What Rejection Feels Like….

Yup, you read that right. Rejection. I got my first “sorry, your pattern is not for our magazine” e-mail last week.  It was the first pattern I ever submitted to a magazine.

So, what does it feel like to get that e-mail? Well, I think its best to first  talk about what it doesn’t feel like.

It doesn’t feel like I want to quit knitting. It doesn’t feel like I want quit designing. I didn’t cry my eyes out, in fact I didn’t even get a sniffle. ( I cry a lot so this is a big deal.) I didn’t get mad or angry. To be honest, I read the e-mail, felt nothing and went on with my day.

Denial? No, I don’t think so. I was prepared for rejection and of course I would have loved if they accepted it. It would have made a cool blog post about how my first design I ever submitted was accepted. However, this was not what the universe had in store for me.

If I’m really honest, I kinda wanted it to get rejected. As I was designing and knitting the sample, I kept picturing this sample being part of bigger collection.  I could see like 4-5 items that would cooridnate well with it.  Basically, I  kinda wanted to keep the design for myself so I could do more with it. Before, I even submitted the proposal, I had a back up plan for IF it got rejected. Maybe, that’s why I felt nothing and the whole thing really wasn’t that scary.

So, that’s the plan folks. Coming early next year or maybe around christmas time… there will be the first ever Smashlee Stitches pattern collection. Its bright, its colourful and its full of LOVE.


Betcha wondering what the design was I submitted was…To be honest, I don’t know how much i’m allowed to reveal about it. As a newbie, I’m not sure what the protocol is about rejected designs.  Are they mine to share and do with whatever I please?  If other designers could clarify this for me,I would be so grateful! Please comment if you have any insight on this!

As, far as the my goal for 100 rejected designs goes.. well 1 done. 99 more to go!

Happy Knitting and designing!






Smashlee Stitches Patterns

So, over the past month or so I’ve been working on a few pattern designs. I learned so much when I took the course Pattern Writing 101 ( you can read my review on the course here.)


In that course we got to design a pattern with the intention of publishing. I am so proud to say I finally finished the pattern I wrote for that class and I LOVE how it turned out.


How did the mini-me get so big???

The Isabella Lacy Beanie can be found for purchase on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy.


It is knit circularly and uses 2 strands of fingering weight yarn ( knit picks palette.) It is sized from toddler to adult.



In other Smashlee Pattern news, I also re-wrote my knitting tutu pattern. The updated version can be found on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy.


It now includes sizes from baby to 6 years old. Your gonna need some ruffle yarn and some worsted weight yarn to knit up this tutu.


Throwback to when the mini-me was really a mini.

I’ve got so many more design ideas in my head that its hard to sleep at night! Stayed tuned to see more Smashlee Patterns coming your way!

Happy Knitting!


Ashlee Lackovic ( aka Smashlee) is a knit wear designer, pattern writer, blogger and Etsy shop owner. She swears she’s not crazy…She just knits ALOT!

Summertime Madness

Is it just me or this summer going by way too quickly? I can’t believe we are into August already. By this time next month it will back to school! YES! My mini-he will be starting preschool meaning, for 5 hours every week I will get peace, quiet and knitting time! I am so freaking excited. That being said, this summer has been BUSY and I know that days are numbered. I won’t get to get to all things we wanted to do this summer. That’s okay though because, we have made some amazing memories so far!




I’ve done a lot of cool knitting things this past month as well. Some of which I will be talking about in later blog posts this week but, here’s a quick summary.

There’s been some progress on my bucket list goals …( nothing crossed off but, progress)

I have heard back about my pattern proposal I sent away last month.


The Isabella Lacy Beanie

I’ve been busy updating my patterns and released a new knitting pattern today called The Isabella Lacy Hat.

And I had some funny knitting fails like, a pattern proposal sample that ended up in a plate of gravy and pair of booties that the mini-he took some scissors to.
This week I’m trying to very focused on my goals. I’ve already completed one goal (release my new pattern) and its only Tuesday.

Here’s what else I’m trying to accomplish…

Send out another pattern proposal.
Finish booties
Write 5 blog posts.
Finish up my craftsy course and purchase a new course.
Easy Peasy, right? Let’s hope so!!

