Preview of the Divine Beaded Lace Cardigan and a Contest!
15% off ALL One and Two-Skein Knitting Patterns - One Week only!

Preview of two upcoming knitting pattern and a Giveaway!

Gossamer_Scarf5_500It's a challenge to want tocreate and knit my fall/winter knitwear designs when I'm still needing A/C all the time. . . . so to delay (uh oh, procranstination!) the more wintery knitting projects, I'veGossamer_Scarf4_500 just knit a few smaller items that have been great transition projects!

First up is a fabulously light and airy lace scarf. I loved making this because it was knit from just one ball of lace-weight silk/kid mohair yarn!

And it was a quick knit once I got the hang of the lace pattern. The resulting scarf is truly feminine and a nice addition to my scarf collection.

I'm also pleased with how the silkiness of the yarn keeps it soft, but the kid mohair in it gives it just enough body that it drapes without just sliding around and looking limp.

It sits very flatteringly against your body and neck no matter how you wear it. . .  without the bulkiness and heaviness of a wool scarf.

Next up is the textured lace baby blanket. Fancy_Lace_Baby_Blanket2_500 Fancy_Lace_Baby_Blanket4_500The yarn is a cotton/modal blend that came in this gorgeous shade of blue/lilac called Hydrangea. This yarn, Shine Worsted from, is one I've used very successfully before for a baby blanket, as it is machine washable, mostly cotton (so no wool to irritate little babies), and has truly amazing stitch definition.

I bordered the blanket with a seed stitch to give it a very finished look with very little effort (it's all knit in one piece!).


[Excuse the color variance in the photos, the actual color is between these two shots! It is a really pretty blue/lilac that would work well for baby girls OR boys, IMHO)]




3 lucky winners will be chosen randomly from all entrants to receive BOTH of these patterns as soon as they are released!

To enter this giveaway, please do one or BOTH of the following by 9pm PST, September 28, 2012:

1) Use Pinterest to pin this blog post and in the "describe this pin" area, enter (required, or I won't be able to find your entry!). Click this to pin the Scarf photo;

Click this one   to pin the Blanket photo. * PLEASE be sure you are on my email list, so that when I announce the winners, you can claim your prize if you entered through Pinterest (as I can't contact you directly).

(If you don't know what Pinterest it, then skip to 2!)

2) Enter a comment on this blog post telling us what you've kind of things you have been knitting to get ready for fall.

After September 28th, I'll pick 3 random entries to win free PDF copies of BOTH of these patterns.

 Good luck to all!

*** Winner Announcement! *** Congrats to Linda Keefe (who pinned on Pinterest), Sheela (who commented 9/17/12 on this blog post), and Lori Szymanik (sho pinned on Pinterest)!! You each won PDF copies of both of these patterns.



I'm actually working on one of your patterns right now (the Cable/Lace Kimono Cardigan), which I'm hoping to have finished by October. It's such a beautiful pattern and so much fun to knit. And it's nice to be back in the swing of things since my knitting was mostly put on hold during the summer months. :)


Oops... forgot to mention how beautiful your newest patterns are, especially the baby blanket. Will be adding this to my queue once it's released!


I've been knitting booties, hats and sweater vests for my two newest nephews - due in December! The baby blanket is beautiful - I'd love to knit that for our little guy.

Eire Stewart

I staring in on Christmas presents - knitting two of your slouch hats! Got a bunch of mens hats to start in on too! Maybe your fake cable hat - I did that one last year and it was a hit!


I've been knitting hats! Both my kids and my husband need new hats this winter. After that hopefully a scarf for me, and in Dec or Jan I'd really like to start on my Vine Lace Top Down Cardigan. I've had it in my queue for a couple of years now, but keep putting it off for baby knitting... This year I WANT it! :)


I've been knitting and knitting . . . baby blankets!! I am completely addicted to knitting them lol they're almost all for charity so at least they will all end up in good homes :) Love your new patterns and ahem the newest baby blanket heh all the patterns are gorgeous though :D

Sandie Butler

I've been knitting light weight sweaters and actually plan to start a baby blanket - just found out a grandchild is on the way! Also getting ready to start some Christmas gifts.


