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 have been working making some mittens for my little girl. It's already frosty here!


I have knit two shawls using cashmere blend yarns with varigated purples in one and blue in the other. Also knit a white with gold edge tape scarf which looks like bells hanging one from the other. Am anxious to learn the pattern in the baby blanket. Looks lovely.

Knitting Patterns for Babies

What yummy looking yarn! It look so soft and squishy. With all of my nieces, and now a nephew (!!) on the way next month, I need to get busy with some sweater knitting! They all now live in areas with real winters so I need to keep them warm.

laura starrett

Hello. Love your patterns--I'm about to start a hat and cowl of yours. I knit my first hat about a month ago and can't get enough of them: I've done 5 more! Also several (relatively simple) cowls and I'm working on a pair of leg warmers for my bff's mom and starting a baby blanket for my stepson's (not born yet) first child.

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