Since, I love to know I’m not alone in being obsessed with goal feel free to comment on the blog and let me know what you are trying to accomplish this week.

Happy goal setting, goal accomplishing and knitting!



Ashlee Lackovic ( aka Smashlee) is a knit wear designer, pattern writer, blogger and Etsy shop owner. Obsessed with knitting and often tangled yarn, she loves listening to audiobooks,  wearing sweat pants and setting lots and lots and lots of goals.

Knittin’ Little Summer 2016 Collection – Review

Its review time!!! A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to get a copy of  Knittin’ Little Summer 2016 Pattern collection. I had randomly come across the website while browsing twitter one day and I am so glad our virtual paths crossed.

If you’ve never heard of Knittin’ Little I strongly urge you check out their website. It is so cheerful! They specialize in patterns for your littles ( aka kids) and I’m not going to lie, I was hooked at first glance. There is so many adorable patterns that range from newborn to child sizes. Something that really caught my eye was that there is such a good mixture of patterns for boys and for girls. As I am a mom of two littles (or as I like to call them, the mini-me and the mini-he) I can appreciate the options that Knittin’ Little brings.

The summer collection  has 7 stunning and unique patterns . They feature some great talent from designers like Rachel Borello Carroll, Kristen TenDyke, and Knittin’ Little’s editor Andrea Sanchez, just to name a few.

The patterns feature a variety of yarns perfect for summer knitting. You can expect to see  cotton, fingering weight and sport yarn choices.


Costal Local Hat

The first pattern that stood out from the collection for me was the Costal Local Hat By Rachel Borello Carroll. Using Cascade 220 Fingering yarn this hat is sized from newborn to child.  I love this pattern so much I think the mini- he will be sporting this very soon!



Summer Showers Romper

The Summer Showers Romper designed by Andrea Sanchez is equally adorable. This pattern has sizes from 0-18 months and uses The Fiber Seed Sprout and Sprout Seedlings yarn.   Since I’m done having littles.. I can’t help but think, that this make the best baby gift.



Little Sweet Pea

Little Sweet Pea by  Jessica Anderson would also make a wonderful heirloom baby gift. Using Oink! Pigments Helix yarn, this blanket  is quite stunning . To be honest though, I probably would end up knitting it and keeping it as a shawl for myself.



Horizon Pullover

The Horizon Pullover by Nadya Stallings uses Spud and Chloe Fine yarn and knits up in sizes 2-12. I can picture my mini-he wearing this and looking beyond cute. And he’s way over due for some hand knit wear.





Currituck is a sweater vest that is knit with Knit Picks Sport. Designed by Joan Beebe this would be the perfect additional to that summer semi-formal outfit. Think of how cute it would be to have your little rock this vest at a wedding. The pattern is available in sizes 6m to size 14.



The Summer Sunset

The Summer Sunset by Helen Rose is knit in Destination Yarn Letter Fingering Weight yarn. Its available in sizes from 0-3 months to 10 years.  This beautiful tank top has a some cute buttons and lace pattern that would make it such a fun knit.



Little Joy Dress

The Little Joy Dress is probably my favourite pattern. Designed by Kristen TenDyke and knit in Knit Picks Simply Cotton Sport.  The pattern is written for sizes 6m to size 12. My Mini-Me is really into dresses right now and this is exactly something she would wear. I can’t help but feel the need to cast this one on first. I can even see the dress carrying on into the fall season, just pair with some leggings and a cute sweater.

I will be knitting up some of these patterns in the next month or so and of course, I will be blogging about my progress. First up, will be the Little Joy dress for my mini- me and then the horizon pullover for the mini-he.  They will be so cute , I cannot wait to get started. First thought, I must go yarn shopping!

I would like to Andrea from Knittin’ Little for allowing me to do this review and preview the patterns. Don’t forget to check out the Knittin’ Little website. All the patterns mentioned above can be found here and also on Ravelry.

Happy Knitting!!



Vacation Goals

This week is vacation week. Since school is now out, the Smashlee family has set out on a road trip and will be crashing at the in-laws for the next week.

