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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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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

FREE Pattern Pick: 
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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Pattern Pick: Marine Layers by SweaterBabe

Marine Layers

Marine Layers
by SweaterBabe

For me, mindless knitting is being able to quickly learn a pattern stitch so I no longer refer to the instructions. Both of the stitch patterns in this scarf are easily learned and lend themselves beautifully to a mindless (and fun carry-along) project. They are also just complicated enough to produce impressive results and keep your knitting interest, but won't tax your brain as you knit away.

Each end of the scarf is a chunky section of a textured rib stitch that is just a mix of knits and purls, but is visually much more than a simple rib. The middle is a pretty trellis lace that is actually quite repetitive. After knitting a few reps, you'll start to get a feel for it and soon be able to "read" your knitting in order to maintain the stitch pattern (with only an occasional peek at the instructions).

The two stitch patterns transition seamlessly into one another and provide a pleasing contrast in textures.. . . >

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Pattern Pick: Chalice One-Ball Scarf by SweaterBabe

Chalice One-Ball Scarf

Chalice One-Ball Scarf
by SweaterBabe

Pure silky softness glides through your fingers as you knit this one-ball beauty!

A very pretty lace pattern that only uses basic decreases and yarn overs evolves nicely as it runs the length of the scarf. The placement of the decreases and eyelets form curves that evoke the loveliness of an ornate chalice.

A few stitches in Garter stitch along both edges give them a subtle and neat finish.

Knit this highly-giftable scarf in any of the many kid mohair/silk blends of lace-weight yarns (see materials section for yarn options). An amazing stash-buster! . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Vine Lace Top Down Cardigan by SweaterBabe

Vine Lace Top Down Cardigan

Vine Lace Top Down Cardigan
by SweaterBabe

This is the cozy cardigan that you will reach for anytime there is a chill in the air. It's knit on large needles and from the top down for quick results and minimal seaming.

Simple vine lace panels create a pretty accent in the front, along with the uniquely gathered patch pockets. A boldly defined ribbed waist, nicely shaped generous collar, and slightly wide, easy sleeves makes sure that this bulky knit is most flattering to wear.

Lots of buttons down the front allow you to keep warm or let the jacket hang loose. And with the top-down design, you can adjust the length of the body and sleeves as you see fit! This sample has slightly shorter bracelet-length sleeves. Just add a few rows for regular length sleeves.. . . >

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