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Have Shawl Will Travel Pattern Recommendations - Round 9

This week we're keeping it simple for pattern recommendations.  Both of these beautiful shawls have simple lines and simple repeats that let the yarn do the talking. For knitters, Limonade (check project pages for variegated examples) looks great worn as a shawl or scarf.  The strong lines and bold lace are eye-catching in all the right ways. For crocheters, a wonderful, narrow triangle that is a delightful divergence from the typical right triangles we're all so used to seeing.  The Simple Lace Isosceles Shawl features eyelet rows and a dainty edging for just enough lace without going overboard. Don't forget that the next prize drawing is on Tuesday...get your entries in!!!

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Online ONline Summer Sockstravaganza Pattern Recommendations - Round 9

How are your socks coming along?  We want to see pictures! I have some cute patterns for you today.  The knitting pattern is Self-Striping Socks, so you know it's going to look great in ONline yarn!  I love the way the colors move in blocks.  Something about it reminds me of puzzle pieces.  There is also a great idea in this pattern about how to keep the stripes moving smoothly across the top of your foot. On the crochet front, we have Lacy Bunny Socks.  The easy V-stitch lace would be fun to work.  Like last week's sock, this one also features a solid sole of the foot for comfort.  Since the sock looks great in variegated yarn, the patterning...

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Have Shawl Will Travel Pattern Recommendation - Round 8

I have two gorgeous shawl patterns to recommend for you today!  On the knitting front, another pi shawl.  The Vacation Pi Shawl is designed to be simple enough to knit on the go.  There are even printable pattern pages meant to fit on 4x6 index cards perfect for tossing in your bag!  I just love the different lace patterns in this design. For crocheters, the Summer Festival shawl is a fun, simple texture on the popular boomerang shape.  Although most of the examples on Ravelry are striped, there are a couple made with variegated yarn, and they are beautiful!  This is the kind of pattern you could work on in bits and pieces since it's so simple.  I'm always surprised...

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Online ONline Summer Sockstravaganza Pattern Recommendations - Round 8

So many great sock patterns, so little time!  Let's get right to it :) Knitting this week I recommend Down the Rabbit-Hole.  Its traveling stitches give a subtle effect, but I think it's quite fun.  I especially appreciate that the pattern gives instructions for mirroring the spirals. For crocheters, this week we're featuring the Susie Socks.  They fun, lacy, and look great stripy.  What I like best is that the lace is only on the top of the foot.  Sometimes it can be tricky to match the row gauge between solid and lace sections, so it's nice that the designer put in the time to do that on these socks.

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Have Shawl Will Travel Pattern Recommendations - Round 7

For this round of pattern recommendations, we're looking at things that are worked in the round. Diving right in to the knit pattern, this week we picked the Mésange Noire Pi Shawl.  Pi shawls are absolutely the best for travel knitting.  There are no tedious wrong side rows, and the circular shape quickly forms a handy bag to toss your ball of yarn into.  Paired with a simple, textural lace, this shawl would be stunning in a variegated colorway.   For crochet, we like the Wiston shawl, made from a multitude of hexagonal motifs.  Motif work is perfect for taking along since it stays small, and after a few you more or less know what you're doing, even without the...

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