I've been knitting whispering leaves lace top-down cardigan and loving it!!


I've been knitting mittens and hats for the grandkids during car trips! In New England snows, they seem to get wet very quickly, so there are never enough!
Love the new patterns, especially the lacy scarf!

Susan B.

I have been knitting a v-neck cardigan for me. Expect to finish it very soon as well as finish the neck on a v-neckk sweater for my husband. Think your new patterns are lovely. :-)))


I've been working on baby afghans for my first grandchild due next year. I really like the stitch definition in your new pattern.

Louise Shaw

I've been working on items for Christmas - dishcloths, a sweater for our granddaughter, started two baby afghans for Nephew and Neice which are due December 2012 and January 2013. Meanwhile I've been knitting a bridal shawl our soon to be Neice.. We've got a huge family... Between my husband & I we have 10 brothers & sisters then plus their spouses.. we have 5 children between us and 8 grandchildren - So they really keep me busy...
But you have such wonderful looking items... I am in awe of your talent..
Thank you for the chance of winning these items....

Knittingdancer on Ravelry

I have knitting a lot of shawls this summer.

Jean Ashley

I've been attempting to finish up my first pullover sweater with set in sleeves, so I can wear it in the fall. I just recently finished a table runner (for a wedding gift), and am now working on two sets of baby hats and booties because the sweater is just too big to lug around.


I have been knitting and crocheting sweaters for my two daughters to prepare for cooler weather. I made the Cables and Lace Kimono Cardi/Wrap for myself several years ago and it has been a staple in my closet. Our new niece or nephew will arrive in March, so as soon as I am finished with sweaters it is back to baby clothes and blankets. The new textured lace pattern looks like an heirloom, so that is on my short list. Thank you for the beautiful patterns!


I've been away from knitting for a while but seeing this scarf makes me want to dust off my needles. My college-age niece loves scarves and I can see her wearing this one in a a soft charcoal or denim color. I also like the baby blanket but currently don't know anyone who's expecting. I could just make it and have it ready for the next new arrival. I could also see making the just one section of the pattern into a scarf.


I've been knitting lots of mittens and gloves and socks for my mother to sell at her local farmer's market, and soon will be starting in on Christmas presents


I have been knitting baby blankets, there are a lot of babies on the way! Love your new baby blanket pattern!

Karen A

With the cooler weather that we have been experiencing, I have been knitting cowls and scarves on large (size 11 and size 17) needles - some are for holiday gifts. Also made a lacy afghan for a friend's baby boy.

Karen Hochhalter

This winter it's a sweater for my niece (almost complete), a penguin pillow for a friend and then baby hats, baby hats, baby hats for Bundles of Love charity. I just need to find shorter circular needles for the baby hats and then I'm all set!

Detra Braymen

I am working on a knit baby blanket for my 3rd grandbaby-to-be!! Hopefully will find out gender today! I then have another blanket to make for a custom order. I would love to make your pattern this fall too. No one can every have too many blankets, esp when they come from the heart!! I also make on-going photo props for my daughter's photography business. There is never a still needle or hook at this house!!!

Leann Manus

I just completed a knit cardigan for the upcoming cooler weather and already have two shawls, half a dozen scarves and hats and a pair of fingerless gloves ready. I still need to start a moebius scarf that I got two balls of a beautiful tweed yarn for. I can hardly wait to get my needles clicking again!


I really love the patterns you share!!! I have several in my "things to knit soon" list!


I love the lace scarf pattern--so pretty and just the thing for a light blue skein of mohair I have in my stash!


I'm trying to finish up a large shawl that is, fortunately, worked in laceweight yarn so it is light as a feather even though it's wool. I'm going to work on a few quick projects once that is finished and then I've declared October to be "Finishing School" for all those WIP's that need just a little attention. THEN I'll start a little gift knitting, but not as much as in previous years, I drove myself crazy!


