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Pattern Pick: Hawthorne Ridge by AmaMarieKnits

Hawthorne Ridge
Hawthorne Ridge
by AmaMarieKnits

Available in 2 sizes, this crescent shawl alternates lace and double moss stitch, evoking all the textures of a forest in fall. With stunning drape and romantic curling tendrils, Hawthorne Ridge is sure to make an impact. The shawl is knit in with 2 skeins of fingering weight yarn in contrasting colors and is large enough to keep you warm in colder months. The single skein shawlette makes a beautiful year-round accessory that can be dressed up or down. . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Breezy Lace and Cable Hat by SweaterBabe

Breezy Lace and Cable Hat
Breezy Lace and Cable Hat
by SweaterBabe

This hat is knit from the bottom up in the round, so it's seamless and quick! A simple ribbed border transitions into a pretty combination of classic cables alternating with a beautiful intertwining leaves lace design. Reverse Stockinette stitch makes for a nice contrasting background stitch.

Shaping at the cap is done with decreases that taper the lace leaf design and create a pretty floral effect at the crown.

The hat is just a little slouchy, so it can be worn pulled down for those who like a closer fit, or a little bit back on the head, so it slouches just so. It will be one of your most versatile and easy-to-wear hats! . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Karissa Shawl by SweaterBabe

Karissa Shawl

Karissa Shawl
by SweaterBabe

Every once in a while, a yarn inspires a design. As I swatched with this lovely alpaca, merino, and linen blend yarn, I was completely won over by the soft and supple texture of the knitting.

There's enough visual appeal already with this yarn that a subtle, yet overall texture would be in order. The diagonal ribbing became the perfect choice, as it also fits well with the asymmetrical shape of the shawl.

Once the first color yarn was almost out, joining in the second color while maintaining the diagonal ribbing made for a lovely transition.

For a more dramatic finish, the third color is more of a contrast and the stitch pattern evolves into a diagonal lace stitch that has a complimentary stitch repeat. . . . >

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Free Pattern Pick: Raspberry Field Shawl by Alpaca Direct

Raspberry Field Shawl

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Raspberry Field Shawl
by Alpaca Direct

The Raspberry Field Shawl pattern is an asymmetric, triangle-shaped shawl knitted with 5 colors in a combination of garter stitch knitting and lace panel. This shawl is knit from one corner to the widest part. This pattern is great for an advanced beginner and above. It uses a DK weight yarn and we recommend Alpaca of course for a lightweight, soft and warm shawl. . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Kimono Cropped Cardi by SweaterBabe

Kimono Cropped Cardi
Kimono Cropped Cardi
by SweaterBabe

Warmer weather is when the spaghetti straps and maxi dresses come out. But even in hot temps, I like to have pretty things to toss over my shoulders when I encounter indoor A/C or evening breezes.

Here's a modern solution with lots of boho flair! An allover lace pattern is worked in a chunky cotton for maximum texture and lovely openness. Kimono sleeves offer a dramatic touch and allow you to wear this over many types of outfits. The easy cropped shape and a gently curved V-neckline with simple 2-button closure finish the look.

On the bigger needles, this knits up fast in one piece. The only seaming is straight across along the kimono sleeve bottoms. You can seam more or less based on how you want it to fit at the bust. . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Adela Stole by SweaterBabe

Adela Stole

Adela Stole
by SweaterBabe

"Adela" means graceful and noble, which makes it a fitting name for this lovely stole. Its silky quality comes from the loosely plied cashmere and merino wool blend yarn worked on a slightly larger needle.

The yarn glides between your fingers easily as you work the beautiful lace pattern, which only consists of simple decreases and yarn overs. A wide 2x2 rib is knit only on one edge for a little asymmetry.

The lace pattern features pretty diamond shapes with embossed edges that give the finished shawl lots of textural interest and eye-catching appeal.

Knit it in the creamy white, as shown, to emphasize its soft-as-a-cloud status. Self-scalloping edges where the lace begins and end add an additional feminine touch.. . . >

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Free Pattern Pick: Riley Hat by SweaterBabe

Riley Hat

FREE Pattern Pick: 
Riley Hat
by SweaterBabe.com
(free ONLY until 7/31/18. On Ravelry too.)

Gotta love a great cabled hat for its texture, warmth, and classic visual appeal! This one is fun and quick to knit as well, sporting an intricate cable perfect for both men and women.

It's knit from the bottom up in the round, for a seamless finish. Cable design is charted and written out.

Less than 200 yards needed for a hat.

TWO co-ordinating patterns, the #254 Riley Gloves AND the #258 Riley Scarf, are available to knit up with this hat as a fabulous gift set.. . . >

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Pattern Pick: Hillside Blooms by SweaterBabe

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Hillside Blooms Shawlette
by SweaterBabe

For FOUR MORE DAYS ONLY, enjoy 20% off the Hillside Blooms Shawlette and five other SweaterBabe designs knit up in madelinetosh yarns. Coupon expires THIS Sunday, May 20th. If you haven't had the chance to knit with madelinetosh yarns, this is your perfect excuse to try!

Just enter coupon code MADMAY18 at checkout. See all six madelinetosh designs on sale  . . . > 

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Product Pick: Knitting Classes by SweaterBabe

SweaterBabe Knitting Classes

Knitting Classes
by SweaterBabe

SweaterBabe offers Knitting & Crochet Classes in Orange County, California! Let the SweaterBabe herself teach you how to knit or crochet. In one session, you can learn all the basics to make a simple scarf.

For those who already know the basics, book a private knitting or crocheting class to take your skills to the next level. Whether it's how to read a pattern, how to work cables or lace, how to finish a sweater, etc., SweaterBabe can work with you one-on-one and teach you all that she can during your private session.  . . >

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Pattern Pick: Adaline Shawl by SweaterBabe

Adaline Shawl

Adaline Shawl
by SweaterBabe

Timeless. Ethereal. Singular. These are only some of the words that come to mind with this lovely shawl design.

Knit from the top down, this triangular shawl is a must-knit. As shown, it begins with a simple Garter stitch section, which showcases the beauty of your yarn. Increases along the center line and at each edge create pretty eyelet accents and a block of nice and easy knitting.

Then, the pattern transitions into a stunning, yet easy-to-learn lace. You will become familiar with the 8-row repeat quickly whether you follow the charted or written version. The right and left sides of the lace mirror each other for beautiful symmetry.

A loose bind off and aggressive blocking bring out the true beauty of this shawl. And if knit (to gauge) as shown, only one hank of yarn was used!

The shawl is easily made bigger by adding more 8-row repeats of the lace. And the same pattern could easily be knit up in a worsted-weight yarn for a chunkier version. . . . >

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