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2012 in Blogging

Before the New Year comes in where I’m at, I’d like to share WordPress’ annual report about my blogging.  Many thanks to my readers for viewing my blog 26,000 times in 2012 which, if each were a film, there would be enough to “power 6 Film Festivals.”  These originated from the United States with Canada and the United Kingdom not far behind.  Below were the top five posts that got the most views:

1.  Madalyn Rae Baby Afghan and a Free Pattern

Chevron Baby Blanket4

 

2.  Special Olympics Scarf and a Free Pattern

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3.  Cool Weather Knitting: Watch Cap (free pattern)

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Thick and Quick Hat with Folded Brim

 

4.  Knitting Goes High Tech with Nike Flyknit

Nike-Flyknit-Racer-2

 

5.  Paris Beret and a Free* Pattern Offer

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Pattern Release– Bailey Beret

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have listened to our valued customers and agree that one can never have enough berets in a hat collection.  So to this we introduce Bailey– a textured beret with intertwining cables that meet at the top.  Like spokes to a wheel, these add dimension, symmetry, and structure to the piece.  If you love our Paris beret, you will even more likely to love Bailey.  Pattern is both written and charted.

Difficulty:

Intermediate to Advanced

Yarn Suggestions:

Lion Brand Thick and Quick Super Bulky Yarn in Citron, Classic Elite “Forbidden,” Cascade “Lana Grande,” Rowan “Big Wool” or any super bulky yarn.

Yardage:

76 yd (70 m)

Needles:

US 13 (9mm)- 16-inch (40 cm) Circular Needle; US 13 (9 mm) dpns; Or any size to obtain gauge.

Notions:

Stitch markers, row counter, cable needle, tapestry needle or crochet hook.

Size:

Approximately 20” (51 cm) and stretches to 24” (61 cm) in circumference, 9″ deep.

Skills and Techniques Needed:

Knit, purl, cable sts, increasing, decreasing, knitting in the round, knitting with dpns.

To purchase Bailey Beret pattern in PDF click here or go to the Shop page.  As with all our patterns, the PDF will be manually (NOT automatically) emailed to you within 24 hours of PayPal notification.

 

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Pattern Preview– Bailey Beret

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Classic Elite Yarns Give-away and LYS Yarn Knitting

I thought that I’d take a short break from designing and instead take this opportunity to share the give-away that Classic Elite Yarns is having.  They call it “LYS (for “Love Your Shop”) Promotion.”  It’s purpose is to show support to your local yarn shop (originally LYS, for short), by spending at least $40 on yarns, books, and patterns (sorry, other supplies do not count) between November 1 and December 15.  Those who do will get a pattern book and three mini-skeins of Classic Elite Yarn.  For details click on the link above or on the flyer below:

Anyway, to show my support to one of my LYS, I started knitting a few hats to give to four adorable kids.  I know, what a change from constantly designing for teens and adults, but I’m very glad I to have done so.  Here they are:

5-month old's hat

4-year old's hat

6-year old's hat

8-year old's hat

I’ve also been knitting some neckwarmers from yarns I got from another LYS, but I’m saving that for the next post. 🙂

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Paris Beret and a Free* Pattern Offer

Named after the capital city where it is now commonly associated, the Paris Beret is a style of headgear worn by aristocrats (see painting below) and artists across Europe. Paris can be worn in many different ways or pushed to one side as it’s customarily done and is used by men and women today and throughout modern history. Beginning as well as advanced knitters can knit this hat in the round mindlessly for one’s self or a trendy gift for someone you love.  Starting today, I am offering the Paris Beret  pattern FREE*, for a limited time, *with the purchase of two or more patterns from our shop.  Free* pattern offer expires 12/10/10.

Henry VIII wearing a beret-style cap (1509)

Yarn Suggestions:

Lion Brand Thick and Quick Super Bulky Yarn, Classic Elite “Forbidden,” Cascade “Lana Grande,” Rowan “Big Wool” or any super bulky yarn.

Yardage:

74 yd (68 m)

Needles:

US11 (8 mm)- 16-inch (40 cm) Circular Needle; US13 (9mm)- 16-inch (40 cm) Circular Needle; US13 (9 mm) dpns;

Size:

Approximately 19” (48 cm) and stretches to 23” (58 cm) in circumference.

Skills and Techniques Needed:

Knit, purl, increasing (make 1), decreasing (knit 2 stitches together), knitting in the round, knitting with dpns.

To purchase Paris Beret pattern only in PDF click here or go to the Shop page.

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