Product Pick: Knitting Bag Apron by KOALA Caddie™

Knitting Bag Apron

Knitting Bag Apron
by KOALA Caddie™

SAVE $5 & get free domestic shipping (thru 5/5) on our Spring Flamingos KOALA Caddie. One Etsy buyer wrote: “It is absolutely gorgeous! I am over the moon with the quality & ingenious idea.” The KOALA Caddie is a unique combination of craft apron and knitting bag. It keeps projects & yarn free from fur, soil, and tedious transfers. Adjustable in length and width, it is shown here shortened and gathered at the waist. Choose yellow, aqua, or royal blue with matching satin lining & lovely details. . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Summer Lace Cowl by Carol Beliveau Designs

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Summer Lace Cowl
by Carol Beliveau Designs

This beautiful cowl compliments any color in your wardrobe. This would look so beautiful with a maxi or just a plain white T-shirt. Which ever way you decide, it will look beautiful. So light weight you won’t even know you are wearing it, which makes it perfect for summer. Best of all you only need 1 ball, it doesn’t get much better than that. Blocking totally optional. Before blocking measures 21 1/2” x 8 1/2” . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Violet Zig Zag Shawl by SweaterBabe

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Violet Zig Zag Shawl
by SweaterBabe

It all started with a lovely zig zag lace panel, chosen for its simplicity and ability to allow gorgeous  yarn to show to its best advantage. With a little creative shaping, the lace panels are worked so that they span out towards the bottom edge of the shawl as the triangular shape is created.

The result – a fabulously complicated-looking, but easy-to-work overall lace design that draws the eyes in many directions. An open lace border is knit to finish the shawl and give it the wonderfully pronounced scalloped edge and some contrasting textures. . . . >

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FREE Pattern Pick: Luscious Cabled Cowl by SweaterBabe

Luscious Cabled Cowl

FREE Pattern Pick:
Luscious Cabled Cowl
by SweaterBabe.com
(free ONLY until 4/30/16. On Ravelry too.)

A cable knitter's delight! Even if you're a fairly new cable knitter, this lovely, luscious cowl is dreamy to wear and knit.

It's worked from end to end in a fairly simple, but complicated-looking, all-over cable stitch with some lace elements. Then, the cast on and bound off edges are sewed together to create the cowl shape. A naturally wavy edge is created at the top and bottom edges by the cable stitch pattern. The overall effect is a highly textured look done in a bulky yarn for maximum effect.

The merino wool blend gives the cowl great softness worn against the skin, plus a luxe look with just enough stitch definition and slight halo to make this look like an expensive designer purchase! Plus, the bulky weight of the yarn on big knitting needles makes this a great, quick project ideal for gift-giving too! . . . >

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FREE Pattern Pick: Chic Ruffled Edge Lace Scarf by SweaterBabe

Chic Ruffled Scarf

FREE Pattern Pick:
Chic Ruffled Edge Scarf
by SweaterBabe.com
(free ONLY until 3/31/16. On Ravelry, use "Buy it Now" to add to cart and see $0 SALE price.)

Subtle touches make this scarf extra luxe and sophisticated. The main part is knit in a pretty lattice lace pattern from end to end. Short rowing creates softly curved ends. The ruffled edges are knit in, on one side as a continuation of the main part. The provisional cast-on stitches are then picked up to knit the ruffle on the other side. The result is a lovely cascading ruffle in a textured moss stitch that contrasts nicely with the smooth delicate lace of the main section. This scarf can be worn wrapped traditionally around the neck, or folded and looped through for a more modern effect. . . . >

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Gorgeous Kid Mohair and Silk Knitting Patterns

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Love knitting with kid mohair lace? I certainly do! The end result is undeniably sumptuous and so elegant. Beautiful lace stitch patterns transform even simple shapes into gossamer lace, wonderfully versatile pieces.

[Here is a helpful list of the types of yarns ideal for these patterns (The strong halo from the 70% mohair content is very important for the intended results.):
Garnstudio Drops Kid-Silk, Pure Bella Yarns Pura Kid Silk Mohair, Rowan Kidsilk Haze, Madil Kid Seta, Cascade Kid Seta, Elann Silken Kydd, Knit Picks Aloft, Debbie Bliss Party Angel]

Here are some featured patterns from SweaterBabe's Kid Mohair and Silk Collection:

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  1. #177 Annabelle Stole/Scarf. A surprisingly simple lace stitch creates beautiful, wavy stripes. Use a tonal combination, contrasting colors, or keep it in one elegant shade! On Ravelry.
  2. #170 Judith Shawl Vest. A chic alternative to your usual shawl is this lovely vest. Let the gorgeous lengths of lace cascade down the front or wear it as a generous scarf. On Ravelry.
  3. #172 Cloudy Skies Diaphanous Scarf. A triangular-shaped scarf with a bit of a crescent shape allows this scarf to drape beautifully. On Ravelry.
  4. #154 Gossamer One-Ball Lace Scarf. One ball of kid mohair silk knits up into this pretty scarf with lots of textural interest and a lovely peaked edge. On Ravelry.
  5. #148 Blushing Lace Shawl. This slightly crescent-shaped shawl can be worn in so many different ways. On Ravelry.
  6. #193 "Don't Ruche Me, I'm Knitting" Scarf. This one (or two) ball knit features ruched lace ends and a beautiful, open diamond lace in the middle. A great gift knit. On Ravelry.

