Category Archives: Sweaters

A New Knitting Pattern for the Little Darlings

Happy Saturday to you all!  The snowfall from this past week is almost all melted around here, and spring is feeling just a bit more of a reality than it did a week ago.  Yay!  I know a lot of you already have lots of blossoms and blooms happening in the garden.  That sounds wonderful!

My latest cardigan from the “Rosies and Lavender” ensemble has been published.  It uses fingering weight yarn and can be worn as a cardigan or reversed to look like a pullover.  I reworked the neckline to dip in a little bit, so it does not cut across the neck.  The lace panels are on the back, sleeves, and along the front edges.  The sewn bind off keeps the hemlines stretchy so that the lace can remain open and beautiful.

LD lace cardigan pattern p1 only

ld lace cardigan 784

The lace stitch panels are only 9 stitches wide with lace rows worked on two right side rows every 6 rows.  You are not constantly knitting lace stitches.  I also have the lace stitches written in a vertical format that I find easy to follow.  They are also graphed.  To alleviate mistakes, I added instructions for using ring markers to mark off your lace panels so that you can count your stitches immediately after knitting those stitches.  The rows that each of the two different lace rows are worked on are also noted on the charts and graph.  I try to make knitting these lace panels as foolproof as possible as I tended to forget yarn overs or decreases.  This method works for me every time.

You can purchase the pattern on my website, cindyricedesigns.com.

I wish you all a fantastic weekend (even if you still have snow on the ground)!  Thanks for stopping by, friends!

 

Penny is Popping in to Wish You…

Penny is popping in to wish you “Springtime Joy” . . . even though springtime feels miles away at the moment.  We are getting our first snowstorm of 2017 tonight!  It’s been a mighty strange winter around here.

So, for me at least, I need to pretend that spring is here, and Penny is helping with that.  Here is Penny in her new ensemble with her baby bunny, Spring.

springtime joy 734

springtime joy 742

You can see what a caring and gentle pet mama Penny is to little Spring.  They bonded immediately!  Spring is another needle felted bunny made by me.  She is made with wool roving, has red violet Delicate bead eyes (sewn on) and a pink embroidered nose.

springtime joy 726

Penny’s new spring ensemble features a floral cotton dress in cool shades of rose, blue violet, and grey and a background the color of whipping cream.

springtime joy 721

Her hand knit sweater is knit out of rosy colored mohair/silk lace yarn.  Two different rose bouquet motifs are embroidered on the front.  I picked the blue violet out of the print to highlight with a hair ribbon, waist sash, embroidery, and bracelet.

springtime joy 797

springtime joy 730

springtime joy 744

Penny’s “Springtime Joy” ensemble will be available tonight (March 12, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com