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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

New Sock Collection “Look at Those Legs!”

By Lauren

look-at-those-legs-ebook-coverSo back in January I sent out a newsletter with a survey asking you what you wanted to learn about though video.  I got lots of great feedback from you, and the #1 request was “How to Knit Socks“!  In the process of creating a video tutorial for you I became OBSESSED with knitting socks.  So much so that I decided to design a whole collection of all socks! BTW, the tutorial I made for you is in a previous post here :)

This collection includes everything from adorable animal socks, to sweet cable heart motifs, to lace frilly trims, to an amazing heart knee patch! Each pattern in the collection includes 3 different options to suit your preferences, cause you know a girls gotta have options!  The animal socks feature 3 different animal options within each pattern, while the cable knit socks feature 3 different sock lengths within each pattern. They all come in girls and adult sizes, have helpful photo and video tutorials in the pattern, and include lots of information to make them a perfect fit for you or your recipient.

You can pick up the whole collection for $18 on Ravelry here or as individual patterns for $6 each in my Raverly shop here.  Below is a video I made doing a show and tell of the new collection, with more information about each design below the video :)

 

“Pawsome Pals” Koala, Fox, and Pig Animal Socks

pawsome pals koala fox pig ankle socks with ears knitting patternTreat your feet to all that is sweet with these adorable animal socks! Your feet will be so happy to have 2 new furry friends, or “Pawsome Pals” you might call them 😉 These ultra cute socks feature 3 animal options – a Koala, a Fox, and a Pig, with their irresistible poking up ears. They also each feature a lovable little saying on the heel, including “Hug Me”, “Foxy Lady”, and “Oink!” for extra charm. These socks come in every size to accommodate the whole family, from 3 years old to adult, so no one will be left without a set of cuddly critters! The socks are knit from the toe up with the option of adding a contrast toe and heel for extra style. Learn more about this pattern here!

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“Check Meowt!” Cat, Owl, and Panda Knee High Socks

check meowt cat owl panda knitted knee high socks with ears knitting patternYou can count on everyone checking you out when you rock these amazingly awesome animal knee high socks! Not only will people admire your extraordinary knitting talent, they will be complimenting you on how adorable you look too! This super fun sock pattern features 3 animals to choose from, including a Cat, an Owl, and a Panda Bear. Each animal sock features a cute and clever message on the heel, including “Meow”, “Hoot!” and “Rawr”, as well as a pair of sweet little animal ears that poke out from the top of the sock. Sizes are included from child to adult so the whole family can be in on the fun. I hope you have a hoot making these socks! Learn more about this pattern here.

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“Roller Girl” Heart Knee Patch Striped Socks

roller girl knitted thigh high striped socks with heart knee patch 1Get ready to head down to the derby with these super fun and fabulous color blocked socks! These socks are perfect for embracing your inner roller girl, or expressing your sporty yet sweet self. The heart knee patch will keep your knees styling and safe with the extra layer of love and protection it provides, and the seed stitch panels will flatter your lovely legs. Each sock uses the same colors in slightly different ways for a fun and quirky mis-matched look, you will be sure to stand out from the crowd in these socks! Knit with Knit Picks Hawthorne Kettle Dye, they have a beautiful subtle color variegation. These socks come in ankle, knee high, and over the knee length in a girls and adult size to give you lots of options, woohoo! Learn more about this pattern here.

 

 

 

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“Young at Heart” Heart Cable Lace Placket Socks

young at heart cable knit over the knee socks with lace trim 1 squareIndulge in your love for all things girly and that part of your heart that will always stay young, with these adorable lace trim socks! These super sweet knitted leg treats feature a seed stitch heart cable pattern running up the back of your leg and a faux toe seam for ultimate charm. They are finished off with a knitted lace placket with buttons, which will look super cute peeking out of your boots! They come in every length from ankle, to knee high, to over the knee to suit your sock length preferences, in all sizes from girls to adult. Knit with Knit Picks Hawthorne Sport in vibrant variegated shades, all of your girly desires will be met with these gorgeous socks! Learn more about this pattern here.