See ALL Kid Mohair and Silk Knitting Patterns.


Product Pick: Knitting Bag Apron by KOALA Caddie™

Knitting Bag Apron

Knitting Bag Apron
by KOALA Caddie™

Do you adore fabulous yarn? The patented KOALA Caddie’s unique combination craft apron & knitting bag keeps projects & yarn free from fur, soil, spillovers & tedious transfers. It adjusts in width & length, has a satin lining, extra long ties & an inner pocket. Caddies made using rare fabrics are our specialty. Supplies of each are limited but there are dozens of choices. This gorgeous design is from Luana Rubin’s Joie de Vivre collection for Robert Kaufman. Free domestic shipping thru 3/10/16. . . . >

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FREE Pattern Pick: Romantic Cable and Lace Vest by SweaterBabe.com

Romantic Cable and Lace Vest

FREE Pattern Pick:
Romantic Cable and Lace Vest
by SweaterBabe.com
(free ONLY until 2/29/16. On Ravelry, use "Buy it Now" to add to cart and see $0 SALE price.)

Here is a romantic little knit vest that is right in line with this season's fashions. It features a longer, tunic length, empire waist shape, and gorgeous mix of lace and cable textures. Thin 2-stitch cables accent the shaping. A beautiful traveling vine lace stitch is used for the bodice and pretty 4-stitch cables make up the straps. A flattering squared neckline will work well with blouses or slim-fitting long sleeve tops.

Velvet ribbon ties complete the look. This is a great item to wear to work or just as an extra layer on chillier days. . . . >

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Stoles - Wrap Yourself in a Luxe Knit Now

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A luxe stole (or shawl) is just the thing for wrapping yourself in decadent warmth and instant style!

I also love knitting them year-round, as they allow me to try out new stitch patterns and yarns, give me a project I can carry around (no or minimal shaping, so I focus on the stitchwork instead!), and end up as truly versatile additions to my wardrobe (I wear them as scarves, shoulder warmers, or both!).

Shown above are some best selling options:

  1. #192 Abbot Kinney Shawl/Scarf. Gorgeous leaf lace border is paired with a simpler all-over lace to give you a shawl that is both vintage and modern in feel. Simply beautiful in a hand-painted yarn. On Ravelry.
  2. #181 Sapphire Lace Shawl. A generous triangular lace shawl is a must-have for any wardrobe. This one features simple lace bands alternated throughout. On Ravelry.
  3. #210 Hillside Blooms Shawlette. A uniquely wearable crescent shape is created with a fun-to-knit combination of lace and Garter stitch. A surprising quick knit with fabulous results. On Ravelry.
  4. #229 Adore. A yet-to-be-released gossamer beauty with two lace designs artfully combined. Coming soon! Fave the project on Ravelry and be sure to join my email list to be notified of this release.
  5. #202 Truffles Stole. A unique threaded-cable design runs the length of this stole in two wide panels. A simpler braided cable runs the center line and creates the finished edges. A real treat for cable lovers, especially in a yummy cashmere blend, as shown. On Ravelry.
  6. #196 Garden Stroll Stole. A pretty combination of cables and lace makes this a uniquely beautiful piece to knit and wear. Knits up quickly on size 8 needles. On Ravelry.

Want more options? See All Shawl, Scarf, and Cowl Knitting Patterns.

 


Product Pick: Scaredy Cats Knitting Bag Apron by KOALA Caddie™

Scaredy Cats Knitting Bag Apron

Scaredy Cats Knitting Bag Apron
by KOALA Caddie™

NOW thru 1/31, save $10 on the price of our Scaredy Cats KOALA Caddie™. Nominated by fans as best supporting accessory for a knitting project, the Caddie is a unique combination of craft apron and knitting bag. Take it anywhere (yes, even to the movies!) and it will keep your work and yarn free from fur, soil, spillovers and tedious transfers. Adjustable in width and length, it has extra long ties and an inner pocket for notions. One Etsy buyer wrote: “Absolutely the greatest knitting bag ever!” . . . >

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