50% off yarn at Whitknits.com

Whitknits.com is closing its virtual doors on April 1. Just three days left to save 50% on all the brands pictured above. Thank you!

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30% off Going-out-of-Business Sale


In the last year, I have been giving a lot of thought to closing Whitknits.com. The decision is made and it’s the right one for me at this point in my life. The only thing stopping me from closing is an inventory of a few thousand skeins of yarn. In order to move this yarn from my home to yours, it’s all marked down 30%. As you can see from the picture, there is a broad selection of brands covering every kind of yarn. There is still more yarn to add to the site so check back often, or sign up for the newsletter to be notified of inventory and price changes. Please share this with people who might enjoy it.

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BOGO pattern offer and yarn sale

Valentine’s Day is the last day to save on both patterns and yarn. To take advantage of the BOGO pattern sale, just place any multiple of two patterns into your Ravelry shopping cart and the less expensive pattern in each pair is free. This applies to self-published patterns and eBooks only. You can see all my patterns here.

You can also save 25% on every yarn at Whitknits.com. Again, this sale ends when Valentine’s Day ends, at midnight east coast time.

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New Shawl Pattern 15% off


Here is Pipes, a bias knit garter stitch shawl that starts at the right tip and ends at the left edge. The shawl is made up of two simple rows of knitting, but keeps your interest because of the striped “pipe” midsection. This is where you can let your personality shine. Careful color selection can highlight the pipes or the spaces between the pipes. You can be bold and bright, more subdued and neutral, use a color changing yarn, a gradient set, or even do some stash busting.

Pipes is offered at a 15% discount through February 4, at midnight east coast time. You can learn more about the pattern by clicking on the pattern name.

There is a knit along here and I hope you will consider joining us. We will start February 15.

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Save 25% on yarn at Whitknits.com


Just two days left to save 25% on yarns by Araucania, Blue Sky Fibers, Claudia, Debbie Bliss, Dream In Color, Ella Rae, Elsebeth Lavold, Ester Bitran, Handmaiden Yarn, Lorna’s Laces, Madelinetosh, Malabrigo, Noro, Rowan, ShibuiKnits, and Spud & Chloë. You can see all the yarn at Whitknits.com.


(Sale ends at 12:01 a.m. on February 1, east coast time.)

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Happy Halloween – A treat, not a trick

A new KAL is starting for any of my patterns. You can knit for yourself, someone else, or get some holiday knitting done. If you complete your project by December 6, you could win a $25 gift certificate to Whitknits.com or free patterns. You can learn more about the KAL here.

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Finley Breese Morse Code Shawl and KAL

5 colors for stripes/1 color for code

Finley Breese is a shawl with a message! Samuel Finley Breese Morse invented the original Morse code in the 1930s. The series of dots and dashes translates well for slip stitch colorwork. I could write something in my knitting, but what? I settled on writing knitting terms in the last twelve rows of each broad stripe. Three lines of Morse code repeat one knitting term per stripe. From right to left, the shawl reads Needles, Yarn, Cast On, Knit, Purl, and Bind Off.

The knitting on Finley Breese is easy. It’s a garter stitch shawl, knit on the bias, with 2-12 colors of fingering weight yarn. This makes it great for stash busting. The Morse code words in each stripe use 6-19 yards and the stripes use 68-195 yards.  Only one color is used in each row so this is the easiest colorwork around after striping. If you can cast on, knit, slip a stitch, k2tog, kfb, and bind off, this will be easy for you.

Worn as scarf

Finley Breese is a unisex pattern that can be used as a substantial shawl or scarf. The pattern is both written out and charted. Included in the pattern are some coloring suggestions as well as a coloring schematic. You can try your ideas on paper before knitting a stitch.

A knit along for Finley Breese will start September 15 on Ravelry. This is a great opportunity to knit with a fun group of people and get lots of support and encouragement. All are welcome!

Example of 3 colors for stripes/1 color for Morse code

Blocked Measurements
• Width: approximately 81.5″/207 cm
• Center depth: approximately 18″/45.5 cm

23 stitches/48 rows = 4″/10 cm in garter stitch after blocking and relaxing.


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New Pattern and Knit Along

Photo credit: Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood

Level was just published in Brooklyn Tweed Wool People 11. It’s my first pattern with Brooklyn Tweed and I am very excited about it. Level is a modular garter stitch shawl in three colors of fingering yarn. The shawls pictured were knit in Brooklyn Tweed Loft. There is a KAL for Level starting July 1. If you would like to join us, please post into the KAL thread here. 

Photo credit: Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood

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Madelinetosh Yarn Sale and Pattern Sale

To help the Madelinetosh Lovers group on Ravelry celebrate their annual Mad May event, I have set up a discount code, MM17, that can be used in two ways:

  1. At Whitknits.com, enter the code during checkout, and save 15% on every Madelinetosh yarn. Yarns include Tosh Merino Light (TML), Tosh Sock, Tosh DK, Vintage, and Pashmina.
  2. On Ravelry, use the code to save 20% on all my indie patterns.

You can use either code as often as you want until May 15. Please feel free to share the code with your knitting friends. Thank you!


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Patternfish newsletter

 included four of my designs in their latest newsletter. It’s always exciting when this happens. Here is what was included in the newsletter:

Nancy Whitman creates lovely patterns such as Minoan, an easy-to-knit shawl with intricate looking colour work. Minoan is also available as a knitCompanion bundle.

Her Rushmore Hat and Cowl Set have a unique texture created with staggered pleating for a very pleasing and eye-catching effect.

  • Minoan
  • Rushmore Hat & Cowl Set

One of Whitman’s unique contributions to the world of knitting patterns are her colourful mitered shawls, such as Piet on Point, inspired by the paintings of Piet Mondrian, and the bold, asymmetrical A New Slant.

  • Piet on Point
  • A New Slant

You can find my designs on Patternfish, Ravelry, etsy, and Craftsy, just to name a few places.

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