New Knitting Patterns

Preview of some upcoming patterns. . . and a Giveaway!

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I've been in a hat mood of late. . . guess it partly due to the changing weather. But, to be honest, it may be more due to my need for some fast, gift projects, and to try out a new set of short circular needles that I just treated myself to ;-) One_Ball_Cuffed_Hat_350 (Clover 16" circulars - they have been fabulous for working hats in the round!)

Also, it feels good to destash once in a while AND try out some new pattern stitches!

The first hat shown above is in a Trellis Cable stitch that was a fun challenge to work.  Bobble clusters and intertwining cables made for a very interesting knit with wonderfully textured results!

The second hat is a one-ball pattern (yippee!) in Classic Elite Montera yarn.  LOVE the vibrant orange color.  Very fall, and yet very bright and cheery.  This is a nice chunky hat with a wide cuff for warmth and a very cozy look.  The stitch pattern is a simple, yet unique stitch that mimics a cable, but just consists of some strategic lifted increases.  Cool technique to try out and a very quick knit that would be great for a man or woman!

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I've also just completed the Zip-Front Cardigan you see here. It's a really eye-catching cardigan (IMHO!), featuring a wonderful cable and lace all-over stitch pattern, contrasted with Garter stitch neckband, front bands, and Ribbed sleeve cuffs. AND, truly whimsical Hello Kitty charms were built into the "Charmed - Hello Kitty" yarn that I got from Natalie of Namaste Farms, and used for the pocket openings and bottom edging.

The Namaste Farms yarn is the what inspired the project. . . and Natalie created the special colors in the accent yarn for me and called it "Babe!" The main yarn used in the cardigan is the ever-popular Malabrigo Worsted. This is a truly unique cardigan! It has a matching cowl as well.Babe_Cardi_Cowl_200

All of these patterns are coming soon!  Still have to write them up!

*** SPECIAL PATTERN GIVEAWAY ***

As a special giveaway, please comment on this blog post by 9pm PST, November 15th, 2011.  Tell us what you think of these new upcoming patterns! One comment per person, please.  And please also SHARE this post using the Twitter, Google+, and Facebook links below. 

I will choose THREE winners to each receive PDF copies of all THREE of these patterns (when they are all published)!  Good luck to all!

 

** 11/12/11 Update ** The #134 Slouchy Trellis Cabled Hat pattern is now available!

** Update ** The #136 One-Ball Chunky Cuffed Hat pattern is now available!  The #135 Babe Hello Kitty Top-Down Cardigan pattern is now available too!

** Jan 2012 Update ** So, now that all 3 of these patterns are available, here's the announcement of the 3 winners:

Congrats to Muireann, Ashley Taylor, and Leslie!  You have each won a PDF copy of each of these 3 patterns (they have been emailed to you already).


Glittery High Low Cardigan - a Preview and Giveaway!

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The latest project off of my knitting needles is this high-low glittery cardigan. I've never used sequins in my knitting, so trying out this Disco Lights yarn from Tilli Tomas was quite awesome!   Big thanks to Melinda of Unwound: Unique Yarns and Accessories yarn shop in Blowing Rock, NC, who sponsored this pattern and introduced me to this fabulous yarn!

Oh - and the high-low isn't referring to the short sleeve vs. long sleeve! Ha ha. My finished cardigan is actually a long sleeved one (well, technically "bracelet length"!), but I wanted to take some photos of the cardigan with a short sleeve, so I can include that option in the finished pattern.

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This cardigan also features a mix of textures.

I worked the fronts in Garter stitch, as it is a lovely contrast to the glittery little sequins. The back of the cardigan is mostly Stockinette stitch, with a little nipped in waist detail and a little bit of lace.

I used short rows to shape the back curved hem.  And yes, this is a top-down design, so you can play with the sleeve lengths for sure!

Watch for this pattern release in early fall!

*** GIVEAWAY Details! ***

WHEN this pattern gets released, I will send out PDF copies to THREE winners randomly chosen from all comments on this blog post.

To enter this giveaway, please Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter (include the hashtag #sweaterbabe in your Tweet so we can track it) OR post a comment here by 9pm PST, August 7th, 2011.  One comment per person, please. 

Tell us which sleeve length you would knit?  Have you tried out Tilli Tomas or other beaded/sequined yarns before? 

*** August 30th Winners Announced! ***
The pattern is NOW available!! Find it at: http://www.sweaterbabe.com/knitting-patterns/high-low-glam-cardigan.htm.

But first, check if you are one of the 3 winners of this PDF pattern. . . the 3 randomly chosen winners are:

Frederica Z, who commented on July 9th;
Charlie Nonhof, who commented on July 9th; and
Suzanne Reichel, who commented on July 15th.

Congrats to the 3 of you! I've emailed you the PDF of this pattern.  Woohoo!


Dream Come True Scarf! (and why blocking your knitting matters!)

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I'm calling this my "Dream Come True Scarf" because it came out better than I could have dreamed!