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“Diamond in the Ruffle” Cable Knit Socks

diamond in the ruffle cable knit over the knee socks knitting pattern 1 Treat your legs to luxury with these fabulous cable knit socks! This sock pattern will not only make your legs irresistible, it is an irresistible knit too! With an exquisite diamond cable and seed stitch pattern, and a fashionable knitted ruffle lace trim, these socks are so fun to knit that you won’t be able to put them down! This pattern includes options to knit these socks in ankle, knee high, or over the knee length to suit your sock wearing preferences. This design also gives you multiple yarn choices to choose from, from the super warm Patons Kroy Socks, to the light and breezy Knit Picks Stroll, to the gorgeous and breathable Knit Picks Hawthorne Kettle Dyed. Learn more about this pattern here!

 

 

 

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You can pick up the whole sock pattern collection for $18 on Ravelry here or as individual patterns for $6 each in my Raverly shop here.  And if you have never knit socks before, have no fear!  This video tutorial walks you through all of the special techniques used for knitting toe up socks which are the exact techniques I used for all of these patterns.

Hope you enjoy the new collection!

♥Lauren

Girly Knits Knitter’s Tool Tins

By Lauren

girly knits knitters tool tinsI am so delighted to share that I am the featured designer for the month of April in The Sexy Knitter’s Etsy store http://www.thesexyknitter.etsy.com for her Knitter’s Tool Tins!

Each tool tin is $25 and contains a mini measuring tape, 5 super cute handmade star stitch markers, a cable needle, a stitch holder, a blunt tapestry needle, 2 sewing needles, a double sided crochet hook, and travel safe scissors!

You can choose your favorite tin cover design which feature images from Girly Knits patterns! These will only be available for the month of April, as she features a different designer every month.  You can get 20% off your order with the coupon code GirlyKnits til April 22nd, woohoo!

I use my tool tin all the time and totally love it.  I especially love the scissors because you can bring them on planes, and the new and improved ones are really sharp!

Here’s a closer look at each of the tool tin designs:

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“She’s Electric” Aztec Tool Tin

The cover of this tool tin is an image from my skirt design “She’s Electric“.  I’m so happy she chose to feature this picture because the color and texture of this skirt are so much fun!

You can optionally get the words “Back off my stash…” printed on the tool tin too!  You can find the tool tin on Etsy here.

 

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“Sweet Treats” Cupcake Tool Tin

The cover of this tool tin is from my Knitted Wall Art series from the “Sweet Treats” set.  I love this one because the cupcake looks so 3-dimentional and real!  And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love cupcakes and sprinkles :)

You can find this super cute knitter’s tool tin on Etsy here!

 

 

 

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“Happily Ever After” Cable Lattice Tool Tin

This tin features an image that’s also from the Knitted Wall Art series in the “Happily Ever After” set.  As with the cupcake, the printing quality is really nice so the cables and rhinestones look real!  I love how girly this tin is 😉

You can optionally get the words “It Girls Knit” on this tin or plain as pictured.  You can find this tool tin on Etsy here!

 

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“Blossoming Beauty” Daisy Lace Tool Tin

On this tin is an image of my “Blossoming Beauties” Daisy Lace Tank Top design.  I love this one because it’s so Springy!  I am beyond happy that Spring is here and I can wear this tank top again very soon :)

You can optionally get the words “home is where the yarn is” printed on this tin, or plain as pictured.  You can find the tool tin here!

Sarah is also offering the collection of all 4 knitter’s tool tins for $80 on Etsy here.  They are great to have in each of your project bags or to give as gifts!  Enjoy!

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How to Knit a Bra Top Video Knitting Tutorial and Free Pattern

By Lauren

how to knit a bra top video tutorialHey awesome knitter!  Today I am super excited to share with you a brand new Girly Knits design, which is a free pattern (woohoo!) that comes with a step-by-step video tutorial (double woohoo!).  In the video that you’ll find below I walk you through each step in the pattern, so even if you are a beginner knitter, you will be able to make this bra top!