The blanket is so beautiful. I can't wait to find a baby to make it for. And you can never have enough scarves :-)


I've been knitting lots of hooded scarves for friends and relatives, and a top down crocheted sweater for myself. The blanket is just perfect for an upcoming baby present. I hope I win!


Just found out daughter is pregnant with my first grandchild so I have started on a blanket, have 2 hats done and a sweater. Love this pattern and hope to win!!

Debbie H

I have been knitting a beautiful shawl with sparkly yarn and beads.

Debbie Unger

I've nearly finished knitting my last pair of thrummed slippers for the year so my next project will be a cardigan for myself. I haven't decided which one it will be yet, but I'm thinking it's time to try something with some cables and/or lace. The baby blanket looks very soft and inviting - it would make a great gift!

Peggy R

I just started to work on a knitted throw rug to put your shoes or boots on when you come in from outside. I found the pattern to be interesting, since it had a bit of cabling to it. This should be a bit of a challenge for me, since we now have 2 kittens who just turned 6 months old, and get into everything!! I have to teach them yarn etiquette. I love both of your patterns, and happen to have some lovely mohair yarn on hand for your scarf. I'm also always making baby items for someone, and fell in love with the blanket. I'd love to do the pattern in a full-sized afghan.

Dulcy Harris

I've mostly been busy crocheting squares for charity blankets...but I'm also making some slippers for my daughter and a ruffle scarf to show my team spirit for football :-)

I really love both of these patterns <3

Linda Pierce

I love these patterns! The scarf is beautiful! The baby blanket is wonderful with the textures. I love that color too. I have lots of yarn here I could make either with! Please pick me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL


Have not been able to do much fall items. A quick cowl for my aunt in Noro silk garden. I am knitting baby items, all my friends are having grandchildren I would live the baby afghan.

Lynn Petrosino

Love, love these 2 patterns! I am knitting a striped baby sweater in Baby Ull for my very first grand baby (grandson)! And...a short vest for myself in Malabrigo chunky!

Nicole U

Right now I am knitting a scarf using a seafoam stitch, it should be great to wear for fall. I am looking forward to the new light and airy, lacey scarf pattern! This looks gorgeous, and you can never have too many scarves.

Beth Rudo

Just finishing a fingering weight rectangular shawl and halfway through a mobius. Also starting hats and mittens as eventual Christmas gifts. It's a full slate of fall knitting, but would love to add the scarf pattern to the list.

Linda M.

Living in south Florida I don't transition to the heavier yarns and warmer patterns usually seen in the fall up north. Shawls, lacy vests and cotton sweaters are always good here.
I am currently knitting a shoulder shawl with one skein of Regia's hand dye effect and a lace vest/sweater with Lamb's Pride worsted in a hard to find shade of red-violet called Violet Fields.
Both of your patterns would be perfect for our tropical weather. The airy lace scarf would be perfect for days and nights when the temps drop
to the low seventies and the cotton blend blanket just right for a cool evening. I too would make this a full sized afghan.


Knitting slippers and hats for gifts and working on a shawl for a dear friend.


I've been knitting hats & scarves to give to a children's home for Christmas presents. I have a couple of ladies helping me - we need about 40 hats & scarves. Gotta count to see how far along we are!

Would love to make this baby afghan - always seem to need one.

Tracy Schiff Mynhier

I am going to continue working on the lizard ridge blanket. But I'm looking forward to this baby blanket. I love the texture of the lace work and babies love texture.

Barbara Ennis

Right now I'm knitting knee socks with toes for my granddaughter.

Sarah Dorendorf

Working on a couple poncho to finish and a cable sweater for my daughter for Christmas :)

P.J. Coldren

I've got a pair of socks going, a tea cozy, a baby jacket, and a scarf. I love the baby blanket pattern -- lots of babies on their way in my neck of the woods and I'd really like to make it for at least one of them.

Tiphanie W

I've started your Shawl Collared Vest and got stuck on it, then haven't gotten back to it yet. I need to pick it back up to finish! I'm also knitting a couple of baby sweaters for some new babies due this fall.

