Pattern Pick: Confundo Mosaic Color-work Shawl by Barbara Benson Designs

Confundo Mosaic Color-work Shawl

Confundo Mosaic Color-work Shawl
by Barbara Benson Designs

Mosaic color work combines knitting stripes with slipping stitches to create color-work that looks complex while being one of the easiest color work techniques. If you can k, p, & slip sts you can knit Mosaic. The Confundo shawl uses 3 colors of DK weight yarn (~ 200 yards per) worked into an asymmetrical triangle on the bias to provide for beautiful drape & flow. With its enveloping size this shawl offers a myriad of styling choices to go with all kinds of outfits. And it will keep you warm!. . . >

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Pattern Pick: Camille Eternity Scarf by SweaterBabe

Camille Eternity Scarf

Camille Eternity Scarf
by SweaterBabe

Simple techniques can sometimes produce the most stunning results! The lace pattern of this eternity scarf is a prime example, only using knit, purl, k2tog, and ssk to create a beautifully intricate-looking design.

Placing stitch markers to separate each 20-stitch repeat and keeping track of which of the 32 rounds you are on are easy ways to ensure success working this stitch pattern. You can follow the charted or written version, both of which are included in this pattern.

The eternity scarf is worked entirely in the round, with a few rounds of ribbing before and after the lace.

As you work each round, this deceptively complicated-looking lace stitch will emerge and impress all! Shown here in a vibrant yellow gold color with subtle green tones, but would look great in other solid-colored worsted-weight yarns with excellent stitch defintion.. . . >

Available on Ravelry too.

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Pattern Pick: Ivy Sweater by SweaterBabe

Ivy Sweater

Ivy Sweater
by SweaterBabe

Simple silhouettes are ideal for allowing a design element to truly stand out. This versatile top is intentionally designed with clean lines so the visual focus is on the gorgeous lace that arcs from shoulder to shoulder.

The pretty lace section is actually comprised of a double eyelet lace panel that is repeated multiple times and staggered to create the curved effect.

Knit this sweater seamlessly from the bottom up in the round. At the armholes, stitches are added at either end for the slight extended sleeves, then the front is completed to the shoulders first, with a little bit of neckline shaping. The back is then knit to the top with some short row shaping to slope the shoulders. A 3-needle bind off joins both shoulders.

Finally, the wide, shaped neckline is finished off with ribbing.

Sample is knit in a lovely linen and alpaca blend that gives the sweater a delicate, rustic look. Easily substitute another soft fingering-weight that will allow the lace stitch definition to come through. The sweater is knit to a cropped length, but can be easily lengthened by knitting extra rounds before the armhole split. This sweater would work well as a vest too over a slim-sleeved shirt. Bodice lace is charted only.. . . >

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FREE Pattern Pick: Gossamer One-Ball Lace Scarf

Gossamer One-Ball Lace Scarf

FREE Pattern Pick: 
Gossamer One-Ball Lace Scarf
by SweaterBabe.com
(free ONLY until 10/31/21. On Ravelry too.)

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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Techniques for the Aria Cowl knitting pattern

The SweaterBabe Aria Cowl design is all about the elongated crossed stitches! They are not hard to do, but do need to be done with care. These two videos below will demonstrate the special techniques that make the Aria Cowl such a beauty!

This first video shows the triple yo's.

 

This video shows how on the next row you drop those triple yo's and crate elongated stitches that get crossed for the lovely end results.

 


Create the Ultimate Crafting Space for Kids

Especially this last year, we've all had to reconsider how to best use the space in our homes. For us, as a family of 5, this has been a fun exercise in maximizing the space and furniture that we already own in order to accommodate 2 WFH adults, 3 distance-learners, and lots of knitting, sewing, handlettering, clay crafting, puzzle-making, and more ongoing and newly rediscovered crafts and hobbies!

Redfin reached out to me recently for my tips on creating the ideal crafting spaces for kids.

Here's a link to their article:

How to Create the Ultimate Crafting Space for Kids

Check it out for great tips from me and other online crafters!

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Pattern Pick: Leaf Me Be by SweaterBabe

Leaf Me Be
Leaf Me Be
by SweaterBabe

Whether it's tea or coffee that you enjoy drinking while relaxing with friends or knitting, you need one of these hand-knit coffee sleeves!

Knit up one of these useful and pretty little coffee sleeves in just a few hours with very little yarn. The leaf design is charted and written out and mostly consists of simple 2-stitch cable twists.

This is a quick and seamless project when knit on small circular needles. Double-pointed needles would work too, but circulars are definitely recommended.

Great for stash-busting too, as you only need 35 yards of a dk or light worsted-weight yarn. Perfect as last minute thank you gifts for your favorite teacher, girlfriend, host, babysitter, etc. . . . >

Available on Ravelry too.

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Pattern Pick: One-Skein Lace Fingerless Gloves

One-Skein Lace Fingerless Gloves
One-Skein Lace Fingerless Gloves
by SweaterBabe

Fabulous fingerless gloves knit from only one ball of Andean Silk from Knitpicks, a wonderfully soft Alpaca, Silk, and Merino Wool blend yarn. The Vine Lace is easy to follow, creating a sophisticated and pretty look. A little bit of ribbing along the inner side of the gloves make them fit perfectly. A few decreases after the thumb opening is made ensures a great fit as well.

Quick to knit with no seams on double pointed needles. A great stash-busting knitting project as it only uses one skein and makes a terrific gift! . . . >

Available on Ravelry too.

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FREE Pattern Pick: Double Cabled Cowl

Double Cabled Cowl
FREE Pattern Pick: 
Double Cabled Cowl
by SweaterBabe.com
(free ONLY until 12/23/20. On Ravelry too.)

Cowls are an easy and stylish alternative to scarves this season!

This one features a wonderfully easy double cable pattern to add lots of textural interest. It knits up quickly in the round (no seams!) and can be worn like a folded-over turtleneck or scrunched down for a cool, slouchy look.

A great quick gift knit using less than 3 hanks of Cadena yarn from Knit Picks!

The cable pattern really is easy, despite how it looks. . . great for the knitter wanting to try out cables for the first time! . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Laguna Ribbed Scarf by SweaterBabe

Laguna Ribbed Scarf
Laguna Ribbed Scarf
by SweaterBabe

A ribbed scarf knit up in a precious yarn is an instant classic. This one steps it up a few notches by combining three eye-catching colors with a uniquely pleasing ribbed pattern.

The stitch pattern is easy to follow once it's established over a few rows. It's then repeated over and over, creating the gentle waves. At the same time, colors are alternated in big sections with some double sections thrown in for impact.

Choose colors, like the ones shown here, for a visually stunning end result that could be gifted to any important male or female on your list. AND, both sides of the ribbed pattern look great, making this scarf wonderfully reversible!

The scarf is an easily wearable length and width to please most anyone, especially if knit up in an alpaca blend, like the yarn used here. A cashmere blend would also be an optimal choice! Ribbed stitch pattern is charted and written. This scarf could also be knit up in a single yarn, either slightly variegated or solid. . . . >

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