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Meet the New and Improved W+S Lace Striped Sweater!

Me and Theresa in our Matching Sweaters!

Me and Theresa in our Matching Sweaters!

Download now for $5! On Friday 11/18 it goes back up to $7

In February of 2012 I originally launched this pattern as WORK+SHELTER Lace Striped Sweaters. Today I’m relaunching and naming it after my friend and W+S founder Theresa VanderMeer. Since 2012, W+S has grown from a side passion project of Theresa’s to her full time job. What started as just a few women knitting my patterns to sell to boutiques as turned into many, many women on industrial sewing machines creating a full line of products for large and small businesses all over the world. I’m so proud of Theresa and am so happy to be able to support her as a friend and by working with W+S.

Just like W+S has grown over the years, this pattern deserved an upgrade. The big changes I made were to add a smaller size (31” bust) and a schematic. I adjusted the neckline width of the smaller sizes to make them more comfortable. There are also modification notes for doing an elbow length sleeve, as well as colorblocked and striped options.

Thanks again to everyone who has purchase this pattern in support of W+S through the years!

Theresa's Winter Sweater with Elbow Length Sleeve Modification

Theresa’s Winter Sweater with Elbow Length Sleeve Modification

Finished Size 31 (36, 41, 46.75, 52) bust circumference. Winter Sweater with colorblocking modification on Allyson shown in size 36 in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, Winter Sweater with elbow length sleeve modification on Theresa shown in size 31 in Unplanned Peacock Studio Superwash Merino Worsted.

Me in my Color BlockedWinter Sweater!

Me in my Color BlockedWinter Sweater!

Winter Sweater Yarn Any worsted weight wool yarn. I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, 100% Peruvian Highland Wool. 110yds/50g: White, 7 (8, 10, 13, 15) skeins.

Summer Sweater Yarn Any worsted weight cotton yarn. I used Knit Picks Comfy Worsted, 75% Pima Cotton, 25% Arcylic. 109yds/50g: Ivory, 5 (6, 7, 9, 10) skeins.

Theresa in the new 31" bust size

Theresa in the new 31″ bust size

Needles Size 9 (5.5 mm) 24-36” circulars (cir) for body, 16” cir for shoulders and neck, and DPNs for sleeves, or size to obtain gauge.

Notions Tapestry needle.

Gauge 18 sts and 20 rows – 4” in St st.

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New Pattern! Ravenswood Stole

I’ve got a new pattern in the Knit Picks Fall Accessories Collection, Charmed: Whimsical Accessories! Meet Ravenswood Stole.

Ravenswood Stole

Ravenswood Stole

SO cute and cozy!

SO cute and cozy!

The entire collection is full of really really adorable, playful accessories.

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Feathers and foxes, gorgeous textures, and pops of color adorn Charmed: Whimsical Knitted Accessories. From cats chasing balls of yarn, to gnomes, to sparkling jewels, these witty pieces will bring a smile to your face and to everyone who sees them. Packed with 23 memorable accessories that make great gifts, Charmed will ensure you’re never without your next fabulous and unique knit.

Check out the entire collection on Ravelry, too. I don’t know about you but I totally need this cat hat.

Loop Stitch Inside!

Loop Stitch Inside!

There aren’t many patterns where two such unique fabrics are joined in one fabulous accessory. The Ravenswood Stole touts a bright stockinette stripe on one side and a cozy loop stitch fabric on the other. With i-cords and tassels to finish off the look, the Ravenswood Stole is a truly special knit.

Aw thanks Knit Picks! Grab this pattern as part of the collection for $14.99 or alone for $4.99.

A huge thank you to Knit Picks for having my pattern in this special collection!

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Baby Sweater Buffet Relaunch!

One of my very favorite and most popular designs, Baby Sweater Buffet, got a make over!

Baby Sweater Buffet Upgrade!

Baby Sweater Buffet Upgrade!

Purchase for $5.50 on Ravelry now!

I originally released Baby Sweater Buffet in 2010. I had just started writing patterns and was figuring it out as I went! Baby Sweater Buffet was a great idea – take one simple top down cardigan and illustrate a bunch of ways to change it into a bunch of different cardigans, so you have a new sweater every time one of your friends has a baby. I just didn’t do a great job of explaining exactly how to do that. The pattern was pretty vague and left a lot to the imagination. LOTS and LOTS of knitters figured it out, though!

Start With an Adorable Cardigan!

Start With an Adorable Cardigan!

Start with a quick to knit top down cardigan striped or solid. If you’re good with that – awesome! Otherwise choose from a buffet of fun options to make your sweater truly unique.

Add a Hood and Pockets

Add a Hood and Pockets

Or turn your sweater into an animal! This pattern has step by step instructions and yarn requirements for each of the following animals:

Baby Zebra!

Baby Zebra!

Baby Pig!

Baby Pig!

Baby Kitty!

Baby Kitty!

Baby Bear!

Baby Bear!

Also new is an old man sweater option! Complete with shawl collar and elbow patches.

Old Man Sweater!

Old Man Sweater!

And since I had each of these samples knit up, I dug deep into my love of Knit Picks and found perfect yarn and quantities for each option.

Yarn: 275 (325, 375, 450, 525, 600) yards worsted weight yarn estimating high to include buffet options and striping, but depending on which add ons you choose you may need more, so round up if you plan on knitting a hood or shawl collar for sure.

  • Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted, 100% peruvian highland wool; 100yds/50g: 3 (3, 4, 5, 5, 6) balls. Bear (newborn size) used 2 balls Mink Heather (MC) and 1 ball Bramble Heather (CC).
  • Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash, 100% superwash wool; 110yds/50g: 3 (3, 4, 5, 5, 6) balls. Hooded Cardigan (newborn size) used 2 balls Pampas Heather (MC) and 1 ball Brass Heather (CC).
  • Knit Picks Brava Worsted, 100% premium acrylic; 218yds/100g: 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3) balls. Pig (newborn size) used 1 ball each Cotton Candy (MC) and Blush (CC). Cat (newborn size) used 1 ball each White (MC), Black (CC1), and Sienna (CC2). Cardigan (newborn size) used 1 ball each Cobblestone Heather (MC) and Mint (CC).
  • Knit Picks Swish Worsted, 100% superwash merino wool; 110yds/50g: 3 (3, 4, 5, 5, 6) balls. Zebra (6 month size) used 2 balls each Black (MC) and White (CC). Old Man Sweater (12 month size) used 3 balls Jade (MC), 1 ball each Green Tea Heather (CC1) and Wonderland Heather (CC2).
New Schematic!

New Schematic!

Also new is a schematic! Hey, those are important, right?

Those of you who have already purchased the pattern got the new copy in their inboxes. And from here on out it’s the new Baby Sweater Buffet pattern! Download it on Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy, and Kollabora today.

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