Linda Rumsey

I have been knitting lots of socks, as I find them much warmer than shop-bought ones!

Eva Persson

I have only been knitting dishcloths, don't feel brave enough to tackle much else. Love the baby blanket so would love to win the pattern to make.

Barb B

I have been working on three things. A soft warm shrug for myself, fingerless mitts for my daughter-in-law and my other son's girlfriend and a scarf for my mom. I was just ooking at some soft green cotton and wondering what to do with it after my initial attempt went wrong. The baby blanket would be wonderful.


I knit two spa sets for friends using Peaches n' Cream cotton from my stash; I made another spa set using Tahki Cotton Classic Lite and I am working on a lace wrap using Classic Elite's Silky Alpaca Lace. The latter two projects are from the "Knit Red" Book. And as soon as I'm finished posting here, I'm going to be visitng several yarn sites looking for yarn to knit the gorgeous Violet Zig Zag Shawl. And then.........LOL

Janie Holley

Both patterns are beautiful as always! I'm especially drawn to the baby afghan as I also have acquired a lovely shade of blue yarn in hopes that the ultrasound on the 18th will tell us that my first grandchild is a boy!


I am just starting a baby blanket for my friend of 20 years who is currently pregnant with her first. Had I known this beautiful baby blanket pattern was coming, my search for the right pattern would have been very easy.


I'm knitting a sweater for my mother...its a surprise for her birthday. She always knits for everyone and since I just learned to knit this will be the first thing anyone has knitted for her. I'm so excited! I love both of your patterns especially the scarf!


What absolutely stunning patterns. I can't wait to knit the baby blanket! And then, try to make a sweater and hat to match. I have several grandbabies coming up to outfit.

Am knitting a lace scarf for a friend as a thank you that is a pattern similar to this one but not nearly as nice!


I finally finished an afghan for my cousin's wedding. Now I will be looking for a pattern for a baby gift (the baby blanket looks beautiful!) for another cousin.

June Schwierjohn

I'm in the process of finishing a baby blanket for a friend whose friend is due to deliver a boy any day. Then I plan on starting my Christmas gifts. I have a whole box of candy-colored wool and plan to knit felted slippers for everybody. I've got tracings of their feet and measurements around the instep. Wish me luck that they turn out like the pattern picture!

Aimee Formo

I've just started Three-flavor Delight for my little one, and have a half-dozen slippers to knit.

Judi A.

I am knitting the Quaker Stitch Shawl in the KAL by the designer Susan B. Anderson. It's very pretty, but simple enough for me to enjoy knitting it. First thing I've knit for myself in years. :-)


I'm working on a light-weight cardigan for fall, with 3/4 length sleeves, knit from the top down. I started another lacy jacket, but it's slower going. I just started to think about Christmas gifts this past week, and the scarf would be nice both for my sister and my employer. I don't know of any upcoming babies, but the blanket would be stunning. It would "take the cake" at a baby shower! It would also make a beautiful afghan, and that's something else I'm looking for eventually, as my employer is getting married some time in the next year or so, and I would like to make them an heirloom afghan.


Since I will be a grandmother soon, I have been knitting baby items including a lace patterned baby blanket. I love the intricate, yet soft patterns I'm seeing these days. So, the new baby pattern is of particular interest to me. The scarf is lovely, too, and just in time for the cooler weather coming soon. But the baby blanket is what I'm most passionate about right now - both for my new "grand" that's coming in Nov and for several friends that will soon become new grandparents as well.


i've working on a big 'swirl' cardigan this fall to cover my increasingly large belly - the baby blanket pattern would be next on my list.

Leah Porter

To get ready for fall I've been knitting on my WIPs.
I'm trying to bide my time so I can make baby hats for winter closer to time, if I don't wait till abou mid October they tend to be too short by the end of winter. I'm spinning yarn right now getting ready to make them.

Denise Royal

Working on finishing a couple of knitted scarfs that were in my wips pile.

Diane N.

I've been knitting socks and baby items for a January baby. This blanket pattern would be perfect!

