Product Pick: Fabric Art Designs ~ Do Ewe Knit? ~ Matted for Framing by KOALA Caddie™

Fabric Art Designs ~ Do Ewe Knit? ~ Matted for Framing

Fabric Art Designs ~ Do Ewe Knit? ~ Matted for Framing
by KOALA Caddie™

Save 50% thru 12/25/18, on all of our fabric art prints. This product line transforms our extensive collection of rare & out-of-print fabrics into unique works of art! We select an 8x10” design & mount it, using a premium 11x14” matte & backboard. The resulting fabric treasure is ready to frame & display. Each includes a crystal clear sleeve & rigid mailer. This fun fabric, called Do Ewe Knit, is one of many knitting theme choices, but the 50% discount applies to all of the fabric art listings. . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Flohmarkt by Mary-Ann Lammers

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Flohmarkt
by Mary-Ann Lammers

Flohmarkt is a large shawl with a lovely soft drape. Soon to become your wardrobe staple and perfect for all seasons with any fingering yarn colour combinations.

Wonderful days strolling through artisan fairs, fleamarkets and festivals, that’s where the inspiration for this design was ignited.

The pattern is easy to follow with lots of photos to guide you through the steps. A fun challenge for the advanced beginner or a stimulating knit for the intermediate and experienced knitter. . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Viveca Cardigan by SweaterBabe

 Viveca Cardigan
Viveca Cardigan
by SweaterBabe

A soft linen blend yarn is perfect for an easy-fitting cardigan that can be thrown over many outfits.

The pretty lace pattern is used for both the body and sleeves, giving the cardigan a gently scalloped bottom hem. Knit-in Stockinette stitch side panels shape the fronts. Their angled shapes allow the cardigan to drape nicely at the open front.

Ribbed front borders are knit in for easy knitting. The sleeves are picked up and knit down in the round or in rows.

Shoulders are seamed using a 3-needle bind off and the sides are seamed at finishing. This pattern would also work well in a merino wool blend for a multi-seasonal design. . . . >

Available on Ravelry too.

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Free Pattern Pick: Kahera Shawl by Knotions Magazine

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FREE Pattern Pick: 
Kahera Shawl
by Knotions Magazine

Wrap yourself up in our classic top-down triangular shawl to keep those cold, damp Autumnal blasts at bay! Make this stunner using Estonian Lace stitches and a 5-skein pack of gradient yarn. With both charted and written instructions, it’s easy for everyone to make. Using a fingering-weight yarn, the shawl is straightforward to knit and even easier to wear! Named for the Japanese recording of Autumn Leaves by Nat King Cole, Kahera’s leaves and autumnal colors pay homage to the song. . . . >

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A NEW $75 Giveaway as Winter Approaches!

We partnered again with one of our favorite online yarn shops, LoveKnitting.com, to offer another great giveaway!

Giveaway

Just enter the giveaway by either purchasing a SweaterBabe pattern OR pinning your favorite SweaterBabe patterns (a few suggestions below). Enter as many times as you like before 10/31/18. Entry details below.

 The #270 Leaf Me Be Coffee Sleeve (shown above, top) is the quick little stash buster gift that's perfect for your fave teacher, co-worker, BFF, etc. It's worked in the round with a gorgeous leaf design that is created with little cable twists. Shop #270 Leaf Me Be on the SweaterBabe site or my Ravelry Shop.

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 The #272 Linen and Lace Shawl (shown above, middle) is the quick little stash buster gift that's perfect for your fave teacher, co-worker, BFF, etc. It's worked in the round with a gorgeous leaf design that is created with little cable twists. Shop #272 Linen and Lace on the SweaterBabe site or my Ravelry Shop.

 the Linen and Lace pattern

Big Cable Stole

The #263 Big Cable Stole above is a bold cable statement that's fun to knit! The cable design is  truly unique, and suitable for knitters that are comfortable with following a cable pattern (which is both charted and written). Shop #263 Big Cable Stole on the SweaterBabe site or my Ravelry Shop

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Navajo Loop Stole

The #238 Navajo Loop Stole is a best-selling, versatile pattern. Knit it in the elegant neutral colors, as shown, or go bold with brighter picks. The chevron lace pattern is quite repetitive and only involves simple increases and decreases. Shop #238 Navajo Loop Stole on the SweaterBabe site or my Ravelry Shop

the Navajo Loop pattern

 

*** AND NOW THE GIVEAWAY DETAILS ***

ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL RECEIVE: 

  • A $75 gift certificate (for yarn!) to use at LoveKnitting.com
  • THREE Individual SweaterBabe patterns of their choosing!

