Bateau Sweater

The bateau neckline has always been a favorite of mine, so when this pattern was featured nearly a week ago on Yarnspirations, I bookmarked it for consideration.  A couple of days ago I bought a boat-neck tee  on sale at Gap, which prompted me to take another look at this sweater.

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The free pattern is simple and straightforward, stockinette with a little ribbing, and I prefer projects that offer more of a challenge. But it’s still cold and winter in these parts, and my husband and I have been bingeing most evenings on British mystery series. (The best so far have been Broadchurch, which was addictive from the first episode, and Shetland, which started slow but hooked us at episode three. Now taking a humor break with season three of Grace and Frankie ; Lily Tomlin is brilliant!) Anyway, I figure the easy Bateau sweater will be perfect for those nights spent in front of that glowing screen. I love the yarn, which appears pink in the picture but is actually called “orchid”, and contains a  “subtle touch of  sparkles”. Calls for size 6 (US) needles and seven skeins of Patons Glam Stripe.

Heading off to order this yarn  online right over HERE

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Gridded Pullover

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Browsing new knitting patterns is one of my favorite online pastimes, so quite frequently I’ll save promising patterns that I find to a folder on my home screen, and yesterday, while searching for something else, the Gridded Pullover from Lion Brand popped up. I haven’t made it yet or even looked at it for a while, but this pattern looks well suited to the recommended yarn, Lion’s worsted weight cotton, 24/7, and I like its  loose yet not baggy drape effect of its lines. This yarn is available in 24 colors, but for some reason, I’m always attracted to the icy blue shade in which this sweater is knitted. It’s made in four pieces on size 6 (US) needles, and looks as though it would work up fairly quickly. Also, the instructions look pretty clear.  At the moment, I’ve got the second of a pair of socks, and another pullover on the needles, but this might just be my next project. It’s looking to be a long winter this year….

Find the free pattern right over here.

Round Yoke Poncho

This pattern caught my eye immediately when it was posted. It’s by Lion Brand, and though they’re calling it a poncho, it actually has cuffs, so it seems to be one of the new sweater-shawl  designs that have been cropping up lately. I ordered the yarn, LB’s Amazing, which is a single strand, wool acrylic blend, in the Strawberry Field colorway. The set up is a bit tricky, because the increases depend on moving markers every row, but after a few false starts, I got it right and it’s now working up quickly, on a size J-10 (6 mm) hook. Free pattern can be found here.