KnitCrate Artisan Box Review – August 2017

By Lauren

knitcrate artisan crate box contents august 2017 As you can see from the photo to the left, this month’s Artisan Crate from KnitCrate is just fabulous, am I right?!  The theme is “Vintage”, and the colors, patterns, and extra treat are reminiscent of that theme, so fun!

The featured yarn this month is “Chill” by Sugarbush, which I received in the Mountie Mango colorway.  This yarn is just as chunky and awesome as it looks – it is a Super Bulky weight 100% Extra Fine Merino yarn, and you get not 2, but 3 amazing 100 gram balls!  This yarn is so super soft and fluffy that anything you make with it would be a treat.

The featured patterns this month are from designer Corinne Ouillon, with an option to make a beginner’s cowl “Texto“, or a triangle scarf “Avantage” featuring a a fun cable pattern.  These are the perfect projects for this yarn, as it’s one you would want to cozy up with and have touching your skin!

My favorite part about this month’s crate though knitcrate artisan crate box contents august 2017 3is the adorable postcards that were included!  They are by Red Fox Designs, and are beyond cute.  They feature a variety of animals, with phrases like “Hey Foxy”, “You’ve Cat To Be Kitten Me Right Meow”, and “Pugs & Kisses”.  They would be great to hang up on your wall or fridge as decor, or to send to your friends and spread the love!

If you would like this box, you can get it by becoming a KnitCrate subscriber by the end of this month!  KnitCrate has also given me some special coupon codes for you to use when you try out their monthly subscription – use GIRLY20 to get 20% off your first box OR use FREECRATE to get a free mystery box!  These codes apply towards all box options here: http://mbsy.co/gNVBP  Enjoy! :)

KnitCrate Unboxing & Review – July 2017

By Lauren

knitcrate sock box contents july 2017This month I had the pleasure of receiving all of KnitCrate’s July monthly boxes, and getting to unbox and review them all in a super fun Facebook Live video!  The video of me opening up and sharing the contents of each box is here, and I will also be sharing the specific contents of the boxes below :)

The theme for this month’s boxes was “Pop”, as all of the crates featured bright and punchy pop colors!  You can find all of the boxes mentioned on KnitCrate’s site, which will be available until the end of the month.

These boxes all contained so much joy, and I’m excited to share with you more about them :)

Aritsan Crate

In this month’s Aritsan Crate (previously known as the Main Crate), I was delighted to receive this bright and beautiful royal blue yarn!  It is a fingering weight yarn by Artisan Yarns called Sockpaca in the “BooBerry” colorway.  The fiber content is 60% SuperWash Merino Wool, 20% Alpaca, and 20% Nylon, and there are 440 yards per skein.  It is incredibly soft knitcrate aritsan box contents july 2017and luxurious feeling, so that along with the subtle color variations of the blues make this yarn really special.

There are two featured patterns in this crate, a beginner shawl pattern called “Daisy” by Melinda Measor, and an intermediate/advanced shawl pattern called “Bluebell” by the same designer.  Both feature gorgeous lace patterns – either of these shawls would make quite the statement in this vibrant color!

Also included is this box is a pair of Yarn Safe Knitting Shears, the perfect scissors for travelling!  You can find this box and all of the other “Pop” boxes here.

knitcrate sock box contents july 2017Sock Crate

Up next is the Sock Crate (also featured in the first up-close photo) – isn’t this yarn stunning?!  It is a fingering weight yarn by Lavender Lune Yarn in the “Firefly Riot” colorway.  Not only does it have beautiful speckles of reds, yellows, teals, and purples, it’s got some sparkle in it too!  It is made up of 75% SuperWash Merino, 20% Nylon, and 5% Gold Stelina, and is 438 yards to the skein.

The featured sock pattern is “Celtic Climbers” by Lisa K. Ross, which showcase a fun cable-like lace pattern climbing up the sides of the socks.

Also in this box are some adorableknitcrate handmade tags by johavi “Handmade” tags that you can put on your knitted gifts!  The tags feature a variety of fonts and motifs and were made exclusively for this KnitCrate box by Johavi Woodworking!  Pick up this awesome box before it’s gone here :)

Crochet Crate

This month’s Pop Crochet Crate is definitely perfect for anybody who loves orange!  The featured yarn is a Sport Weight 100% SuperWash Merino wool by OMG Yarn at 345 yards per skein.  This fantastic yellow and orange colorway (which looks like the sun, am I right?!) is called “Rushmore”, and comes with 2 crochet patterns!

knitcrate crochet box contents july 2017The beginner pattern is a shawl pattern called “Jaynes Arrow” and the intermediate/advanced pattern is “Breezy’s Tee”, an oversized lacey tee that would make for the perfect beach cover up!  Both patterns are by designer Melina Gingras.

The fun extra in this month’s Crochet Crate is a beautiful rainbow wood crcohet hook by KnitPicks in size H-8 (5mm).  You can get this crate here!