The pattern uses worsted weight yarn and is knit in the round as one piece, so it will knit up quickly with minimal finishing. This design is quite simple and straight forward as well, so if you want to add a stitch pattern, do a different type of ribbing, do something fun with the straps, etc., I encourage you to do so and make this bra top uniquely your own!  And in case you are wondering what a bra top is, it could be a bralette (if you don’t require a lot of support!) or it could be a cropped tank top – either way you wear it, it’s super cute and comfy!

I like wearing my knitted bra tops with a bra underneath, and think it’s perfect for lounging around in (shown below with my “Cables and Curves” skirt pattern), as a crop top with a skater skirt for going out in (how I’m wearing it in teal below and in the video paired with a cardigan), or as PJs! (shown below paired with my “Gorgeous Shorties” pattern).

girly knits knitted bra top optionsThe bottom ribbing portion of the bra top is totally customizable to suite your desired length of the top, and your choice of worsted weight yarn is up to you.  To give you an idea of some options, the 1st top has 3″ of 1×1 ribbing and is made with Knit Picks Chroma Worsted in Avalon, the 2nd top has 5″ of 2×2 ribbing and is made with Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Marine Heather, and the 3rd top (which I make in the video) has 7″ of 1×1 ribbing and is made with Naturally Caron Country in Deep Purple (stash yarn, unfortunately this yarn has been discontinued!)  I have a 35″ bust and made the size Small for all of the tops pictured above.

I hope you enjoy this pattern, and when you finish it, please be sure to post pictures of your bra top on Ravelry!  You can find the pattern page here.  I’m also hosting a knit-a-long for this bra top where you can share your progress, connect with other knitters, and ask questions in the Girly Knits Fan Club forum page here.

Alright, here we go!  You will find the video, materials needed, and pattern below :)

Materials:

200-300 yards of worsted weight yarn

My favorite yarn for this project was Knit Picks Swish Worsted (shown in Teal).  I used 2 balls (approx 220 yards) for the Small Size with 5″ of ribbing.

US 5 (3.75 mm) 24” circular needle

US 7 (4.5 mm) 24” circular needle and set of 2 double pointed needles

Gauge: 19 sts and 27 rows = 4″ in Stockinette Stitch using larger needle

Make sure to check your gauge!  The size 5 needle is only used for the ribbing.  If you need to change needle sizes from the size 7 to get the Stockinette Stitch gauge, use a needle 2 sizes down for the ribbing.

Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle

Sizes: Women’s XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL) to fit a 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42)” bust.  If you are between sizes I would recommend going a size down.

Finished measurements: 27 (28.75, 31.25, 32.75, 34.5, 37)” circumference at underarms.

Abbreviations:

k: knit

p: purl

rnd: round

st(s): stitch(es)

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

dec: decrease

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

ssp: (slip 1 knitwise) twice, slip sts back onto LH needle and p2tog through back loop

k2tog: knit 2 sts together

p2tog: purl 2 sts together

RH: right hand

LH: left hand

RS: right side

WS: wrong side

Directions:

Bottom Band:

With smaller needle [CO 58 (62, 68, 72, 76, 82) sts, place marker] twice – 116 (124, 136, 144, 152, 164) sts. Join, taking care not to twist sts. (video: 1:48)

Work in 1×1 (k1, p1) or 2×2 (k2, p2) rib for desired length. See info below picture showing all 3 tops for how long I made the ribbing for each top. (video: 3:37)

Bust:

Change to larger needle and knit 5 rnds, working to last st before start marker on the 5th rnd: (video: 5:59)

Inc Rnd: M1R, k1, slip marker, k1, M1L, k to 1 st before side marker, M1R, k1, slip marker, k1, M1L, k to end – 120 (128, 140, 148, 156, 168) sts. (video: 8:02)

Rep Inc Rnd every 6th rnd 2 more times, starting Inc Rnd 1 st before the start marker as before – 128 (136, 148, 156, 164, 176) sts after all inc rnds.

