Pattern Pick: Crystal Cove Shawlette by SweaterBabe

Crystal Cove Shawlette

Crystal Cove Shawlette
by SweaterBabe

There's a stretch of beach here in Southern California called Crystal Cove. It's nicely secluded, with charmingly restored cottages that are wonderful to stay at, if you get lucky enough to snag one.

This elongated, triangular shawlette reminds me of those cottages. There's a vintage charm to the combination of stitches. It's knit up in a hand-painted, fingering-weight yarn on slightly larger needles, giving it fresh appeal and lovely wearability.

Open, textured lace bands are alternated with bands of Stockinette stitch to highlight the subtle color variations of this yarn. A simple lace with a 6-stitch repeat is easily worked from the charts or written instructions included here.

The shawlette finishes with a lace stitch that forms pretty waves. This shawlette uses only one hank of yarn, making this a pattern you can knit over and over again. . . . >

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FREE Pattern Pick: Luscious Lace Scarf by SweaterBabe

Luscious Lace Scarf

FREE Pattern Pick: 
Luscious Lace Scarf
by SweaterBabe.com
(free ONLY until 4/30/17. On Ravelry too.)

A thoroughly modern, yet romantically classic scarf. The exquisite lace stitch has lots of texture and movement, yet is quite easy to work. The edges are finished with simple 4-stitch cables.

Knit on size 9 needles using the sport weight Alpaca Silk yarn from Blue Sky Alpacas, the finished scarf drapes beautifully. Wear it bundled and wrapped around your neck, loosely wrapped and draped around your shoulders, or casually thrown over your outfit. . . . >

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Take a Load Off!

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As the weather warms up, it's time to knit with some lighter-weight yarns. These fingering and dk-weight patterns, and lacy layering options are perfect for knitting and wearing straight into summer.

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  1. #212 Aure Thing. Bold lace in a cotton yarn makes for a great lacy cover up for sleeveless dresses and tanks. Available on Ravelry.

  2. #239 Blue Smoke Stole. Gossamer-weight kid mohair and silk in a gorgeous smoky blue knits up into a lovely shawl to throw on anytime there's the slightest chill in the air. Available on Ravelry.

  3. #175 Diamonds and Lace Top-Down Cardigan. A slim-fitting cardigan that complements many spring and summer looks. Pretty open diamonds embellish the back and fronts. Available on Ravelry.

  4. #213 Kimono Cropped Cardi. A very of-the-moment shape that looks great over maxis. Available on Ravelry.

  5. #173 Calida Luxe Cocoon Cardigan. Silky lace in a unique cocoon shaped cardigan. So easy to drape over an outfit. Available on Ravelry.

  6. #236 Sea Glass. Opulent colors combine beautifully into a lightweight shawl that is perfect for warm weather outings. Available on Ravelry.

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Product Pick: SPRING GIVEAWAY Knitting Bag Apron by KOALA Caddie™

SPRING GIVEAWAY Knitting Bag Apron

SPRING GIVEAWAY Knitting Bag Apron
by KOALA Caddie™

Enter to win our SPRING GIVEAWAY - no purchase required! We invite everyone to participate in a random drawing for this rare Catnap KOALA Caddie. Follow the Shop Product Now link below. It will take you to this listing in my Etsy shop. Scroll down & mark the Caddie as a FAVORITE by clicking on the heart icon. If you love to knit, crochet, spin & create, but dislike interruptions, fur, fuzzies, transfers & plastic bags, then the KOALA Caddie is for you! We will announce the winner on 4/1/2017. . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Calida Luxe Cocoon Cardigan by SweaterBabe

Calida Luxe Cocoon Cardigan

Calida Luxe Cocoon Cardigan
by SweaterBabe

Calida is a girl's name of Greek and Spanish origin. Its meaning, "most beautiful; heated, with warmth," perfectly matches my new lace cocoon cardigan.

This stylish open cardigan is the epitome of elegance in a knitwear item! Gorgeous alpaca/silk yarn is knit in a lace stitch pattern with just enough openness to keep it light and airy, but not so much that the cardigan loses its structure.

The silk content of the yarn allows this piece to glide over your shoulders and drape beautifully over tank tops, maxi dresses, long-sleeve blouses, and so much more. . . . >

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FREE Pattern Pick: Quick Knit Shawl-Collared Shrug by SweaterBabe

Quick Knit Shawl-Collared Shrug

FREE Pattern Pick: 
Quick Knit Shawl-Collared Shrug
by SweaterBabe.com
(free ONLY until 3/22/17. On Ravelry too.)

Sometimes you just need a little something something to cover your shoulders.

