Pattern Pick: Kimono Cropped Cardi by SweaterBabe

Kimono Cropped Cardi
Kimono Cropped Cardi
by SweaterBabe

Warmer weather is when the spaghetti straps and maxi dresses come out. But even in hot temps, I like to have pretty things to toss over my shoulders when I encounter indoor A/C or evening breezes.

Here's a modern solution with lots of boho flair! An allover lace pattern is worked in a chunky cotton for maximum texture and lovely openness. Kimono sleeves offer a dramatic touch and allow you to wear this over many types of outfits. The easy cropped shape and a gently curved V-neckline with simple 2-button closure finish the look.

On the bigger needles, this knits up fast in one piece. The only seaming is straight across along the kimono sleeve bottoms. You can seam more or less based on how you want it to fit at the bust. . . . >

Available on Ravelry too.

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Pattern Pick: Adela Stole by SweaterBabe

Adela Stole

Adela Stole
by SweaterBabe

"Adela" means graceful and noble, which makes it a fitting name for this lovely stole. Its silky quality comes from the loosely plied cashmere and merino wool blend yarn worked on a slightly larger needle.

The yarn glides between your fingers easily as you work the beautiful lace pattern, which only consists of simple decreases and yarn overs. A wide 2x2 rib is knit only on one edge for a little asymmetry.

The lace pattern features pretty diamond shapes with embossed edges that give the finished shawl lots of textural interest and eye-catching appeal.

Knit it in the creamy white, as shown, to emphasize its soft-as-a-cloud status. Self-scalloping edges where the lace begins and end add an additional feminine touch.. . . >

Available on Ravelry too.

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Free Pattern Pick: Riley Hat by SweaterBabe

Riley Hat

FREE Pattern Pick: 
Riley Hat
by SweaterBabe.com
(free ONLY until 7/31/18. On Ravelry too.)

Gotta love a great cabled hat for its texture, warmth, and classic visual appeal! This one is fun and quick to knit as well, sporting an intricate cable perfect for both men and women.

It's knit from the bottom up in the round, for a seamless finish. Cable design is charted and written out.

Less than 200 yards needed for a hat.

TWO co-ordinating patterns, the #254 Riley Gloves AND the #258 Riley Scarf, are available to knit up with this hat as a fabulous gift set.. . . >

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Time for Summer Knitting Projects!

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Time for planning out your summer knitting projects! And for ONE WEEK only, take 20% off all patterns with coupon code SUMMERTIME entered at checkout*.

Here are some ideas [right to left, top to bottom]:

1. #236 Sea Glass Shawl. The asymmetrical triangular shawl begins at one corner with easy increases along both edges. As you progress with the first Garter stitch section, you'll quickly learn the increase pattern. A fairly simple, bordered diamond lace is worked for the lace band. The Garter stitch sections and Lace bands are then alternated and knit with a varying number of rows to keep things interesting aesthetically and while knitting. Shop on Ravelry.

2. #192 Abbot Kinney Shawl. Here's a shawl/scarf that is just the thing to add a feminine flourish to any outfit. This versatile piece works equally well as a shawl wrapped around the shoulders or as a scarf worn boho style and looped around your neck. Beautiful and delicate Stockinette stitch leaves are suspended against open garter stitch on one long edge. The body of the shawl is knit in a simple eyelet lace that echoes the openness and keeps the whole piece light and airy. Shop on Ravelry.

3. #230 Marine Layers Scarf. Each end of the scarf is a chunky section of a textured rib stitch that is just a mix of knits and purls, but is visually much more than a simple rib. The middle is a pretty trellis lace that is actually quite repetitive. Shop on Ravelry.

4. #211 Chalice One-Ball Scarf. Pure silky softness glides through your fingers as you knit this one-ball beauty! A very pretty lace pattern that only uses basic decreases and yarn overs evolves nicely as it runs the length of the scarf. The placement of the decreases and eyelets form curves that evoke the loveliness of an ornate chalice. Shop on Ravelry.

