Pattern Pick: Hillside Blooms by SweaterBabe

Hillside Blooms

Hillside Blooms
by SweaterBabe

I'm a knitter, not a gardener. But I still always appreciate the loveliness of flowers that bloom on a hillside.

This shawlette is a knitter's version of that flowering hillside. It starts with a graceful lace pattern that creates a very pretty scalloped edge.

As decreases are made in the pattern, the curved lines and eyelets create a row of tulips that curve along your shoulders. The knitting then transitions to Garter stitch, with gentle shaping worked with decreases and short rows. The result is a stare-worthy shawlette to drape over your shoulders or wear artfully around your neck.

This project used only 2 hanks of the lovely Madelinetosh Tosh DK yarn. The color variations in this yarn work perfectly with the design . . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Sapphire Lace Shawl by SweaterBabe

Sapphire Lace Shawl
Sapphire Lace Shawl
by SweaterBabe

Bold, yet highly sophisticated sapphire-colored yarn combines beautifully with a design that mixes lace with intermittent bands of garter stitch.

The yarn is an unbelievably silky merino blend that comes in a rich color palette and practically glides through your fingers as you knit.

The result is a sumptuously soft triangular shawl that drapes beautifully as a scarf and adds the perfect touch of warmth.

This shawl is knit from the top center down with increases positioned to create the versatile triangular shape. It's knit in one piece, with only the optional fringe to add in finishing. . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Adore by SweaterBabe

Adore
Adore
by SweaterBabe

I adore the silky softness of a kid mohair and silk blend yarn. And (as you can tell), I'm always drawn to lovely lace patterns. This stole features not just one, but two breathtakingly beautiful lace stitch patterns, artfully combined and gorgeously presented when knit up in the kid mohair and silk blend yarn.

A generous bottom border is worked in the first lace stitch, which is simple and repetitive to knit, and creates very pretty results. This lace is then only continued along the sides to allow the water lily motifs to take center stage as they run down the center of the stole. The stole finishes with the same generous lace border to mirror the beginning.

With some patient and very enjoyable knitting, you will have a lovely, ultra-lightweight, and incredibly soft and warm stole that doubles as a luxurious scarf (my preferred way of wearing!). . . . >

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Small Knitting Projects

Small Knitting Projects

Have knitting, will travel! Smaller knitting projects are great for summer-time, when your schedule is less scheduled but you still want to fit in some knitting!

Here are some project ideas that you can get going quickly (stash busting!) so you'll always have something to knit!

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1) Dreamcatcher Hat. One ball with a little bit of contrasting color yarn makes a fun hat for men or women. The women's version has lace eyelets, while the men's version is all about the chevron Garter stitch stripes. Both are easy, quick, and seamless! Also available on Ravelry.

2) Kiki Hat. Cable-framed leaf motifs are the gorgeous panels in this textured hat. A fun, interesting knit with fabulous results! Co-ordinating fingerless gloves pattern available too! Also available on Ravelry.

3) Shawl-Collared Shrugette. When you need a little something to layer over your summer tops, this little shrugette is the thing! Knit in the always stunning Madelinetosh Tosh Light yarn, it's a special and versatile accessory. Also available on Ravelry.

4) Adaline Shawl. Sometimes, the simpler stitches are enough to create a gorgeous result! This one-ball shawl starts with lots of Garter stitch, making it ideal for travel knitting. It finishes with a delicate open lace. Beautiful for showcasing that hand-dyed fingering yarn sitting in your stash. Also available on Ravelry.

5) Chalice One-Ball Scarf. Silky, gossamer lace. A pretty lace with only simple decreases and yarnovers. Charted and written. Also available on Ravelry.

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Pattern Pick: Garden Stroll Stole by SweaterBabe

Garden Stroll Stole

Garden Stroll Stole
by SweaterBabe

Garden strolls, a day at the Arboretum, visiting the Farmer's Market. . . all such outings deserve a stole like this that can keep you lookin' hip and stylish, and chase away any chill in the air.

A trio of stitch panels, each interesting in its own right, combine beautifully to run the length of this stole.