Knitologie Crate

Lastly, I received the Knitologie Crate, which is a no frills crate that simply contains 2 skeins of an exclusive hand dyed luxury yarn that you can dream up whatever you want with.  What I love about this crate is that this yarn is truly unique and you can’t buy it anywhere else as it is only for KnitCrate subscribers!

knitcrate knitologie box july 2017The exclusive yarn in this month’s crate is a Sport Weight 100% SuperWash Merino Wool at 330 yards per skein.  Of all of the colors in this month’s Pop crates, this one is definitely my fave as it’s a blend of my 2 favorite colors, pink and purple!  Together they create a stunning hot pink/purple magenta-like combo that I am totally obsessed with.  The color is called “Kiss” which makes sense to me 😉  While this crate has no patterns or tools, it does contain 5 different discount codes for the yarns and tools featured in the other boxes, ranging from 10-25% off their shops!  And just so you know, all of the other crates feature 2-3 discount codes for the companies of the featured fiber goodies as well.

If you would like any of the boxes mentioned above, you can get them by becoming a KnitCrate subscriber to the box you want by the end of this month!  KnitCrate has also given me some special coupon codes for you to use when you try out their monthly subscription – use GIRLY20 to get 20% off your first box OR use FREECRATE to get a free mystery box!  These codes apply towards all box options here: http://mbsy.co/gNVBP  Enjoy! :)

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KnitCrate Sock Box Review – June 2017

By Lauren

knitcrate box contents june 2017 square This month I received something a little different in my mailbox from KnitCrate  – they’re monthly Sock Box!  The Sock Box includes a skein of sock yarn to make a pair of socks, an awesome sock pattern, and an extra fun goodie!  The theme for this month’s box was “Color Me Fresh”, and the colors in this box definitely made me feel bright and cheery :)

The featured yarn this month is “Storyteller” from Knits and Knots Tahoe, in their Taffy Island colorway.  The yarn is hand dyed, with each skein being unique, and it is simply gorgeous!  It variegates from pale mints, to bright greens, to dark teals, with specs of corals and oranges, a truly beautiful combination.  The skein is 463 yards / 100 grams and composed of 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon.  The sock pattern included is “In-Bloom” by Doreen Blask, a sweet little ankle sock pattern with a decorative cuff.  I can’t wait to see how this knits up!

Also in the box was an extra fun treat, a body scrub by Midnight Scentworks in the Blackberry Sage scent.  The scrub is a pale purple color so naturally I love it (hehe), and it smells amazing too.  I can’t wait to treat myself to a mini spa session with this!

knitcrate box contents june 2017If you would like this box, you can get it by becoming a KnitCrate subscriber by the end of this month!  KnitCrate has also given me some special coupon codes for you to use when you try out their monthly subscription – use GIRLY20 to get 20% off your first box OR use FREECRATE to get a free mystery box!  These codes apply towards all box options here: http://mbsy.co/gNVBP  Enjoy! :)

 

KnitCrate Review – May 2017

By Lauren

knitcrate box contents may 2017How fun are the vibrant colors in this month’s KnitCrate?  This month was inspired by the night jungle, and I am totally in love with this theme!

The featured yarn this month is from Tanis Fiber Arts, an organic machine washable worsted weight merino wool yarn, in the “Iris” colorway.  It is hand dyed and absolutely gorgeous – I am especially in love with the purples and teals in this yarn, and can’t wait to see how it knits up with all of the other colors!

There are 2 intriguing patterns is this box, both by designer Jennifer Hagan.  The beginner pattern is the “Honeycomb Cap” (pictured above), and the intermediate/advanced pattern option is the “Sawtooth Shawlette” (pictured below).  I love both of these patterns for this yarn and am not sure which one I’ll choose!

The knitting tool featured this month is a double-pointed needle holder by The Steady Hand Shop on Etsy.  This little pouch is super cute and a great way to keep your DPNS organized!

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If you would like this box, you can get it by becoming a KnitCrate subscriber by the end of this month!  KnitCrate has also given me some special coupon codes for you to use when you try out their monthly subscription – use GIRLY20 to get 20% off your first box OR use FREECRATE to get a free mystery box!  These codes apply towards all box options here: http://mbsy.co/gNVBP  Enjoy! :)

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KnitCrate Review – April 2017

By Lauren

knitcrate box contents april 2017Are you excited for Summer?  I know I am, and this month’s KnitCrate box is getting me even more pumped!  The theme for this box was inspired by Miami and Malibu sunsets, and these colorful yarns will definitely have you dreaming about your next vacation on the beach!

Included in this box is 2 hanks of Vocabulary Yarn’s 100% Superwash Merino Wool Aran weight yarn, in the Cara Cara Orange and Hawaiian Ice colorways. The orange color way has gorgeous hints of yellows and pinks in it, just like a tropical sunset, while the blue colorway has shades ranging from jade, to teal, to an icy blue, reminiscent of a mermaid tail!  (You guys know how much I love mermaids so I am definitely feeling this one 😉 )

There are 2 hat patterns included for this yarn, a beginner hat incorporating a ribbed and slip stitch pattern, and an intermediate/advanced hat pattern featuring a fun geometric fair isle motif.  Both patterns are great adds to your library for making a 2-color hat!

