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


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

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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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One or Two Balls and Cast On!

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Squeeze in some relaxing knitting time with these fairly quick and budget-friendly knits! Gotta love those one and two-ball patterns!

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  1. #168 Sublime Cabled Hat. Shop on Ravelry. "This was a very quick knit and the pattern was easy to follow" -- amcsmom. Pattern includes 3 sizes and only requires one ball of the fabulous Malabrigo Worsted!

  2. #239 Blue Smoke Stole. Shop on Ravelry. A budget-friendly project with ultra luxe results! A gossamer stole that doubles as a very chic scarf. 

  3. #208 Tiered Eternity Scarf. Shop on Ravelry. "Beautiful cowl. I love this pattern. It came together beautifully. . . " -- Sandra B..

  4. #237 Dreamcatcher. Shop on Ravelry. A quick-knit, and very giftable hat. Pattern includes the men's striped version, and a lacier one for women. A beautiful gift in a cashmere blend.

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Pattern Pick: Pendants Blanket by SweaterBabe

Pendants Blanket

Pendants Blanket
by SweaterBabe

Texture, texture, texture. That's what I love when knitting up a blanket to adorn a new baby or my living room couch.

This blanket has texture galore with pretty embossed pendant shapes individually bordered by cabled arches – creating a stunning overall scalloped design.

Strategically placed increases and decreases, a few cable crosses, and knit and purls are all it takes to knit up this gorgeousness. Charted and written out so you can follow your preference.

Blocking brings out the true beauty of this stitchwork and worsted-weight yarn makes it a medium weight blanket perfect for all seasons (and ideal for many yarn options).

Pattern includes the baby blanket size, shown here, as well as a lap and throw size. . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Ultimate Chunky Cables and Ribs Scarf by SweaterBabe

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Ultimate Chunky Cables and Ribs Scarf
by SweaterBabe

Even though my winters are not white here in Southern California, I love having a chunky winter white scarf to knit and wear.

Especially one that just exudes texture! This one has plenty of texture, with loads of braided cable sections, combined and alternated with brioche rib. It's a perfectly blended match that results in a fabulous winter white scarf. Knit in a very soft merino wool in winter white, this scarf is this season's modern take on a winter classic.

The easy-to-learn stitch pattern knits up fast, creating a nice, thick, and luxuriously textured scarf that can be worn looped with the ends pulled through, wrapped once around your neck, or with the ends tucked in like a cowl. The alternating cables and ribs also creates nicely waved finished edges. . . . >

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FREE Pattern Pick: Violet Zig Zag Shawl by SweaterBabe

Violet Zig Zag Shawl

FREE Pattern Pick: 
Violet Zig Zag Shawl
by SweaterBabe.com
(free ONLY until 1/24/17. On Ravelry too.)

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.. . . >

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Best of 2016 Knitting Patterns

Best-Sellers 2016

Happy Almost 2017!!

Another great year of knitting and so much to knit in 2017!

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  1. #224 Tuesday's Cardigan. Shop on Ravelry. The essential, any day cardigan. Top-down, with a lovely curved hem and back lace panel.

  2. #230 Marine Layers. Shop on Ravelry. Two different textures - one a pretty lace, one a unique rib - combine beautifully for a soothing knit and gorgeous scarf. 

  3. #223 Marrakech. Shop on Ravelry. A fabulous cable stitch pattern with lots of interest and depth. Knits up wonderfully in a rich cashmere blend. Pattern includes multiple sizes.

  4. #218H Hamachi Cardigan. Shop on Ravelry. It starts with the #218 Pendants Blanket knitting pattern. The, some clever construction and a knit on collar turn it into a cool cardigan.

  5. #240G Kiana Girl's Vest. Shop on Ravelry. A fabulous layer that she'll love to wear. Double cables beautifully frame lace leaf motifs on the front and back of the vest. A women's version is available too (on Ravelry too)!

  6. #225 The One Hat. Shop on Ravelry. A hat pattern you'll knit over and over. I made 4 within 4 days! Bust some stash, as this hat works well with most worsted-weight yarns that allow for nice stitch definition. Less than 150 yards needed, even with the pom pom!

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  7. #182 Noe Valley. Shop on Ravelry. A best-seller every year since it's release! Great cables, easy shape. Wonderful layer.

  8. #222 Balboa Vest. Shop on Ravelry. A unique vest with interesting textures and construction. Longer, draped back and front tapered hem. 

  9. #112 Dramatic Lace Wrap Cardigan. Shop on Ravelry. A longtime best-selling cardigan. Stunning floral lace adorns the tapered fronts. Top-down too!

  10. #238 Navajo Loop Stole. Shop on Ravelry. A great travel project with a stitch pattern that easily lends itself to stripes, but is nicely feminine with the lace. Sublimely elegant in a cashmere or alpaca blend in sophisticated colors.

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