Teddy Sweater KAL

I am so excited to bring this sweater to you. I have had this idea for a while, but only recently had time to fit it into my schedule. I wished I had done it sooner as it has immediately become one of my favorites.  Teddy Sweater is a unisex top down raglan pullover worked up at a DK weight with the added cuteness of a teddy bear face on the front “kangeroo” pocket. The pattern size runs from 3months to size 6.

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Teddy Sweater- shown in 12 months size

Teddy Sweater is knit up in Malabrigo Arroyo, which creates a beautiful fabric at DK gauge. A perfect transitional garment for your little one.

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Now, to celebrate how excited I am about this pattern, I decided to do a KAL in my group on Ravelry. The pattern is up for sale, but the KAL will begin on Monday to give everyone a chance to enjoy the holida weekend and get yarn together. The KAL will run through May 6th.

A funny little story about this pattern. When I initially sketched and swatched this, my 5 year old son was not even the least bit interested. So, I knit the sample in another size and moved on. When he saw it finished, he told me he wanted one, now. He wanted it red, with a black bear pocket. So, I will be knitting his during the KAL…not that I will finish as I have about 20 things on the needles, but I will try!  I hope you will stop by and knit with us. It should be fun. There will be some random pattern giveaways and a few prizes for participants, too.

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New Pattern for Malabrigo Quickies!

Hello all! Wow! Has it really been over a month since I posted? It’s been a busy month, that’s for sure. The blog is always on the “list of things to do”, but it always seems to be the very last thing and I never seem to get to the very last thing on my list. I must move it up on the priority list! One of the things I’ve been working on is today’s release!

Malabrigo is a fantastic company. Earlier this year, I did an interview on the Malabrigo website telling everyone just how much I love them. Recently, they added a fun new feature. Approximately every two weeks, there is a release for a “quick” pattern done in Malabrigo Yarn. The feature is called, Malabrigo Quickies!  This week, my pattern is the new “Quickie”.

The Roseway-shorter and wider version.

The sideways shawlette/scarf  is knit up in Malabrigo’s sportweight yarn, Arroyo. It comes in two different sizes A shorter/wider and long/skinny version. This bias knit shawl/scarf knits up super fast and each one takes less than a full skein making it a great project for those single skeins that some of us seem to buy impulsively (not that I ever do that).

long and skinny version

Generally, when I choose a name for a project, I use the project as inspiration. This time, though, it was the colorway. I used Arco Iris. Arco Iris is a variegated colorway. It is gorgeous and can vary a lot due to the hand dyed nature of the colorway. I have always thought it was one of the loveliest of variegated colorways. I wanted to find a way to use this colorway to it’s fullest advantage. That’s why I chose a garter body. Pairing that with the bias construction, you can virtually eliminate odd pooling. The knitted fabric made me think of Monet’s  The rose-way at Giverny by Monet. So, that is what I decided to call it, The Roseway.

Both versions can be worn a variety of ways: bandana style, wrapped several times, or worn over the shoulders.

I hope you like it! Stop by the Malabrigo Junkies for the official Malabrigo Quickies thread on Ravelry to see all the Malabrigo Quickie releases. Also, stop by my group and post in our chit chat thread. We’d love to see you! At the end of the month, I pick one random chatter to receive a free pattern.

I will try to make more time for my blog. I really should. I am always happy after I post:)

Workin’ Hard! or Hardly Workin?

Oh the answer is definitely: workin’ hard! For some reason I decided two weeks into October Stockpile, that I would attempt something for the one skein design contest. Admittedly, I was a bit slow on this. But, it’s ok. I have had an idea for a year or so for a hat in Malabrigo Chunky. So, the idea was there. I just needed to knit a sample and write the pattern. So, this weekend, that’s exactly what I did. I present to you: Boo.

This is the 18″ size. It’s a very quick knit and lots of fun. It will come in a wide range of sizes from 14″ to 22′. I knit up 2 other samples. One in the smallest(14″) and second largest (21″). My daughter’s friend has already declared any further large sample knits to be hers. haha!

The i-cord on larger sizes is just for decoration. But, can be omitted. On the smaller sizes it is either decoration or can be tied so that baby keeps his or her hat on! If you are concerned about it catching on things, the i-cord can be omitted or knit very short.

So, this will be my one skein design and it will be released before the end of October. Hopefully it will be very early next week! Testers have the pattern and a few have been completed. How’s that for starting October 14th!!??

I also promised some new pictures of my Malabrigo Sock contest entry. Well, who am I to disappoint? Here are both versions together.

And here is one of my son modeling. I have to say, he quite likes this sweater. I have caught him, more than once, attempting to take off whatever shirt he has on and replace it with this one. It is fantastic!

We have been having the loveliest weather here! North Dakota in October can be full of surprises. Let’s hope this holds out until Halloween.

And there you have it! I am trying very hard to get a “win” for blogging. *sigh* 🙂