As an added bonus, this box also includes a Sheep Milk Soap from Maple Hill Farm in the Vanilla Bean scent, what a treat!  Check out the details of this soap on Etsy here.

knitcrate box contents april 2017 croppedIf you would like this box, you can get it by becoming a KnitCrate subscriber by the end of this month!  KnitCrate has also given me some special coupon codes for you to use when you try out their monthly subscription – use GIRLY20 to get 20% off your first box OR use FREECRATE to get a free mystery box!  These codes apply towards all box options here: http://mbsy.co/gNVBP  Enjoy! :)

KnitCrate Review – March 2017

By Lauren

knitcrate box contents march 2017Last month I shared with you my first experience of KnitCrate, a subscription box for knitters, and I’m excited to continue to share the contents of their box each month!  Last month I reviewed their January and February boxes, as well as their February sock box. In case you missed it, check out that post here. I’m happy to share that this month’s KnitCrate box was just as much of a delight to receive!

The March box features 2 skeins of Knit One, Crochet Too “Crock-O-Dye”, a 65% Superwash Wool, 20% Nylon, 15% Silk fingering weight yarn.  This yarn is super soft and luxurious feeling.  I love yarns that have silk blended in – it always gives them that sheen and drape that make the resulting fiber extra special :)

It looks like there were a few different variations of color combos going around in this month’s box, and I received a blue and green that compliment each other beautifully, Algae #1527 and Lichen #1583.  While I don’t tend to typically wear earth tones myself, these colors are absolutely gorgeous and I happen to have a friend who loves earth tones – so I know what her next present is going to be :)

knitcrate box contents march 2017There were 2 patterns also included in this box by Knit One, Crochet Too – “Windswept Shawl”, a beginner shawl pattern, and “Ole Shale Shawl“, an intermediate/advanced shawl pattern.  While the first is pretty straightforward using a stockinette stitch and garter pattern, the second incorporates a wavy lace pattern as well as an all over lace pattern.  Both of these designs incorporate 2 colors, perfect for the yarn!

As an extra goodie in this box, there were a set of 5 removable sheep stitch markers.  These are so adorable  – I love that the little sheep are reversible so that you can always see them whichever way they turn, and that precious little heart!  You can also find these individually in the GloriaPatre Spin N Knit Etsy shop here.

knitcrate sheep stitch markers croppedKnitCrate has given me some special coupon codes for you to use when you try out their monthly subscription – use GIRLY20 to get 20% off your first box OR use FREECRATE to get a free mystery box!  These codes apply towards all box options here: http://mbsy.co/gNVBP  Also, if you sign up by the end of this month, you will get this box!  Enjoy! :)

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All You Knit is Love Sweater Pattern

By Lauren

all you knit is love sweaterToday I am so excited to share that “All You Knit is Love” is now available to download on Ravelry!  This sweater pattern was originally designed for The Fiber Factor Knitting Design Contest Challenge #2 “Knit Inside the Box”.  We were challenged to design a boxy sweater that incorporated creative colorwork, using up to 8 colors.  I thought it would be fun to revisit this design and give you a behind the scenes look at my creative process and inspiration.  Hope you enjoy!

Inspiration

When we first got this challenge I was a little overwhelmed with possibility because I LOVE colorwork.  If you are familiar with my designs you know that I use colorwork quite frequently, and just love color in general!  Because of that, I wanted to experiment with some new  techniques that I had not seen done and had never tried out before, and really push myself to be creative.

all you knit is love criss cross heart and shoulder detail croppedMy first idea was to create a heart argyle pattern using cables.  I hadn’t seen it done before in knitting the way I was envisioning it, so I thought it would be fun to try out.  Off to swatching I went, and after much trial and error, I figured out a technique I was happy with.  Basically there are 2 single cables, and when they cross, there’s an intarsia heart behind them.  It’s kindof like you’re knitting love into your sweater, and I loved the idea of that! :)

The other inspiration I had for this sweater was to use big block letters to create a bold statement message, a popular trend at the time.  I had seen this image of a storefront in Barcelona that I had previously posted about, and it stuck with me – the perfect phrase would be “All You Knit is Love”!  I thought it would be fun to play with colorwork inside the letters, and was also very inspired by the trend of bright pastel colors.  I had seen images of artwork by pip & pop in one of my trend reports at work, and I was obsessed with the color scheme and wanted to use a similar palette for my design.  Fun fact – even though I designed this sweater in 2013, I am still loving pastels!  They really stuck with me :)

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ombre sweater

 

I had also seen this sweater at Urban Outfitters and loved the idea of creating a similar ombre effect for this challenge.  Now that was the challenging part, because we weren’t offered color changing yarns for this challenge.  Hmmm….but onto the next step, choosing colors!

Skacel provided us with these awesome swatch cards to choose our desired colors, which they would normally offer to their wholesale clients.  It’s not always that we would get the actual yarns to look at and play with, sometimes it was just pictures of the colors, so this was especially nice for this challenge.  You could actually take a small cutting of the yarn off the page and place it next to another one – this was beyond helpful in creating my pastel rainbow of colors!

