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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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Send us your finished project photos!

Our first customer survey told us clearly that many of you would love to see more photos of the SweaterBabe patterns on real bodies!  See our great gallery of photos here!

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You can help us by submitting your finished SweaterBabe project photos (like the example here from Emily H. of her #122 Tie-Front Long Cabled Vest)!  If your photo is chosen to be posted on the site, we'll thank you with a free pattern of your choosing.

Send photos of SweaterBabe.com patterns to gallery@sweaterbabe.com

Please send photos that:
-- are high resolution, i.e. please don't send ones that you have made smaller or compressed for the web.  The larger the better!  At least 500 pixels wide would be great!
-- show the finished project on a person!  Some exceptions are made on dress forms, but the BEST ones are on people, and preferably without the heads cut off ;-) 
-- are well-lit and in focus
-- show your hard work to its best advantage!
(PLEASE check out previous gallery photos to see what kinds of photos we are seeking. . . )

If your photo(s) are selected, you will be notified and you will need to give us permission to use your photo(s). Please understand that we can't choose every submission, as we can get too many submissions for some of the same patterns. 

We can't wait to see the lovely finished items!  Thanks so much for your submissions.


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Help us determine what more we can offer through SweaterBabe.com by filling out our first customer service survey!

We figure it's the best way to start thinking about what else can be offered through SweaterBabe.com and what more can be done with the patterns, the Yarn Shop Directory, etc.

If you complete the survey by March 6th, you will be automatically entered in our random drawing to win 2 fr*e patterns of your choosing.  Five winners will be chosen.

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SweaterBabe Product Reviews! Submissions welcome.

Got a product that would be interesting to discerning female knitters and crocheters? Want the chance to expose your product to over 32,000 58,000 knitters and crocheters?

SweaterBabe invites you to send us samples of your product for review!  Knitting and crochet-related items like accessories, buttons, hand-crafted needles, yarns, books, bags, shawl pins, etc. will all be considered and welcome, as will cool, hip products that would be of interest to our crafting female audience (e.g. jewelry, home items, women's accessories, etc.!

Please email us at: reviews@sweaterbabe.com with the following information:
- Name of your product
- Brief description
- Your name and contact information
- Where your product is available (stores, online, etsy, etc.)

Items that are well-suited to our 32,000 58,000+ knitting and crochet community will be chosen for review.  We'll email you back and let you know where to send your samples.

For items chosen for review, we ask that you send us 1 sample for review, plus 2 extra samples we will use as giveaways (which will give you even more exposure to our knitting and crochet community!). There is now a $250 fee for this service.

We'll do a thorough review of the product with photos on the blog, email the review to our list of over 32,000 58,000 women, then we'll run a fun contest (which often involves an additional mention in our email newsletters!).  Previous giveaway contests have easily received 180 - 300 400-600+ blog comment entries (these comments really demonstrate our readers interest in the product)! 

Please a recent example here

We're excited to see your products soon! 


New Pattern Coming! The Cables and Flowers Asymmetrical Cardigan.

Here's the latest off my knitting needles... waiting to be written up!

It's a top-down cardigan with lots of pretty details. It has a gorgeous ribbed cable that curves down the front and finishes off the curved right front hem.

A shaped waist is accentuated with ribbing detail. The lower part of the cardigan is decorated with pretty flower and vine raised motifs.

An asymmetrical design, longer length, and wonderfully soft, drapey Andean Silk yarn from Knit Picks completes this unique design.


















And here is the pretty back view:


The New Cardigan is Finished!

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Here is the latest project off of SweaterBabe's needles - a romantic and pretty shaped cardigan.  It's knit from the top-down, has 3/4 length sleeves that are slightly flared, and features a beautifully flared shape.  The waist is cinched with a wide ribbon and mock-cable belt loops that match the mock-cables in the flared bottom.

Knit in Blue Sky Alpaca's dyed cotton.  It's a wonderfully soft and very vibrantly colored yarn.

Look for this pattern coming very soon!  I'll be busy writing it up right away.

Here's the gorgeous detailing of the back:

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Finished Lush & Lacy Cardigan Photos

Another lovely finished Lush & Lacy Cardigan from a knitter in Canada:

"Dear Katherine,

Thanks so much for the beautiful Lush & Lacy pattern! I'm attaching pics of my finished piece to show you. It was a great pattern, easy knit, and turned out more than wearable. I'm looking forward to future pattern releases from you so I can knit, knit, knit!"

-- Christina knitsabeautifullife.com

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Back of SweaterBabe's Lush and Lacy Cardign Pattern

Looks great!  A sweet color choice.


Visit SweaterBabe on Ravelry

Visit SweaterBabe's Designer page on Ravelry.com!  I have over 45 of my designs on there.

SweaterBabe on Ravelry

You can see LOTS of great finished projects with great information on different yarn substitutions!  It's so fun to see what yarn and color choices others have made to personalize their SweaterBabe projects.

Ravelry is still a "beta" site, so you will have to request an invitation to join, but it's so worth it.

Search for "SweaterBabe" to find my patterns and projects, or add me as a friend.

And if you need me to add a pattern that I haven't added yet, just drop me a message on Ravelry and I'll get to it ASAP.

See you at Ravelry!


New Knitting and Crochet Patterns Coming Soon!

 

Here are two new projects that will be written up soon for the website. 

The first is this lovely, easy to wear long, shaped cardigan. It's done from the top down (yea!), so there is only a little sleeve seaming.  The sleeves are wide, the waist is shaped with a flattering ribbed waistline, and there are two really fun gathered patch pockets in front.  A pretty vine lace panel is worked in the front and the collar is shaped and generous.

Here's the great-looking back view:

Then, there is my new purse!  It's crocheted in a soft cotton/microfiber blend.  LOVE the colors (matches our living room, actually!).

The front and back pieces are crocheted from the center out.  The two pieces are then crocheted together and the strap pieces are crocheted.  Notice the knotted crochet accents that gather the leather straps at the base of each silver ring.  Pretty cool, huh?

The pretty texture of this stitch inspired the whole design!

 
And here is a view of the great lining fabric I found!  I just loved the graphic floral print!


Crochet Lace Jacket Pattern coming soon!

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Here's the latest project off of my crochet hook.  I've been wearing it out lately and getting so many great compliments.

It's actually crocheted from the neck down since my latest obsession are seam-free patterns!  The top half is a pretty lacey shell stitch that has subtle differences that make it different from any basic shell stitch.  The lower half is a more open crochet lace for contrast.  The sleeves are 3/4 length with a slight flare at the cuffs.

The jacket is finished with GORGEOUS horn-like buttons with faux leather stitching on the front.  An assymmetrical closure gives this jacket a beautiful look buttoned-up.  Looks great open as well.  Coming soon....