ONE SECOND AND ONE THIRD PRIZE WINNER WILL EACH RECEIVE:

  • TWO Individual SweaterBabe.com patterns of their choosing!

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Make any pattern purchase from SweaterBabe.com or my Ravelry Shop from now until 10/31/18, 9pm PST. Each purchase counts, so multiple orders are welcome. Sorry, but free pattern downloads do not count as an entry. And yes, if you are a SweaterBabe.com Knitting Club member, you're monthly subscription payment is an automatic entry!

OR

2) PIN any or all of the above images (or any knitting pattern from my SweaterBabe.com site or from my patterns on Ravelry) to one of your Pinterest Boards. The words "SweaterBabe Knitting Pattern" must be in your Pin description. THEN, enter the Pin's url here as a comment (example: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/181129216239054823/). Each separate PIN and comment counts as an entry.

All entries must be in before 9pm PST, October 31, 2018. No purchase necessary, but if you do, each purchase counts as an entry.

Then, I'll randomly choose 3 winners from all entries.

Winners will be announced here on this blog post AND in my knitting email newsletter.

Additionally, I will email winners directly, so please be SURE to include your correct email on the comment posting form (Email address will not be publicly shared or displayed). 

To be sure you don't miss my winner announcement, please sign up for my knitting email newsletter here

Winners will be emailed or gifted (through Ravelry) the pdf patterns they choose. The Grand Prize $75 gift certificate will be delivered by LoveKnitting.com

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 ***** ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS!! *****

THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER IS: Judith S., who made a purchase on 10/25/18. Judith is the winner of:

  • A $75 gift certificate (for yarn!) to use at LoveKnitting.com
  • THREE Individual SweaterBabe patterns of their choosing!

THE SECOND AND THIRD PRIZE WINNERS ARE: Rachel B. (pinned on 10/16/18) and Susan O. (purchased on 10/25/18). Rachel and Susan each win:

  • TWO Individual SweaterBabe.com patterns of their choosing!

CONGRATS to the winners and thanks to all that entered! Winners have been emailed directly.


Make Beautifully Textured Knits!

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Texture is everything when it comes to knitting! Whether it's cables knit up in a soft cashmere that begs to be touched or a clean linen blend that is knit up in a simple stitch juxtaposed with a more open lace, the end results are always worth the time and money spent knitting!

Above are some great examples of gorgeous textures you can knit while producing a very useful scarf, cowl, or shawl. And for ONE WEEK ONLY, take 20% off ALL SweaterBabe Scarf, Shawl, & Cowl patterns with coupon code KNITMORE3 entered at checkout*. 

Inspiration from the photo above [left to right, top to bottom]:

1. Karrisa. A simple ribbed stitch takes on more dimension when knit in a lush, super soft yarn, like the alpaca blend shown here. Subtle color blocks add interest to the finished asymmetrical shawl. Shop on Ravelry.

2. Fleur. My favorite kind of lace stitch is one that is not very hard to work, but ends up looking like it is! Only simple increases and decreases are used in this all over lace pattern stitch with such pretty results. This shawl knits up nicely with an alpaca yarn and versatile crescent shape. Shop on Ravelry.

3. Kimberlie. The tailored look of Moss stitch is artfully combined with a pretty diamond lace to make this cowl (which can also knit up as a scarf!) a must-knit. Shop on Ravelry.

4. Luxe Infinity Scarf. Sections of Garter stitch alternate with lace in this very wearable infinity scarf. Choose a yarn with great stitch definition to highlight the beauty of this stitch pattern. Shop on Ravelry.

5. Linen and Lace. Delicate, open lace segments alternate with relaxing stretches of Garter stitch in this angled rectangular shawl. The options are endless for choosing a 3-color combo to complement your wardrobe. Shop on Ravelry.

6. Chalice. Pure silky softness glides through your fingers as you knit this one-ball beauty! A very pretty lace pattern, using only 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. Shop on Ravelry.

7. Double Creme Brie. A very unique cable design runs the length of this scarf. Knit it in winter white for a classic, yet modern, scarf or choose a bold color. Shop on Ravelry.

8. Bias Ribbon Scarf. The diagonal stitch pattern featured in this scarf is easy to work with nice results. Optional pom pom added to the ends give the scarf a whimsical touch. Shop on Ravelry.

Shop ALL Scarf, Shawl, & Cowl Knitting Patterns

* Coupon code KNITMORE3 expires 10/9/18, midnight PST. Discount only applies to patterns in the Scarf, Cowl & Shawl category. On Ravelry, click on "use a coupon code." At SweaterBabe.com, enter under "Redeem a coupon" on the cart page and hit "apply." Does not apply to previous orders. Must enter and apply coupon code during checkout - discount cannot be applied once order is already placed.