It was a bit of a gamble, as this was knit sideways, starting with a LOT of sts (more then 450!). I'm very picky about the amount of ruffle that I consider nice. . . too much and it looks overdone and "cheap" to me. Too little and it's not worthy of calling it a ruffle. Just right and I'm thrilled!

Dreamy_Alpaca_Scarf7_350 This one worked out JUST RIGHT. Whew! AND, it's a great example of why blocking your knitting can make all the difference in the world! Here is a photo of the Scarf right after it was bound off my needles. Blech. Weirdly puffy and not so drapey.

A little quick blocking (steam ironing) and I've achieved a floaty, perfectly (IMHO) ruffled scarf that is effortlessly chic and so easily wearable right now and into spring!! Dreamy_Alpaca_Scarf10_350 The Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk yarn was the perfect choice in a very pretty smokey blue shade. The Lace stitch used looks great on both sides.

This scarf can be worn looped, loosely draped like a shawl, tied down low, wrapped multiple times, or just hung off your neck. The ruffle will fall just right no matter what! Dreamy_Alpaca_Scarf_350 I'll be writing this up soon. . . in time for spring knitting. Watch for the announcement by signing up for my free newsletters (see top left of this page for a link) to know when this one becomes available.

Are you into ruffled scarves??I think this is one of those that could be $$$ at an Anthropologie or similar store, but take the challenge and make it yourself!  WARNING: This is not a beginner's scarf.  You'll want to be comfortable with lace and keeping over 500 sts on a long circular needle. . . that being said, the challenge will reward you with a lovely and impressive scarf!


Knitting Pattern Preview - A Sideways Cardigan AND Cowl Set!

Here's a new take on the "twin set"!Kimono_Slv_CardiCowl3_350   A coordinated cardigan and infinity scarf/cowl! 

These are just off of my needles and will be written up in the next month.

The chocolate brown color of Knitpicks HW Gloss yarn has been enticing me to come up with something yummy to knit and wear.  Well, here it is!

The silk content of the yarn even had my husband exclaiming (more than one idle comment!) how beautiful and striking the yarn and pattern are!  He he.

This cardigan is knit from the centers out, sideways!  Attached kimono sleeves extend naturally from the body.  Ribbed waistband, cuffs, front bands, and collar are picked up and knit afterwards.

Ah - yes, I deviated from my usual top-down, seamless habit, but this one was worth it to me!  I love how the unique cable and lace stitch pattern looks running sideways and down along the sleeves.

AND then, I was so in love with the finished cardigan, that I decidedKimono_Slv_Cardigan_350 to make a coordinating infinity scarf/cowl with the yarn I still had!  I am thrilled with how it looks together.  Very chic and modern.  And versatile!  Wear the cowl on it's own and make it first so you can test out the stitch pattern and yarn.

I'll be writing this one up very soon!

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Malabrigo Sleeveless Cowl and Chunky Infinity Scarf - Two to preview!

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Here are the latest knitting projects I've just finished!  BOTH are waiting for me to write them up!

I thought I'd at least give you a sneak peek at what's coming soon. . .

The first one is a Tunic-Length Sleeveless Cowl in Malabrigo yarn.  Ooh - gotta love that Malabrigo Worsted!  It has amazing yardage and is sooooo soft to work with! 

The yarn is heavenly on slightly larger needles, allowing the true softness to come out.  And there is still wonderful stitch definition. The beauty of the hand-dyed color also comes through.

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The Sleeveless Cowl is knit from the bottom up in one piece.  The lace stitch is easy to work and creates a beautiful all-over open lace look, as well as a natually scalloped hem.  The waist is shaped to further empasize the long and lean look.

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The front neckline is shaped so the generous ribbed cowl can fall forward on the neck in a most flattering way.

AND, it only took 3 hanks of Malabrigo!!  This pattern will be written up very soon!

NEXT, is a knitting project that proved to be ideal for the family road trip we took over the Xmas/New Year's week.  It's a Chunky Infinity Scarf in a fairly simple, wonderfully textured stitch pattern. 

The Scarf is knit on size 13 needles with a soft, bulky merino wool blend yarn from GGH. It knits up quickly once you get the hang of the stitch pattern.

The Scarf is then seamed with a half-twist, to turn it into a big Mobius strip.  The stitch pattern looks similar and great on both sides, so it was a good fit with this design.  It's fun to just throw this on over your neck and go!

As you can see from the photos here, this Infinity Scarf can also be worn low as a shoulder warmer.

This pattern coming soon as well. . .  I expect both to be released in late January or February.

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New knitting pattern - Sweet Ballet Wrap Cardigan

Here's a fresh little cardigan just off my knitting needles!  It's a top-down seamless design - knit to just below the waist. Ballet_Wrap_Cardi3_200

Sweet details, like the buttons at the ribbed armbands, lace panel on the short sleeves, and ruffly knit flower at the wiast, make this a pleasure to knit and wear!  Ballet_Wrap_Cardi2_350 The garter stitch neckline border is knit as you go, as is the shaping of the flattering V-neckline.