 

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* Coupon code SUMMERTIME expires 7/13/18, midnight PST. On Ravelry, click on "use a coupon code." At SweaterBabe.com, enter under "Redeem a coupon" on the cart page and hit "apply." Does not apply to previous orders. Must enter and apply coupon code during checkout - discount cannot be applied once order is already placed.


Pattern Pick: Off-Kilter Lace Poncho by SweaterBabe

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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)!. . . >

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Pattern Pick: Hillside Blooms by SweaterBabe

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Hillside Blooms Shawlette
by SweaterBabe

For FOUR MORE DAYS ONLY, enjoy 20% off the Hillside Blooms Shawlette and five other SweaterBabe designs knit up in madelinetosh yarns. Coupon expires THIS Sunday, May 20th. If you haven't had the chance to knit with madelinetosh yarns, this is your perfect excuse to try!

Just enter coupon code MADMAY18 at checkout. See all six madelinetosh designs on sale  . . . > 

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Product Pick: Knitting Classes by SweaterBabe

SweaterBabe Knitting Classes

Knitting Classes
by SweaterBabe

SweaterBabe offers Knitting & Crochet Classes in Orange County, California! Let the SweaterBabe herself teach you how to knit or crochet. In one session, you can learn all the basics to make a simple scarf.

For those who already know the basics, book a private knitting or crocheting class to take your skills to the next level. Whether it's how to read a pattern, how to work cables or lace, how to finish a sweater, etc., SweaterBabe can work with you one-on-one and teach you all that she can during your private session.  . . >

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FREE Pattern Pick: Dreamcatcher by SweaterBabe

Dreamcatcher

FREE Pattern Pick: 
Dreamcatcher
by SweaterBabe.com
(free ONLY until 5/31/18. On Ravelry too.)

Here's a versatile hat I designed for my DH. It can be worn as a stylish watch cap when he needs the extra warmth, with its deeply ribbed cuff folded up, or as a slouchy knit hat.

A stripe of contrasting color was knit into the cuff. Once the ribbing is completed, the chevron pattern is worked with a gently shaped crown. The finished hat has a cool, geometric design throughout, ending with a pleasing diamond shape at the top, resembling a dreamcatcher.

Knits up beautifully in the cashmere blend used here, or grab some cushy worsted-weight yarn from your stash, adding stripes or color changes as you wish to fit your yardage.

A lace version is included as well, which has a beautiful lacy motif at the top of the crown. Both versions are charted and written out.

With the option of the non-lace and lace versions, this is easily a pattern you'll use over and over again. Great as a gift for your favorite couple!. . . >

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Gorgeous patterns in Madelinetosh yarns! 20% off until 5/20/18!

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Madelinetosh yarns are a dream to knit with and to wear! Here are 6 designs in madelinetosh yarns that you'll love to knit!

And through 5/20/18, enjoy 20% off of these patterns using coupon code MADMAY18 entered at checkout*.

[from top to bottom; left to right]

1) #253 Mirabella. A draped neckline sweater that is both elegant and causal at the same time. Worked in madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. See this pattern on Ravelry.

2) #214 Shawl-Collared Shrugette. Uses just 1 to 2 hanks of madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. Great for when you need a little something to layer over your top. See this pattern on Ravelry.

3) #210 Hillside Blooms Shawlette. A knitter's version of a flowering hillside. Knits up quickly in madelintetosh Tosh DK. See this pattern on Ravelry.

4) #230 Marine Layers Scarf. A pretty trellis lace and textured rib combine for a luxuriously supple scarf. Knitted in madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. See this pattern on Ravelry.

5) #203 Falling with Grace Tank. A simple lace stitch and beautiful scooped neckline are all the embellishments needed when you knit this tank in a gorgeously hand-dyed yarn.. See this pattern on Ravelry.

