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Purple Panache! Tracy’s Cerie

Woowee! How fabulous does Tracy look in her Cerie?! Tracy used the same yarn the pattern was designed in, Venezia Worsted by Cascade Yarns. She used a size US 10 needle instead of the recommended 9. While she did get gauge, she found that it grew it a bit. To bind off, Tracy used Jeny’s Suprisingly Stretchy Bind Off to keep it loose around her hips. Instructions for this bind off are available here. Her other tip is to be
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Knitting Deadlines: An Oxymoron

As a former newspaper gal and a freelance writer, I pride myself on my ability to meet a deadline. Thinking back through all my years of writing and even reminiscing about high school (!) I don’t think I missed one due date. For whatever reason, my knitting doesn’t seem to follow the same rules as my writing. It probably has something to do with the fact that I view knitting as a peaceful, calming thing, which to me is inherently
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Beautiful Creations

With summer winding down and fall right around the corner I have officially begun to make the transition into the cooler months. I don’t know about you, but I am absolutely in love with this time of year. Something about the fall makes me want to hunker down with a good book, hot tea, and chocolate. I find it very exciting to bring out the pumpkin scented candles, boots, and chunky-knit sweaters. While some are simply pulling sweaters from our
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Stephannie’s Abundantly Amused

One of my favorite things about designing knitwear is seeing how other people modify my patterns. I’ve got an entire category of my blog dedicated to it! So when Knitty gave me the heads-up on Stephannie’s modifications on Amused, I was excited to check it out. Stephannie’s Amused looks fabulous in hand-painted Abundance by Briar Rose Fibers. Stephannie added 1.5 inches to the collar. Why wouldn’t one not want to use as much of that yarn as possible and make
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Kristen’s Cadence makes winter more bliss, less blistery

Having style this time of year can be a challenge. Chilly weather and short days can create a general malaise when you go to your closet. It’s tempting to reach for the same turtleneck and  jeans day after day. This is why the sweater dress is sheer genius. Kristen led a Cadence KAL with Sarah called The Newbie and the Knitter this fall and she made her’s into a dress! Look at all the cute ways she’s styled it. Doesn’t it look cute
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Getting the Perfect Fit

There is so much that I love about Andrea‘s Cadence. First of all, that mustard yellow yarn (it’s Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted in Sunset)…gorgeous! Andrea is a gal who knows what colors and silhouettes look great on her. And, she takes the time to make sure her knitwear comes out right. Whenever possible I design sweaters top down, the benefit being you can try the sweater on as you go and get a perfect fit. Really, there’s no excuse for
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