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Pattern Pick: Kiana Vest for Girls by SweaterBabe


Kiana Vest for Girls

Kiana Vest for Girls
by SweaterBabe

My girls always need a layer for the morning chill as we head to school. And what better way to arrive to school in style than with this lovely cabled vest!

A beautiful center panel features a medallion-shaped double cable that frames a single lace leaf motif. This pattern-stitch combination is all you need to embellish this vest, along with the required details, like neat ribbed edges, handy pockets, and a nicely squared neckline.

The vest is worked in two pieces with knit-in pockets. Ribbing at the neckline and pocket tops are knit-in. Ribbing at the armholes is picked up and knit at finishing. Side, pocket, and shoulder seams only.

A heathered wool gives a slight rustic feel and great wearability to this vest. She'll slip it on over any long-sleeved top and be good to go! Girl's sizes 6 through 12. Women's version sold separately – perfect for Mom! . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Genevieve by SweaterBabe

Genevieve

Genevieve
by SweaterBabe

A pretty all over cable and a super soft yarn in a marled classic grey combine effortlessly for my kind of go-to accessory!

This crescent shaped shawl is all that, with a lovely drape as well.

The shawl is knit from the top-down with a wide Garter tab. Then, the cable design is knit with increases at each end that produce a nice lace edge and the gentle crescent shape.

The shawl finishes with a simple Garter stitch border.

This shawl is big enough to wrap around your shoulders or wear multiple ways bundled around your neck. The cable is charted and written. . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Gossamer One-Ball Scarf by SweaterBabe


Gossamer One-Ball Scarf

Gossamer One-Ball Scarf
by SweaterBabe

When a heavy scarf just won't do, grab this gossamer-weight lace scarf instead! The silk/kid mohair blend lace-weight yarn knit on size 9 needles creates a supremely soft scarf.

An open lace panel with gentle peaks along one long edge is contrasted with a bit of garter stitch for lots of textural interest.

This scarf is very light, yet has enough body to allow itself to be draped in many pretty ways.

Wrap it around your neck like a cowl and tuck in the ends, drape it around your neck with the ends drawn through the folded middle loop, or tie it askew with a loose knot – it will always add a nice touch of femininity to your outfit.

PLUS, it's knit from just one ball of yarn. . . making it an ideal gift knit or quick knit for yourself! . . . >

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Free Pattern Pick: Pocket Slouch Hat by Alpaca Direct

Pocket Slouch Hat

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Pocket Slouch Hat
by Alpaca Direct

Even during the cold winter nights in Northern Idaho, I like going on hikes and walks with my husband and our dogs. The problem is, sometimes we want to eat out and I’m never sure what to do with my hat when we go inside. So I usually opt for not wearing anything to cover my head because I don’t want to lose my hat. To solve the problem, I designed this quick little hat that would fit in my pocket. It is made from pure baby alpaca with a new yarn called SimpliCria and it is warm and luxurious! . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Big Cable Stole by SweaterBabe

Big Cable Stole

Big Cable Stole
by SweaterBabe

A big, bold, all-over cable pattern is truly eye-catching in this fabulously soft and warm stole.

Intricately intertwined cables are worked over the full length and width of this stole, with a simple Garter stitch border. Works up surprisingly quickly due to the Aran-weight yarn (in this case, 2 strands of thinner yarn held together throughout – one 100% alpaca and the other an alpaca and silk blend) and bulky needle size.

The cable is charted and written out, so you can follow your preference. Simple cable techniques are used and explained in the instructions. Length can easily be extended by working additional repeats of the cable pattern.

This is a cable-lover's dream to knit and to wear as a stole or super warm and luxurious scarf. . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Navajo Loop by SweaterBabe

Navajo Loop

Navajo Loop
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: His and Hers Toe Up Mukluks by Alpaca Direct

His and Hers Toe Up Mukluks

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His and Hers Toe Up Mukluks
by Alpaca Direct

This pattern is knit toe up using Judy's Magic Cast On and two-color Fair Isle. I love the toe-up method because I can use all my yarn after I have completed the foot. There are two sizes to choose from, Small/Medium (5-6.5 shoe size) or Large (7-10 shoe size). The boot is constructed using an afterthought heel and ribbing on the cuff. This is a great winter project guaranteed to keep your feet warm...especially when knit up with Berroco Ultra Alpaca available at Alpaca Direct! . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Riley Fingerless Gloves by SweaterBabe


Riley Fingerless Gloves

Riley Fingerless Gloves
by SweaterBabe

A luxe pair of cabled fingerless gloves to keep your hands warm indoors and out!

The pretty braided cable runs the length of the gloves. The shorter version just covers your wrists and can be tucked into the sleeves of your winter coat. A slightly longer version is included as well.

The palm side is ribbed for a great, cozy fit. Cable is fully charted and written out.

A coordinating hat pattern, the #255 Riley Hat, and scarf pattern, the #258 Riley Scarf, are available separately if you wish to knit up a great set. . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Marrakech Blanket by SweaterBabe

Marrakech Blanket

Marrakech Blanket
by SweaterBabe

Blankets are like a playground for interesting stitch patterns. And, I for one, need an interesting stitch pattern if I’m knitting up a baby blanket (and even more so for an adult-sized blanket) or I’ll pass out from boredom! This stitch pattern doesn’t disappoint. It’s comprised of simple cable techniques, is pleasingly symmetric, and produces a lovely, intricate-looking design.

Cables are first established within a seed stitch border. The stitches of the cable then spread out, and then come back in, before they get twisted again. The pattern staggers, forming cool, medallion-like shapes.

This is a fairly easy-to-learn cable pattern for intermediate to experienced cable knitters. Those newer to cables can follow the chart and/or written instructions.. . . >

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Product Pick: Flower Shawl Pin by Crafty Flutterby Creations

Flower Shawl Pin

Flower Shawl Pin
by Crafty Flutterby Creations

This Flower Shawl Pin adds a touch of classic elegance to your favorite shawls. GIFT added if you mention 'Sweater Babe' in buyer notes of any order. Besides shawls and scarves, this pin is also perfect for keeping your cowl cozy or adding some pizzazz to your favorite hat. Light enough for lace projects, these pins are also sturdy enough for worsted weight projects. Michelle's Assortment has become Crafty Flutterby Creations. See 'About' page on website for the full story.  . . >

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