For the 38”, 40”, and 42” bust, or if you have a D+ bust (or if you want more coverage!), work 3 more rnds, or desired length of back. (video: 11:21)

BO Back:

K4, BO with a firm tension until there are 3 sts left before the side marker – 72 (76, 82, 86, 90, 96) sts left on needle. Cont the row as follows (you will already have 1 st on your RH needle): (video: 11:52)

Ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 70 (74, 80, 84, 88, 94) sts. (video: 13:11)

Next Row: Purl.

Dec Row: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 68 (72, 78, 82, 86, 92) sts.

Repeat last 2 rows two more times, removing markers as needed – 64, (68, 74, 78, 82, 88) sts.

Next row: P32 (34, 37, 39, 41, 44) sts, place marker to mark center, p to end. (video: 14:57)

Wearer’s Left Cup:

The Wearer’s Left Cup and strap will be worked first, then you will work the Wearer’s Right Cup and strap.  If you want to work the cups simultaneously, you can join a 2nd ball of yarn at the center to work the other cup at the same time, referring to the instructions for Wearer’s Right Cup.  The basic formula for the decreases is that you will decrease at the underarm every RS row, and at the neckline every row.

Row 1: K1, ssk, k to 3 sts before center marker, k2tog, k1 – 30 (32, 35, 37, 39, 42) sts. (video: 15:42)

Row 2: Turn work and P1, p2tog, p to end – 29 (31, 34, 36, 38, 41) sts. (video: 17:10)

Repeat last 2 rows until 6 sts remain.  If you end after working a WS row, k across.  If you end after working a RS row don’t do anything.  If you end with 7 sts after a working a WS row, k4, k2tog, k1.

Straps:

Work in i-cord for desired strap length. (video: 18:13)  I made my straps about 11” long – I would recommend checking the strap length of a tank top that is adjusted to fit you, then do a little extra.  It’s easier to take out length if they are too long then to add it after cutting your yarn!  BO and leave a 5″ tail for sewing straps to top. (video: 21:27)

Wearer’s Right Cup:

Join yarn at center of Bra Top (the first row will be on the RS of your knitting) and work as follows: (video: 22:10)

Row 1: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 30 (32, 35, 37, 39, 42) sts.

Row 2: P to last 3 sts, ssp, p1 – 29 (31, 34, 36, 38, 41) sts.

Repeat last 2 rows until 6 sts remain.  If you end after working a WS row, k across.  If you end after working a RS row don’t do anything.  If you end with 7 sts after a WS row, k1, ssk, k to end.

Work strap same as other strap.

Finishing:

Pin straps to back edge of bra top.  Try on and adjust strap placement and length as needed. Using a tapestry needle, sew straps to back edge of bra top. (video: 24:27)

Weave in ends and enjoy!  If you liked this pattern, make sure to check out more of my patterns at girlyknits.com/patterns!

New Summer Collection “Boardwalk Beauties”!

By Lauren

girly knits boardwalk beauties knitting pattern collectionI am so super excited to share with you my brand new collection of knitting patterns “Boardwalk Beauties”!  It is a collection of 5 sunshine loving designs that you will not only love knitting, but will love wearing when you’re out having fun in the sun!  Inspired by everything lovely about Summer and my favorite new fashion trends, you will love these fashionable tank top, t-shirt, and skirt designs.  They are all knitted with lightweight summery fibers like cotton and bamboo to keep you cool in the warm weather.  I hope you love these patterns as much as I loved designing them!

Below you will find a video of me doing a show and tell of the collection, going into more detail about the inspiration behind the collection, and the different ways you can customize each design!