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! . . . >

Available on Ravelry too.

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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. . . . >

Available on Ravelry too.

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Knitting Skill Levels

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By popular demand, SweaterBabe knitting patterns are now categorized by knitting skill level!

To help you make your next project choice from among the hundreds of SweaterBabe patterns, I've organized them into different skill levels.

Hopefully, these skill levels will help guide you to the subset of patterns that fit your needs. 

The NEW Skill Level Categories are:

Experienced: For those that love more intricate cables or lace, these experienced patterns use more advanced techniques and stitches. Some feature short rows, fair isle, or more intricate cables or lace. Shaping and finishing may be a little more involved. As always, cables and lace are always charted AND written unless explicitly noted on the pattern page.

Intermediate 2: The stitch patterns or shaping here are more involved than with Intermediate Level 1 patterns. Some patterns include short rows, working in the round, slightly more advanced cable techniques or lace techniques, etc. Cables and lace are always charted AND written unless explicitly noted on the pattern page.

Intermediate 1: This level of patterns includes more complex lace or cables, with shaping and sometimes picking up of stitches. Some patterns are worked in the round.

Advanced Beginner 2: A step up from Advanced Beginner 1 in terms of stitchwork, mainly. Stitches include fairly simple lace, cables, and colorwork with a little more involvement. Some patterns may be knit in the round and involve picking up stitches along a straight edge.

Advanced Beginner 1: For beginners ready to move beyond Stockinette and Garter stitch, these patterns include simple lace, basic cables, and some color changes. Shaping is still simple.

Beginner: These patterns involve basic knit and purl stitches. Some patterns may have basic increases or decreases and a simple seam.

Each SweaterBabe knitting pattern has been slotted into one of the above skill levels.

That being said, it's just a guideline to help you assess which patterns might work for the skills you currently know or wish to be challenged by! 

Happy knitting!


Top 10 One-Skein Projects

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Summer is ending soon and for many of us, that means the start of school! In my situation, that means more ME time!

So, to help you fill up your ME time, enjoy 15% off all ONE-SKEIN patterns with coupon code METIME entered at checkout*.

Here are the TOP 10 best-selling One-Skein projects from SweaterBabe:

1. #168 Sublime Cabled Hat [top left in photo]. A fabulously chunky cable turns this into a very striking hat and a really enjoyable knit for cable lovers. Shop on Ravelry.

2. #237 Dreamcatcher Hat. A refined, textured knit hat that can be made with the lace eyelets for a more feminine look, or without the eyelets for a sportier look. Hat uses up one ball of yarn, with just a little bit of extra scrap yarn needed for the accent stripe. Shop on Ravelry.

3. #270 Leaf Me Be Coffee Sleeve [bottom left in photo]. A super quick, lovely leaf embellished coffee sleeve to gift or keep as a little something for yourself. Great stash buster! Shop on Ravelry.

4. #256 Adaline Shawl [bottom right in photo]. A lovely, one-skein lace shawl that is simply stunning in Madelinetosh Tosh Light or similar yarns. Shop on Ravelry.

5. #154 Gossamer One-Ball Scarf. Truly lacy and lightweight scarf knit up with just one ball of a sumptuous mohair and silk blend. Shop on Ravelry.

6. #225 The One Hat. A beautiful hat pattern that knits up surprisingly quickly and with only one ball of the cashmere blend, worsted-weight yarn! Shop on Ravelry.

7. #211 Chalice One-Ball Scarf [top right in photo]. Pure silky softness glides through your fingers as you knit this one-ball beauty! A very pretty lace pattern, using only 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. Shop on Ravelry.

8. #193 "Don't Ruche Me, I'm Knitting" Scarf. Unique, gently ruffled ends, and a ruched look are the lovely design details that make this a must-knit scarf. Includes a one-ball version and a longer version as well. Shop on Ravelry.

9. #254 Riley Fingerless Gloves. Beautifully cabled fingerless gloves to wear whenever there's a chill in the air. A great gift in worsted-weight yarn. Shop on Ravelry.

10. #105 Slouchy 2-Way Hat. A long time, best-selling pattern with bold cables and a nice, slouchy fit. Shop on Ravelry.

Shop ALL One-Skein Knitting Patterns

* Coupon code METIME expires 8/25/18, midnight PST. Discount only applies to patterns in the One-Skein category. On Ravelry, click on "use a coupon code." At SweaterBabe.com, enter under "Redeem a coupon" on the cart page and hit "apply." Does not apply to previous orders. Must enter and apply coupon code during checkout - discount cannot be applied once order is already placed.