Crystal Louise

I'm working an on knitted vest now and will be making the tie front cabled tunic vest next. I love that it has pockets. I really love the whispering leaves lace tunic. I might need to add that to my Feb knitting for next spring.

Mary Saunders

For fall, I've taken a break from my holiday knitting to make Halloween spiders and bats for the little ones in the family.

Cindy Fuchs

I've been making items for a craft fair next month. I've been knitting cowals fingerless gloves purses baby blankets and baby hats! I even have dreams of knitting now because I've been doing so much!

Claudia Louise

I have recently finished your pattern #73, Ladies Cardigan for my sister. She cannot deal with wool so used Jiffy. Came out great! I am now about half way through Stevieland's Wilshire Shawl. Would love to win your Light & Airy Lace Scarf for my next project.


I love the patterns that you can wear several different ways!
The baby blanket is sooo pretty!
I'm knitting up several fingerless mitts for myself and presents.:o)
Love your blog!

Niki Winchell

I just finished 2 baby afghans, now back to the sweater I started for myself last spring. I'm working on the sleeves, then need to assemble and knit the collar. Making good progress.

These are beautiful patterns. The scarf is amazing, would really like to knit that one.


My kids have outgrown their sweaters from last year so I've been working on new sweaters for them, as well as socks for everyone! I love your new patterns and pinned them both:)


I love your baby blanket. That's mostly what I've been working on, since there have been about 50 MILLION babies announced in my circle in the last few weeks (a slight exaggeration).

Linda Pyke

I have been knitting baby blankets for months!Your new pattern looks like a nice one, but I think I will try the lace scarf first, just for a change of pace!Then I have a couple of cowls to do before the bitter cold hits Michigan again.

Lori Sutton

I am currently assembling a cable knit sweater. This is my first venture into sweater design. I love the lace scarf. That one is on my wish list and probably my Christmas knit list also. You have so many designs that I want to knit. Thank you.

Lorene Frischknecht

I am in the process of knitting a blanket for my youngest grandson. I'm hoping to be finished with it by the end of October. I'm knitting it with a variegated blue yarn and it has a ripple effect because I'm using 2 sizes of circular knitting needles. I also like your knitted creations; they are quite beautiful! Keep up the great work!!

Sewing dervish

My shipment of yarn just arrived for the 4 sweaters I am knitting to put under the tree.

Sherry McCary

I'm working on Christmas stuff. A lacy shawl for mother-in-law, a shrug is next on the list, followed by a scarf for me!

Carole Rust

I'm knitting a throw for my niece that's getting married in Oct. Then I'll be knitting hats to sell on Etsy.

Meredith MC

To get ready for fall I've been knitting hats and cowls all summer- but I just started a super-cozy heavy-worsted weight cardi to cuddle up in when the november winds started to blow.


A scarf for hubby and baby sweater for a friend.

Susan (sjanova)

Just finished a shawl for myself and finished and packed up the finished Red Scarf Project! I'm starting a scarf for DH (my first BrooklynTweed pattern). I've been resisting but probably will soon cast on a cardigan for my great niece (yarn is right beside me and calling my name) and a Debbie Bliss handbag for my DDIL (yarn is also right beside me and I just got the needle tips I need for the chunky yarn). Oh, and a little hat for DGS#5 with car and truck buttons (just got the black and white for the road). And...... I'm sure there are a few other things sitting here to be knit very soon.

Jennifer Stover

I will be in process very soon to work on the holiday gift list! A greek key afghan is the big one on the list followed by small items like hats, gloves and scarves for teachers & friends. I also have 3 friends due with babies in Oct, Jan & March respectively and I would LOVE to knit your new baby blanket for one or all of them!

Susan Poulter

I'm recovering from surgery, so I'm working on finishing a few projects -- an afghan made from a recycled sweater, a sweater for a "someday" great niece or nephew -- nad trying to find the right project for a funky aran-weight cotton. The textured lace blanket might work ...