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So I ordered my yarn and hoped for the best.  Much to my delight, the colors were beautiful and went really well together!

hikoo simplicity rainbow of yarn

all you knit is love back word detailExecution

Now to figure out how to create the ombre effect I was hoping for.  I charted out the block letters and was playing with ideas.  My first idea was to have a stippling effect where the colors changed – kind of speckled and fair isle looking.  This indeed turned out to look more like fair isle than ombre so I tried again.

I had seen some knitted designs where the yarn was held double with the same color, then held together with the transition color, then to double of the transition color.  This technique really seemed to be the most successful in creating a smooth gradient.  I hadn’t planned to double ply my yarn with this design though, so I thought, what if I un-plied the yarn to half the plies, did that with the transition color, and then held them together and knitted them?!  I tried this out and indeed it worked.  Now, this isn’t the easiest or most practical thing to do, but it was a creative solution to the problem and it looked great!

In case you’re wondering what the inside of this sweater looks like…here it is!  Needless to say, finishing this chart felt like a HUGE accomplishment!  I had a lot of fun, however, watching it take form :) all you knit is love intarsia insideThe heart argyle or “heart-gyle” as I like to call it 😉 became a theme in this pattern, which I incorporated into the front, back, and a fun elbow patch!

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all you knit is love side

I also enjoyed adding this mesh lace shoulder insert for some fun and flirtiness :)  Now, I have to admit, when I finished this design, I was like yeah, there’s a lot going on, and the judges confirmed that worry!  I honestly did just have so many ideas and wanted to use THEM ALL. While I do love all of the bells and whistles and think they ended up working together in a special way, the great thing is that because this is a knitting pattern, you can customize it however you want!

I think it would be fun to have a plain stockinette front with just the words to speak for themselves in the back, to use the heart argyle pattern all over the front and back, or to make the the entire sweater in stockinette and just have a fun pop color of mesh lace at the shoulder inserts.  It’s really like you’re getting 3 sweaters in 1 as there’s so many ways you can knit this sweater!  You could even knit the shoulder inserts in stockinette in the base sweater color for a more toned down look.

I’ve posted about this sweater a few times on Instagram recently and the message was clear  – you want to knit this design!  I appologize for not getting it out sooner, I honestly didn’t realize so many people would want to knit it!  I am thrilled that you do and CAN’T WAIT to see how you interpret it!  The pattern is now available on Ravelry for download here:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/all-you-knit-is-love-heart-gyle-sweater

Happy Knitting!

💜Lauren

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KnitCrate Review – A Subscription Box for Knitters!

By Lauren

knitcrate box contents january 2017This month I am so excited to share my first review of KnitCrate, a subscription box for knitters!  Each month they send you a knitting project with a pattern and all of the yarn you need to complete the project.  The main box includes 2 pattern options for the featured yarn (a beginner as well as an intermediate/advanced version for you to choose from) and an extra fun goodie!  There is also a sock version of this box for sock lovers, so fun!

Below are the contents of their February main box and sock box.  If you like what’s inside, you can actually purchase these boxes if you start your subscription by the end of the month!  You can also get 20% off your first month with coupon code GIRLY20, OR a free mystery box with code FREECRATE at checkout, woohoo!!  The one I got is above (pink and purple yesssss), more info about that at the bottom of this post 😉  Check out all of the details on starting your subscription here:  http://mbsy.co/gNVBP

KnitCrate February Box

knitcrate package february 2017So first of all, KnitCrate’s packaging is super cute.  I saw this bright shiny red package near the mailboxes as I was walking into my apartment building, thinking “That’s so sweet!  Who could that be for?!”  and…to my surprise, it was for me!  It also happened to be right before Valentine’s Day when it arrived so this was a super special Vday treat :)

I was delighted when I opened it up to find 3 skeins of Mrs. Crosby “Steamer Trunk”, a gorgeous semi-solid 100% Merino Wool yarn in Lagoon, Garden House, and Smitten.  The pattern for the yarn is a patchwork purse, with a “Triangle” and “Mitered Square” option.  Who doesn’t love options?!

knitcrate box contents february 2017Also included in this package was an adorable heart-shaped lavender and shea butter bath bomb by Etsy artisan Petting My Unicorn.  It smells absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to use it!  I hear it’s got Epsom Salt in it too which is perfect for soothing those sore knitting muscles 😉  Want to get your hands on this awesome project?  Get it here!  And don’t forget to use one of the awesome offer codes mentioned above :)

KnitCrate February Sock Box

knitcrate sock box package february 2017I was thrilled to also receive the February Sock Box.  But seriously, how fun is it to open a box and be surprised by what’s inside?  I personally love surprises and find the un-boxing of the mysterious goodies inside to be half the fun :)

The sock yarn included in the February box is Mrs. Crosby “Train Case”, a blend of 55% Merino Wool, 15% Nylon, and 30% Outlast Viscose, a unique fiber that extends the life of your socks!  Apparently this unique colorway with flecks of gorgeous blues and greens was made especially for Knit Crate subscribers, how cool is that?!

