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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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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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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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Pattern Pick: Crystal Cove Shawlette by SweaterBabe

Crystal Cove Shawlette

Crystal Cove Shawlette
by SweaterBabe

There's a stretch of beach here in Southern California called Crystal Cove. It's nicely secluded, with charmingly restored cottages that are wonderful to stay at, if you get lucky enough to snag one.

This elongated, triangular shawlette reminds me of those cottages. There's a vintage charm to the combination of stitches. It's knit up in a hand-painted, fingering-weight yarn on slightly larger needles, giving it fresh appeal and lovely wearability.

Open, textured lace bands are alternated with bands of Stockinette stitch to highlight the subtle color variations of this yarn. A simple lace with a 6-stitch repeat is easily worked from the charts or written instructions included here.

The shawlette finishes with a lace stitch that forms pretty waves. This shawlette uses only one hank of yarn, making this a pattern you can knit over and over again. . . . >

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FREE Pattern Pick: Luscious Lace Scarf by SweaterBabe

Luscious Lace Scarf

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Luscious Lace Scarf
by SweaterBabe.com
(free ONLY until 4/30/17. On Ravelry too.)

A thoroughly modern, yet romantically classic scarf. The exquisite lace stitch has lots of texture and movement, yet is quite easy to work. The edges are finished with simple 4-stitch cables.

Knit on size 9 needles using the sport weight Alpaca Silk yarn from Blue Sky Alpacas, the finished scarf drapes beautifully. Wear it bundled and wrapped around your neck, loosely wrapped and draped around your shoulders, or casually thrown over your outfit. . . . >

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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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