Sample shown is knit in Guanaco from Aslan Trends.  A very nice mix of alpaca and merino wool.  Expensive looking and great to work with in a rich shade of blue.

This pattern is in the queue to be written up. 

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Upcoming knitting pattern: Luxe Infinity Scarf!

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Fresh off my knitting needles is this fancy textured Infinity Scarf!

I love the caramel color -- such a sophisticated brown that will go with everything. A "neutral" as they say on "What Not to Wear"

The stitch definition is just superb! And the combo of lace and garter stitch makes for an easy to do stitch pattern with wonderfully textural results.

I'll be writing this one up soon - though I've super busy with the long cabled vest first! 
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New Knitting Pattern - Coming next is this LONG Cabled Vest!

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This pattern is available on SweaterBabe or in my Ravelry Store.

Here's the latest project off my knitting needles.  I was in the mood for a LONG layering piece that was almost like a coat (hence the long length), but without the heaviness of the sleeves.  Something I could grab as I run out the door that would keep the chill away and not feel like a bulky coat.

The intricate cabling on the back is echoed on the fronts (which mirror each other).  The length is long, down to mid-thigh.  Slimming AND dramatic!  

It's knit in one piece on size 10 3/4 needles to be fast and to avoid seaming (only the shoulders are seamed). 

The ribbing is prominent, to contrast with the rich cable design.

The shawl collar is knit on and shaped with short rows.

And I closed it with a side tie, which looks a bit kimono-like, you think? Cabled_Vest_Side_Angle_350 Knit in Knit Picks Swish Bulky, which is a bulky yarn in thickness, but soft and not very heavy in feel.

The heathered shade of blue is perfect for casual outfits, but the length and styling are dramatic enough for dressier occassions or for the office.

What do you think? 

How would you wear this? 

Pattern coming soon!!!! Cabled_Vest_Back_500


Upcoming Knitting Patterns - an Eternity Scarf and Cabled Hat

Here are two NEW patterns that will be coming soon!  Can you tell that I've been blue yarn obsessed lately??

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The first one is a bulky hat made in Malabrigo Chunky. 

Hooray!  I've finally tried Malabrigo and I believe all the hype!!  It is lovely to work with and really gives you that handmade feel (in a good way!).

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The colors have a lot of depth, even my single shade of blue. 

The hat is slouchy and wonderfully textured with a rich cable stitch pattern.

Boho_Scarf_Eternity2_350 The second project is a Eternity Scarf made in Blue Sky Alpacas Alpace Silk yarn. 

Talk about a yummy yarn!  The Blue shade is also ultra gorgeous and sophisticataed.  I got tons of comments on the color just as I was knitting this thing (from males and females, so I guess it's just one of those colors that appeals to ALL!).

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The scarf in knit in a simple lace stitch that is easy to learn (since you will be doing MANY rows!).  It was not so simple to be boring however!

AND, I chose to use little clear plastic snaps on the ends so I could choose to wear it as an Infinity/Eternity Scarf OR as a regular scarf.

There's plenty of length to wrap it around 2 or even 3 times AND the Alpaca Silk is so soft, it almost tickles!

Both patterns are coming VERY soon!

Watch for the announcement of these patterns in my newsletter!

*** October 30th update ***
The #123 Sophisticated Boho Eternity Scarf knitting pattern is available now at:

http://www.sweaterbabe.com/knitting-patterns/boho_lace_eternity_scarf.htm


New Knitting Pattern - Coming Soon!! Eyelets and Lace, Curved Hem, Flounced Sleeves

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Eyelets_Curved_Hem_Cardi_35 Eyelets_Curved_Hem_Slvless_ Eyelets_Curved_Hem_Cardi_BKJust off my needles is this wonderful cardigan with a curved bottom hem and lots of eyelet and lace detailing.

It's a top-down design so it's seamless!

The sleeves are 3/4 length and belled with a lovely lacy leaf design.  The bottom hem is curved to be longer in back and gracefully curved up in front.

The wide lace border is then picked up and knit from the top down.  Button bands are picked up and knit.

This sample is finished off with perfectly complimentary leaf design horn buttons.

A beautiful piece that can be the centerpiece of your outfit or the perfect accompaniment to your pretty summer dress.

This pattern is coming soon!!!  Gotta write it up and run it by the tech editor.

While making this, I did try it on when one of the sleeves was not finished.  It looked GREAT as a short sleeve vest/cardigan!  So, I finished one sleeve just as a little rolled edge (see photo above).  A nice option if you are not wanting the belled sleeves (or you ran out of your stash yarn!).

And the beauty of top-down is that you can also easily skip the bell-shape of the sleeves and just continue in the lace without any of the increases.  A slim long sleeve would make for a very nice cardigan as well!

The yarn?  Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Lettuce.  A very pretty shade of green.  Great to work with.  Light and soft.


What do you think??