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knitcrate sock box contents february 2017The pattern included is a design by Mindy Vasil called “Soft Serve Socks”, which feature a beautiful swirling lace pattern that goes all the way up the socks!  I can’t wait to see how the colors in the yarn knit up in this pattern.  Also included in the sock box was the lavender bath bomb for double the love!  I gave it to my friend Katie as a sweet Valentine’s treat since I was so lucky to receive two :) Another awesome feature in the boxes is that you get special promo codes for knitting products, at least 2 per box!  In this box was a discount for more patterns from the designer, and the Petting My Unicorn shop.

KnitCrate January Box

Because KnitCrate is amazingly awesome, they also sent me their January box to review since they know how much I love pink and purple :)  The postcard for this box is just so fun – even though New Year’s has come and gone, it totally got me excited about the new year all over again!

knitcrate box contents january 2017Inside this box were 2 hand-dyed yarns by Mode Knit Yarn, “ModeWerk”, which is a super soft 100% superwash Merino Wool yarn, in the Daenerys Eyes and Mercury colorways.  The pattern options for this yarn are a beginner’s scarf pattern, and a intermediate/advanced lace cowl pattern by Annie Modesitt.  As someone who could tackle either skill level, I find it really nice to choose which design I would prefer to make!

The fun extra included in this box was a KnitCrate notebook and pen.  I feel like KnitCrate really understands their customers, because us knitters are always taking notes!

As I mentioned before, you can get a free mystery box just like this when you use coupon code FREECRATE with your monthly subscription, OR get 20% off your first month with coupon code GIRLY20!  Please note that these only apply to the month to month subscription, and not to the 3 & 12 month plans as those are already discounted!  Sign up to try out Knitcrate and see if it’s something you would enjoy getting in your mailbox each month here:  http://mbsy.co/gNVBP

Overall, I really enjoyed this service, and can’t wait to try out these yarns and patterns.  I appreciate the care and attention KnitCrate puts into making their boxes joyful to receive, with tons of value and surprises inside.  I hope you enjoyed this review, and please let me know if you have any questions!  I look forward to sharing more boxes with you :)

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“It Was All a Dream” Knitted Dress Collection

By Lauren

it-was-all-a-dream-cover-pageI am so excited to share that by brand new collection of knitted dresses, “It Was All a Dream” is finally here!  This collection has been a year in the making, and I’m thrilled to now be able to share it with you.

“It Was All a Dream” is a collection of 7 stylish dress designs that will have you and everyone around you falling in love with knitted dresses. From warm cozy cables for the Fall and Winter to light and breezy laces for the Spring and Summer, you will never be without a knitted dress to wear for your next occasion with this collection.

“It Was All a Dream” features many fun and feminine knitted details to explore from beaded lace, to a convertible cowl, to elegant cables, to the addition of ribbon, ruffles, and bows to your knitting. 3 out of the 7 designs in the collection are versatile 2-piece sets that can be worn together as one amazingly awesome knitted ensemble, or as separates paired with other items in your wardrobe!

All of the dress designs in this collection are knit seamlessly in the round for ease of finishing, with detailed instructions on how to customize the length of the dresses and tops to suite your style perfectly.

The collection is available on Ravelry for $24 here, or as individual patterns for $7 each.  Here are more details on the 7 designs included in the collection!:

“Sweater Weather” Raglan Cable Knit Dress

sweater-weather-teal-cable-knit-dress-knitting-pattern-1Get ready to get super cozy and cute this Fall and Winter with your new favorite cable knit dress, “Sweater Weather”! Not only is this dress stylish, it is the definition of comfy and totally fun to knit too. Featuring a top down raglan construction, there is zero seaming, and you can knit the dress and sleeves as long as you please! The intertwining cable pattern down the front offers a fun twist on a basic knit dress. Pair it with tights and boots, and it’s the ideal Winter ensemble! It will work for anywhere your day may take you, from the office, to a date, to a night out on the town with your girlfriends. This pattern also features an option to make this design a long tunic style sweater, perfect for pairing with skinny jeans or leggings. Get the pattern and learn more here!

 

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“Cowl Me Later” Textured Cowl Neck Dress

cowl-me-maybe-knitted-cowl-neck-dress-knitting-pattern-6What do you get when you combine a cozy knit cowl, and your favorite sweater dress? This fabulous wooly wonder that is sure to impress! This classic cowl neck dress is a wardrobe staple, and while wearing this dress you will look nothing but graceful. While the drape of the cowl says elegance and class, the cut out in the back offers some sass! This incredibly versatile cowl can be folded to cover your arms and back in the cold, or to keep your ears warm by being worn as a hood! The flattering open back offers a sweet surprise that is sure to turn heads, while the dazzling diamond knit and purl patterns will get you knitting street cred. Knit with 100% Baby Alpaca that is incredibly soft, it’s so cozy and warm you will never want to take it off! Cowl me maybe? Cowl me yes!  Get the pattern and learn more here!

 

 

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“Take a Bow” Lace Dress and Top

take-a-bow-knitted-chandelier-lace-dress-knitting-pattern-6Indulge in your love for lace and all things girly with this adorable chandelier lace dress! This is the perfect versatile dress – you can dress it up for a date with jewelry and heels, or wear it to the office with leggings and boots. This dress has positive ease for a totally roomy and comfortable fit, with an optional added knitted bow belt that will cinch in the dress to accentuate your waist and flatter your figure. While this dress is delicate and feminine, it is knit with DK weight yarn so it won’t take forever to knit! Knit in the round, this dress is also an entirely seamless knit, woohoo! You can easily customize the length of your dress to make it longer, or you can even make it shorter to knit it as an equally beautiful lace top! Get the pattern and learn more here.