Here's a very stylish solution - a quick knit, shawl-collared shrug! It features a textured, open rib stitch contrasted with a 2x2 ribbed, chic shawl-collar. Ribbed cap sleeves finish the look.

This seamless design begins with the back, which is knit from the bottom up. Then, stitches are picked up around the rest of the edges and the remainder of the shrug is knit in the round.

Short rows are used to give the shawl-collar its great shape and to create the little cap sleeves that finish off the armholes.

A great, easy look over sleeveless dresses or slim long-sleeves tops. . . . >

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Beauty is in the Cables and Lace!

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A good knitting pattern produces a nice finished garment or accessory that is interesting to knit. A GREAT pattern results in a finished item you can't wait to wear or gift, is lovely and impressive to look at, and was a joy to knit!

For me, beautiful stitchwork incorporated into a very wearable (or giftable) piece is easily a GREAT pattern.

Here are some that IMHO fit the bill!

 

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1) #241 Evelyn. A modern take on the Fisherman's sweater with up-to-date details and lace within the cables for a feminine touch. Pockets and longer back hem make it extra versatile. Available on Ravelry too.

2) #168 Sublime Cabled Hat. Simple cable twists, but worked in a 4-strand braided design for maximum visual impact. Baby, Child, and Adult sizes included in the pattern. Available on Ravelry too.

3) #96 Fancy Cables and Lace Baby Blanket. Gorgeous texture from a pretty lace panel alternated with a simple cable twist, all set against an easy Garter stitch background. The ultimate gift. Pattern now includes 4 sizes! Available on Ravelry too.

4) #240G Kiana Vest. A fabulous double cable frames petite lace leaves down the front and back of this versatile vest. A matching Women's version and Hat use the same cable design. Girl's Vest on Ravelry too. Women's Version on Ravelry. Hat on Ravelry.

5) #225 The One Hat. A great hat pattern that you'll easily knit over and over! I knit 4 of them in 4 days! Such a luxe gift knit up in a cashmere blend. Available on Ravelry too.

6) #167 Simply Divine Baby Blanket. Simple lace interspersed with cables make for a wonderfully textured blanket. Available in multiple sizes if purchased as part of blanket eBook, #eB0003 Blanket Trio. Available on Ravelry too


Product Pick: Rare Fabric Designs ~ Matted for Framing by KOALA Caddie™

Rare Fabric Designs ~ Matted for Framing

Rare Fabric Designs ~ Matted for Framing
by KOALA Caddie™

We are VERY excited to announce a new product line that transforms our extensive collection of rare & out-of-print fabrics into unique works of art! We select an 8x10” design & mount it, using a premium 11x14” matte & backboard. The result is a stellar fabric treasure, ready to frame & display. The popular “Ghastlie night” is one of over 20 designs with knitting related themes. Each includes a crystal clear sleeve & rigid mailer. The introductory price is $20, with free shipping through 3/1/17. . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Navajo Loop Stole by SweaterBabe

Navajo Loop

Navajo Loop Stole 
by SweaterBabe

I love the idea of big stoles that you use to blanket your neck and shoulders in luxury and warmth! This stole is precisely that kind of accessory, and it's a nice soothing knit as well.

Choose two sophisticated colors, as I did, for a nod towards the huge striping trend. Combine this with a lovely chevron pattern that has texture and lacy elements to make it even more intriguing.

You can knit your stripes as you wish (if you introduce more colors or have different amounts of yarn from your stash that you are using). I chose to have the striped ends mirror each other with stripes of decreasing width as they approach the middle color block.

And it's all knit up in one of my favorite alpaca and wool-blend yarns that has a lovely feel as you knit it and of course, when you wear it. Lace pattern is charted and written so you can you follow your preference. . . . >

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FREE Pattern Pick: One-Skein Cabled Fingerless Gloves by SweaterBabe

One-Skein Cabled Fingerless Gloves

FREE Pattern Pick: 
One-Skein Cabled Fingerless Gloves
by SweaterBabe.com
(free ONLY until 2/22/17. On Ravelry too.)

Just less than 100 yards of a soft, worsted-weight yarn and a little time will earn you these fabulous cabled fingerless gloves! Perfect for keeping your hands warm when typing, driving, knitting, or just hanging out.

A striking and fun-to-knit clustered braid cable adorns the top of each glove. The palm side of the gloves is all in 1 x 1 ribbing for a great fit. A few decreases above the thumb hole create a nice fit at the top.

This completely seamless project is knit entirely on double pointed needles.

Make it in just a few sittings! Knit up in a cashmere or alpaca blend to create a great, luxurious gift item in your recipient's favorite color. . . . >

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