March, 2nd, 2015

Last week I posted about the upcoming Knits for Boys knitalong that I will be hosting in my Ravelry group.  We start in just under 3 weeks!  The book is now OUT and folks have been receiving their copies.  It’s been so fun to see the posts about knitters getting them and hearing what everyone plans on making first.  I still have a handful of copies available through my website and I *think* that’s still the fastest way to get them because Amazon seems to be on backorder until March 10. Books were available on the Barnes & Noble website but seem to be out for the time being.  It will be fun to see them appear in stores and I hope that won’t take too long.  I know that Yarn Rhapsody and A Good Yarn Sarasota will be among the first LYS recipients since I’ll be at Yarn Rhapsody at the end of the week teaching and doing a signing (click on the YR link for more info!), and A Good Yarn is our KAL sponsor.  They should have their books by mid week and you can then order from them as well!

Today I have exciting news to share with you about some giveaways and prizes that are going to be happening over the next few weeks and throughout the KAL.  I worked with some really beautiful yarns when I was designing for Knits for Boys and I am so grateful for the support that the companies were willing to provide me. I am glad they believed that folks want to knit for boys and that the project would be a success!  And now, they have been even more generous in providing a plethora of prizes.  I have yarn for almost a dozen projects (all from the book–of course) to award to an assortment of lucky winners.

I decided that for the weeks leading up to the KAL I will do a few blog giveaways so that way, some lucky readers will get to use their winning yarn and tell us how great it is while we are all knitting!  These giveaways will just be a tease of the KAL prizes and will hopefully get you excited.  Also, don’t forget to keep up with the blog tour as almost all of the stops are featuring a book giveaway.  We have really spread the love.  To recap: win books through the blog tour & win yarn from me. 

Here’s what the next few weeks will look like…go ahead and mark your calendars so that you will be able to fully participate for more chances to win.
March 2: Giveaway #1 announced and open for entries (YOU ARE HERE) 
March 5: Winner #1 announced
March 6: Giveaway #2 announced and open for entries
March 9: Winner #2 announced
March 10: Giveaway #3 announced and open for entries
March 15: Winner #3 announced and shipped in time for the KAL start date!

These will be the same for all the giveaways but I’ll post them each time. 
1) Your initial entry is your blog comment, please only comment once and make sure you follow the directions on what your comment is supposed to be about!
2) You can gain additional entries by posting about the giveaway OR the Knits for Boys book itself on twitter or instagram with the hashtag #TTlittlemen.  You can also post on facebook but you must tag the Tot Toppers page AND the status of the post must be “public” because otherwise I won’t be able to see it. You can say anything you want as long as you hashtag properly :) One point per post per day.
Limitations: These contests are limited to US participants as the shipping is primarily happening directly from company to the winner.  You can only win once in the pre-KAL giveaway series, and once during/after the KAL. (In other words, you are indeed still eligible for KAL prizes even if you win one of these)

Are you ready to see what the first giveaway includes?

Please say hello to the Twisty Crew.  This design is worked with Plucky Knitter Plucky Bulky, and thanks to the generosity of the folks at Plucky Knitter, our winner will receive 6 skeins of the “Barn Door” colorway and 1 of the “Dirty Martini” colorway which is enough to make ANY SIZE of this design. It is available in sizes 4-12, like the rest of the book.

The “twisty” refers to the twisted stitch raglan columns that run all the way up and down the sweater.  This sweater is cozy and warm whips up really fast thanks to the gauge. It’s the perfect design for when you need to get a project completed quickly!  Handsome Kevin is wearing the size 10.


Size: 4 (6, 8, 10, 12)
Finished Chest: 25.25 (27.5, 29.75, 32, 33.25)”
Gauge: 14 sts and 19 rows per 4” in stockinette
Yarn: 410 (460, 550, 640, 720) yards A and 70 (75, 80, 85, 95) yards B, bulky weight yarn, shown in Plucky Knitter Plucky Bulky in “Barn Door” & “Dirty Martini”
Tools: Size 11 (8 mm) 24” circular needles and set of 5 DPNs, stitch markers

Pattern Notes

  • Sweater is worked bottom up with seamless raglan-style sleeves.
  • The neckline is worked in an i-cord bind-off (instructions provided).
  • Stitch columns are worked without stranding OR intarsia, but with four bobbins that stay in place.


The yardage requirements for this design are quite similar to the Jake Jacket (worked up in the same yarn). So our winner would most likely also be able to knit that design if desired!

So if you would like to win some Plucky Knitter, ready, set, comment and don’t forget to tell your friends for bonus entries.  In your comment, please tell us who you would love to knit this sweater for and why you think he (or she!) would like it!