 

 

 

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“Crop it Like it’s Hot” Sweater and Skirt Set

crop-it-like-its-hot-cable-knit-crop-top-and-pencil-skirt-knitting-pattern-1 Stylish, chic, and oh-so-cozy, you are sure to fall in love with this super cute cable knit cropped sweater top and pencil skirt set! (Whew! That was a mouthful!) This delectable design features 2 elegant cable panels that run up the front and back of your curves for a sexy and sassy look. Not only does this versatile set look amazing together, it would look just as awesome worn as separates paired with other items in your closet. The skirt is knit from the top down with a fold over waistband to encase elastic for a personalized fit, and the skirt length is completely up to you! The raglan top is also knit to fit so that you can show as much or as little midriff as you wish, and the sleeves are knit from the top down enabling you to give your top your favorite sleeve length. Are you ready to crop it like it’s hot? I hope so! Get the pattern and learn more here.

 

 

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“Sheer Elegance” Beaded Lace Dress

sheer-elegance-knitted-beaded-lace-dress-knitting-pattern-3With a picot lace hem, a sprinkling of beads, fine eyelet details, and sparkly cap sleeves, this romantic knitted dress is nothing but sheer elegance. Knit with a sensuously soft kid mohair and silk blend yarn, it is light as can be, with a delightful fuzzy texture that will have you feeling feminine and free. The dazzling beaded details offer a hint of flair, making this dress the perfect pick for your next special occasion or affair! This design is also sure to suit your unique style with its reversibility – wear it with a high neck and sexy scooped out back (my favorite way), or more traditionally! Either way you will look sexy yet sweet, and will be sure to enchant whomever you meet! Get the pattern and learn more here.

 

 

 

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“Twirl Of Your Dreams” Crop Top and Skirt Set

twirl-of-your-dreams-knitted-daisy-lace-crop-top-and-skater-skirt-knitting-pattern-2With daisies, ruffles, a ribbon bow and without seams, this knitted ensemble will give you the twirl of your dreams. This 2-piece set is not only super flirty and fun, you can wear it as separates or rock it as one! With the daisy lace top featuring frills on the sleeves, you are guaranteed a good time twirling around in the leaves. The skater skirt features a perfectly matching picot lace hem, that will show everyone around you that your knitting skills are the creme de la creme! Perfect for a festival, the beach, brunch, or anywhere there is sun, a day prancing around in this outfit will be sure to be won. Get the pattern and learn more here!

 

 

 

 

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“Better Lace Than Never” Crop Top and Skirt Set

better-lace-than-never-knitted-cold-shoulder-crop-top-and-pencil-skirt-knitting-pattern-1 Indulge in the decadence of knitting a beautiful and unique diamond lace pattern in luxurious fingering weight yarn with this stunningly gorgeous 2-piece set. The skirt is high waisted and fitted down to the knee for a look that is both sassy and classy. The coordinating crop top features a sexy and trendy cold shoulder detail, and criss-crossed straps at the neckline for an edgy look. A delicate picot hem finishes the sleeves and the waistband for the perfect feminine touch. Wear these pieces as one outfit or as separates, they will look equally as lovely paired with a shirt or jeans. And while the intricacy of this fine knitting pattern will be an investment well worth your time, you know what they say, better lace than never! Get the pattern and learn more here.

 

 

 

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I hope you enjoy the new collection!  Again, it is available on Ravelry for $24 here, or as individual patterns for $7 each here.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Happy Knitting!

♥Lauren

Knitted Mermaid and Merman Costumes!

By Lauren

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This past Saturday June 18th, I had the joy of marching in the 34th annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade, in none other than a hand knit mermaid costume!  This is the biggest Art Parade in the nation, where over 3,000 people come out dressed as mermaids and other sea inspired creatures, and hundreds of thousands of people come to watch!  I am always blown away by the creative visions people have for this event – everyone’s take is so different!  The coolest part is that almost all of the marchers make their own costumes (though I think I’m the only one who knitted mine 😉 )

My costume took a total a total of 65 hours to create, and I worked on it over the course of 6 weeks. Thankfully I planned ahead and got my start back in April!  I also knitted a Merman costume for my friend Ken who joined me for the parade.  He likes to show skin, lol, so that went a lot quicker than mine!  His ensemble took about 12 hours.

Below I have instructions for all of the pieces I designed, and links to the patterns I used by other designers.  Hope you enjoy! :)

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Knitted Mermaid Costume

Materials:

Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) 29″ circular needle, US 11 (8mm) 29″ circular needle, US F/5 (3.75mm) crochet hook (for duplicate stitch on bra shells only, size isn’t critical!)

