The Amethyst Shawl and a New Kind of KAL!

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It's time for a Knit-along, aka KAL! My recent pattern release, the #306 Amethyst Shawl (which includes both the shawl and scarf versions), is a great pattern for those who love lace!

Let's knit it together - creating, laughing, and learning from each other along the way! 

I'm going to try something a little different with this KAL! The KAL will be run on this Ravelry thread. AND in addition, you can opt in to participate in 2 Zoom sessions (for a small additional fee of only $10)!

Here are the details:

  1. Purchase the pattern pdf at my SweaterBabe.com store or from my Ravelry pattern store. This pattern is ideal for intermediate knitters that have some lace experience.
  2. Join the KAL thread on Ravelry. You can choose to knit the shawl (the lilac sample shown here) or the scarf (the deep red version shown below) version. Participation in the KAL is free - just purchase the pattern and find  yarn. If you'd like to use a yarn similar to the samples, here are some mohair/silk yarn options* (please note their yardages vary!): Rowan Kid Silk Haze, Debbie Bliss Angel, Lana Grossa Silkhair, Ella Rae Silky Kid, Rico Essentials Super Kid Mohair Loves Silk. If you are newer to lace, then you are more than welcome to use a non-mohair/silk yarn (the mohair can be a little challenging)! I started this pattern with a merino wool (Pembroke Worsted) and it looks fabulous (see photo at the bottom of this post)! I'm waiting for my yarn shipment to finish is! Yarns similar to the Pembroke Worsted**: Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Merino, Malabrio Rios, Berroco Ultra Alpaca (a longtime fave yarn of mine!), Sugar Bush Yarns Bold, Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine
  3. If you wish to participate in the Zoom sessions for the KAL, please purchase the "Amethyst Shawl/Scarf KAL Zoom Sessions" with this buy now button:

The Zoom sessions will be:

Zoom #1 WEDNESDAY, July 22nd, 3-4 pm PST: It's cast on time! Let's all cast on together and get our scarf or shawl going! I'll share tips for casting on with the mohair silk blend yarns vs. a more traditional wool option, reading charts, working lace, keeping track of your rows, and more (as time allows)!

Zoom #2 WEDNESDAY, August 5th, 3-4 pm PST: Progress report! We'll see how everyone is doing. I'll share tips on fixing minor mistakes, safely ripping out rows, changing balls of yarn, and more!

I've tried to set a Zoom schedule that can accommodate different time zones. 

Purchase the Zoom Sessions here**! Just $10 for TWO 1-hour sessions with me and your fellow Knit-along friends! Please purchase Zoom Sessions by July 21st, so I can be sure to include you when I send out the Zoom links: 

Hope you can join in! This is my first time trying this sort of KAL, so let's give it a go! 

Oh! And I will have some prizes for those that finish the KAL by August 26 (that's 5 weeks after CO date). Three randomly chosen winners (from those that have "finished" Ravelry project pages linked to the pattern by August 26th) will each receive $30 store credit towards any SweaterBabe.com patterns. The $30 will be redeemable on SweaterBabe.com or can be used on Ravelry with patterns gifted up to the $30. Winners will be chosen on August 28th and announced on the KAL thread, this blog post, and through my email newsletters.

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* Please note that the links to yarns that are provided above are affiliate links, and I will be compensated if you choose to make a purchase after clicking through.

** Zoom tickets are for one participant and are not transferable. No shows cannot be refunded. If for any reason I need to cancel the Zoom Sessions, I will issue a full refund.


Knit at Home, for Your Home!

Knitting for Your Home

While we are all staying home and knitting, why not knit for your home! And through 5/24/20, take 15% off all home decor knitting patterns with coupon code* MYHOME entered at checkout.

Here are some nice options for blankets and throws, pillows, and coasters!

Shown above [from top left, clockwise]:

1) 3 Best-Selling Blanket Knitting Patterns eBook. Includes the Fancy Cables and Lace Blanket, Simply Divine Blanket, and Fancy Stitch Blanket - all in multiple sizes. Available on Ravelry too. Patterns sold as the eBook or separately (but only includes baby blanket size) as #96 Fancy Cables and Lace  Baby Blanket, #167 Simply Divine Baby Blanket, and #155 Fancy Stitch Baby Blanket.

2) Bits and Bobs Pillow (shown in back) and Bob and Weave Pillow (shown in front). Two wonderfully textured pillow covers that will instantly brighten up and liven up your couch or bed! Patterns sold separately, but look fabulous paired up! Bits and Bobs on Ravelry. Bob and Weave on Ravelry

3) Wild Iris Blanket. This blanket features a very special lace pattern. The complex-looking results are actually just worked with simple decreases and yarnovers. The end result is an incredibly lovely floral lace design that appears to morph into itself depending on how you look at it! Multiple sizes included. Available on Ravelry too.

Shop ALL Blankets and Home Decor Knitting Patterns on SweaterBabe.com.

Shop ALL SweaterBabe Blankets and Home Decor Knitting Patterns on Ravelry.

