The Independent Designer Gift-A-Long is an annual event where independent knit and crochet pattern designers have the opportunity to showcase some of their creations and inspire others to make them. The Gift-A-Long is essentially two events:
ASale: Each of the designers has chosen 5 – 20 of their favorite patterns and will offer them at a 25% discount from 8 p.m. Nov 22 – 11:59 Nov 30 EST when you use the code giftalong2016. There are over 300 designers participating this year which means there are thousands of patterns on sale!
The GAL (gift-a-long): an opportunity to knit and crochet at the same time with other like-minded crafters and have the chance to win amazing prizes! ALL patterns created by the participating designers can be made during the GAL, however only the non-free patterns will be eligible for prizes.
The GAL begins Tuesday November 22, 2016 at 8 pm (EST) and ends December 31, 2016 at 11:59 pm (EST). While you are waiting, make sure you join the Indie Design Gift-A-Long group. That is where all the chatting, friend-making, showing off of finished projects and prize awarding will take place.
Speaking of prizes … free patterns, pattern books, amazing yarns, yarn and pattern kits, stitch markers, project bags … there are hundreds of prizes this year! I've donated a book, the Crocheter's Companion, beads, crochet hooks and stitch markers.
You may make as many projects as you want. There will be separate threads for 8 different categories:
There is even a special prize category you can enter if you complete at least one project in each of the 8 categories listed above.