Vintage Inspired Knit Apron

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This knit apron has a fun and flirty quality to it.  The design has a vintage influence, with an updated and modern appeal.  I think that this apron would be a great gift to knit for the cooking fan in your life.  Quick, easy and fun.  Cook in style with a knit apron that helps you stay clean and look great at the same time.

Knit Apron

Chatoyant Knit Vest

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This beautiful vest really has a designer flair to it.  Nothing boring, or ordinary about it.  But the beauty is that it’s still an easy pattern to knit.  So you get to work on a project that you can whip-up as a gift, or use as an on the go project.  I love the color of the yarn used in this photo.  A pretty purple yarn is a great way to add a splash of color to your outfit, and it’s the perfect choice for an Easter or spring knitting project.

Knit Vest Pattern

Saddle Up With a Pretty Cowboy Cowl

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This pretty knit cowl is called a Cowboy Cowl.  It’s a fitting name since the design is more like a kerchief shape than a traditional cowl design.  Although the pattern falls into the easy category, I think that there is enough variety in the pattern to appeal to more experienced knitters as well.

I like knitting cowls because they are easy to take on the go.  And, the finished product is versatile enough to wear with a variety of outfits.  You can use it more like a scarf to keep your neck warm when outdoors.  Or, as an accessory to add a splash of color to an outfit.  From day to night, a cowl can be a festive and fun accent piece to dress-up, or wear casually.  These also make great gifts because you don’t have to worry about sizes as one size fits all.

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Eyelet Brioche Scarf

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anouschka-scarfThis pretty scarf has an eyelet pattern that is combined with brioche stitching.  It’s nice to see a pattern that works the brioche stitch with other complimentary design features.  It adds a much lighter touch to the scarf and gives it an airy feel.

I love that this scarf can be worn as a traditional long scarf.  Or, cinch it and wear it as a cowl.

Anouschka Scarf Pattern

 

Cabled Wrap Knitting Pattern

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I love this reading wrap.  Curl up on the couch with a good book and this wrap to keep you warm.  At 20″ x 60″, this wrap is larger than a scarf, smaller than an afghan and more functional than a shawl.  As a person who is constantly cold, this knitting pattern is right up my alley.  You of course could adjust the pattern to fit any yarn you want, but the standard gauge for the pattern is for Aran weight yarn.

I think that this pattern would look great in a pretty heathered wool yarn.  I like the burgundy color in this photo, which of course is no surprise to anyone who knows me.  I like red!

This wrap pattern is available in hard copy, or for immediate download.  That means that if you grab the downloaded version, you could be knitting away in no time.  Or, order some yarn to go with it and use the $5 off $15 coupon to make it an extra affordable project.

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Felted Carpetbag Pattern

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Felted knitting is a fun way to make a variety of projects.  One of the great things about felting is that it is very forgiving, so it’s a great technique for beginners.  But that doesn’t mean that it’s not fun for all knitters.

Take this Labyrinth Carpetbag as an example.  The design is knit in hexagon sections, which give the bag a unique look.  I love the color combinations that you can create with this bag.  Go as wild and crazy as you want with colors, or stick with neutral tones that will go with any outfit.  This carry-all bag is one that you’re sure to use day-in and day-out.

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Knitting Gifts for Breast Cancer Survivors

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My sister is a breast cancer survivor and I’m always inspired by her strength.  I love to show-off her strength with gifts that honor her courage and fight against cancer.  When I came across Knitting With a Cure, I knew that I just had to get it.

In addition to 18 patterns that celebrate women who have breast cancer, there’s also the story of the traveling shawl.  This one shawl traveled across the country and was created by 50 different knitters, all of whom were affected in one way or another by breast cancer.

I love the variety of projects in this book.  There are a few different shawls, plus a throw blanket, fingerless gloves and plenty of accessories.  Whether you’re looking for a big project, or a quick-knit project, this book offers some wonderful gift ideas to knit for the special woman in your life.

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Lace Sweater Pattern

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I recently wrote an article about the proper way to block knitting and I came across this beautiful lace sweater.  I love that it’s a contemporary lace pattern with the typical beauty you expect in a lace pattern, but with modern twists.  The drape on the front of the sweater gives it a lot of movement, which makes it the perfect sweater to take you from day to night.

The Dreams of Lace Knit Pattern is for experienced knitters who are up to the challenge of a new lace project.

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