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Happy July Everyone!

Wow, wow, wow it’s July!  How did that happen?  Sometimes All the time I wish the summer months would go by at half speed, however they seem to pick up speed with each passing year.

June, here in northern Illinois, has been lovely.  For once, no weather complaints from me.  I’ve been going for walks almost daily and my body and soul like it a lot.  That hour or so spent outside moving from one place to another is a meditation of sorts.  It stops me from “doing” and opens my mind to creative thinking and praying.  If my mind goes to a place of worry I immediately call it back to a positive and peaceful place.

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Our feral kitties have been enjoying the beautiful weather and stick around all day long.  The tabby, whom has been around since we moved into our house 9 years ago, has recently been joined by Morris, Orange-y, or Lion Kitty; he goes by all three names.  He is very sweet, and unlike Miss Kitty, will not bat our hands (with claws outstretched).  She can be quite impatient when we are giving her a snack.  Naughty girl!

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This past week most of my creative time has been spent knitting.  Right now, I have three sweaters off the needles, and only one dress sewn.  Last night, before heading off to bed, I stopped in my sewing room and planned three more sweaters!  I am in the knitting zone, I guess.  Hopefully, when I have finished knitting all these sweaters I can move into the sewing zone and make the dresses to be worn with all these little cardigans.

I hope you all are enjoying the start of July.  Maybe yours will go a little bit slower than mine mostly likely will.  If you have any secrets to slow it down, please let me know.

Bye for now, my friends.  Thanks for stopping by today.

 

 

 

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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

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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!

 

My Newest Pattern!

Yes, I did it!  I put my most requested sweater for the Little Darlings in pattern form.  And it’s ready for you to knit away on.  Now, your Little Darling can have a closetful of her very own “light as a feather” cardigans.

When I was taking commissions this was the sweater everyone wanted.  It is knit with mohair/silk lace weight yarn, and is as “light as a feather”.  It is oh, so pretty, and is still one of my favorites as well.

My pattern gives you a total of nine different variations.  You can choose three sweater lengths:  cropped, mid, longer (for a slightly dropped waist bodice).  There are three different sleeve lengths:  short, elbow, long.  The pattern includes some shaping in the body so that the sweater covers the beginning bit of a gathered skirt.  It looks equally nice unbuttoned or buttoned.

The neckline edging and hemlines are all in garter stitch.  Like my previous patterns, the entire sweater is knit in one piece with very minimal finishing.

Here are just a few past photos of sweaters I’ve made using this pattern.  Please note that some of them have ribbed edgings.

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Long sleeve-cropped length

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Long sleeve-mid length

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Short sleeve-longest length

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Elbow sleeve-longest length

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Elbow sleeve-longest length

If you’d like to see more examples (I’ve made LOTS!) of sweaters made with this pattern head on over to my Little Darlings Flickr album.

The sweater pattern is available for sale on my website, cindyricedesigns.com.  If you’d like more information on this doll’s measurements and supplies needed for this pattern, that is also on the pattern sales page.

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I wish you all a very lovely day!  The sun is rising!  It looks like we’re in for the fourth straight day with some sunshine.  Yay!!!  It’s glorious!  (I won’t mention the temperature, it’s COLD today.)

Thank you for visiting!  Bye for now!