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Know a baby due to arrive this fall?! Seems like there’s been a bit of a baby boom around me, so the shower invitations and planning emails are circling. If you’re planning to knit a little something for this precious package, why not knit a little Sweetling Sweater? Go for it… pick up the pattern on Ravelry, grab some yarn and dive in! AND don’t forget! it’s 50% off until tomorrow night. Enter sweet1week when checking out on Ravelry.
Wait… what yarn? Isn’t that always the question? Sometimes it really is hard to match a pattern with the right yarn, or vise versa. So I decided to do a bit of leg work for you! I’ve poked around and put together a list of yarns that I personally would use to make this sweater for one of my next showers. Some I’ve used in the past, others I’m just drooling over. But ALL of these would make a beautiful sweater.
Knit Picks Stroll – $19 for 12 month size
(This is calculated off of 4 skeins, which only gives you 924 yds. instead of the recommended 940 yds. in the pattern. However I did put a small buffer in the yardage requirements, so you should be fine. Just watch that gauge!!!)
Knit Picks Swish Worsted – $24 for 12 month size
Knit Picks Stroll Tonal – $24 for 12 month size
(Same disclaimer as the regular stroll. This is calculated off of 2 skiens of yarn which only gives you 924 yds. You’ll be fine if you watch your gauge!)
Elegantly Economical Ideas
Classic Elite Liberty Wool – $34 for 12 month size
Purely Elegant Ideas
Expression Fiber Arts Sock Yarn – $44 for 12 month size
Wullenstudio Sock Yarn – $44 for 12 month size
Miss Babs Tarte – $52 for 12 month size
Space Cadet Creations Lucina – $58 for 12 month size (This one has glitter in it!)
UrbanGypz South American Sock Yarn – $60 for $12 month size
I’m proud to introduce a pattern I’ve been working on for some time! The Sweetling Sweater!
It went on the needles back in October! And now it’s done and ready for you to make for some little darling in your life! It’s knit in pieces and seamed together. This was one of my first seaming projects and I had a blast! Look up the mattress stitch. Super easy!
The texture pattern was lots of fun to play with. A bit of a riff off the double moss stitch with some fun twists, It kept my attention and made for a really interesting final product.
And the photo session was a blast! Nothing more fun than chasing a 10 month old around with a camera. 🙂
And….. what fun would a new pattern be without a FREE givaway! Post the ravelry link to this pattern (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sweetling-sweater) on your favorite social media site, and comment on this post telling me that you did, with your ravelry ID, and you’ll be entered to win! It’s that simple! I’ll be announcing the winner on Monday…. so hurry!
Also, if I get more than 50 comments, I just might give away more than one pattern! Spread the word. 🙂
This darling sweater is an interesting but quick knit. Most of the detail is found in a simple textured pattern on the yoke, while the arms and body are all simple stockinette. The style is feminine and functional, pairing well with any outfit, but also something you can quickly throw on your little one when going for a walk in spring or fall. This is a fabulous baby shower gift or the perfect project for mom as she waits for her new little one. It was designed for, modeled by, and named after my daughter, whose daddy calls her “sweetling”.
Gauge – 22 sts x 32 rows = 4 inches/10cm, worked in stockinette with yarn held double, on US5/3.75mm needles or size needed to obtain gauge.
Sizes – Newborn (3 month, 6 month) (12 month, 18 month, 24 month)
Chest Size of Finished Garment – 15.5 (17, 18) (19.5, 21, 22.5) inches or 39.5 (43, 45.5) (49.5, 53.5, 57) cm
- Yarn: 620 (720, 800) (940, 1100, 1240)yds/566 (620, 732) (860, 1006, 1134)m of sock/fingering weight yarn (100% Superwash Merino) by your favorite indie dyer.
Note: Sample is Knit up in LusterSoft by Expression Fiber Arts – 369yds (337m)/100g ; Colorway: Crown Jewels.
- Needles: Size 5 US/3.75mm 32” circular needle, Size 3/3.25mm 32” circular needle.
- Notions: (10) Removable stitch markers, waste yarn or stitch holders, tapestry needle for seaming, (5) buttons.
I am thrilled with this project.
One of the things I strive for the most in design is to create projects that are fun for knitters to make AND really, really look like you picked it up at a boutique hipster clothing store. And while I seem to see beautiful knitwear from these stores all the time, the challenge to design something in the same vein is usually much harder than I expect when I begin a project.
This time around I had extra inspiration. I teamed up with Chandi over at Expression Fiber Arts. If you’ve never taken a look at her yarn, you must! Her colors are amazingly beautiful and cutting edge. And I love following her blog and Facebook page, she’s a wonderfully sweet and encouraging person.
This cowl was designed with her brand new line of Spectrum Color Shift yarns. A single ply wool yarn with long color changes. When she sent me a photo of the different colorways, it was all I could do to choose just one!
My fashionable sister agreed to model for me. I don’t what I’d do without her. She loves playing with my twins, she weighs in when my fashion sense is completely off base, and she even likes modeling the final project. Isn’t she beautiful?
Here’s to one or two more cuddly, wool projects before spring is here!