It’s so pretty and relaxing here. The mini’s have tons of room to run around, which means mama’s got lots of knitting time. I’m not going lie though, I am on vacation,and I didn’t bring that much yarn with me.  So I’m taking it easy and only have a few goals this week.

  1. Send in my pattern to be submitted.
  2. Blog twice this week.
  3. Knit two moss stitch slouchy hats.


That’s it.  Simple. Easy. Doable.

Before I get back to sitting outside and chillin’ let me just give you a brief rundown on last weeks progress.

I did finish my hat, I did not finish my craftsy class, I didn’t knit on the Dr. Who blanket,  I did buy yarn for the design I’m submitting and I didn’t knit any swatches for my 400 stitches project.

So, 2/5 for last week. It’s all good though, cause I did celebrate Canada Day and  I did clean and organize my entire house. Yay me!

Hope you all have a great week!!


Ashlee Lackovic ( aka Smashlee) is a knit wear designer, pattern writer, blogger and Etsy shop owner.  Obsessed with knitting and often tangled yarn, she loves diet pepsi,  hot pink short and peace & quiet.


5 Reasons to love Canadian knitters

1. We are experts in cold weather!



In my almost 32 years of existence I have seen snow in every month of the year.  So, if you need cold weather apparel ask a Canadian, we know best.

2. Speaking of cold weather, let me introduce you to the toque. 


Know simply as a winter hat to the rest of the world, the Canadian version is just just a little bit more awesome. It has magical powers that keep your ears and head warm.  Wearing one will make you automatically Canadian, you will acquire random knowledge about beavers and start to smell like maple syrup. Bonus super powers such as expert skills in snow shovelling and zamboni driving will be awarded if your toque has a big pom pom on top of it. To acquire now of these amazing hats,  just find an overly friendly Canadian knitter, they usually have them stashed in their knitting bags.

3. Our national brand of coffee recognizes the importance of knitting. 


Not only did all Tim hortons have knitting motifs on all their coffee cups, but they also yarn bombed a store. Check it out  here.  That’s a lot of knitting!


4.  We are just really nice people….

5. And if we don’t knit fast enough… we really are sorry.




Happy Canada Day!!




Ashlee Lackovic ( aka Smashlee) is a knit wear designer, pattern writer, blogger and Etsy shop owner. Obsessed with knitting and often tangled yarn, she survives on poutine, apologizes for everything and like her tim hortons coffee, iced and with whip cream. We are  very happy to report that currently  she does not smell like maple syrup.


this week in my etsy shop… Beanies!!!

Featured in my Etsy shop this week are three beanies that I absolutely adore.

Designed and knit by me, these hats come in two sizes, slouchy and regular.



The light brown hat is  9″ in length, the cream is 11′ and blue hat is a little more slouchy at  11.5″. They are sized to fit the average adult head.ap4-16-18

 The story behind the design….

Last October my aunt asked me to make her a  brown slouchy hat. I was really excited to make her a present but, I wanted to design it myself. I already had a few slouchy hat design patterns done but, I wanted something new.


Almost immediately I could see the design in my head. I wanted the stitches to pop, and have an interesting rib for the bottom of the hat. The way the hat turned out is exactly how I pictured it in my head, and to be honest that doesn’t happen very often. Although, the design is technically nameless right now, on my etsy shop, the hats I have for sale knit with this pattern are called “moss stitch beanies.”

The knitting pattern will be released this September.


Custom orders

I love custom orders. If you love the hats but, don’t see your favorite colour or size you can reach out and have one made to order. The best way to request an order is to go to my etsy shop and use the “request custom order” button which is located the left-hand side. You can also e-mail smashleestitches@gmail.com


If you would like to find out any more info or purchase the hats featured in this blog post, direct links to their Etsy listings are posted below.

Light Brown  Moss Stitch Beanie

Cream Moss Stitch Beanie

Blue Moss Stitch Beanie.


Which colours would you like to see the Moss Stitch Beanie knit in next? Comment and let me know!

Much love,



Ashlee Lackovic ( aka Smashlee) is a knit wear designer, pattern writer, blogger and Etsy shop owner.  Obsessed with knitting and often tangled yarn, she loves PJS, the colour pink and her iPod.