6) #256 Adaline. A lovely one-hand shawl design that's knit from the top-down with Garter stitch and then an easy-to learn lace. See this pattern on Ravelry.

* Coupon code MADMAY18 expires 5/20/18, midnight PST. On Ravelry, click on "use a coupon code." At SweaterBabe.com, enter under "Redeem a coupon" on the cart page and hit "apply." Does not apply to previous orders. Must enter and apply coupon code during checkout - discount cannot be applied once order is already placed.


Enter to win FREE patterns and $75 of yarn!

We partnered with one of our favorite online yarn shops, LoveKnitting.com, to offer this great giveaway!

Giveaway

 

Just enter the giveaway by purchasing a SweaterBabe pattern AND/OR pinning your favorite SweaterBabe patterns (a few suggestions below). Enter as many times as you like before 5/20/18. Entry details below.

 The #257 Teagan Cardigan (shown above) is the pretty little cardigan we all need to have. It's worked top-down, so it's seamless. Pretty leaf lace panel adorns the back. The open angled front gives it modern appeal. Shop #257 Teagan on the SweaterBabe site or my Ravelry Shop.

the Teagan Cardigan pattern

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The #267 Fleur Crescent Shawl above (and bottom left of top image) is a lovely, dk-weight project in 100% alpaca yarn and a gorgeous all-over lace design. The sample is knit in a 100% alpaca yarn from Garnstudio DROPS, but lots of dk-weight yarns with a similar feel will work nicely. Shop #267 Fleur on the SweaterBabe site or my Ravelry Shop

the Fleur Crescent Shawl pattern.

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The #230 Marine Layers Scarf is a best-selling pattern that is perfectly paired with 2 hanks of the Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light  yarn. The sumptuous yarn is fabulous in feel, making it a soothing knit. Shop #230 Marine Layers on the SweaterBabe site or my Ravelry Shop

the Marine Layers pattern

 

*** AND NOW THE GIVEAWAY DETAILS ***

ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL RECEIVE: 

  • A $75 gift certificate (for yarn!) to use at LoveKnitting.com
  • THREE Individual SweaterBabe patterns of their choosing!

ONE SECOND AND ONE THIRD PRIZE WINNER WILL EACH RECEIVE:

  • TWO Individual SweaterBabe.com patterns of their choosing!

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Make any pattern purchase from SweaterBabe.com or my Ravelry Shop from now until 5/20/18, 9pm PST. Each purchase counts, so multiple orders are welcome. Sorry, but free pattern downloads do not count as an entry. And yes, if you are a SweaterBabe.com Knitting Club member, you're monthly subscription payment is an automatic entry!

OR

2) PIN any or all of the above images (or any knitting pattern from my SweaterBabe.com site or from my patterns on Ravelry) to one of your Pinterest Boards. The words "SweaterBabe Knitting Pattern" must be in your Pin description. THEN, enter the Pin's url here as a comment (example: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/181129216239054823/). Each separate PIN and comment counts as an entry.

All entries must be in before 9pm PST, May 20, 2018. No purchase necessary, but if you do, each purchase counts as an entry.

Then, I'll randomly choose 3 winners from all entries.

Winners will be announced here on this blog post AND in my knitting email newsletter.

Additionally, I will email winners directly, so please be SURE to include your correct email on the comment posting form (Email address will not be publicly shared or displayed). 

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Winners will be emailed or gifted (through Ravelry) the pdf patterns they choose. The Grand Prize $75 gift certificate will be delivered by LoveKnitting.com

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 ***** ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS RANDOMLY CHOSEN FROM ALL ENTRIES! *****

GRAND Prize goes to Sarah D.!

Second Prize goes to Kate L (who pinned and commented)!

Third Prize goes to Christy P.!

Ladies, I'll email you with details on how to claim your prize. Thanks to all who entered!! I'll be doing another similar giveaway in a month or so!