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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. . . . >

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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.. . . >

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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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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. . . . >

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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. . . . >

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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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Pattern Pick: Off-Kilter Lace Poncho by SweaterBabe

Off-Kilter Lace Poncho

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: Elena Shawl by SweaterBabe

Elena Shawl

Elena Shawl
by SweaterBabe

This shawl is supremely soft and airy, with a very pretty all over lace.

The triangular shape is knit from the top down, beginning with a simple Garter tab. It then transitions into the elegant open lace with increases along the center line and at each edge to form the triangular shape.

The lace is only an 8-row repeat, so it can be easily knit for more or less repeats if you wish for a smaller or bigger size shawl (and/or you prefer to have a different balance of lace versus the solid Garter stitch border).

As shown, a few inches of Garter stitch, a loose bind off, and an aggressive blocking finishes off the shawl and brings out the beauty of the lace. The shawl pattern is versatile enough that it can be knit up in many types of smooth yarn or in a heavier-weight yarn (dk or worsted-weight) for a chunkier shawl.

Lace is fully charted and written out. . . . >

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