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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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Pattern Pick: Mini Scarf by SweaterBabe

Mini Scarf

Mini Scarf
by SweaterBabe

Accent scarves are perfect little accessories to add a bit of color and soft texture to your everyday outfit. So why not knit some pretty little lace ones that are just as versatile as your silk ones AND allow you to use up those gorgeous leftover bits from your yarn stash?!

Well, here you have just the design that will let you do that! This mini scarf pattern features a very pretty, all-over leaf lace stitch. The ends are elegantly tapered and the middle section is thinner to eliminate any bulkiness when worn around the neck or tied around your head or purse strap.

Each mini scarf works up beautifully using small amounts of fingering-weight yarn. By changing the lace repeats worked in the middle section, you can adjust the length based on the intended use and how much yardage you have on hand. . . . >

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FREE Pattern Pick: Quinn by SweaterBabe

Quinn
FREE Pattern Pick: 
Quinn
by SweaterBabe.com
(free ONLY until 2/27/20. On Ravelry too.)

A great cabled hat pattern that’s versatile and quick is a no-brainer. You can knit it over and over again as a great gift item. This one is unisex and an interesting cable knit as well!

It started with a non-traditional cable design. The unexpected cable twists give this hat a modern appeal. Knit it up in a soft alpaca blend, as shown, for a luxe result.

Hat is knit from the bottom up entirely in the round. Decreases at the crown follow the general spirit of the cable and finish with a pleasing design at the top.

This hat pattern is an easy stash-buster, requiring just 150 yards of a soft worsted-weight yarn that meets the gauge.

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Pattern Pick: Tiered Eternity Scarf by SweaterBabe

Tiered Eternity Scarf
Tiered Eternity Scarf
by SweaterBabe

I love that knitting can create such gorgeous textures. And when I can find multiple textures that combine so effortlessly, it’s a great thing!

This eternity scarf’s generous width allows you to experience knitting three different textured stitch patterns that will then display beautifully when worn.

It starts with a Leaf lace panel that you work from end to end. Stitches are picked up along one of the long edges to work a very simple textured stitch as the middle layer. A few rows of Seed stitch as the top layer combats any curling and gives the scarf a neat finish.

Worked up in a soft (yet sturdy!) alpaca and wool blend in a neutral color, this scarf is sure to be a fabulous, timeless, wear-with-everything accessory. . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Big Cable Stole by SweaterBabe

Big Cable Stole
Big Cable Stole
by SweaterBabe

A big, bold, all-over cable pattern is truly eye-catching in this fabulously soft and warm stole.

Intricately intertwined cables are worked over the full length and width of this stole, with a simple Garter stitch border. Works up surprisingly quickly due to the Aran-weight yarn (in this case, 2 strands of thinner yarn held together throughout – one 100% alpaca and the other an alpaca and silk blend) and bulky needle size.

The cable is charted and written out, so you can follow your preference. Simple cable techniques are used and explained in the instructions. Length can easily be extended by working additional repeats of the cable pattern.

This is a cable-lover’s dream to knit and to wear as a stole or super warm and luxurious scarf. . . . >

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FREE Pattern Pick: Sapphire Lace Shawl by SweaterBabe

Sapphire Lace Shawl
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Sapphire Lace Shawl
by SweaterBabe.com
(free ONLY until 12/30/19. On Ravelry too.)

Bold, yet highly sophisticated sapphire-colored yarn combines beautifully with a design that mixes lace with intermittent bands of garter stitch.

The yarn is an unbelievably silky merino blend that comes in a rich color palette and practically glides through your fingers as you knit.

The result is a sumptuously soft triangular shawl that drapes beautifully as a scarf and adds the perfect touch of warmth.

This shawl is knit from the top center down with increases positioned to create the versatile triangular shape. It's knit in one piece, with only the optional fringe to add in finishing.. . . >

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Pattern Pick: Hillside Blooms Shawlette by SweaterBabe

Hillside Blooms Shawlette
Hillside Blooms Shawlette
by SweaterBabe

I'm a knitter, not a gardener. But I still always appreciate the loveliness of flowers that bloom on a hillside.

This shawlette is a knitter's version of that flowering hillside. It starts with a graceful lace pattern that creates a very pretty scalloped edge.

As decreases are made in the pattern, the curved lines and eyelets create a row of tulips that curve along your shoulders. The knitting then transitions to Garter stitch, with gentle shaping worked with decreases and short rows.

The result is a stare-worthy shawlette to drape over your shoulders or wear artfully around your neck.

This project used only 2 hanks of the lovely Madelinetosh Tosh DK yarn. The color variations in this yarn work perfectly with the design. . . . >

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Pattern Pick: Santorini by SweaterBabe

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Santorini Shawl
by SweaterBabe

A striking mix of textures and color will surely transform any outfit! This slanted rectangular shawl delivers all that and allows you to effortlessly combine your favorite three colors.

The colors are artfully combined with varying stretches of Garter stitch and two different lace stitch patterns. One is a pretty leaf lace and the other is a more open, trellis lace. Both are charted and written.

Separating out the pretty lace sections are easier Garter stitch segments to blend the colors in throughout the length of the shawl and provide subtle textural contrast.

The slanted rectangular shape is easily created. The shawl is knit to a generous width and length so it can wrap effortlessly around your neck and shoulders with lots of color and texture impact. . . . >

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FREE Pattern Pick: Chunky Pinwheel Cowl by SweaterBabe

#158 Chunky Pinwheel Cowl

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Chunky Pinwheel Cowl
by SweaterBabe.com
(free ONLY until 11/30/19. On Ravelry too.)

Chunky cowls stand up well against a cold wind. This one has a striking pinwheel design that is worked with just knits, purls, and simple twisted stitches. Choose a yarn like the one shown here with excellent stitch definition and a vibrant color.

Worked in one piece from the bottom up on a large circular needle, this is a quick, seamless knit that makes for an awesome weekend project!

A great gift for the males and females on your list too. Looks fabulous folded in like a turtleneck or just scrunched down. . . . >

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