This fashionably funky cowl is a breeze to knit up, and with a simple twist you’ll take your knitted work from warm and pretty to downright adorable. It’s designed so that there is lots of thick warm fabric right around your neck for you to snuggle your chin down into without adding any bulk to your coat. The sample in the photography is knit up in Spectrum Color Shift by Expression Fiber Arts, a single ply worsted yarn with long color changes. The color changes paired with the textured stitch pattern add depth and interest to an otherwise simple accessory.
Size: One Size Fits All
Dimensions: 25 inches/63.5cm around x 8 inches/ 20.5cm wide
Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches/10cm
-2 skeins of Expression Fiber Arts Spectrum Color Shift (100g, 175 yds/skein), Coffee and Cream colorway.
-Size 6 US/4.0mm needles
-8 removable stitch markers (at least three need to be a different color from the others)
Purchase the pattern over at Ravelry, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/puckery-posy-cowl.
When I first started designing, I swore I’d never design socks. No particular reason, other than I felt like there were lots of other designers that were doing a phenomenal job in that section of the pattern industry, and I didn’t feel like I had anything interesting or exciting to add.
Well this winter found me with like two pair of hand knit socks and they didn’t even fit very well. I had a mountain of baby knitting to work on and I wanted these socks fast. You may also remember my eureka moment with the centered increase in December. That little discovery has oppened the door to a lot of creative stitch patterns that I was just aching to try. So inspiration met practicality and the result was these amazing socks, that were fun and interesting to knit, and were finished in two days.
If your interested in knitting them too, here are the details.
Sizes – Designed to fit a foot measuring 8.5” (21.5cm) around the ball. Size can be slightly adjusted by going up or down a needle size or two.
• 1 skein of Plymouth Galway Worsted (100% Wool) – 210 yds. / 100g. Colorway: 722
• Size US 6/4.00mm circular needle(s) or DPNs depending on your preferred method of knitting socks.
• Stitch markers (A minimum of 1 is required as well as any others you prefer to keep track of the stitch pattern)
• Tapestry Needle
I’ve been looking forward to writing this post for some time. But that day is finally here. I’ve been talking a lot about Berroco Glint for the last few months, and now, may I introduce to you the sweater that shows of this yarn so beautifully, Grey Goose Cardi.
I’ve really wanted an elegant, drapy cardigan ever since I first saw them everywhere. When I clapped my eyes on Berroco Glint, the match was made. This is a wonderfully drapy yarn and the little bit of metallic gives it such an elegant look. It’s an incredibly versatile cardigan, that will add some spice to your wardrobe throughout the year. The top down construction and all over stockinette pattern makes it a super quick knit.
Sizes – 30 (34, 38, 42) (46, 50,54)” Bust
Sample size: 34” shown on a 34” bust. Suggested ease: 0”, If you are between sizes, choose the smaller size.
• 8 (9, 11, 13) (15, 17, 19) skeins of Berroco Glint (80% cotton, 12% nylon, 8% metallic) – 141 yd / 50g. Colorway: Goddess
• Size US 6/4.00mm 42” circular needle, or whatever size is required to get gauge
• Size US 6/4.00mm 24” circular needle, or whatever size is required to get gauge
• 5 stitch markers
• Tapestry Needle
Gauge – 22 sts x 26 rows over 4” / 10cm in Stockinette stitch with #6 needles, block before checking gauge
• Knit and purl
• Increasing between stitches
• Provisional cast on
• Binding off
• Short rows
Hello my fine readers. Today I bring you the final installment of the Elegant Economy Spring 2011 Knitwear Collection.
I proudly introduce Silverlight.
It’s all about the ruffles in this tank. Spring is my favorite time to shop. The fashion of this season is always so pretty and feminine. This tank with its dramatic and frilly collar will look delightful paired with tailored capris or a wispy skirt.
I loved knitting this tank. Even though it’s a pretty small guage, all that stockinette punctuated with occasional increases and decreases for the waist and bust shaping make it a really relaxing garment to knit.
As you can tell, Knit Picks are among my favorite yarn brands. This design is no exception. The sample was knit out of Knit Picks Comfy Sport, and depending on your size only requires 5-9 balls, making it a very reasonably priced project.
Gauge – 23sts x 8 rows/4 inches
Sizes – (x-small, small)( medium, large, x-large)
Finished Garment Size at Bust – (29.25, 33) (36.75, 41.5, 45.25) inches. This top is designed to have negative one to zero inches of ease. It is worth noting that cotton does not have the memory that wool does and after one or two uses of the garment, the fabric will stretch. This should be taken into consideration when choosing a size.
Required Materials –
- Knit Picks Comfy Sport – (5, 6,)(7, 8, 9) balls or (625, 750) (875, 1000, 1150) yards. (136 yd/124m to 50g/1.76oz. 75% cotton, 25% acrylic. Colorway: Whisker)
- #3 or 3.25mm, 29” circular needle.
- #3 or 3.25mm DPNs (you can use the 29” circular needle and use the magic loop method if you prefer).
- 5 stitch holders or waste yarn.
- 6 stitch markers.
Well, that brings the Spring 2011 Collection to a close. Stay tuned for the faithful follower giveaway winner announcement, as well as some other surprises.