* Coupon code must be entered during checkout for the 15% off of the home decor patterns. On SweaterBabe's Ravelry Shop, click on "use coupon code" at checkout. On SweaterBabe.com, enter coupon code at checkout and hit "apply." Cannot be combined with other coupon codes and cannot be applied once checkout is completed. Only valid on these Blanket and Home patterns. Coupon code expires midnight PST on 5/24/20.


Pattern Pick: Maelynn Cardigan by SweaterBabe

Maelynn Cardigan

Maelynn Cardigan
by SweaterBabe

Time to update your everyday V-neck cardigan with this cabled beauty! Knit it in a worsted-weight alpaca blend, as shown, for the softness and drape you'll want to reach for every time. The yarn is also lovely to knit!

The back and fronts are knit from the bottom up starting with a neat ribbed border. The ribbing transitions into the easy-to-work cable panels that travel all the way up to the shoulders, which are shaped with short rows. A bit of ribbing at each end adds a sporty touch.

Shoulders are joined using a three-needle bind off. Then, the sleeves are picked up and knit down to the cuffs in Stockinette stitch and finished with the same ribbed edge as the body.

The front ribbed buttonbands are picked up and knit.

The sides are seamed, leaving a split hem. Nice, deep pockets are knit in. . . . >

Available on Ravelry too.

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Pattern Pick: NEW! Bits and Bobs Pillow by SweaterBabe

Bits and Bobs PillowBits and Bobs Pillow
by SweaterBabe

This NEW release is 10% off with coupon code BBPILLOW entered at checkout. Coupon code expires 4/30/20.

When it's not quite sweater weather, I still like to find ways to keep myself surrounded by hand-knit goodies. This pillow cover is the perfect example! Its chunky knit texture and eye-catching colors instantly add a hand-knit vibe to my daily life.

The pillow cover is knit in two squares, the front featuring a fun chevron texture accented with bobbles, and the back in Stockinette stitch, both with matching color bands. The two pieces are then sewn around three edges, with the forth closed using a simple single crochet row, which is easy to unravel if and when you need to wash or change out the cover. If you don't wish to crochet, you can also sew the last edge closed.

The pillow is finished with a tassel at each corner, in the two accent colors. I chose to use two vibrant shades of blue against a cream background, but you can choose to knit the pillow in one color, or up to five color bands (as the bobble pattern is repeated five times). Instructions are also included for knitting this pillow in the round (starting on p. 5), so only the top and bottom edges will need to be seamed. . . . >

Available on Ravelry too.

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Pattern Pick: One-Ball SweaterBabe Patterns 20% Off!

One-Ball SweaterBabe Patterns

One-Ball SweaterBabe Patterns Are 20% Off through Sunday!
by SweaterBabe

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! If you're looking at your yarn stash and needing ideas - check out SweaterBabe's 40+ One-Ball knitting patterns! And through Sunday, 4/26/20, use coupon code DESTASH to take 20% off. De-stash and de-stress with some knitting ;-)

And support your Local Yarn Shop if you can! . . . >

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FREE Pattern Pick: Bias Ribbon Scarf by SweaterBabe

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FREE Pattern Pick: 
Bias Ribbon Scarf
by SweaterBabe.com
(free ONLY until 4/30/20. On Ravelry too.)

Knitting on the diagonal is a novel concept. This scarf takes full advantage of the idea –making for a fun-to-knit scarf with a cool, angular vibe.

The neatly shaped ends get even more emphasis with whimsical pom pom accents.

The diagonal diamond stitch pattern gives the appearance of alternating solid and lacy ribbons running the length of the scarf. Each lacy ribbon has little openwork diamonds shapes punctuated with little nupps that give the scarf lots of textural and visual interest. Plus, the stitch pattern is only a 6-row repeat that you will easily learn.

Knit-in garter stitch edgings all around create a tailored and fast finish.

The scarf blocks out beautifully in a classic wool with a nice, flat finish. . . . >

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Time to Knit and Support Each Other

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As the situation around us continues to evolve, many of us will be staying home for the next forseeable weeks.  Faced with many hours at home, I will certainly be doing a lot of knitting (even more than I already do!) and perhaps you will too? It's a nice, productive activity that helps keep my mind occupied and calm - something that we could probably all benefit from ;-)

I'd also like to do my part to support my favorite knitting shops, as they have had to make the hard choice to temporarily close their physical stores, but are continuing their online shop operations where possible. To that end, please consider ordering your yarn online from these shops (yarn links for the suggested projects are listed below) or your local yarn shop (many have online stores or are offering driveby pickup options).

And through the end of the month, these suggested patterns are 30% off with coupon code SUPPORTLYS entered at checkout. These patterns feature the gorgeous yarns from PurlSoho.com (my local store, which has temporarily closed their warehouse shop nearby and is offering FREE U.S. domestic shipping through 3/31/20) and yarns that are easily available at other online yarn shops that have had to close their physical shops (some links provided below). Let's help each other through this and stay safe.