2 Balls (680 yards) of Patons Lace Sequin in Pale Amethyst (MC)

4 Balls (860 yards) of Loops and Threads Payette in Sterling Silver (CC)

Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4″ in Stockinette St using smaller needle and 2 strands of MC held together

Note about yarn: I held the MC and CC double for the shells and top part of the skirt for 2 reasons – 1) because it was thin, and 2) because I wanted double the amount of the sequins in the yarn to show!  If you wanted to use a single strand of yarn for these pieces instead (and thus need less yardage), a DK or Worsted Weight yarn would probably work, just make sure to check your gauge!

loops and threads payette in sterling silver and patons lace sequin in pale amethyst

1 yard of .75″ wide elastic for Skirt waistband

Nude bra, assorted rhinestones, hot glue (or fabric glue), and sewing needle and thread for Shell Bra

Abbreviations:

BO: bind off

CO: cast on

k: knit

k2tog: knit 2 sts together

LH: left hand

M1L: make 1 by picking up bar between sts through front and knit through back loop

M1R: make 1 by picking up bar between sts through back and knit

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p: purl

PUK: pick up and knit

rep(s): repeat(s)

rnd(s): rnd(s)

RS: right side

sl: slip

ssk: (slip 1 knitwise) twice, insert left hand needle into slipped sts and k2tog through back loop

st(s): stitch(es)

W&T: (Wrap and Turn) Slip next st pwise, bring yarn to front if you are working a k row, or to the back if you are working a p row, slip st back onto LH needle, bring yarn to back if working a k row, or to front if knitting a p row. Turn work and begin working in opposite direction.

WS: wrong side

yo: yarn over

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I made the skirt circumference 32″, 4″ less then my hip circumference of 36″.  There is no shaping – elastic is inserted into the enclosed waistband to help cinch it in at the waist.  If you want to make the skirt bigger or smaller to get a perfect fit for your body, take your hip circumference and subtract 4″, or measure the hip circumference of a fitted knit skirt that you like the fit of.  Take that number and times it by the gauge (4.5 sts/inch).  I cast on 32 x 4.5 = 144 sts.  You want to cast on a multiple of 8 sts, so make sure to cast on the closest multiple of 8 to that number (in my case 144 was evenly divisible by 8).

I adapted the scale pattern from Black Sheep Wool’s “Mermaid Tail Blanket” (a super cute free pattern!)

Directions:

Note: For the Top of Skirt (Scales), both the MC and CC are knit with 2 strands of yarn held together. For the Bottom of Skirt (Netting), a single strand of the CC is used.  The top part of the skirt is knitted from the bottom up.  After the top part is finished, stitches are picked up at the bottom of the skirt to knit the netting from the top down.  This allows for a great custom fit, as you will have the option to make adjustments after the skirt is finished to make it the perfect length!

Top of Skirt (Scales):

With 2 strands of CC held together and smaller needle, CO 144 sts.  Place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Rnd 1: Knit.

Rnd 2: Purl

Rnds 3-6: Change to 2 strands of MC held together.  *Sl 1, k 7; rep from * to end.

Rnd 7: Change to CC and Knit.

Rnd 8: Purl.

Rnds 9-12: Change to MC.  K4, *Sl 1, k 7; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

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Rep Rnds 1-12 until skirt measures desired length, ending on Rnd 2 or 8 (I made mine 15″ long).

Waistband:

Continuing with CC, knit 4 rnds or for .75″ (or desired waistband width).

Purl 1 rnd.

Knit 3 rnds,

BO very loosely.

Break yarn, leaving a yard of one of the strands to seam the waistband. Thread longer end with a tapestry needle. Fold waistband at purl ridge, and seam BO edge to inside of skirt, catching every other stitch on BO edge/inside of skirt. Leave 1″ open at the end, and insert elastic. Determine desired ease of elastic and trim, leaving an extra inch so you can overlap the edges 1″ and seam together using a sewing needle and thread.  Seam remaining inch of waistband. See pics below for how I seamed the waistband of “She’s Electric” using the same techniques:

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Bottom of Skirt (Netting):

With smaller needle and single strand of CC, PUK 144 sts along CO edge of skirt.

Change to larger needle.

Rnd 1: *Yo, k2tog; rep from * to end.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rnd 3: K1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to end. It will be tricky to have a stitch marker to mark the start of the round because you will keep having to move it – I used a latching marker below the round and eyed where to start and end each round!

Rnd 4: Knit.mermaid skirt blocked

Rep Rnds 1-4 until netting is desired length, keeping in mind that blocking will add a few inches!

I used a picot bind off to give it bit of a ruffled edge :)

Picot Bind Off: *CO 2, BO 3 tightly, sl st from RH needle onto LH needle; rep from * until all sts are bound off.

Finishing:

Weave in all ends.

Wet block netting.

Bra

These shells were custom designed to encompass my DD boobs.  The bra I attached them to is a 34DD, but they would also fit a 36D bra.  If you wanted to adapt these for your bra size, you would want to do less/more inc rows and make them shorter/longer.  I would suggest starting from the beginning, matching it up to your bra cups, seeing how it looks, and adapting as you go.

girly knits knitted bra shellShells (make 2):

Note: The silver “seams” are added after the shell is finished.

With 2 strands of MC held together and smaller needle, CO 12 sts.

Row 1: Purl.

Row 2: Knit.

Row 3: Purl.

