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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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FREE Pattern Pick: Quick Knit Shawl-Collared Shrug by SweaterBabe

Quick Knit Shawl-Collared Shrug

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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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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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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

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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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Pattern Pick: One-Skein Sweetheart Slippers by SweaterBabe

One-Skein Sweetheart Slippers

One-Skein Sweetheart Slippers
by SweaterBabe

Warm their feet and hearts with these beautiful, quick knit slippers!

Knit in one piece, each slipper starts at the back heel and works its way forward with nice cables along the sides. Then, the stitches are joined in the round and finished on DPNs. A super sweet twisted stitch heart decorates the top of each slipper.

Minor seaming at the back heel and that's it! Plus, only one skein of yarn needed (assuming you reuse the gauge swatch yarn for size L). Makes a great gift idea for Valentine's or just anytime.. . . . >

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