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. . . . >

Available on Ravelry too.

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Pattern Pick: Lattice Design Baby Blanket by SweaterBabe

Lattice Design Baby Blanket
Lattice Design Baby Blanket
by SweaterBabe

Simple twisted stitches combine to make an interesting lattice design that borders the garter stitch center of this blanket.

A striking contrast color is used for the knitted-on border to finish. This great baby blanket is a true stand-out amongst the delicate pastel blankets out there.

It's a wonderful baby blanket for any baby girl or boy - perfect for the stroller, crib, or car seat. For intermediate knitters. . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Big Leaf Cardigan by SweaterBabe

Big Leaf Cardigan

Big Leaf Cardigan
by SweaterBabe

Welcome any chilly temps with this modern, chunky knit! A bold leaf lace design is the centerpiece of the back, with narrower versions of the leaf design that mirror each other featured on the fronts.

Short rows are used to shape the shoulders, which are then seamed with a 3-needle bind off. Sleeves are picked up and knit down to the cuff. Straight sleeves gather at the cuff for a slightly puffed look.

The cardigan is finished with neat ribbing around the round neckline and for the front button bands.

This is a relatively quick knit given the larger yarn and needle sizes. Big buttons complete the look.. . . >

Available on Ravelry too.

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FREE Pattern Pick: Sophisticated Cable and Lace Cowl by SweaterBabe

Sophisticated Cable and Lace Cowl

FREE Pattern Pick: 
Sophisticated Cable and Lace Cowl
by SweaterBabe.com
(free ONLY until 9/28/20. On Ravelry too.)

A beautifully textured cable and lace stitch pattern and simple ribbed edges knit up quickly to become this stunning and flattering cowl! The cowl is knit in the round for easy finishing. Loop it around your neck twice for instant and easy chic.

A warm and sophisticated shade of chocolate brown in a soft merino and silk blend yarn gives this accessory extra elegance. This cowl will easily become your "go to" piece for adding a little style to any outfit! A fabulous gift knit for your most stylish BFFs . . . >

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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 September 9. Three randomly chosen winners (from those that have "finished" Ravelry project pages linked to the pattern by September 9th) 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 September 10th and announced on the KAL thread, this blog post, and through my email newsletters.

***~***~*** WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!  September 10 ***~***~***

And the 3 randomly chosen winners from all eligible entries on Ravelry are … unionmaidknits, staverm, and seaprotein!

Congrats to you all and thanks to everyone for participating in this KAL!!

Winners, I have pm'd you for details on claiming your prize ;-)

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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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