Row 4: K1, [M1R, k1, M1L, k2] x 3, M1R, k1, M1L, k1 – 20 sts.

Work 5 rows in St st.

Row 10: K1, M1L, k1, [M1R, k1, M1L, k4] x 3, M1R, k1, M1L, k1, M1L, k1 – 30 sts.

Work 5 rows in St st.

Row 16: K1, M1L, k3, [M1R, k1, M1L, k6] x 3, M1R, k1, M1L, k3, M1L, k1 – 40 sts.

Work in St until shell meas 4.25″ from beginning, or 2″ less than desired height of shell.

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Row 1: Knit to last 3 sts, W&T.

Row 2: Purl to last 3 sts, W&T.

Row 3: Knit to 3 sts before last wrap, W&T.

Row 4: Purl to 3 sts before last wrap, W&T.

Rep Rows 3&4 until you have worked 6 wraps on each side and there are 4 sts left in the middle.

Next Row (RS): Knit to end, working wraps with respective sts.

Next Row (WS): Purl, working wraps with respective sts.

Work 3 rows in St st.

Change to 2 strands of CC held together and purl.

Scalloped BO:

Note: To “work & BO tucked st” do the following: Let next st on your LH needle drop until 4 bars are exposed.  Place RH needle through dropped st from front to back, and wrap working yarn around needle and pull through st.  Place st on RH needle and bind it off tightly.

2nd Note: If you altered the amount of Inc Rows, you want the tucked sts on the BO row to fall in line with the stitch column that goes between the increases.  This is so that when you do the duplicate stitch seams, they will line up with the dips of the scalloped BO.

BO 5 very loosely, work & BO tucked st, [BO 8 very loosely, work & BO tucked st] x  3, BO very loosely to end.

Finishing:

Using 2 strands of CC held together and crochet hook and starting at bottom of shell, create seams on shell by duplicating knit columns that fall between increases.  These columns should align with the tucked stitches on the BO edge. When you reach tucked stitch at top, place loop over bound off st, break yarn, and pull through loop tightly to emphasize scallop.

Weave in all ends.

Using a sewing needle and thread, sew edges of shell to bra cups.  I also hot glued on some small rhinestones on the shells for extra sparkle!  I used a nude strapless bra with the straps attached, and glued rhinestones all along the wings and straps, and added a sparkly starfish to the center :)

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Knitted Merman Costume

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Okay, so this isn’t much of a costume, it’s more of a loin cloth with a shell on it, and an added crown because you know, why not!  I’m not sure what other man besides Ken would be willing to rock this get up, but if that happens PLEASE SHARE PHOTOS 😉

Shell:

The shell is a gorgeous pattern by Dora (Bottheka on Ravelry) that you can find here.  The pattern is free, but you have to contact her for the .pdf.  She was very quick to respond and sent it to me right away!  I used a single strand of the Loops and Threads Payette in Sterling Silver and size US 3 (3.25mm) needles.  It came out to be about 4 x 4″.  I hot glued on some rhinestones for extra sparkle :)

Crown:

I’m obsessed with this crown!  All of my friends were too and now they want crowns for their birthdays 😉  Luckily it was a quick knit!  It was a free pattern I found on Ravelry called “A Very Regal Crown” by Kayleigh aka marbles24 on Ravelry.  I used a stash yarn that I had that is a light glittery gold and I believe sport weight (the labels are long gone!)  I held the yarn double (so it would be extra sturdy) with a US 7 circular needle as suggested.  I then glued on a large rhinestone at each crest and it turned out super cute!

Loin Cloth:

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The loin cloth is a one size fits most thing – the side ties make it easy to custom fit!  The finished loin cloth came out to about 10 x 10″, and the font and back are exactly the same.

Materials:

Needles: US 8 (5mm) straight needles, US I/9 (5.5mm) crochet hook (for side ties only)

.1 Hanks (30 yards) of Knit Picks Preciosa in Crest

Gauge: 15 sts and 22 rows = 4″ in Mesh Stitch Pattern

Directions (make 2):

CO 38 sts.

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Mesh:

Row 1: K1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1.

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: K2, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to end.

Row 4: Purl.

Rep Rows 1-4 until mesh portion measures 3″, ending with Row 2.

Next Row: Ssk, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2tog (make sure to end with k2tog x 2 – don’t put another yo before the last k2tog or you won’t get the intended decrease there!)

Next Row: Purl.

Rep last 2 rows until there are 4 sts left.

Last Row (RS): Ssk, k2tog, BO last st and pull yarn through loop.

Finishing:

Measure out 48″ yarn (or longer if you want longer ties) and fold in half.  Starting at either top corner of loin cloth, place crochet hook through loin cloth and pull center of yarn through so you’ll be crocheting the yarn double ply.  Work in chain stitch until yarn runs out, then pull yarn through last loop.  Repeat for other side.

Place shell on center front of loin cloth. Using a sewing needle and thread, attach shell to loincloth, catching stitches along the edge of on the back side of shell so that thread is not visible.  Tie sides and enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed these patterns, and if you would like to check out more of my knitting patterns click here!  If you make any of the above, please share your photos on the Raverly page! :)

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