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  1. #273 Laguna Ribbed Scarf. [shown above: left] Three hanks of Purl Soho's Flax Down knit up beautifully with this eye-catching ribbed design. The color choices for this yarn are stunning! Also on Ravelry.
  2. #268 Karrisa Shawl. [top right] A simple diagonal rib is worked for rows and rows in this angled shawl. The stitch pattern is charted and written and is easily memorized for the first few segments of the shawl (the final lace section requires a little more attention). Also calls for three hanks of Purl Soho's Flax Down. Choose the muted color combo shown here, or your favorite color combo. Also on Ravelry.
  3. #293 Morgan One-Skein Hat. [middle right] This coy and warm hat knits up quickly and very satisfyingly in super bulky yarn and size 11 needles. Each hat uses just one skein of the very popular Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky yarn, which comes in many fun colors. Also on Ravelry
  4. #272 Linen and Lace Shawl. [bottom right] A lovely linen blend yarn, Purl Soho's Linen Quill, begs to be knit up in multiple complimentary textures. And with a design that allows you to blend three colors together, this shawl becomes a very versatile pattern. Choose understated, neutral colors, as shown, with a pretty pop of lilac OR go bold with your color choices. Also on Ravelry

Other patterns to consider:
In Purl Soho yarns:
#281 Santorini Shawl (in Linen Quill), #289 Mini Scarf (in Linen Quill or Madelinetosh Tosh Light), #285 Luna One-Ball Cowl (in Flax Down), #278 Monterey Brioche Scarf (in Flax Down), 
In madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, available at PurlSoho.com and JimmyBeansWool.com: #290 Hibiscus Coasters, #253 Mirabella Sweater, #256 Adaline Shawl, #230 Marine Layers, #192 Abbot Kinney Shawl/Scarf. (JimmyBeansWool.com is offering FREE flat rate shipping through 3/31/20)

Please let these LYS know that SweaterBabe sent you!

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Learn to Knit while Making a Chunky Pompom Hat!

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All classes are postponed until further notice (hopefully rescheduling sometime in April or May). Please join the class email list for updates!

Come take my NEW Learn to Knit class here in Orange County!

A lovely friend of mine is launching a new Studio/Workshop space, called Wonderfully Made, which will host lots of fun classes, including knitting classes by me! Beginner Knit Hat

In March, I'll be teaching my NEW Learn to Knit Class where you'll be learning to knit while making this chunky pompom hat!

I'll be teaching this 2 1/2 hour group class at the new workshop space, Wonderfully Made, in Santa Ana. And as part of launching this new workshop space, this Learn to Knit class is on sale for $60 per person!

We'll cover all the basics of knitting (casting on, knitting, maintaing your knitting tension, binding off, seaming, and more!) and you'll be knitting yourself a cute, chunky hat with a pompom.

Class fee includes all the yarn and supplies you'll need for learning and for your hat.

To claim your spot in the class, please sign up here: https://www.wonderfullymade.com/workshops/learn-to-knit

Class size is limited to 12 students, so please be sure to secure your spot soon.

No prior knitting experience needed. Ideal for beginners that have never knit or only know a little. No need to bring anything to the class.

WM_LtoKnit2_500Wonderfully Made is located at 1509 E. McFadden Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705.

Class Date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Time: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.

To claim your spot in my class, sign up here. Limited to 12 students.

 

I'm also teaching a Table Knit Chunky Blanket Class! See all the details here.

 

Can't make it to this class or interested in a different kind of class from SweaterBabe? Be sure to sign up for my class email list to be notified as additional classes are scheduled.


Table Knit Blanket Class!

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All classes are postponed until further notice (hopefully rescheduling sometime in April or May). Please join the class email list for updates!

Come take my NEW Table Knit Blanket class here in Orange County!

A lovely friend of mine is launching a new Studio/Workshop space, called Wonderfully Made, which will host lots of fun classes, including knitting classes by me!

In March, I'll be teaching a super fun class where you will table knit an ultra cozy blanket in just a few hours! You'll learn all the techniques needed to make a super squishy lap blanket. chunky table knit blanket

No knitting experience or special tools needed. Open to all levels of knitters (including absolute beginners). I'll teach you how to start the blanket, table knit and purl, change colors, and finish off the blanket.

The finished two-color blanket is approximately 41" x 50". All the yarn that you'll need is included in the $75 class fee (sale price!). Shown here in Aqua and Dark Grey. Other color options will be available, including cream, light grey. pink, and teal combos.

Wonderfully Made is located at 1509 E. McFadden Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705.

Class Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

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And as part of launching this new space, ALL classes are on sale! 


To claim your spot in my class, sign up here. Limited to 12 students.

Can't make it to this class or interested in a different kind of class from SweaterBabe?
Be sure to sign up for my class email list to be notified as additional classes are scheduled.

 

 

 

Want to learn how to knit with needles? I'll also be teaching a Learn to Knit class where you'll learn all the basics of knitting while making a cute, bulky knit hat with pompom! More details here.


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)! . . . >

Available on Ravelry too.

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