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May, 2010

Get The Sweatshop of Love’s Summer Tour of Knitting Patterns Ebook Today!

Today is the day! I’ve been talking about it and working on these patterns like a crazy person and today it is finally ready for you to enjoy!

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That link takes you to www.e-junkie.com where you will type in your info or paypal and a PDF of the ebook will be available for download. Pretty sweet, right?

This ebook includes easy to read and super clear instructions for 10 fun summer knits and some helpful how-tos to get you through this summer knitting season. Scroll down for pictures and click links for more information on each pattern.

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Ebook Patterns:

Caitlin’s Cardi ~ More Info

Door County Wooden Handle Bag ~ More Info

Twin Cities Headband ~ More Info

Hyde Park Legwarmers ~ More Info

Traverse City Tube Top ~ More Info

Gus Gus Kitty Toy ~ More Info

Detroit Tigers Headband ~ More Info

Twin Cities Anklets ~ More Info

Baby Sweater Buffet ~ More Info

The Look Entrelac Tank Top ~ More Info

Shoot me an email if you have any questions about any of the patterns found in the ebook. I hope from the bottom of my heart that you enjoy it!

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Summer Tour 2010 Ebook Pattern: Traverse City Tube Top

Traverse City Tube Top

When I was young every summer my family would go to northern Michigan for a week of camping. At some point we would drive through Traverse City and I would gawk at the fancy people vacationing in the city. In beach front hotels instead of tents. In pretty clothes instead of t-shirts and jeans. If I were ever fancy enough to vacation in Traverse City, or in a hotel anywhere for that matter, I would wear this top. As it is I’ll rock this shirt on a patio eating brunch with a mimosa; my kind of fancy.

The Traverse City Tube Top is a textured top with a two button back closure. The top band is knit in seed stitch with smaller needles. Stitches are picked up along the bottom of the band and added, then the Diamond Pattern is worked with larger needles to give an airy, almost lacy effect.


TRAVERSE CITY TUBE TOP

Finished Measurements 32 (36, 40, 44)” bust circumference at top of Diamond Eye Pattern. 18 (18, 20, 20)” long. Traverse City Tub Top shown in size 36″.

Traverse City Tube Top

MATERIALS

Yarn Knit Picks Comfy Sport (75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic; 136 yds/50g): Flamingo, 3 (3, 4, 4) balls.
Needles Size 4 (3.5 mm): 24″ circulars (cir). Size 7 (4.5 mm): 24″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Removable marker (RM), stitch marker (M), 2 7/8″ fabric covered buttons, tapestry needle. Fun fabric for buttons.

GAUGE

With size 4 needles: 24 st and 28 rows = 4″ in St st

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Summer Tour 2010 Ebook Pattern: Caitlin’s Cardi

Caitlin's Cardi

Monday night wing night is a staple among my group of friends. When Caitlin showed up in a short sleeved red vintage cardigan with no tag she thrifted for $3 ages ago, I knew I had to recreate that sweater for myself. It was fun examining an existing sweater for stitch counts and gauges and increases, trying to match on my needles what was happening on the sweater. Especially since I found mistakes, dropped stitches, and I’m pretty sure the wool sweater was shrunk a few times. And mystery button hole band stitches were discovered to be crocheted!

I added a few of my own touches – cable bands to the tops of the pockets and big fabric covered statement buttons – but whoever knit Caitlin’s cardigan originally would be able to recognize my version today.

Caitlin's Cardi

Caitlin’s Cardi is a short sleeved cardigan with cable accents down the front, at the center of each sleeve, and on the tiny front pockets. The body is worked in a deep textured lazy man’s seed stitch pattern in one piece from the bottom up. At armholes the fronts are held while back is completed, then each front is completed separately. Sleeves are worked from cable band down to create a puffed look. Finally, tiny cable lined pockets are added that are, lets face it, are more adorable than they are functional! After assembled, a single crochet neck edge, button band, and button hole band are worked to complete the look. Make this cardi even more special by finding unique fabric to cover your buttons!


CAITLIN’S CARDI

Finished Measurements 30 (34, 38, 42)” bust circumference. Cardigan shown in size 34″.