These patterns can be purchased through my Girly Knits pattern stores on Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy, as well as through my website, girlyknits.com!   They range from $5-$6 each, or can be purchased as a full collection for only $16 here.  Here are all of the patterns in the collection and their descriptions below:

“She’s Electric” Aztec Pattern Bodycon Skirt

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Be the belle of the boardwalk this Summer is this electrifyingly cool skirt!  The unique Aztec inspired texture of this skirt will not only turn heads, it is a blast to knit too!  The skirt is deceptively simple, composed of simple knit and purl patterns that create a beautiful knit fabric that will fit and flatter your curves.  The skirt is finished off with a fold-over waistband to enclose an elastic that will make this skirt fit you like a glove.  Made with Knit Picks Shine Sport, you are sure to emit extra super shiny electric waves!  In the words of Oasis “She is electric, can I be electric too?” the answer is YES!  Just knit this skirt 😉  For more details and to instantly download this pattern, check it out on Ravelry.

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“Sunshine and Lollipops” Braided Strappy Back Tank Top with Geo Lace Edge

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Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows everything that’s wonderful is what I feel a-when I’m wearing this tank top…hehe well that is how I feel when I wear this tank top, and I hope you feel wonderful and bust out into song when you wear it too!  There is lots to love with this sunshine seeking tank top with it’s super chic chunky geo lace edge and unique braided straps that show off your beautiful back!  Braiding these straps will bring back memories of Summer Camp and friendship bracelets and all that is wonderful about Summer.  An option is also included for a trendy t-strap back, as well as a cropped or regular length fitted tank to give you lots of options to suite your unique preferences.  For more details and to instantly download this pattern, check it out on Ravelry.

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“Bow Crazy” Chevron Lace Open Back Tank Top with Bow

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Go crazy with your love for bows and everything girly with this pretty little lacy flirty oh-so-cute tank top!  With sweet and feminine details like a lace ruffled waist, a picot neckline, and cable braided straps, this tank top is sure to make you feel pretty.  With the option of making a festival ready solid tank top, or a retro-inspired beach ready striped tank top, you can let your imagination run wild with the adventures you will have when you rock it!  Knit with a lustrous mercerized cotton, this tank not only keeps you cool in it’s sassy open-back design, but keeps you looking cool in it’s fashionable chevron lace pattern.  The bow on the back is a super sweet touch that will make you go bow crazy!  For more details and to instantly download this pattern, check it out on Ravelry.

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“With Sprinkles on Top” Ice Cream Bow Back T-Shirt

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What is your favorite flavor of ice cream during the Summer? Vanilla with multicolor sprinkles? Mint with chocolate sprinkles? Plain chocolate? Show it off in this super fun perfect for Summer t-shirt! Made with Knit Picks Comfy Sport, it is not only knit with a lightweight cotton yarn, it is soft, comfy, and machine washable too! The ice cream intarsia chart is a blast to knit and wear, and the bows on the back offer some flirtiness and flair. Adorn the bows with your favorite buttons and your back will be the talk of the town.  The bow on the back is a super sweet touch that will make you go bow crazy!  For more details and to instantly download this pattern, check it out on Ravelry.

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“Heart to Heart” Embellished Tank Top with Heart Cut Out Back

heart cut out heart back knitted tank top knitting patternIf you want to sparkle this Summer and show off the amazing knitting superstar you are, “Heart to Heart” is your one stop tank top!  Featuring two of fashions hottest trends, jewel embellished necklines and heart cut out backs, you will have everyone saying “Who is that girl?  I want to know her!”  Knit with your choice of sugar cane or cotton yarn, you will be keeping cool and looking fabulous.  Warning: I would recommend making 2 of these beauties, because you just know your BFF is going to want one too!  For more details and to instantly download this pattern, check it out on Ravelry.

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If you have already purchased “Heart to Heart” on Ravelry, you will automatically get $5 off the collection!  If this doesn’t work for you or you purchased “Heart to Heart” somewhere else, just let me know and I will hook you up with a $5 off coupon code :)

Thanks so much for checking out the “Boardwalk Beauties” collection!  These patterns can be purchased through my Girly Knits pattern stores on Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy, as well as through my website, girlyknits.com!   They range from $5-$6 each, or can be purchased as a full collection for only $16 here.  I hope you enjoy!

