Monthly Archives: December 2014

Gina Baby Cardigan – December 2014 Release

Gina – floral lace baby/child cardigan

Get $2 off when you purchase this new pattern during Xmas and New Year. Valid till Jan 2, 2015.

Featuring eye-catching floral lace detailing and simple lacy stripes, Gina makes a sweet looking baby/child cardigan. The little cardigan is constructed seamlessly in one piece from the top down. It is equally beautiful with long or short sleeves – either way, your little one will look undeniably adorable in this little lovely piece.

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  • Yarn: light fingering or fingering; 440 – 880 yd (402 – 805 m); Malabrigo Sock
  • Gauge: 24 stitches and 12.5 rows = 4″ (10cm) in Lacy Stripes stitch pattern
  • Hook size: 3.5 mm (US size E/4), 3.0 mm
  • Sizes available: 5 sizes to fit chest circumference 19 (20, 22, 23, 24)” or 48 (50.5, 56, 58.5, 61)cm; or to fit ages of 6-12 months (12-18 months, 18 months-2 years, 2-3 years, 3-4 years), as a general reference.
  • To learn more about this design and to purchase, please find it here at my Ravelry Store.

Another Irene

I’ve just finished my fifth Irene cardigan, and I still enjoy making it.  This is a full length long sleeve version that can be buttoned up all the way.

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Magic of Blocking

Blocking is my favorite step of finishing a knit/crochet garment.  A finished project, especially with lace pattern stitches, will benefit from this final finishing step.  The photos below show the before and after. The result is a cardigan with the lace and stitch pattern opened up and smoothed out, looking polished and professional.

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before blocking

blocked

after blocking

Blocking can be quite simple:
– soak garment in lukewarm water for 1/2 to 1 hour
– gently squeeze out  water
– roll garment in towel to absorb water, repeat with another towel if necessary
– lay garment on blocking mat, gently stretch or push into shape as per the specified dimensions according to size schematic
– pin where necessary (usually the button bands require some pinning) using rust-proof pins

And that’s all there is to it!

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blocking on mat

Angelina cardigan – December 2014 Release

Angelina – an easy trendy cardigan

Juxtaposing relaxed silhouette with slender sleeves, Angelina perfectly captures effortless sophistication. This trendy oversized cardigan drapes beautifully into an asymmetrical hemline and is flattering for all body shapes. With ribbed cuffs and borders, Angelina is worked from top down in a simple mesh stitch pattern. This flexible pattern allows you to easily customize the look by adjusting the dimensions of the cardigan.

Angela, a crochet version of Angelina is available for purchase separately.

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  • Yarn: DK cotton; 1395 yd (1275 m); Sirdar Cotton DK
  • Gauge: 15 stitches and 30 rows = 4″ (10cm) in Mesh stitch pattern
  • Needles: US size 7 (4.5mm)  – 24″/60cm and 32″/80cm circular; US size 10 (6mm) – 24″/60cm circular
  • Size available: one size fits most; however, dimensions can be easily customized

To learn more about this design and to purchase, please find it here at my Ravelry Store.