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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New Pattern and it’s on Sale!

Lana is a top-down cowl that begins like a shawl and then it’s joined in the round to complete it. It’s a fairly quick knit, with added interest from colorwork and purl texture accents. Lana is on sale at 20% off through midnight east coast time on February 5. You can learn more about the pattern here.

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Pattern Sale, Mystery KAL, and Indie Design GAL

Do you need a quick gift? Do you have 140 yards of heavy worsted or Aran weight yarn? Do you enjoy a good mystery? Extra Extra 3-Hour Cowl may be the pattern for you. It’s knit in the round in four easy stitch patterns: decorative rib, eyelet increase, chevron, and garter stitch. You can use any circular knitting method you prefer. The pattern is both written out and charted. This is such a quick knit, that the three clues will be released every other day starting on December 1. The pattern is 20% off until then, but once the first clue goes out, the pattern is full price. Give me 3 hours, and you can tick another gift off your list, or keep it for yourself!

Learn more about the MKAL here.

Every year at this time, independent designers get together on Ravelry and have the Indie Design Gift-A-Long. Right now we are in the sale portion of the event. Use the code giftalong2016 and you will save 25% on a selection of 20 of my patterns. You can see the designs here and learn more about the Gift-A-Long in the Indie Design GAL Ravelry group. Please note the sale period will end on December 30 at midnight east coast time.
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Major Malabrigo Sale and Knit Along

Worsted Sapphire Magenta

Worsted Sapphire Magenta

Storewide Malabrigo sale is going on right now at Whitknits.com. Save 20% on Arroyo, Chunky, Finito, Lace, Rios, Silkpaca Lace, Silky Merino, Sock, Twist, and Worsted. This sale will go through the end of September, but shop early for the best selection. See all the yarns here.

Silky Merino Loro Barranquero

Silky Merino Loro Barranquero


Knit Along Starting September 23!

Come join a great group of knitters in a KAL that run through November 25. Complete a project, and you could win a $25 gift certificate to Whitknits.com. Learn more about it here.




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July 20% off Sale @ Whitknits.com

Rowan and Spud & Chloë Sale

(Rowan: Felted Tweed Duck Egg 173 left / Kidsilk Haze Blushes 583 right)

(Spud & Chloë Sweater: Waterslide 7519 left / Firefly 7505 right)


More colors on website. Sale goes through midnight east coast time on July 31.


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Stock Up & Save Sale!


Noro Silk Garden #370


It’s sale time at Whitknits.com. Save 20% on seven Noro yarns, Ella Rae Lace Merino ( don’t let the name fool you, it’s fingering weight), and Dream in Color Classy, a machine washable worsted weight yarn.

Dream in Color Classy Bermuda Teal

Sale ends at midnight east coast time on June 30.

Ella Rae Lace Merino Magenta #31


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