The different stitches complement each other and harmoniously create a handknit piece that will earn many oohs and aahs.

Knit this up, as I did, in a gorgeous heathered green and you will have a lovely piece that perfectly transitions your wardrobe from summer to fall and beyond . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Off-Kilter Lace Poncho by SweaterBabe

Off-Kilter Lace Poncho

Off-Kilter Lace Poncho
by SweaterBabe

Being off-kilter can make for a stunning visual – like this poncho, which can be worn asymmetrically for more drama, or symmetrically if your prefer. Either way showcases your knitting expertise and modern fashion sense with the gorgeous combination of three textured stitch patterns and the added flair of fringe.

A wide candlelight lace panel is bordered by beautiful leaf borders and Moss stitch edges all around.

Poncho is cleverly constructed by sewing partial edges of two rectangular knit pieces. Knitting rectangular shapes allows you to focus on the stitch patterns and not worry about shaping along the way.

This piece looks fabulous over skinny jeans and boots (or heels)! . . . >

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FREE Pattern Pick: Luxe Infinity Scarf by SweaterBabe

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FREE Pattern Pick: 
Luxe Infinity Scarf
by SweaterBabe.com
(free ONLY until 5/25/17. On Ravelry too.)

Curving, scalloped columns interspersed with garter stitch make for a very interesting and unique pattern stitch. Perfect for elevating a simple infinity scarf shape to new levels of sophistication!

This infinity scarf is a simple big loop, knit in the round on long circular needles. The stitch pattern is fabulous, so be sure to choose a yarn with great stitch definition, like the Del Cerro 100% merino wool shown here from Aslan Trends yarns. The cocoa color is rich and a natural complement to any outfit.

This infinity scarf makes a wonderful gift. It can be worn long and loose, or wrapped twice around the neck, for a perfectly scrunched look. . . . >

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One-Skein Patterns

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Need a quick knit gift for Mom's Day? Here are a few suggestions.

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1) #180 Posh One-Ball Cowl. A lovely cowl that is beautiful and luxe in a super soft merino or any cashmere blend. Shop on Ravelry.

2) #211 Chalice One-Ball Scarf. Gossamer, delicate, and so pretty! Shop on Ravelry.

3) #251 Kiki Fingerless Gloves. A lovely way to warm her heart and hands! Co-ordinating hat pattern available too. Shop on Ravelry.

4) #143 One-Skein Sweetheart Slippers. Just 98-135 yards required for the pair! Includes 3 sizes. Shop on Ravelry.


Mad May 2017

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Mad May special! Please take 20% off these select patterns from SweaterBabe using Madelinetosh yarns.

Enter coupon code MADMAY17 at checkout on SweaterBabe.com or in my Ravelry Shop through May 15th, 2017.

Happy knitting and Happy Mad May!

1) #230 Marine Layers in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. Shop on Ravelry.

2) #214 Shawl-Collared Shrugette in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. Shop on Ravelry.

3) #210 Hillside Blooms Shawlette in Madelinetosh Tosh DK. Shop on Ravelry.

4) #203 Falling with Grace Tank in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. Shop on Raverly.

5) #192 Abbot Kinney Shawl/Scarf in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. Shop on Ravelry.

 

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Product Pick: Fabric Art Design ~ Do Ewe Knit? ~ Matted for Framing by KOALA Caddie™

Fabric Art Design ~ Do Ewe Knit? ~ Matted for Framing

Fabric Art Design ~ Do Ewe Knit? ~ Matted for Framing
by KOALA Caddie™

Save $5 when you wish your knitting moms a Happy Mothers’ Day! Choose the clever & popular Do Ewe Knit fabric, transformed into a unique work of art. We select the 8x10” design & mount it, using a premium 11x14” matte & backboard. The fabric art treasure is then ready to frame. Each includes a crystal clear sleeve & rigid mailer. The knitting sheep will bring a smile every day with their calm devotion to their craft. We have reduced the price of this Do Ewe Knit design by 25%, through 5/15/17. . . . >

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