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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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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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Oops!  Forgot to update this post, the pattern is available at: http://www.sweaterbabe.com/knitting-patterns/sweet-ballet-wrap-cardigan.htm.  Happy knitting!


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


SweaterBabe.com's MOST Popular Knitting Patterns!

The weather is warming up... so what is everyone knitting?

Here are our MOST POPULAR knitting patterns right now. . . 

Top_Patterns Which one will be your next project?

(From left to right, top to bottom)

1) #112 Dramatic Lace Wrap Cardigan: A top-down design in a very affordable worsted weight merino blend yarn featuring a stunning lace stitch, flattering silhouette, and very cool shape!  (Hundreds of copies of this pattern were sold the first day this pattern was made available!!)

2) #111 Long Lace Shawl-Collared Vest: Beautiful vest to be worn open, belted, or pinned.  Pretty all-over lace stitch pattern is worked up to the waist.  Then, the waist is decreased to gather and transition into a great textured cable stitch.  Fronts are angled for major interest.  Back is ribbed for great fit.  Generous and ultra flattering shawl collar is picked up and knit.

3) #113 Super Cute Newsboy Cap: The name of the pattern practically says it all!  Little garter stitch brim is completely stylin'.  This hat is also seamless and ONLY requires 1 ball of yarn for ALL sizes -- baby through adult!!

4) #100 Little Lace Vest: Just a really sweet and shapely vest with leafy lace panels and lots of shaping details.  Flattering curved neckline and knit-in button bands.  This vest is knit from the bottom up in one piece, so there is only seaming at the shoulders.  Uses only a few skeins of yarn.  A great addition to any wardrobe!

5) #99 Flutter-Sleeved Blousy Cardigan: A most feminine cardigan knit from the top-down in a fabulous alpaca silk blend yarn.  A gorgeous open cable panel becomes the neckline along which stitches are picked up to complete the rest of the cardigan.  Stunning open leaf lace panels adorn the fronts and fluttery sleeves.  A unique blousy shape.

Get knitting!


Two NEW projects just off my knitting needles!

Deluxe_Cowl_350Here's a preview of some upcoming patterns.  Hope to release them by year end, but holiday craziness may get in the way. . .

This cowl is one I am wearing ALL the time!  It just makes anything I'm wearing instantly more chic.  Deluxe_Cowl_Shoulder_350  

Plus, it's fun to "juge"(? - that word that those guys from Queer Eye used to always say!) the cowl around my neck.  I can bunch it up a bit more if I'm cold, or let it hang looser in front once I'm inside and warming up.

And, I can even pull it down over my shoulder a bit like a cowl-neck shrug!

Watch for this pattern coming soon! It's a quick knit and let's you learn a great lace stitch pattern.
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I also just finished this stunning Gathered-Waist Jacket. Gathered_Waist_Shoulder_350  This one is big on the details.  You can see that it starts with a gorgeous lace bottom, which is then gathered dramatically at the waist.  Twisted stitch mock-cable panels then go up the front and back. 

I finished this one with a lovely shawl collar and extended elbow-length sleeves.

You'll see more photos of it when it's ready to be released.  Hopefully by early 2010!

What do you think?

Are you making cowls for holiday gifts this year?


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Top 5 Best Selling Knitting and Crochet Patterns

Curious what other knitters and crocheters are making?  Here are the current top selling knitting and crochet patterns on SweaterBabe:

TOP 5 Knitting Patterns:
1) #77 Vine Lace Top Down Cardigan

This is one of my personal FAVES.  I wear it all the time.  So cozy!  And I always seem to need pockets to carry tissues, keys, random toys, etc.!  This is a popular one on Ravelry too!  92 projects for you to peruse and faved 1339 times! (See the SweaterBabe.com's Designer page at: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/sweaterbabe)
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2) #70 Lush and Lacy Cardigan
One of my more feminine designs!  Have seen many versions in different yarns that bring out the stitch definition.  Looks great on many different figures!  Also a winner on Ravelry!
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3) #90 Chic Cables and Lace Cowl Neck Sweater

I get compliments from guys a lot on this one!  They often say, "I don't usually like cowl necks. . . but I like that design a lot."  Guess guys like to see our necks?
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4) #73 Women's Top-Down Short- Sleeved Cardigan

A very versatile top-down design!  Do the sleeve length as you wish, as well as the body!  Knit in Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky yarn, which comes in so many vibrant, fun, or classic colors.
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5) #72 Child's Top-Down Short-Sleeved Cardigan

The kid's version of #4.  A really popular one as well.  One of my customers made 12 of these!!!
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TOP 5 Crochet Patterns:
1) #76 Vintage Top-Down Crochet Cardigan

A top-down crochet cardigan!  Fairly quick to make with bulky yarn.  Gets lots of compliments for it's unique look. 
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2) #80 Lacy Striped Crochet Scarf

I'm not a big fan of straight stripes (a little too J. Crew for me!), so the wavy striping created by this stitch pattern was so appealing to me. . .
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3) #86 Fancy Crocheted Booties

Made these on a whim in anticipation of my 3rd child.  Organic cotton too!!
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4) #50 Kimono Wrap Lace Top

This was a quick fix to glam up the summery dress I was wearing to a wedding.  I love the kimono sleeves.  You feel covered up, but the airiness is very sexy and pretty.
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5) #22 Easy Crocheted Beanie

This was a design I did to encourage my crochet students to try out hats!  It's been a bestseller always.
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