Both patterns are beautiful. All your patterns are beautiful tho. :) I am really into lace scarfs and shawls so I'm crossing my fingers :).

I just finished a lace scarf for a friend who raises bison, she sent me some of her raw bison fiber, which I had professionally processed, and then knit her a scarf from it. Was nice fiber to work with :). At the moment I am getting started knitting a sweater & hat pattern for both of my grandchildren, at their request! They are 6 and 4, not many children that old actually request hand knitted items, but they watch me spin fiber into yarn so I have them use to "fiber" already :).

Rebecca Boardman

I am just getting into shawls. I have been knitting for 30 some years and this year is the first time I have made a shawl, actually 3 of them. You have a great site and love love love the pattern.
Thanks for the chance to enter your contest.

Sue Gundrum

I have been on a scarf/cowl kick for far too long but can't seem to stop. Am going to move on to shawls next and maybe some socks. Have also started a fantastic pattern called " oranje" and am loving it

Catherine Cordeiro

I've been knitting scarves for the fall/winter season for my grand-children.

I'm looking forward to getting your new baby blanket pattern. It's beautiful. It would be great for either a boy or girl.

Lisa Long

I absolutely Love the baby blanket pattern! I've been getting ready for the cooler weather by knitting my hubby another pair of wool blend boot socks.

Karen Hager

I love all of your patterns and feel that you go above and beyond when choosing just the right yarn to use. I like both, but having a new grandson in my life I love the baby blanket. Thanks again for all of your skills and abilities. Karen


I am very into lace shawls at the moment. The lighter weight the better as I live in a very warm climate and have no need for warmth!


Been busy knitting/crocheting shawls.


a friend requested a couple items for Halloween costumes that should keep me busy for a little while :)


I've been working on Sweaterbabe's luxe cabled blanket (so much fun!!) to get ready to have a beautiful throw on my lap while I knit up some pretty cowls as Christmas gifts. I've also got a pair of pretty cabled gauntlets on my dpns in a wonderful burgundy color that will be ready in time for fall colors hiking in northern MN!



I am test knitting a shawl and a scarf and also trying to design my first pattern in crochet. I hope it turns out as beautiful as the ones you do although that is highly doubtful...
Thank you for the giveaway... keeping my fingers crossed


I love your patterns, they are so stylish and flattering!

I've been knitting a mystery KAL, very fun to learn new techniques this way! Also knitting a lightweight cardi and scarf, too hot to work on my tosh top down sweater but the cool weather will be here soon! Your baby blanket pattern will be perfect for my coworker that is having a baby boy in January and the lace scarf will be a perfect Christmas present for my son's girlfriend (my girlfriend in law)!


love your designs, this scarf is perfect with a great design and what looks like a great hand. cannot wait to add to my collection.

as you asked, i have just started knitting gloves and fingerless gloves. thought it would be great for gifts and have done an exquisite cashmere in red. not totally easy (the fingers & the thumbs for fingerless), but much easier than i thought.



I am knitting a list of gifts for Christmas this year. Hobo gloves, hats, scarves, and I hope... A couple of simple shawls, too! I hope I can do enough of them this year! Right now I have a cowl on needles - almost done, a hat -finished, and the rest to get started. But I think I have all the yarns now. ^_^
Love your lacy patterns but that blanket,...I just have to try! LOL

Kim Wepplo

Knitting up two giraffes for my great niece and nephew, shawls, fingerless mitts (for us moms who knit at the kiddos hockey games!), and just put a beautiful "pleated" scarf with Liberty Wool yarn on my needles...I love fall knitting!

Jody Hatch

I am working on your braided cable hat. It is coming out beautifully. Thanks for such beautiful patterns that wear so well!


That lovely baby blanket is just the pattern I need for the niece/nephew to come next March! The scarf is perfect for late fall here in TX. I have been knitting scarves to gift and a couple of lace shawls for fall. I agree with you on how hard it is to knit heavy things when sitting under the A/C trying to stay cool.

geri actor

I'm making 2 baby blankets and some gift pillowghans - thanks for the giveaway!

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