MATERIALS

Yarn Patons Classic Wool (100% pure new wool; 223 yds [205 m]/100g): Jade Heather, 3 (4, 4, 5) balls.

Needles Size 8 (5 mm): 29″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge. Size G crochet hook.

Notions Removable markers (m), cable needle, stitch holders or scrap yarn, 7 (8, 8, 9) 1 1/8″ fabric covered buttons, tapestry needle. Fun fabric for buttons.

GAUGE

22 sts and 26 rows in stitch pattern = 4″
Row 1: K
Row 2: *K1, P1; rep from * to end
Repeat rows for stitch pattern.

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Summer Tour 2010 Ebook Pattern: The Loop Entrelac Top

The Loop Entrelac Top

When I had a big girl job in The Loop in downtown Chicago, I had to dress all fancy every day. This was especially challenging in the summer, going from a non-air conditioned apartment, to an over-air conditioned train car, to the sweltering city streets, to an over-air conditioned office, and back again. I’d look for little shirts that look great standing alone but that could also be worn under a suit coat.

The Loop Entrelac Top is a classy summer top you can take from day to evening, or, more importantly, from inside to outside in the heat, by just losing your blazer. The entrelac straps are knit first, with or without contrasting color strips. Stitches are picked up for the contrasting color bands, and then again for the front tummy panel. Back is worked separately, ribbed top to help with fitting, then increased out to give the bottom of the top some swing. A single crocheted bottom edging prevents curing. Clever construction, lightweight cotton knit in a larger than recommended gauge, swing bottom: Everything designed to keep you cool this summer.


The Loop Entrelac Top

Finished Measurements 32 (36, 40, 44)” bust circumference. Cardigan shown in size 36″.

The Loop Entrelac Top

MATERIALS

Yarn Knit Picks Simply Cotton Sport (100% Organic Cotton; 164 yds/50g): Basalt Heather (MC), 2 (2, 3, 3) balls. Brass Heather (CC), 1 (2, 2, 2) balls.
Needles Size 4 (3.5 mm): straight needles. Size 6 (4mm): straight needles. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge. Size G crochet hook.
Notions Tapestry needle.

GAUGE

24 sts and 24 rows = 4″ in St st with size 4 needles. 22 sts and 24 rows = 4″ with size 6 needles.

NOTE

There aren’t a lot of stitch totals in this pattern. There are a lot of picked up stitches and seaming as you go and that leads to slight differences in stitch size and picked up stitch totals with every knitter. Make sure that you seam as you go when instructed to seam as you go, and make sure to pick up your stitches evenly, and you will be fine. The sweater shapes up clearly as you knit so any sizing issues and stitch count issues you may not be sure about are easily caught and fixed as you knit.

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Summer Tour 2010 Ebook Pattern: Baby Sweater Buffet

If summer brings anything it seems to bring a lot of babies, and with babies comes the necessity for quick to knit, simple and customizable baby sweaters. How embarrassing would it be for a baby to run into another baby wearing the same sweater?! No need to worry about that with Baby Sweater Buffet.

Baby Sweater Buffet

Baby Sweater Buffet is everything you would want in a baby sweater pattern rolled into one quick and easy pattern. Want a quick knit baby cardigan? Done! With stripes? Done! Want to add a hood? Done! Want to add adorable front pockets? Done! Want to turn it into an animal? Done! All with practically no seaming, size 9 circulars  and worsted weight yarn for speed, and guaranteed adorableness.

Baby Sweater Buffet is sized Newborn, 3, 6, 12, 18, and 24 months, with the buffet items, like ears and pockets, knit in one size.


BABY SWEATER BUFFET

Finished Sizes Newborn (3, 6, 12, 18, 24) months. Zebra Cardigan shown in 6 month size, green and brown striped cardigan shown in newborn size.

MATERIALS

Yarn Any soft worsted weight yarn, approx. 250 (275, 300, 350, 400, 450) yards. I’ve used Lion Brand’s Pound of Love and Caron’s Simply Soft, both with great success.
Needles Size 9 (5.5 mm): 16″ circular (cir). Size 9 (5.5 mm) dpns. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Removable markers (m), stitch holders or scrap yarn, 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5) 1″ buttons, tapestry needle.

GAUGE

16 sts and 20 rows = 4″ in St st.

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