And remember, this is a project yarn giveaway, hop on over to the blog tour to win your copy of the book! Or better yet, go ahead and order it so that you can enjoy all the KAL fun.

Knits for Boys: Q&A + Blog Tour

February, 26th, 2015

While you are waiting for your book to arrive, I’d love to answer a few FAQs that I have received about it.

Q) What sizes are included?
A) All of the designs go from 4-12 at least; for most of the sweaters this is 5 sizes. A couple of the accessories include “toddler” sizes also.  If you have an older child (particularly if he happens to be on the slim side), you will find it very simple to modify a lot of these projects up by adding extra length as they are primarily top down. Also, the reference section gets really specific and provides worksheets for sizing adjustments.

Q) Can I buy the patterns online?
A) Yes and no… eventually, the publisher will be putting out an e-book version.  They are hoping to have that available by the end of March, which isn’t too far away.  The patterns are not available individually.

Q) I love this pattern for ME!  Are you going to make it available in an adult size?
A) Maybe? There are a few designs that I really think are suitable but nothing is on the immediate horizon.  I have a lot of new stuff coming out this year for all ages though.  Stay tuned!

Q) I just learned how to knit, will I be able to make this stuff?
A) Oh yes! You will find LOTS of options no matter where you are in your knitting journey.  There are stockinette projects with little fun accents and also a lot of designs that are just knitting and purling.  More adventurous knitters will be inspired by colorwork and cables.  Your knitting skill should not deter you in any way from buying this book.

Q) Are we having a knitalong?
A) You betcha!  And its going to be amazing. We have sponsors with yarn discounts and prizes and you can read all the details here.

And this last one is a comment not a question but I’d like to respond anyway :)

C) “I would totally buy this book if I had boys to knit for!”
A) Yes, this book is geared toward boys.  This is because I am a mother to four boys, and because there are not enough books for them!  However, this book is a book about knitting for kids. I like to think the contribution of the reference section is just as great as the patterns themselves. And let’s be honest, a lot of these designs are totally unisex though you only see them on boys.  I feel very confident in recommending this book to anyone who knits for children, regardless of whether they are boys or girls.

Want to learn more about the book or have a chance to win in it a giveaway? Follow the blog tour!

Knits for Boys Blog Tour
3.2 Craft Gossip
3.3 Hooked on Crafting
3.5 Stolen Stitches
3.9 Lattes & Llamas
3.10 Karen Whooley
3.11 Tanis Knits
3.12 Knit & Purl Mama
3.16 Underground Crafter
3.18 Poetry in Yarn
3.19 Knitmore Girls
3.23 Ewe Ewe Yarns
3.24 Moogly
3.26 Peppermint Mocha Mama
4.30 Never Not Knitting


Knits for Boys: Little Men Knitalong

February, 25th, 2015

This morning I shipped out my first batch of autographed Knits for Boys books! A couple folks in close proximity will get their copies tomorrow, and most others will get them on Friday.  All the designs have now been entered into the Ravelry Database so even if your book is not yet in hand (I am not sure if Amazon will be shipping before March 1 or not!) you can definitely start deciding what you’ll be casting on for first by taking a look online.

IMG_0730And once you’ve decided… you’ll be ready to join the knitalong!  Clear your knitting calendar in time to cast on March 19.

You can knit anything you want from the book. Our KAL sponsor is A Good Yarn Sarasota, a shop I love and have visited several times! Order yarn for your knitalong project through A Good Yarn and get a 10% discount with the code littlemen. The shop will also have copies of the book so go ahead and order it along with your yarn if you have not already!

A Good Yarn has an incredible selection of the best yarns available including a whole lot of what I featured in the book, so the perfect fit for this KAL! Not everything is on the website but the shop will also take phone orders; just mention the code when you call 941.487.7914.

Here is a list of yarn from Knits for Boys available at A Good Yarn:
Spud and Chloe Sweater & Fine (these should be going on the website soon if you want to give it a few days–I will update with the link once it’s available)
Big Bad Wool
Skacel Yarns

Another yarn available on the shop website is Rowan Pure Wool Worsted. I haven’t personally worked with this yarn but the colors look great and I’ve never been disappointed in Rowan. There are a ton of worsted projects in the book that I believe would be a great fit!


Unlike other knitalongs I have hosted, this time you are “allowed” to start early and still be eligible for prizes.  I do not want to hamper you in your Knits for Boys glory! But, I wanted to allow folks that needed to gather supplies enough time to do so.

So please, jump right into the knitalong by clicking here to check it out.  Stay tuned for all the prize details, which were provided by the generous companies who supported the book including Anzula, Berroco, Lorna’s Laces, Plucky Knitter, Skacel & Spud & Chloe!