100 Rejection letters here I come!!!

Last week I wrote about how I was going to be brave and start a 100 rejection email challenge. I love designing but, its scary putting your self out there to essentially be judged by magazine and book editors.

I’m still feeling rather brave so, after I wrote last Wednesday’s blog post , I went on Ravelry and searched the forums and groups for call for  submission posts.

Didn’t take me long to find one, and after briefly reading it. I printed it out and told Mr. Smashlee the plan. After throwing some ideas around we came up with a pretty cool design. I sketched it out and opened up an excel spreadsheet to start on the pattern.

There’s one tiny tiny problem though,  the magazine I’m submitting to doesn’t have yarn support. Meaning  I supply my own yarn. This is good and bad. Good because I get more freedom in the design, since I get to choose the yarn. Bad because, my design is colourful and I don’t have much of yarn stash (by choice). I live in tiny town with no LYS, and there’s not a enough time before the submission deadline to order anything online. This means I have to convince Mr. Smashlee that we need to go on a road trip (4 hours driving round trip ) to get yarn, for a design I may or may not get to publish.

Well guess what? mr. Smashlee deserves a shout out here. Cause I got my yarn yesterday.

Now, I’m knitting away on my gauge swatch. I’m still really excited about this project and can’t wait to finish the swatch.

Only time will tell what the outcome of this all will be but, I do have a back up plan for if the design gets rejected.  And as of right now, Im okay with the possibility of rejection. I suppose that should change though.

Until next week, keep being brave & Thanks for reading!!


Pattern Writing 101

Recently, I completed a design course called “pattern writing 101” from KnitDesigns by Tian.

As many of you already know I’ve designed and sell a few pattern on Ravelry and my etsy shop. For the most part, I was winging it. I studied how other designers wrote their patterns and essentially taught myself how to pattern write. I understand the math, of knitting and  I can look at a garment are figure out how it was  made/knit. This was all I needed, right??

Nope! Tian’s course really gets down to the nitty gritty of pattern writing . Besides the fine tune details, you really get to look in yourself and figure out who you are as a designer. What do you want to achieve?  How far do you want to go?

The best part of course though is the feeling you get when you e-mail back and forth with Tian. It’s almost like she’s there holding your hand though the scary bits and will be your biggest cheerleader.

At the end of the course you will have written a full written pattern, that you have designed yourself! Yay you!!


Mine is ready to go and waiting on photography ( and for me to get back from holidays).  I am so excited to release this pattern so, look for coming very very soon!

If you want to dabble in design wether part or full time I strongly suggest her course(s), because more than knowledge of the in and outs of design, I gained the confidence to call myself a designer, take risks and grow out of my knitting comfort zone.  Thank you Tian!
You can find Tian on her website  , twitter and Ravelry .

Thanks for reading! And as Tian always says, You got this!!!






Monday = goal setting! Let’s do this!!

Last week I posted 4 goals I wanted to accomplish with my knitting. You can read last weeks post here but, as quick recap I had 4 main goals.

1. Finish the peacock blanket

2.  Knit a tutu

3. Blog everyday

4. Knit myself a hat.

I’m very proud to say most of the list is done!!

The peacock blanket is done ! Read more about that adventure here.

The knit tutus are done and have been delivered to their new home.

I almost blogged everyday. I think 5/7 days. I didn’t blog this past weekend. I kinda ran out of steam but, after some super nice texts from my sister in law, I am prepared for the upcoming week and blogging on!

Sadly, my hat was the only project not finished. It’s on my needles right now and ready to be knit as soon as I’m done this blog post!
3.5/4 Ain’t bad!! Go Smashlee!!

So what’s on the goal list this week…

  1. Finish my hat!
  2. Finish my craftsy class
  3. Add 1 columns of squares to dr. Who blanket.
  4. Order/buy  yarn for design project that I’m submitting
  5. Knit 25 swatches from 400 stitches and sew them on the blanket!

Whew! That’s a lot of stuff but, I got this!!

What goals do you have this week? Comment and let me know!!



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