♥Lauren

“Blossoming Beauty” Knit Along Results!

By Lauren

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The Spring Knit Along has commenced and it was so much fun!  All of the girls who participated were so awesome and supportive of one another, and came out with some super cute tank tops and dresses!  If you would like to check out the forum thread we used for the knit along and the fun progress pics posted along the way, you can check it out on Ravelry here!  The pattern we used can be found here :)  Can’t wait to do another one, if you have any requests, please do let me know!

Vday Project Contest Winners!

By Lauren

Thanks so much to everyone who entered and voted in the “Follow Your Heart” Valentine’s Day project contest!  It was so much fun to see everyone’s projects, they were all so awesome!  A total of 23 fabulous projects were entered, which you can check out on my facebook fan page photo album here.

Even though I said there would only be 2 winners (one winner by votes, and one at random), I wanted to award the 2nd and 3rd place winners as well and spread the love some more ;).  All 4 will be getting a fun little Vday package from me, as well as a Girly Knits pattern of their choice, yay!

Here are the winners:

1st Place:

Heart Me Forever” by Celeste!  Celeste did a beautiful job photographing her knitting in progress, her finished work, and modeling her skirt!  Celeste actually entered a total of 5 awesome projects into the contest, but this one was the clear fan favorite.  Congratulations Celeste!  You can find her project details for this skirt on Ravelry here, and see more of her knitted creations for her and her two adorable daughters here.

celeste heart me forever skirt

2nd Place:

Be My Valentine” by Denyse!  Denyse made fingerless mittens for all 3 of her daughters, making each pair unique by using different color combos and interchanging the word charts.  The photo of all of their hands together is so super sweet!   These were a Valentine’s Day gift for her daughters, and the photos really do give a fun representation of the Holiday ♥  Congratulations Denyse!  You can find details on these fun fingerless mittens on her project page here, and see more of her beautiful creations here!

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3rd Place:

There was actually a tie for 3rd place, and the projects were by the same knitter!  Congrats to Grisleda for her “Your Time to Shine” and “Eye Candy” projects!  Griselda did a wonderful job photographing her projects using fun colorful backgrounds, and flashing us with her beautiful smile 😉  I also love how she made each project her own.  You can check out all of her wooly wonders on Ravelry here!

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“Winner at Random”

For the “winner at random”, I used a random number generator to determine who it would be, and the winner is…drumroll please…Jen!  Jen actually entered two projects, “Sweeter then a Cupcake” and “Your Time to Shine“.  Jen took fun progress shots of her projects and made some pretty sweet hats 😉  Congrats Jen!  Check out more of her projects (which include a ton of fun hats!) on Ravelry here.

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Thanks again to all of the awesome knitters who entered the contest, and congratulations to the winners!  You can find out more about the fun knitting patterns used for these projects here:

http://knittingisawesome.com/followyourheart/

Happy Knitting!

♥Lauren

Valentine’s Day Knitting Project Contest!

By Lauren

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The last Girly Knits project contest in September was so much fun, that I couldn’t wait to do another one!  This time it will have a Valentine’s Day theme, as the contest will culminate on February 14th, and the winners will be getting a very special package with fun Vday goodies from me!  To enter, just post your projects from the “Follow Your Heart” collection on either Ravelry of Craftsy by February 14th, and you will automatically be entered to win!  You can enter as many projects as you like.  You can also enter the Heart Puff Necklace, which is a free pattern :)

I will be choosing 2 winners – 1 by votes (I will post the projects on my facebook fan page on February 15th where fans can vote for their faves) and 1 at random, so make sure to post your projects from the new collection in time!  For inspiration, check out the winners from the last project contest!  Having fun photographing your projects always makes for a great project photo 😉  Can’t wait to see your projects!  Happy knitting!

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